1952 Alberta general election

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61 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
31 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Ernest Manning James H. Prowse
Party Social Credit Liberal
Leader since May 31, 1943 June 25, 1947
Leader's seat Edmonton Edmonton
Last election 51 seats, 55.6% 2 seats, 17.9%
Seats before 49 2
Seats won 53 3
Seat change Increase4 Increase1
Popular vote 167,789 66,738
Percentage 56.2% 22.4%
Swing Increase0.6% Increase4.5%

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Elmer E. Roper None
Party Co-operative Commonwealth Conservative
Leader since 1942
Leader's seat Edmonton
Last election 2 seats, 19.1% did not contest
Seats before 2 0
Seats won 2 2
Seat change ±0 Increase2
Popular vote 41,929 10,971
Percentage 14.1% 3.7%
Swing Decrease4.7%

Premier before election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

Premier after election

Ernest Manning
Social Credit

The 1952 Alberta general election was held on August 5, 1952, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Ernest C. Manning in his third election as leader of the Social Credit Party, and its first election since the Social Credit Party paid off Alberta's first debt in 1949, led it to its fifth consecutive election victory, increasing its share of the popular vote, and winning fifty two of the sixty one seats in the legislature.

The Liberal Party formed the official opposition with only four seats. The Conservative Party returned to Alberta politics again, nominating candidates both under the "Conservative" banner, and under the "Progressive Conservative" banner recently adopted by its federal counterpart. The party won two seats, one under each banner. The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation won two seats, one that of leader Elmer Roper. The remaining seat was won by an Independent.

This provincial election, like the previous six, 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.

Voter turn-out was 59.4 percent in this election.[1]


Party Party Leader # of
Seats Popular Vote
1948 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Social Credit Ernest C. Manning 61 51 53 +3.9% 167,789 56.24% +0.61%
Liberal James Harper Prowse 55 2 3 +50.0% 66,738 22.37% +4.51%
  Cooperative Commonwealth Federation Elmer Roper 41 2 2 0.0% 41,929 14.05% −5.08%
  Conservative 5 * 1 * 6,271 2.10% *
  Progressive Conservative 7 * 1 * 4,700 1.57% *
  Independent Social Credit 6 1 1 0% 4,203 1.41% +0.41%
  Independent Labour 1 * - * 2,927 0.98% *
Labor–Progressive 2 - - - 1,132 0.38% −0.09%
  Independent 1 1 - −100% 705 0.24% −2.81%
  Farmer's candidate 1 * - * 655 0.22% *
  Labour 1 - - - 527 0.18% -1.03%
  Non-Partisan Farmer 1 * - * 463 0.16% *
  People's candidate 1 * - * 296 0.10% *
Total 183 57 61 +5.3% 298,3351 100%  
Source: Elections Alberta


1 Taken from first count votes.

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Popular vote
Social Credit
Seats summary
Social Credit

Members elected

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For complete electoral history, see individual districts.

12th Alberta Legislative Assembly
  District Member Party
  Acadia-Coronation Clarence Gerhart Social Credit
  Alexandra Anders Aalborg Social Credit
  Athabasca Antonio Aloisio Social Credit
  Banff-Cochrane Lee Leavitt Social Credit
  Bonnyville Laudas Joly Social Credit
  Bow Valley-Empress Wilson Cain Social Credit
  Bruce Earl Hardy Social Credit
  Calgary Paul Brecken Progressive Conservative
  Rose Wilkinson Social Credit
  Frederick C. Colborne Social Credit
  Howard MacDonald Social Credit
  Arthur Dixon Social Credit
  Hugh John MacDonald Liberal
  Camrose Chester Sayers Social Credit
  Cardston Edgar Hinman Social Credit
  Clover Bar Floyd Baker Social Credit
  Cypress James Underdahl Social Credit
  Didsbury Howard Hammell Social Credit
  Drumheller Gordon Taylor Social Credit
  Edmonton Ernest Manning Social Credit
  James Harper Prowse Liberal
  Elmer Roper Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
  Joseph Donovan Ross Social Credit
  Edgar Gerhart Social Credit
  John Page Conservative
  Harold Tanner Liberal
  Edson Norman Willmore Social Credit
  Gleichen George E. Bell Social Credit
  Grand Prairie Ira McLaughlin Social Credit
  Grouard Joseph Desfosses Liberal
  Hand Hills Wallace Warren Cross Social Credit
  Lac La Biche Harry Lobay Social Credit
  Lac Ste. Anne Angelo Montemurro Social Credit
  Lacombe Allen Patrick Social Credit
  Leduc Ronald Ansley Independent 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 Frederick Niddrie Social Credit
  Peace River William Gilliland Social Credit
  Pembina Robin Jorgenson Social Credit
  Pincher Creek-Crowsnest William Kovach Social Credit
  Ponoka Glen Johnston Social Credit
  Red Deer David A. Ure Social Credit
  Redwater Peter Chaba Social Credit
  Rocky Mountain House Alfred Hooke Social Credit
  Sedgewick Jack Hillman Social Credit
  Spirit River Adolph Fimrite Social Credit
  St. Albert Lucien Maynard Social Credit
  St. Paul Raymond Reierson Social Credit
  Stettler John Clark 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 Nick Dushenski Co-operative Commonwealth Federation

See also


  1. ^ A Report on Alberta Elections, p. 75