By Bradford J. Bradford J.
;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, during the trials of melancholy and struggle, the increase instances of the post-war interval, and the commercial vagaries of the Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20th century used to be a time of progress and difficulty, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from quite a few political events and from very assorted backgrounds, led the govt. of this province.
The names of some--like William Aberhart, Ernest Manning, and Peter Lougheed--are nonetheless family names, whereas others--like Arthur Sifton, Herbert Greenfield and Richard Reid--have been all yet forgotten. but each one in his exact approach, for greater or for worse, helped to mold and steer the future of the province he ruled. those are their stories.-Amazon.ca
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Sifton, 1910–1917 Introduction While supporting a Cabinet colleague during the Medicine Hat by-election of June 1910, the new Premier of Alberta sat in a club regaling his cronies with stories from his past as a lawyer and judge. One involved “an old professional juryman named Pete,” a favourite of prosecuting attorneys because he invariably found the defendant guilty. “So we asked him one day, why they were always guilty,” continued the Premier, “and he put it this way: ‘Well,’ he said, ‘I never listen to the lawyers.
The most remarkable appointment was that of Charles W. Cross as attorney general; Cross had never been a Sifton loyalist, but was an able lawyer and represented Edmonton. Evidently Sifton hoped with this appointment to make peace with at least some of the dissident Liberal faction. The other dissidents were represented in the Cabinet by John Robert Boyle, minister of Education. 31 Sifton’s Second Term Thus, when Sifton called a general election for April 17, 1913, he could justifiably believe that he had seized and maintained the initiative in provincial politics.
34 This was a portent of rapidly mounting difficulties. The expansionists’ chickens were coming home to roost. The war also brought some measure of triumph in Alberta, as elsewhere in Canada, to the forces of moral reform on two fronts in particular: prohibition and women’s suffrage. Sifton was an abstainer from alcoholic beverages and had campaigned for prohibition in his youth, but as Premier he had learned that moral reform causes were politically dangerous, for they often provoked bitter, divisive battles.
Alberta Premiers of the Twentieth Century by Bradford J. Bradford J.