Stettler
Alberta electoral district
Defunct provincial electoral district
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of Alberta
District created1909
District abolished1993
First contested1909
Last contested1989

Stettler was a provincial electoral district in Alberta, Canada, mandated to return a single member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1909 to 1993.[1]

History

The Stettler electoral district was formed in 1909 from the eastern portions of the Gleichen, Rosebud, Innisfail, Red Deer and Lacombe electoral districts. The district is named after the Town of Stettler.

The Stettler electoral district was abolished in 1993 and combined with portions of the Lacombe electoral district to form Lacombe-Stettler electoral district.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)

Members of the Legislative Assembly for Stettler
Assembly Years Member Party
2nd  1909–1913     Robert L. Shaw Liberal
3rd  1913–1917
4th  1917–1921 Edward H. Prudden
5th  1921–1926     Albert L. Sanders United Farmers
6th  1926–1930
7th  1930–1935
8th  1935–1940     Charles Cockroft Social Credit
9th  1940–1944 Chester A. Reynolds
10th  1944–1948 William S. Mackie
11th  1948–1952
12th  1952–1955 John Etter Clark
13th  1955–1959
14th  1959–1963 Galen C. Norris
15th  1963–1967
16th  1967–1971
17th  1971–1975     Jack G. Robertson Progressive Conservative
18th  1975–1979 Graham L. Harle
19th  1979–1982
20th  1982–1986
21st  1986–1989 Brian C. Downey
22nd  1989–1989
 1989–1993 Don Getty
See Lacombe-Stettler electoral district from 1993-2004

Election results

1909 general election

1909 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert L. Shaw 873 71.27%
Conservative J.K. Creighton 352 28.73%
Total 1,225
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1909 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1913 general election

1913 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Robert L. Shaw 928 45.65% -25.62%
Conservative George W. Morris 907 44.61% 15.88%
Independent Malcolm McNeil 198 9.74%
Total 2,033
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing -20.75%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1913 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1917 general election

1917 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward H. Prudden 1,408 39.45% -6.20%
Conservative George W. Morris 1,375 38.53% -6.09%
Independent J. R. Knight 786 22.02% 12.28%
Total 3,569
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing -0.05%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1917 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1921 general election

1921 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Albert L. Sanders 3,106 65.89%
Liberal Edward H. Prudden 1,608 34.11% -5.34%
Total 4,714
Rejected, spoiled and declined N/A
Eligible electors / turnout N/A N/A
United Farmers gain from Liberal Swing 15.43%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1921 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1926 general election

1926 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Albert L. Sanders 2,122 54.69% -11.20%
Conservative H. A. Blair 921 23.74%
Liberal George Auxier 837 21.57% -12.54%
Total 3,880
Rejected, spoiled and declined 192
Eligible electors / turnout 5,644 72.15%
United Farmers hold Swing -0.41%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1926 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1930 general election

1930 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers Albert L. Sanders 1,934 50.34% -4.35%
Conservative H. A. Blair 1,147 29.85% 6.12%
Liberal A. B. Clark 761 19.81% -1.76%
Total 3,842
Rejected, spoiled and declined 220
Eligible electors / turnout 5,743 70.73% -1.42%
United Farmers hold Swing -5.23%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1930 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1935 general election

1935 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Cockroft 3,603 68.26%
Liberal M. J. Brennan 882 16.71% -3.10%
United Farmers Albert L. Sanders 522 9.89% -40.45%
Conservative H. A. Blair 271 5.13% -24.72%
Total 5,278
Rejected, spoiled and declined 114
Eligible electors / turnout 6,000 89.87% 19.14%
Social Credit gain from United Farmers Swing 15.53%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1935 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1940 general election

1940 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Chester A. Reynolds 2,668 50.31% -17.95%
Independent L. V. Lohr 1,851 34.90%
Co-operative Commonwealth H. H. Turner 784 14.78%
Total 5,303
Rejected, spoiled and declined 187
Eligible electors / turnout 6,994 78.50% -11.37%
Social Credit hold Swing -18.07%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1940 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1944 general election

