1944 Alberta general election

← 1940 August 8, 1944 (1944-08-08) 1948 →

60 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
31 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
Ernest Manning.jpg
IM
Leader Ernest Manning James H. Walker
Party Social Credit Independent Movement
Leader since May 31, 1943 1944
Leader's seat Edmonton ran in Warner
Last election 36 seats, 42.9% 19 seats, 42.5%
Seats before 35 15
Seats won 51 3
Seat change Increase16 Decrease12
Popular vote 146,367 47,239
Percentage 50.5% 16.3%
Swing Increase7.6% Decrease26.2%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Elmer E Roper.jpg
V&AF
Leader Elmer E. Roper William J. Williams
Party Co-operative Commonwealth Veterans' and Active Force
Leader since 1942 1944
Leader's seat Edmonton Edmonton
Last election 0 seats, 11.1% pre-creation
Seats before 1 0
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Increase1 Increase1
Popular vote 70,307 3,532
Percentage 24.2% 1.2%
Swing Increase13.1%

Premier before election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

Premier after election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

The 1944 Alberta general election was held on August 8, 1944 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Overview

The election was the first contested by leader Ernest C. Manning. Previously Provincial Secretary, he became leader of the Social Credit Party and premier after party founder William Aberhart died in 1943. Manning steered the party down a more moderate path, largely dispensing with the party's social credit policies of monetary reform that it had been unable to implement.

Manning led Social Credit to a third term in government with a resounding victory in the 1944 election, winning over 50% of the popular vote on the first count of ballots. The Conservative party and former United Farmers continued their strategy of running joint candidates as independents. They were not supported by the Liberals who left the coalition and lost a significant share of the popular vote.

The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation entered the election with only one seat in the legislature belonging to party leader Elmer Roper who had won a 1942 by-election. Despite winning almost a quarter of the popular vote the party won only two seats in the general election.

Servicemen and veterans from World War II voted in the first phase of the election on August 4, 1944. There was also a second vote held to elect three Canadian Armed Forces representatives from amongst the Albertans who were in active service overseas, or those who missed the first vote.

This provincial election, like the previous four, saw district-level proportional representation (Single transferable voting) used to elect the MLAs of Edmonton and Calgary. City-wide districts were used to elect multiple MLAs in the cities. All the other MLAs were elected in single-member districts through Instant-runoff voting.

Results

Party Party Leader candidates Seats Popular Vote
1940 Diss. Elected % Change First % % Change
  Social Credit Ernest C. Manning 57 36 35 51 +41.7% 146,367 50.46% +7.56%
  Independent James H. Walker 36 19 15 3 −84.2% 47,239 16.28% -26.19%
  Canadian Armed Forces representatives 32 * * 3 * 7,985 2.75% *
  Cooperative Commonwealth Elmer Roper 57 - 1 2 +50% 70,307 24.24% +13.13
  Veteran's & Active Force William J. Williams 1 * * 1 * 3,532 1.22% *
Labor–Progressive1 James A. MacPherson 30 - - - - 12,003 4.14% +3.79%
  Labor United Enoch Williams 1 * * - * 1,788 0.62% *
Single Tax Martin Madge 1 * * - * 480 0.16% *
Farmer–Labour Victor Johanson 1 * * - * 390 0.13% *
  Others 0 2 5 See the 9th Alberta Legislative Assembly
    Vacant * 1
Totals 216 57 57 60 +5.26% 290,091 100%

Notes:

1 Compared to the Communist Party results from the previous election.

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Popular vote
Social Credit
50.46%
CCF
24.24%
Ind. Movement
16.28%
Others
9.02%
Seats summary
Social Credit
85.00%
Ind. Movement
5.00%
CCF
3.33%
Others
6.67%

The campaign

The 1944 election, was the first general election contested by Premier Ernest Manning. Manning had taken over the Social Credit Party from William Aberhart who died unexpectedly a year earlier. Social Credit faced opposition from the Independents led by James Walker who had also just been elected leader and the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation who had just managed to win a seat in a by-election in Edmonton and win a majority in the 1944 Saskatchewan general election. Like Social Credit and the Independents they were also contesting their first general election with new leader Elmer Roper.

