Alberta Election 1948

Below is a list of all 57 seats up for election in the Alberta 1948 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:

Ernest Manning

Seats Won Last Election:

51

Seats at Dissolution:

50

Seats Won:

51

Vote Count:

164003

Fourth Place

Independent

Leader:

Seats Won Last Election:

N/A

Seats at Dissolution:

1

Seats Won:

1

Vote Count:

Second Place

Co-operative Commonwealth

Leader:

Elmer Roper

Seats Won Last Election:

2

Seats at Dissolution:

2

Seats Won:

2

Vote Count:

56387

Fifth Place

Unity Movement

Leader:

John Page

Seats Won Last Election:

3

Seats at Dissolution:

3

Seats Won:

1

Vote Count:

Third Place

Liberal Party

Leader:

James Prowse Jr.

Seats Won Last Election:

N/A (Sat Out)

Seats at Dissolution:

1

Seats Won:

2

Vote Count:

52655

Minor Parties

Seats Won Last Election:

4

Seats at Dissolution:

3

Seats Won:

0

Vote Count:

5807

Seat Count Results

Popular Vote Results

Multi-Member Ridings

In 1948, 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 1948, 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

Aylmer Liesemer

Co-operative Commonwealth

Winner

Hugh MacDonald

Liberal Party

Winner

Frederick Colborne

Social Credit

Winner

Rose Wilkinson

Social Credit

Winner

Howard MacDonald

Unity Movement

Edmonton

Winner

Clayton Adams

Social Credit

Winner

James Prowse Jr.

Liberal Party

Winner

Elmer Roper

Co-operative Commonwealth

Winner

Louis Heard

Social Credit

Winner

Ernest Manning

Social Credit

Single-Member Ridings

In 1948, all constituencies outside Edmonton and Calgary 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

Harry Lobay

Social Credit

Beaver River

Winner

Nathan Tanner

Social Credit

Cardston

Winner

Gordon Taylor

Social Credit

Drumheller

Winner

Incumbent

Incumbent

Grouard

Winner

Ronald Ansley

Social Credit

Leduc

Winner

John Robinson

Social Credit

Medicine Hat

Winner

Robin Jorgenson

Social Credit

Pembina

Winner

Peter Chaba

Social Credit

Redwater

Winner

Lucien Maynard

Social Credit

St. Albert

Winner

Roy Lee

Social Credit

Taber

Winner

Leonard Halmrast

Social Credit

Warner

Winner

Anders Aalborg

Social Credit

Alexandra

Winner

Wilson Cain

Social Credit

Bow Valley-Empress

Winner

Floyd Baker

Social Credit

Clover Bar

Winner

Norman Willmore

Social Credit

Edson

Winner

Wallace Cross

Social Credit

Hand Hills

Winner

John Landeryou

Social Credit

Lethbridge

Winner

Ivan Casey

Social Credit

Okotoks-High River

Winner

William Kovach

Social Credit

Pincher Creek-Crowsnest

Winner

Alfred Hooke

Social Credit

Rocky Mountain House

Winner

Joseph Beaudry

Social Credit

St. Paul

Winner

Michael Ponich

Social Credit

Vegreville

Winner

John Wingblade

Social Credit

Wetaskiwin

Winner

Gordon Lee

Social Credit

Athabasca

Winner

Earl Hardy

Social Credit

Bruce

Winner

James Underdahl

Social Credit

Cypress

Winner

George Bell

Social Credit

Gleichen

Winner

Albert Bourcier

Social Credit

Lac Ste. Anne

Winner

Peter Dawson

Social Credit

Little Bow

Winner

Norman Cook

Social Credit

Olds

Winner

Ora Moore

Social Credit

Ponoka

Winner

Albert Fee

Social Credit

Sedgewick

Winner

William Mackie

Social Credit

Stettler

Winner

William Cornish

Social Credit

Vermilion

Winner

William Tomyn

Social Credit

Willingdon

Winner

Arthur Wray

Independent

Banff-Cochrane

Winner