1944 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit William S. Mackie 2,811 60.14% 9.83%
Co-operative Commonwealth Arthur H. Rowe 1,103 23.60% 8.81%
Independent Cornelius F. Pals 760 16.26% -18.64%
Total 4,674
Rejected, spoiled and declined 92
Eligible electors / turnout 6,174 77.19% -1.30%
Social Credit hold Swing 10.57%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1944 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1948 general election

1948 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit William S. Mackie 3,248 77.31% 17.17%
Co-operative Commonwealth Joe J. Tipman 953 22.69% -0.91%
Total 4,201
Rejected, spoiled and declined 330
Eligible electors / turnout 6,676 67.87% -9.32%
Social Credit hold Swing 9.04%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1948 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1952 general election

1952 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%.
First count
Social Credit John Etter Clark 2,275 48.47% -28.85%
Liberal William V. McTaggart 1,225 26.10%
Co-operative Commonwealth Morton H. Neilson 752 16.02% -6.66%
Independent Social Credit Norman E. Uttley 442 9.42%
Total 4,694
Ballot transfer results
Social Credit John Etter Clark 2,397 53.03%
Liberal William V. McTaggart 1,339 29.62%
Co-operative Commonwealth Morton H. Neilson 784 17.35%
Total 4,520
Rejected, spoiled and declined 251
Eligible electors / turnout 7,100 69.65% 1.78%
Social Credit hold Swing -16.13%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1952 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1955 general election

1955 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit John Etter Clark 2,892 56.25% 7.79%
Conservative V. Richardson 1,523 29.62%
Co-operative Commonwealth Morton H. Neilson 726 14.12% -1.90%
Total 5,141
Rejected, spoiled and declined 252
Eligible electors / turnout 7,228 74.61% 4.96%
Social Credit hold Swing 2.13%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1955 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1959 general election

1959 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Galen C. Norris 3,150 61.06% 4.80%
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 991 19.21%
Liberal Henry Kroeger 721 13.98%
Co-operative Commonwealth Alice Ness 297 5.76% -8.36%
Total 5,159
Rejected, spoiled and declined 30
Eligible electors / turnout 7,297 71.11% -3.50%
Social Credit hold Swing 7.61%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1959 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1963 general election

1963 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Galen C. Norris 3,076 68.20% 7.15%
Liberal Clark K. Burlingham 1,065 23.61% 9.64%
New Democratic Joseph (Joe) Tipman 369 8.18%
Total 4,510
Rejected, spoiled and declined 12
Eligible electors / turnout 7,186 62.93% -8.18%
Social Credit hold Swing 1.37%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1963 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1967 general election

1967 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Galen C. Norris 2,659 55.92% -12.28%
Progressive Conservative Bob McKnight 1,461 30.73%
New Democratic Morton H. Neilson 635 13.35% 5.17%
Total 4,755
Rejected, spoiled and declined 90
Eligible electors / turnout 6,881 70.41% 7.48%
Social Credit hold Swing -9.70%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1971 general election

1971 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Jack G. Robertson 2,925 52.65% 21.92%
Social Credit Galen C. Norris 2,631 47.35% -8.57%
Total 5,556
Rejected, spoiled and declined 30
Eligible electors / turnout 7,172 77.89% 7.47%
Progressive Conservative gain from Social Credit Swing -9.95%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1975 general election

1975 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Graham L. Harle 3,773 75.48% 22.83%
Social Credit James Mah 866 17.32% -30.03%
New Democratic William Cook 360 7.20%
Total 4,999
Rejected, spoiled and declined 35
Eligible electors / turnout 7,357 68.42% -9.46%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 26.43%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1975 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1979 general election

1979 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Graham L. Harle 4,262 70.26% -5.21%
Social Credit David Thomas 1,191 19.63% 2.31%
New Democratic Fred J. Rappel 503 8.29% 1.09%
Liberal Douglas Cramer 110 1.81%
Total 6,066
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined N/A
Eligible electors / Turnout 8,738 69.42% 1.00%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -3.76%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1979 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1982 general election