The stage for the general election was set when Social Credit won a critical by-election in Red Deer in December 1943. The by-election win gave momentum to Social Credit as they picked it up from the Independents. After the election they decided to speed up their plans and hold the election in the summer time.[1]

Two major changes occurred this election with the way that votes were to be counted and who could vote. Ballots in single member electoral districts were now allowed to be marked with an "X" to indicate a first choice preference. Prior to this election high numbers of ballots had been declared as spoiled because they were not marked with a "1". Preferences beyond the first choice still had to be marked with a number indicating that preference.[2] The 1944 election also marked the first time that Japanese Canadians were eligible to vote in a provincial election. There were two thousand Japanese who had previously been evacuated from British Columbia to Alberta under war time provisions who were qualified to vote under the eligibility rules.[3]

After the writ was dropped the single biggest issue of the campaign turned out to be a referendum on the future of the Cooperative Commonwealth. The Independents and Social Credit were each asking their supporters to vote "1" and "2" for their respective parties to ensure the Commonwealth is defeated.[4]

Social Credit

The Social Credit governmenthad been re-elected with a thin majority government in 1940 after failing to fulfill many of its promises of monetary reform whose popularity had allowed it to sweep to power in the 1935 election. The party was also rising in popularity since Ernest Manning became Premier in 1943 after the death of William Aberhart. Manning steered the party away from its previous policies that included Social Credit monetary theory and media control.

The centrepiece of Social Credit's policy in this election was a plan on refunding Alberta's large debt that had been built up under the Liberal and by the United Farmer and Social Credit governments during the Depression.

Independents

The Independents, led into the election by James Walker, had been organized as a coalition of Conservatives, Liberals and United Farmers who grouped together to defeat the Social Credit government in 1937. The coalition which was organized under the parent group, the Independent Citizen's Association. Despite being an organized party all candidates ran and those who were elected did so as Independents. The coalition started falling apart when the Alberta Liberal Party left just before the 4th Legislative Session opened in February 1944.[5]

Walker was elected leader of the Independent Citizens Association at a convention held in Calgary on January 23, 1944. He defeated David Elton in a two-way contest.[6] There was considerable interest in the convention as over 300 delegates from across Alberta showed up to vote. Walker was elected on the first ballot winning a decisive victory. This was the first time since the Association had been created that a permanent leader was selected.[7]

Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF)

The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation had enjoyed tremendous growth over the past couple of years. In 1942 the provincial branch reorganized at a convention in Edmonton and merged the provincial branch of the Canadian Labor Party into the CCF. Prior to that date the two parties had been affiliated but had operated separately.[8] After the merger the party won an Edmonton by-election on September 22, 1942 to elect their leader Elmer Roper to the Assembly.[9] Shortly before the writs were dropped in this election the Saskatchewan CCF swept the 1944 Saskatchewan general election. Manning called the general election to defuse a possible surge in support for the CCF.[5]

The CCF provincially had struck a deal with the Labor Progressive Party (the Communist Party) to run fusion candidates in some electoral districts. The first time this agreement was put to work was in the December 1943 Red Deer by-election where James MacPherson, LPP leader, endorsed CCF candidate E.P. Johns. This was the first provincial election where the CCF fielded a full slate of candidates. They were the only other party in 1944 to do so other than Social Credit. (The need for fusion candidates was not great as transferable votes used at that time in all districts in Alberta avoided the harmful effects of vote splitting.)

Labor Progressive Party

The LPP had contested elections previously under the Communist banner, but had changed its name to be in line with the federal party, after they had all been outlawed.

The Labor Progressive Party, led by James MacPherson, aimed to run candidates in the major cities and in mining communities. [5] They did run 30 candidates.

In some electoral districts where LPP candidates did not run, the LPP and the CCF ran fusion candidates.[10] A proposal by the Labor Progressive Party to run fusion candidates with the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation at the federal level was rejected by the national council.

