Centre Calgary
Alberta electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1913
District abolished1921
First contested1913
Last contested1917

Centre Calgary was a provincial electoral district in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta using the first past the post method of voting from 1913 to 1921.[1]

History

The Centre Calgary electoral district was formed in 1913 from Calgary (provincial electoral district) and abolished in 1921 and once again became part of the Calgary provincial electoral district.

Boundary history

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Centre Calgary[3]
Assembly Years Member Party
See Calgary electoral district from 1905-1913
3rd 1913–1917 Thomas Tweedie Conservative
4th 1917–1919 Alex Ross Labor Representation
1919–1921 Dominion Labor
See Calgary electoral district from 1921-1959

Electoral history

The Centre Calgary provincial electoral district was created in 1913 as part of a contentious re-distribution of boundaries that saw the City of Calgary divided up into three electoral districts. The other two electoral districts were North Calgary and South Calgary.

Conservative candidate Thomas Tweedie won the Centre Calgary's first election held in 1913. He was part of a Conservative sweep of the city that year. The Conservatives had a wave of support due to the unpopularity of the Sifton government in power at the time.

Thomas Tweedie was defeated in a stunning upset by the Calgary Labor temple member Alex Ross. Ross held the electoral district until it was abolished in 1921, as Calgary was reformed into a five-member seat.

Legislature results

1913 general election

1913 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Thomas Tweedie 1,564 68.24%
Liberal John Chantler McDougall 728 31.76%
Total 2,292
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout 3,766 60.86%
Source(s)
Source: "Calgary (Centre) Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1917 general election

1917 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Alex Ross 1,328 51.06%
Conservative Thomas Tweedie 1,273 48.94% -19.29%
Total 2,601
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout 4,701 55.33%
Labor gain from Conservative Swing -17.18%
Source(s)
Source: "Calgary (Centre) Official Results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
Alex Ross was a member of the Alberta Labor Representation League which would merge with Dominion Labor Party in 1919.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Election results for Calgary (Centre)". abheritage.ca. Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "2". Statutes of the Province of Alberta. Government of Alberta. 1913. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta 1905-2006" (PDF). Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2009.

Further reading

Coordinates: 51°03′N 114°04′W / 51.05°N 114.06°W / 51.05; -114.06