Alberta Election 1926

Below is a list of all 61 seats up for election in the Alberta 1926 Provincial Election, and the names of the people who won those seats. Click on the symbol of the Legislature above a riding name to look at the individual candidates who were running in that riding, which will include links to their website and social media, if they're available.

If you would like to see the candidates put forward by party rather than by riding, use the buttons below.

An important note: this was Alberta's first election under a new electoral system, where voters were allowed to rank candidates in a hybrid Instant-Runoff Voting/Single-Transferable Voting system. Edmonton and Calgary both used STV to elect multiple MLAs, while the remaining ridings used IRV to elect one MLA each.

First Place

United Farmers

Leader:

John Brownlee

Seats Won Last Election:

38

Seats at Dissolution:

40

Seats Won:

43

Vote Count:

71967

Fourth Place

Progressive Conservative

Leader:

Alexander McGillivray

Seats Won Last Election:

0

Seats at Dissolution:

0

Seats Won:

4

Vote Count:

40091

Second Place

Liberal Party

Leader:

Joseph Shaw

Seats Won Last Election:

15

Seats at Dissolution:

9

Seats Won:

7

Vote Count:

47450

Fifth Place

Independent

Leader:

Seats Won Last Election:

4

Seats at Dissolution:

1

Seats Won:

0

Vote Count:

4981

Third Place

Labour Parties

Leader:

Fred White

Seats Won Last Election:

4

Seats at Dissolution:

3

Seats Won:

6

Vote Count:

16590

Minor Parties

Seats Won Last Election:

0

Seats at Dissolution:

0

Seats Won:

0

Vote Count:

252

Seat Count Results

Popular Vote Results

Multi-Member Ridings

In 1926, two constituencies (Calgary and Edmonton) each elected multiple MLAs to represent each riding as a whole. There were five each for Edmonton and Calgary, elected through "Single Transferable Vote". This means that voters in the cities got to rank the candidates they wanted to vote for, and once a candidate met the quota they got a seat. The quota changed based on the number of seats available, but with five seats each, a candidate needed to get 20% of the vote to get a seat. If all the valid votes are counted and nobody broke the quota, then the person with the fewest votes is eliminated, all their votes are redistributed to their second choices, and they check to see if anyone's broken the quota. If someone does, then any overhang votes (i.e., however many votes they have beyond the quota) are also redistributed to the voters' next choices, and the vote is counted again. This repeats until either all seats are filled by candidates who broke quota, or until there are only as many candidates remaining as there are seats.

As a result, these constituencies have multiple winners in this election, and so are listed separately. When you look on the election page for these ridings, you will see the first ballot count for each candidate, and the final ballot count of the winners.

Calgary

Winner

Alexander McGillivray

Progressive Conservative

Winner

John Irwin

Progressive Conservative

Winner

Fred White

Labour Parties

Winner

Robert Parkyn

Labour Parties

Winner

George Webster

Liberal Party

Edmonton

Winner

Charles Gibbs

Labour Parties

Winner

John Lymburn

United Farmers

Winner

Charles Weaver

Progressive Conservative

Winner

Warren Prevey

Liberal Party

Winner

David Duggan

Progressive Conservative

Single-Member Ridings

In 1926, Alberta switched up its electoral system. In most constituencies, voters were still going to elect a single MLA, but instead of simply choosing a single candidate to support and the candidate with the most votes winning, voters instead got to rank their preferred candidates. If no candidate received more than 50% of the vote after they were initially counted, then the candidate in last place was eliminated and their votes were transferred to their second choice. If there were more than three candidates, this process could repeat multiple times until someone eventually received majority support.

Winner

Lorne Proudfoot

United Farmers

Acadia

Winner

Joseph Shaw

Liberal Party

Bow Valley

Winner

Robert McCool

United Farmers

Cochrane

Winner

Christopher Pattinson

Labour Parties

Edson

Winner

Gordon Forster

United Farmers

Hand Hills

Winner

Irene Parlby

United Farmers

Lacombe

Winner

William Shield

United Farmers

Macleod

Winner

Nelson Smith

United Farmers

Olds

Winner

John Brownlee

United Farmers

Ponoka

Winner

Albert Andrews

United Farmers

Sedgewick

Winner

Willard Washburn

United Farmers

Stony Plain

Winner

Richard Reid

United Farmers

Vermilion

Winner

Evert Sparks

United Farmers

Wetaskiwin

Winner

Peter Enzenauer

United Farmers

Alexandra

Winner

Vernor Smith

United Farmers

Camrose

Winner

George Johnston

United Farmers

Coronation

Winner

William Smith

United Farmers

Empress

Winner

Samuel Brown

United Farmers

High River

Winner

Douglas Breton

United Farmers

Leduc

Winner

Charles Pingle

Liberal Party

Medicine Hat

Winner

Hugh Allen

United Farmers

Peace River

Winner

George Smith

United Farmers

Red Deer

Winner

Lucien Boudreau

Liberal Party

St. Albert

Winner

Samuel Carson

United Farmers

Sturgeon

Winner

Rudolph Hennig

United Farmers

Victoria

Winner

George Mihalcheon

United Farmers

Whitford

Winner

John Frame

Liberal Party

Athabasca

Winner

George Stringham

United Farmers

Cardston

Winner

Perren Baker

United Farmers

Cypress

Winner

John Buckley

United Farmers

Gleichen

Winner

Donald Cameron

United Farmers

Innisfail

Winner

Andrew Smeaton

Labour Parties

Lethbridge

Winner

Daniel Galbraith

United Farmers

Nanton

Winner

George MacLachlan

United Farmers

Pembina

Winner

William Farquharson

United Farmers

Ribstone

Winner

Laudas Joly

United Farmers

St. Paul

Winner

Lawrence Peterson

United Farmers

Taber

Winner

John Love

United Farmers