Farmer-Labor

Victor Johanson Farmer-Labor Leader
Victor Johanson Farmer-Labor Leader

The Farmer-Labor election committee was a minor political party created by Victor Johanson. He was a farmer residing near the small town of Bentley, Alberta. Johanson was originally selected as a fusion candidate for the Labor Progressive Party and Cooperative Commonwealth Federation to contest the Rocky Mountain House electoral district.

Shortly before the general election was called, the Rocky Mountain House CCF constituency association broke away and voted not to support Johanson and to nominate its own candidate instead.

Johanson then created his own Farmer-Labor banner that he and his supporters operated under.[11]

Johanson's Farmer-Labor banner was the least successful of the four single candidate slates that operated in the general election. Johanson finished last in his district and in the provincial standings, winning just 0.13% of the total popular vote in the province. After the election Johanson did not contest another provincial election, effectively ending the party.

Farmer-Labor's 1944 election platform had seven policy planks. These planks covered primarily local issues to appeal to coal miners working and living at Nordegg, Alberta. Crop insurance and raised commodity prices was also promised to appeal to area farmers. Other policy planks promised help to veterans returning from the war. Improvements for local transportation infrastructure rounded out the Farmer-Labor platform.[12]

Farmer-Labor Platform

Election night

On election night Manning's Social Credit party won a landslide victory with 52 percent of the vote.

Opposition MLAs were contained in Calgary and Edmonton, where STV ensured proportional results, and Social Credit swept the rural districts. Many rural districts were decided in SC's favour on the First Counts, But in others, where no candidate took a majority of the votes in the First Count, the Alternative Voting system used at the time necessitating vote transfer(s). Even where votes were transferred, the final winner in each single-member district was the same as would have won under First past the post.

The anti-SC coalition Independents had failed to run a candidate in every riding and were seen by the voters as lacking credibility. Most of their voters swung to Social Credit as a strategic vote to prevent the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation from electing members.[13]

The anti-SC coalition had lost its whipping boy, William Aberhart. The 1944 election was fought mostly as a two-party contest between the conservative Ernest Manning government and the leftist CCF, running relatively high due to wartime anti-fascist sentiment.

The opposition parties conceded defeat just twenty six minutes after the polls closed.[14]

Soldiers' vote

The second phase of the general election took place beginning in November 1944 and ending January 1945. Three members of the armed forces commissioned in World War II were elected to represent Alberta service men and women fighting or stationed overseas. In addition those who were in veterans hospitals at the time of the vote and retired service personnel who already returned from duty but missed the August 4, 1944, vote. This election was not run under the Elections Act and was instead run from an executive council order. This meant that the laws regarding eligibility by age and the Instant runoff voting system did not apply to the armed forces' vote. Saskatchewan was the only other province or state to implement an election for service men in World War II.[15]

The service men vote had been pushed for by the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) opposition. Elmer Roper harshly criticized the Social Credit government for having no plans to make voting options available for persons serving overseas.

The Social Credit government responded by announcing that there would be an election of the soldiers' representatives, but it had not decided the date of the vote prior to the first phase of general election being completed.[16]

The soldiers' Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) were meant to be non-partisan and sat on the opposition side of the Assembly. The order in council forebode any candidate running in the election from contesting it along party lines. The vote also temporarily increased the number of seats in the Assembly from 57 to 60. One member represented each branch of the service: Army, Navy and Air Force. This was the second soldiers' wartime vote held in the province's history, the first being the soldiers' and nurses vote held as the second part of the 1917 Alberta general election.

The writ period began in late November 1944. A total of 32 candidates registered to run in the election. The seat provided for the Army was hotly contested with 22 candidates, the Navy had three candidates and the Air Force had 7 candidates. The polls were open a record length of time as the voting was conducted from January 8, 1945, to January 20, 1945. Polling stations were set up on the front lines and at army bases where Albertans were stationed around the world. Four Chief Returning Officers were appointed to conduct the vote, a record that stands to this day. The vote was conducted under First Past the Post rules with no ballot transfers. Elsewhere in the Alberta 1944 election, Instant-runoff voting was used to elect single members, and votes were transferred if necessary because to be elected a successful candidate had to have a majority of votes.

