1909 Alberta general election

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41 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
21 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Alexander Rutherford Albert Robertson
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1905 1905
Leader's seat Strathcona ran in High River
Last election 22 seats, 57.6% 3 seats, 37.1%
Seats before 22 2
Seats won 36 2
Seat change Increase14 Steady0
Popular vote 29,634 15,848
Percentage 59.3% 31.7%
Swing Increase1.7% -5.4%

  Third party Fourth party
  S L
Leader unknown Donald McNabb
Party Socialist Labour
Leader since 1909
Leader's seat ran in Lethbridge (lost)
Last election pre-creation pre-creation
Seats before 0 1
Seats won 1 0
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,302 214
Percentage 2.6% 0.4%
Swing Increase2.6 Increase0.4

Premier before election

Alexander C. Rutherford

Premier after election

Alexander C. Rutherford

The 1909 Alberta general election was held on 22 March 1909, to elect 41 members to the 2nd Alberta Legislature.

The Liberal Party of Premier Alexander C. Rutherford was re-elected with 36 of the 41 seats in the legislature, and just under 60% of the popular vote. The Conservative Party led by Albert Robertson formed the official opposition, with only two members. The remaining three seats were split between smaller parties and independents. Robertson was defeated in his own seat in High River.

Prior to the election, the Legislative Assembly passed An Act respecting the Legislative Assembly of Alberta which was assented to on 25 February 1909. The Act created an additional 16 seats in the Legislature, lifting the total to 41, and redistributed the boundaries of the provincial electoral districts.[1]

The vote in the district of Athabasca was conducted on 15 July 1909 due to the remoteness of the riding.


Party Votes Seats
Liberal 29,634
Increase 1.7pp
36 / 41 (88%)
Increase 14
Conservative 15,848
Decrease 5.4pp
2 / 41 (5%)
Socialist 1,302
1 / 41 (2%)
Increase 1
     Others and independents 3,220
Decrease 0.5pp
2 / 41 (5%)
Increase 1
Popular vote
Seats summary

Full results

Summary of the 1909 Alberta general election
Party Leader Candidates Seats Popular vote
1905 Dissol. 1909 +/- Votes % +/- (pp)
Liberal Alexander Cameron Rutherford 42 22 22 36 +14 29,634 59.26% +3.31
Conservative Albert Robertson 29 2 2 2 0 15,848 31.69% −5.44
  Independent 6 1 0 1 +1 1,695 3.39% −3.53
  Independent Liberal 2 0 0 1 +1 1,311 2.62% N/A
Socialist 2 0 0 1 +1 1,302 2.60% N/A
Labour Donald McNabb 1 0 1 0 -1 214 0.43% N/A
Total 82 25 25 41 50,004 100%
Source: Office of the Chief Electoral Officer; Legislative Assembly Office (2006). A Century of Democracy: Elections of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 1905-2005. The Centennial Series. Edmonton, AB: Legislative Assembly of Alberta. p. 12. ISBN 0-9689217-8-7. Retrieved 25 May 2020.

Members of the Legislative Assembly elected

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

Members elected

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

District Elected Member Party Incumbent Party Result
  Alexandra Alwyn Bramley-Moore Liberal New District
  Athabasca Jean Côté Liberal William Bredin Liberal Defeated
Banff District Abolished Charles W. Fisher Liberal Re-elected
  Calgary William Cushing Liberal William Cushing Liberal Re-elected
Richard Bennett Conservative
  Camrose George P. Smith Liberal New District
  Cardston John William Woolf Liberal John William Woolf Liberal Re-elected
  Claresholm Malcolm McKenzie Liberal New District
  Cochrane Charles W. Fisher Liberal New District
  Didsbury Joseph Stauffer Liberal New District
  Edmonton Charles Wilson Cross Liberal Charles Wilson Cross Liberal Re-elected
John McDougall Liberal
  Gleichen Ezra Riley Liberal Ezra Riley Liberal Re-elected
  High River Louis Roberts Liberal Albert Robertson Conservative Defeated
  Innisfail John A. Simpson Liberal John A. Simpson Liberal Re-elected
  Lac Ste. Anne Peter Gunn Liberal New District
  Lacombe William Puffer Liberal William Puffer Liberal Re-elected
  Leduc Robert Telford Liberal Robert Telford Liberal Re-elected
Lethbridge District Abolished Donald McNabb Labor Defeated
  Lethbridge City William Ashbury Buchanan Liberal New District
  Lethbridge District Archibald J. McLean Independent Liberal New District
  Macleod Colin Genge Liberal Malcolm McKenzie Liberal Re-elected
  Medicine Hat William Finlay Liberal William Finlay Liberal Re-elected
  Nanton John M. Glendenning Liberal New District
  Okotoks George Hoadley Conservative New District
  Olds Duncan Marshall Liberal New District
  Pakan Prosper-Edmond Lessard Liberal New District
  Peace River James Cornwall Liberal Thomas Brick Liberal Retired
  Pembina Henry William McKenney Liberal New District
  Pincher Creek David Warnock Liberal New District
  Ponoka William A. Campbell Liberal John R. McLeod Liberal Retired
  Red Deer Edward Michener Independent John T. Moore Liberal Defeated
  Rocky Mountain Charles M. O'Brien Socialist New District
Rosebud District Abolished Cornelius Hiebert Independent Defeated
  Sedgewick Charles Stewart Liberal New District
  St. Albert Lucien Boudreau Liberal Henry William McKenney Liberal Re-elected
  Stettler Robert L. Shaw Liberal New District
  Stony Plain John McPherson Liberal John McPherson Liberal Re-elected
  Strathcona Alexander Cameron Rutherford Liberal Alexander Cameron Rutherford Liberal Re-elected
  Sturgeon John R. Boyle Liberal John R. Boyle Liberal Re-elected
  Vegreville James Bismark Holden Liberal New District
  Vermilion Archibald Campbell Liberal James Bismark Holden Liberal Re-elected
  Victoria Francis A. Walker Liberal Francis A. Walker Liberal Re-elected
  Wetaskiwin Charles H. Olin Liberal Anthony Rosenroll Liberal Retired

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