1982 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Graham L. Harle 4,915 71.58% 1.32%
Western Canada Concept Doug Carmichael 1,334 19.43%
New Democratic Fred J. Rappel 617 8.99% 0.69%
Total 6,866
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 18
Eligible electors / Turnout 9,304 73.99% 4.57%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 0.76%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1982 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1986 general election

1986 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Brian C. Downey 3,938 57.81% -13.77%
Liberal Red Peeples 1,508 22.14%
New Democratic Fred J. Rappel 1,058 15.53% 6.55%
Western Canada Concept Iris Bourne 308 4.52% -14.91%
Total 6,812
Rejected, spoiled and declined 15
Eligible electors / turnout 11,888 57.43% -16.56%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -8.24%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1986 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1989 general election

1989 Alberta general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Brian C. Downey 3,875 57.88% 0.07%
Liberal Frank Pickering 1,731 25.86% 3.72%
New Democratic Fred J. Rappel 1,089 16.27% 0.73%
Total 6,695
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 15
Eligible electors / Turnout 11,345 59.14% 1.72%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -1.82%
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official Results 1989 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved May 21, 2020.

1989 by-election

Alberta provincial by-election, May 9, 1989
following the resignation of Brian C. Downey on April 8, 1989 (1989-04-08)
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Don Getty 5,558 71.36
Liberal Frank Pickering 1,598 20.52
New Democratic Grant Bergman 633 8.13
Total 7,789
Rejected, spoiled and declined 15
Eligible electors / turnout 11,618 67.17
Source(s)
Source: "Stettler Official By-election Results". Elections Alberta. May 9, 1989. Retrieved May 14, 2020.

Plebiscite results

1957 liquor plebiscite

1957 Alberta liquor plebiscite results: Stettler[2]
Question A: Do you approve additional types of outlets for the
sale of beer, wine and spirituous liquor subject to a local vote?
Ballot Choice Votes %
No 1,785 50.28%
Yes 1,765 49.82%
Total votes 3,550 100%
Rejected, spoiled and declined 9
6,743 eligible electors, turnout 52.78%

On October 30, 1957 a stand-alone plebiscite was held province wide in all 50 of the then current provincial electoral districts in Alberta. The government decided to consult Alberta voters to decide on liquor sales and mixed drinking after a divisive debate in the legislature. The plebiscite was intended to deal with the growing demand for reforming antiquated liquor control laws.[3]

The plebiscite was conducted in two parts. Question A, asked in all districts, asked the voters if the sale of liquor should be expanded in Alberta, while Question B, asked in a handful of districts within the corporate limits of Calgary and Edmonton, asked if men and women should be allowed to drink together in establishments.[2]

Province wide, Question A of the plebiscite passed in 33 of the 50 districts, while Question B passed in all five districts. Stettler barely voted against the proposal; the results were almost a tie. The voter turnout in the district was well above the province wide average of 46%.[2]

Official district returns were released to the public on December 31, 1957.[2] The Social Credit government in power at the time did not consider the results binding.[4] However the results of the vote led the government to repeal all existing liquor legislation and introduce an entirely new Liquor Act.[5]

Municipal districts lying inside electoral districts that voted against the plebiscite, such as Stettler, were designated Local Option Zones by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and considered effective dry zones. Business owners who wanted a license had to petition for a binding municipal plebiscite in order for a license to be granted.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Election results for Stettler". abheritage.ca. Wayback Machine: Heritage Community Foundation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Alberta Gazette. 53 (December 31 ed.). Government of Alberta. 1957. pp. 2, 247–2, 249.
  3. ^ "Albertans Vote 2 to 1 For More Liquor Outlets". Vol L No 273. The Lethbridge Herald. October 31, 1957. pp. 1–2.
  4. ^ "No Sudden Change In Alberta Drinking Habits Is Seen". Vol L No 267. The Lethbridge Herald. October 24, 1957. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Entirely New Act On Liquor". Vol LI No 72. The Lethbridge Herald. March 5, 1968. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Bill 81". Alberta Bills 12th Legislature 1st Session. Government of Alberta. 1958. p. 40.

Further reading

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