The official results from the vote conducted in Alberta were released on January 31, 1945. The votes for the rest of the world were released on January 6, 1945.

An oddity of this vote is that the Government of Alberta did not print an official document detailing the election results or expenses of operating the election for the general public as it did with the rest of the general election that year. This was because the executive council order made by the Social Credit government did not require it.

Full printing of the official results did appear in both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Albertan as they were announced by the Chief Electoral Officer at a press conference held in Edmonton on February 5, 1945. The Herald was the only newspaper to break down the results by counting station.[17]

Turnout for this election was generally low; the election came during the closing months of World War II when Germany was on its heels and starting to collapse and the tables had turned for Japanese forces as well. In addition to the heavy fighting there were also large numbers of troops in transit during the voting period. Chief Returning Officer Robert Addison estimated that almost 3,300 Alberta soldiers eligible were unable to vote because of being in transit to various fronts.

The returns themselves were counted in four places, voting conducted in Alberta was counted and released in Edmonton first, while voting conducted overseas was counted in London and sent to Edmonton by telegraph.

The highest turnout came by Army soldiers fighting in Italy and the lowest turnout was in the Mediterranean with only five service-men voting. No statistics were released on how many service men and woman were eligible to vote in total.

Voters for this election were eligible to cast a ballot if they were residents of Alberta for one full calendar year prior to enlisting in the military. The only other eligibility requirement was that they missed casting a ballot in their home electoral district during the first phase of the election.

The Government of Alberta commissioned four Chief Electoral Officers to help run the election. The election proved to be a logistical challenge as no similar election had ever been conducted on a worldwide scale. Robert Addison was in charge of overseeing the election in Edmonton and coordination operations around the world. James Thompson was Chief Returning Office in charge of overseeing the vote in the Mediterranean and the Franco-Belgian Fighting Fronts. A.P. Van Buren was in charge of Canada, United States and Alaska, Newfoundland, Bermuda, Nassau and Jamaica. L.P. Danis was the Chief Returning Officer for France, Belgium and Holland. The jobs of the Chief Electoral Officers included finding out where Albertans were stationed, setting up polling stations, and overseeing collection of ballots. In some cases polling stations were set up directly in the trenches causing delays to the election as election staff came under hostile fire.[18]

Not much is known about the election campaigns, as there was very little information published in the press about the election. The results showed there were no clear front runners in all three races. The Navy vote saw Loftus Dudley Ward hold a lead when the first votes for Alberta were released by the Chief Electoral Officer on January 31, 1945. Ward managed to hang on to win despite getting very few overseas votes. In the Air Force vote, Joseph Roy Burton was marginally leading the field after the Alberta votes were released. On the final total Frederick C. Colborne won with a surge of overseas votes. James Harper Prowse was the biggest surprise in the Army race as he had only 34 votes before surging to win with 1,050 after the final totals were released.

The result of these elections, conducted using the First past the post voting system, shows the uncertainty of that system. All three winners won with only a minority of the votes cast in their respective constituencies. James Harper Prowse won with only 17 percent of the votes cast by army voters.

