57 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
29 seats were needed for a majority
The 1948 Alberta general election was held on August 17, 1948, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
Ernest C. Manning led the Social Credit to a fourth term in government, increasing its share of the popular vote further above the 50% mark it had set in the 1944 election. It won the same number of seats — 51 of the 57 seats in the legislature — that it had won in the previous election.
The remaining seats were won by the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, the Liberal Party and independents.
This provincial election, like the previous five, 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.
Along with this election, voters got to also vote in a province wide plebiscite. The ballot asked voters about utility regulation.
|Party||Party Leader||# of
|1944||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Social Credit||Ernest C. Manning||57||51||51||-||164,003||55.63%||+3.75%|
|Cooperative Commonwealth||Elmer Roper||51||2||2||-||56,387||19.13%||−5.79%|
|Liberal||James Harper Prowse||49||*||2||*||52,655||17.86%||*|
|Independent Social Credit||3||*||1||*||2,958||1.00%||*|
|Independent Citizen's||John P. Page||2||*||-||*||3,969||1.35%||*|
|Veterans' & Active Force||0||1||-||−100%||0||0.00%||-|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
The electrification plebiscite was the fourth plebiscite conducted province-wide in Alberta's history. The ballot was not a traditional yes/no question, but presented two options on electricity generation and transmission, asking if the province should create "a publicly-owned utility administered by the Alberta Government Power Commission" or leave the electricity industry in the hands of companies already in the business (a mixture of municipal operations and private companies). The driving force behind the referendum was whether to provide rural electrification through public ownership or leave it in the hands of private corporations that had done very little up to that time and did not have the financial resources to perform the task. Despite the referendum result, the government sponsored the creation of many Rural Electrification Associations, of which some still exist today.
The result shows how evenly divided the province was on the issue, with a plurality of only 151 votes in favour of leaving the old system in place. In fact, the majority of voters in Edmonton and in the rural areas were in favour of provincial control but an even larger majority in Calgary voted in favour of the old system.
|Option A||Option B|
|Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being continued by the Power Companies?||Are you in favour of the generation and distribution of electricity being made a publicly owned utility administered by the Alberta Government Power Commission?|
|139,991 50.03%||139,840 49.97%|
For a breakdown of results, please see individual districts.
For complete electoral history, see individual districts.
|11th Alberta Legislative Assembly|
|Acadia-Coronation||Clarence Gerhart||Social Credit|
|Alexandra||Anders Aalborg||Social Credit|
|Athabasca||Gordon Lee||Social Credit|
|Banff-Cochrane||Arthur Wray||Independent Social Credit|
|Beaver River||Harry Lobay||Social Credit|
|Bow Valley-Empress||Wilson Cain||Social Credit|
|Bruce||Earl Hardy||Social Credit|
|Calgary||Rose Wilkinson||Social Credit|
|Frederick C. Colborne||Social Credit|
|Hugh John MacDonald||Liberal|
|Aylmer Liesemer||Co-operative Commonwealth|
|Camrose||Chester Sayers||Social Credit|
|Cardston||Nathan Eldon Tanner||Social Credit|
|Clover Bar||Floyd Baker||Social Credit|
|Cypress||James Underdahl||Social Credit|
|Didsbury||Howard Hammell||Social Credit|
|Drumheller||Gordon Taylor||Social Credit|
|Edmonton||Elmer Roper||Co-operative Commonwealth|
|Lou Heard||Social Credit|
|Ernest Manning||Social Credit|
|James Harper Prowse||Liberal|
|Clayton Adams||Social Credit|
|Edson||Norman Willmore||Social Credit|
|Gleichen||George Bell||Social Credit|
|Grande Prairie||Ira McLaughlin||Social Credit|
|Grouard||John Wood||Social Credit|
|Hand Hills||Wallace Cross||Social Credit|
|Lac Ste. Anne||Albert Bourcier||Social Credit|
|Lacombe||Duncan MacMillan||Social Credit|
|Leduc||Ronald Ansley||Social Credit|
|Lethbridge||John Landeryou||Social Credit|
|Little Bow||Peter Dawson||Social Credit|
|Macleod||James Hartley||Social Credit|
|Medicine Hat||John Lyle Robinson||Social Credit|
|Okotoks-High River||Ivan Casey||Social Credit|
|Olds||Norman E. Cook||Social Credit|
|Peace River||William Gilliland||Social Credit|
|Pembina||Robin Jorgenson||Social Credit|
|Pincher Creek-Crowsnest||William Kovach||Social Credit|
|Ponoka||Ora B. Moore||Social Credit|
|Red Deer||David A. Ure||Social Credit|
|Redwater||Peter Chaba||Social Credit|
|Rocky Mountain House||Alfred Hooke||Social Credit|
|Sedgewick||Albert Fee||Social Credit|
|Spirit River||Henry DeBolt||Social Credit|
|St. Albert||Lucien Maynard||Social Credit|
|St. Paul||Joseph Beaudry||Social Credit|
|Stettler||William S. Mackie||Social Credit|
|Stony Plain||Cornelia Wood||Social Credit|
|Taber||Roy S. Lee||Social Credit|
|Vegreville||Michael Ponich||Social Credit|
|Vermilion||William Cornish||Social Credit|
|Wainwright||William Masson||Social Credit|
|Warner||Leonard Halmrast||Social Credit|
|Wetaskiwin||John Wingblade||Social Credit|
|Willingdon||William Tomyn||Social Credit|