Alberta Election 1940

Below is a list of all 57 ridings up for election in the Alberta 1940 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.

First Place

Social Credit

Leader:

William Aberhart

Seats Won Last Election:

56

Seats at Dissolution:

47

Seats Won:

36

Vote Count:

132507

Fourth Place

Liberal Party

Leader:

Edward Gray

Seats Won Last Election:

5

Seats at Dissolution:

6

Seats Won:

1

Vote Count:

2755

Second Place

Unity Movement

Leader:

Andrew Davison

Seats Won Last Election:

N/A (New Party)

Seats at Dissolution:

1

Seats Won:

19

Vote Count:

131172

Fifth Place

Co-operative Commonwealth

Leader:

Chester Ronning

Seats Won Last Election:

N/A (New Party)

Seats at Dissolution:

0

Seats Won:

0

Vote Count:

34316

Third Place

Labour Parties

Leader:

Seats Won Last Election:

0

Seats at Dissolution:

0

Seats Won:

1

Vote Count:

3258

Minor Parties

Seats Won Last Election:

2

Seats at Dissolution:

9

Seats Won:

0

Vote Count:

4856

Seat Count Results

Popular Vote Results

Multi-Member Ridings

In 1940, two constituencies (Edmonton and Calgary) each elected multiple MLAs to represent each city as a whole. These seats were determined through a system called "Single Transferable Vote" where voters could rank as many candidates as they wanted, and to win a seat, a candidate had to reach the quota for the constituency as determined by dividing the total number of valid votes by the number of available seats. In 1940, since both cities had five seats, a candidate needed a minimum of 20%. If, after the votes are tallied, nobody has reached quota, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to their second choices. If someone has reached quota, then any "extra" votes they've received that put them beyond what they need to reach the quota are also redistributed to their second choices. This process continues until either the necessary number of candidates has reached the quota, or the field of candidates has been narrowed down to the point where no more candidates can be eliminated while still filling every seat.

 

As a result, these constituencies have multiple winners in this election, and so are listed separately.

Calgary

Winner

Andrew Davison

Unity Movement

Winner

John Bowlen

Unity Movement

Winner

Fred Anderson

Social Credit

Winner

William Aberhart

Social Credit

Winner

James Mahaffy

Unity Movement

Edmonton

Winner

David Duggan

Unity Movement

Winner

John Page

Unity Movement

Winner

Ernest Manning

Social Credit

Winner

Norman James

Social Credit

Winner

Hugh MacDonald

Unity Movement

Single-Member Ridings

In 1940, all constituencies outside Edmonton and Calguary used an "Instant-Runoff Voting" system to elect a single MLA. This meant that voters would rank their choices rather than voting for a single option, and that candidates needed the support of a majority of the valid votes, rather than simply the most votes, to win. If nobody had a majority after the votes were counted, the candidate in last place was eliminated, and their votes transferred to the voters' second choices. This process continued until a candidate received a majority, which is why some candidates from this era could eventually win a seat despite not initially having the most votes.

Winner

Clarence Gerhart

Social Credit

Acadia-Coronation

Winner

Lucien Maynard

Social Credit

Beaver River

Winner

Nathan Tanner

Social Credit

Cardston

Winner

Gordon Taylor

Social Credit

Drumheller

Winner

Joseph Tremblay

Liberal Party

Grouard

Winner

Ronald Ansley

Social Credit

Leduc

Winner

John Robinson

Social Credit

Medicine Hat

Winner

George MacLachlan

Unity Movement

Pembina

Winner

James Popil

Social Credit

Redwater

Winner

Lionel Tellier

Unity Movement

St. Albert

Winner

Roy Lee

Social Credit

Taber

Winner

James Walker

Unity Movement

Warner

Winner

Selmer Berg

Social Credit

Alexandra

Winner

Wilson Cain

Social Credit

Bow Valley-Empress

Winner

Floyd Baker

Social Credit

Clover Bar

Winner

Angus Morrison

Labour Parties

Edson

Winner

Wallace Cross

Social Credit

Hand Hills

Winner

Peter Campbell

Unity Movement

Lethbridge

Winner

John Broomfield

Unity Movement

Okotoks-High River

Winner

Ernest Duke

Social Credit

Pincher Creek-Crowsnest

Winner

Alfred Hooke

Social Credit

Rocky Mountain House

Winner

Joseph Beaudry

Social Credit

St. Paul

Winner

George Woytkiw

Social Credit

Vegreville

Winner

John Wingblade

Social Credit

Wetaskiwin

Winner

Gordon Lee

Social Credit

Athabasca

Winner

James McPherson

Social Credit

Bruce

Winner

Fay Jackson

Unity Movement

Cypress

Winner

Donald McKinnon

Unity Movement

Gleichen

Winner

Albert Bourcier

Social Credit

Lac Ste. Anne

Winner

Peter Dawson

Social Credit

Little Bow

Winner

Norman Cook

Social Credit

Olds

Winner

Percy McKelvey

Unity Movement

Ponoka

Winner

Albert Fee

Social Credit

Sedgewick

Winner

Chester Reynolds

Social Credit

Stettler

Winner

William Fallow

Social Credit

Vermilion

Winner

William Tomyn

Social Credit

Willingdon

Winner

Frank Laut

Unity Movement

Banff-Cochrane

Winner

David Mullen