Results

Canadian Army vote official results[19]
Service rank Name Votes % Home
Captain James Harper Prowse 1,050 17.14% Edmonton
Lieutenant Colonel Eric Wyld Cormack 1,020 16.65% Alix
Colonel E.B. Wilson 514 8.39% Edmonton
Sapper Eric Joseph Poole 472 7.71% Red Deer
Brigadier M.C. Gernard Renvoize Bradbrook 384 6.27% Calgary
Captain James Blakley Corbet 236 3.85% Edmonton
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant A. Begg 224 3.66% Medicine Hat
Captain William Thomas Sabine 224 3.66% Edmonton
Craftsman Arthur Frank Balfour 221 3.61% Calgary
Sergeant Clarence Alexander Mumford 203 3.31% Calgary
Corporal Donald Hugh McLeod 201 3.28% Calgary
Captain Robert Hugh Miller 187 3.05% Edmonton
Sergeant Douglas Sterling McLaughlin 170 2.78% Kinuso
Sergeant Alfred Sigman Brooks 160 2.61% Purple Springs
Major Wilford Addinell 157 2.56% Edmonton
Lieutenant James Reginald Dowdell 120 1.96% Edmonton
Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant David Elliot Scott 118 1.93% Stony Plain
Major William Graham Ledingham 110 1.80% Calgary
Corporal Alex Brown Johnston 106 1.73% Picture Butte
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant H.A.L. Duffin 102 1.67% Calgary
Warrant Officer Class II Robert Duncan McIlroy 92 1.50% Vulcan
Support Bernard LaFleur 54 0.88% McLennan
Total Valid Ballots 6,125 100%
Royal Canadian Air Force vote official results[19]
Service rank Name Votes % Home
Wing Commander Frederick C. Colborne 252 20.88% Calgary
Warrant Officer Joseph Roy Burton 244 20.22% Edmonton
Sergeant James Melville Bell 181 14.99% Edmonton
Flight Officer Niel Allen Bell 178 14.75% Wayne
Sergeant Frank Pierpoint Appleby 149 12.34% Athabasca
Flight Officer Claude Andrew Cambell 126 10.44% Edmonton
Flight Officer Harold E. Bronson 77 6.38% Cherhill
Total Valid Ballots 1,207 100%
Royal Canadian Navy vote official results[19]
Service rank Name Votes % Home
Chief Petty Officer Loftus Dudley Ward 293 44.87% Calgary
Lieutenant John P. Dewis 191 29.25% Canmore
Leading Writer John Francis McVean 169 25.88% Edmonton
Total Valid Ballots 653 100%

Key races

Edmonton

Edmonton candidate composition
Affiliation #
  CCF 5
  Independent 4
Labor–Progressive 5
  Social Credit 5
  Veterans' and Active Force 1

The Edmonton electoral district elected five members by single transferable vote. There were twenty candidates running in the district including four party leaders. Social Credit leader Ernest Manning, who had been appointed premier in 1943, was easily the most recognizable candidate in the field. Elmer Roper, CCF leader, had won a seat in Edmonton almost two years earlier in a by-election and was running for re-election. The other party leaders were James MacPherson, of the Labor Progressive Party, and William J. Williams, of the Veterans' and Active Force group.

Manning won his seat in the First Count. It took 16 vote transfers to fill the last seat but in the end candidates of four different groups were elected to represent Edmonton - 2 SC, 1 (anti-SC) Independent, 1 CCF and Williams of the Veterans and Active Force group.[20] The three opposition MLAS elected in Edmonton joined with the three elected in Calgary. Those six were the only opposition MLAs elected to the Legislature in this election.

Red Deer

The results of the December 1943 by-election in Red Deer had led Social Credit government to speed up plans for the general election. Incumbent Social Credit MLA David Ure was running for his second term in office.

Rocky Mountain House

Farmer-Labor candidate and leader Victor Johanson was nominated at a joint Cooperative Commonwealth Federation/Labor Progressive convention on February 17, 1944. Shortly before the election the CCF riding association broke off and nominated candidate George Morrison to run under their banner.[11] Incumbent Social Credit MLA Alfred Hooke was running for re-election. He had been appointed by Premier Manning as Provincial Secretary, when he had formed his cabinet in 1943, after Aberhart's death. The Independents did not nominate a candidate in this riding. On election night Hooke was easily re-elected, winning a majority of the votes on the first count.[21][22]

Warner

The Warner electoral district was hotly contested by Independent leader James Walker and Provincial Treasurer Solon Low. Low had been defeated by Walker in the 1940 general election and won a by-election held in the Vegreville electoral district on June 20, 1940. The field of candidates was rounded out by W.M. Madge who ran under the Single Tax banner and R.B. Eshorn of the CCF. On election night, Low won a stunning first count victory, taking a majority of the votes first off and defeating Walker.

