Alberta Premiers of the Twentieth Century by Bradford J. Bradford J.

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;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, in the course of the trials of melancholy and conflict, the growth occasions of the post-war interval, and the commercial vagaries of the Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20 th century was once a time of development and complication, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from numerous political events and from very diverse backgrounds, led the govt of this province.

The names of some--like William Aberhart, Ernest Manning, and Peter Lougheed--are nonetheless loved ones names, whereas others--like Arthur Sifton, Herbert Greenfield and Richard Reid--have been all yet forgotten. but each one in his detailed method, for larger or for worse, helped to mildew and steer the future of the province he ruled. those are their

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Just before the election a number of these outside workers were arrested, a tactic borrowed from the Tory Roblin government in a recent Manitoba general election. The Liberals ultimately won 38 seats to 18 for the Tories, with some of the constituencies being very closely contested. 33 In some respects Sifton was fortunate that he had done so well amidst the serious economic downturn. Agricultural production had levelled off in 1912, and prices fell sharply and remained low in 1913 and 1914. Drought, especially in southern and eastern Alberta, made things worse.

He hoped that these accomplishments would be enough to offset the adverse court decision on the A & GW Railway matter and an international economy already in recession. If he was not a charismatic leader, happily for him 32 Arthur Sifton A l b e r TA P r e m I e r s of The 20 Th C e n T u ry neither was opposition leader Edward Michener. He had brought a period of stability, firm control, and direction to a fractured party and government. ” Shortly before the election, the government had forced through the House a redistribution bill, which not only increased the number of seats from 41 to 56, but managed to arrange electoral boundaries in such a manner as to increase the likelihood of Liberal victories.

Marzolf, “Alexander Cameron Rutherford and His Influence on Alberta’s Educational Program,” 74. 27. Thomas, The Liberal Party, 41–42. 28. A Corbett, Henry Marshall Tory: Beloved Canadian (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1954). 29. Thomas, The Liberal Party, 53. 30. See Bradford James Rennie, The Rise of Agrarian Democracy: The United Farmers and Farm Women of Alberta, 1909–1921 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000). 31. Thomas, The Liberal Party, 49. Also David Bright, The Limits of Labour: Class Formation and the Labour Movement in Calgary, 1883–1929 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1998).

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