Members elected

For complete electoral history, see individual districts.

[23] District Elected Member Party Incumbent Party Result
  Acadia-Coronation Clarence Gerhart Social Credit Clarence Gerhart Social Credit Re-elected
  Alexandra Selmer Berg Social Credit Selmer Berg Social Credit Re-elected
  Athabasca Gordon Lee Social Credit Gordon Lee Social Credit Re-elected
  Banff-Cochrane Arthur Wray Social Credit Frank Laut Independent Defeated
  Beaver River Lucien Maynard Social Credit Lucien Maynard Social Credit Re-elected
  Bow Valley-Empress Wilson Cain Social Credit Wilson Cain Social Credit Re-elected
  Bruce James L. McPherson Social Credit James L. McPherson Social Credit Re-elected
  Calgary Andrew Davison Independent Andrew Davidson Independent Re-elected
  Howard MacDonald Independent John J. Bowlen Independent Defeated
  Rose Wilkinson Social Credit James Mahaffy Independent Retired
  Fred Anderson Social Credit Fred Anderson Social Credit Re-elected
  Aylmer Liesemer Cooperative Commonwealth Vacant
  Camrose Chester Sayers Social Credit Chester Sayers Social Credit Re-elected
  Cardston Nathan Eldon Tanner Social Credit Nathan Eldon Tanner Social Credit Re-elected
  Clover Bar Floyd M. Baker Social Credit Floyd Baker Social Credit Re-elected
  Cypress Edith Thurston Social Credit Fay Jackson Independent Retired
  Didsbury Howard Hammell Social Credit Ernest Brown Independent Retired
  Drumheller Gordon Taylor Social Credit Gordon Taylor Social Credit Re-elected
  Edmonton Elmer Roper Cooperative Commonwealth bgcolor="#EEDDAA" Elmer Roper Cooperative Commonwealth Re-elected
  Ernest Manning Social Credit Ernest Manning Social Credit Re-elected
  John P. Page Independent John P. Page Independent Re-elected
  William Williams Veteran's & Active Force Hugh John MacDonald Independent Retired
  Norman James Social Credit Norman James Social Credit Re-elected
  Edson Norman Willmore Social Credit Angus James Morrison Labor Retired
  Gleichen George E. Bell Social Credit Donald James McKinnon Independent Defeated
  Grande Prairie Ira McLaughlin Social Credit Lewis O'Brien Independent Retired
  Grouard William Fallow Social Credit Joseph Tremblay Liberal Retired
  Hand Hills Wallace Warren Cross Social Credit Wallace Warren Cross Social Credit Re-elected
  Lac Ste. Anne Albert Bourcier Social Credit Albert Bourcier Social Credit Re-elected
  Lacombe Duncan MacMillan Social Credit Duncan MacMillan Social Credit Re-elected
  Leduc Ronald Ansley Social Credit Ronald Ansley Social Credit Re-elected
  Lethbridge John Landeryou Social Credit Peter M. Campbell Independent Retired
  Little Bow Peter Dawson Social Credit Peter Dawson Social Credit Re-elected
  Macleod James Hartley Social Credit James Hartley Social Credit Re-elected
  Medicine Hat John Lyle Robinson Social Credit John Lyle Robinson Social Credit Re-elected
  Okotoks-High River Ivan Casey Social Credit John Broomfield Independent Defeated
  Olds Norman E. Cook Social Credit Norman E. Cook Social Credit Re-elected
  Peace River William Gilliland Social Credit Eld Martin Independent Defeated
  Pembina Robin Jorgenson Social Credit George MacLachlan Independent Defeated
  Pincher Creek-Crowsnest Ernest Duke Social Credit Ernest Duke Social Credit Re-elected
  Ponoka Ora B. Moore Social Credit Percy McKelvey Independent Retired
  Red Deer David Ure Social Credit David Ure Social Credit Re-elected
  Redwater James Popil Social Credit James Popil Social Credit Re-elected
  Rocky Mountain House Alfred Hooke Social Credit Alfred Hooke Social Credit Re-elected
  Sedgewick Albert Fee Social Credit Albert Fee Social Credit Re-elected
  Spirit River Henry DeBolt Social Credit Henry DeBolt Social Credit Re-elected
  St. Albert Charles Holder Social Credit Lionel Tellier Independent Retired
  St. Paul Joseph Beaudry Social Credit Joseph Beaudry Social Credit Re-elected
  Stettler William S. Mackie Social Credit Chester Reynolds Independent Social Credit Retired
  Stony Plain Cornelia Wood Social Credit Cornelia Wood Social Credit Re-elected
  Taber Roy Lee Social Credit Roy Lee Social Credit Re-elected
  Vegreville Michael Ponich Social Credit Solon Low Social Credit Re-elected
  Vermilion William Cornish Social Credit William Fallow Social Credit Re-elected
  Wainwright William Masson Social Credit William Masson Social Credit Re-elected
  Warner Solon Low Social Credit James Walker Independent Defeated
  Wetaskiwin John Wingblade Social Credit John Wingblade Social Credit Re-elected
  Willingdon William Tomyn Social Credit William Tomyn Social Credit Re-elected

References

  1. ^ "Some Campaign Notes". VOL. XLIII, No. 2. Red Deer Advocate. January 12, 1944. p. 2.
  2. ^ "Election Topics". Camrose Canadian. August 2, 1944. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Decision". Time Magazine. August 14, 1944. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  4. ^ "Can The C.C.F. Make It?". Vol. XLIII, No. 30. Red Deer Advocate. July 26, 1944. p. 2.
  5. ^ a b c "Mr. Manning says "GO"". Red Deer Advocate. July 12, 1944. p. 2.
  6. ^ "James H. Walker Elected Leader of the Independent Assn". Vol XXXII, No. 46. The Herald-Tribune. January 27, 1944. p. 1.
  7. ^ "Dr. L.J. O'Brien, M.L.A. Gives Impressions of the Calgary Convention". Vol XXXII, No. 46. The Herald-Tribune. January 27, 1944. p. 1.
  8. ^ "The C.C.F. in Alberta". Red Deer Advocate. January 28, 1992. p. 2.
  9. ^ "Past by-election results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  10. ^ "Eckville News". Vol. XLIII, No.4. Red Deer Advocate. January 26, 1944. p. 6.
  11. ^ a b I. Kaila (August 2, 1944). "Use Your Vote". Vol XLIII, No.31. Red Deer Advocate. p. 5.
  12. ^ "Programme Farmer-Labor Candidate". XLIII, No. 30. Red Deer Advocate. July 26, 1944. p. 2.
  13. ^ "Two Elections". Time Magazine. August 21, 1944. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  14. ^ "Social Credit Government Wins in Landslide". Vol 47. – No. 32. The Olds Gazette. August 10, 1944.
  15. ^ "Experiment in Democracy". Time Magazine. October 16, 1944. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  16. ^ "Alberta election to be Tuesday August 8th". Red Deer Advocate. July 12, 1944. p. 1.
  17. ^ "Two Calgarians Win Elections For Servicemen". Calgary Herald. February 6, 1945. p. 2.
  18. ^ "Service vote begins January 8, 1945, and ended January 20, 1945". Calgary Herald. January 5, 1945. p. 2.
  19. ^ a b c "2 Calgarians Elected in Servicemen's Vote". The Albertan. February 6, 1945. p. 12.
  20. ^ Official Returns filed by the Returning officer, PAA (Edmonton), 1971.138, 158
  21. ^ "Rocky Mountain House 1944 election results". Alberta Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  22. ^ A Report on Alberta Elections, 1905-1982
  23. ^ "Official results of the general election held August 8, 1944". Chief Electoral Officer of Alberta.