1st Alberta Legislative Assembly

1st Alberta Legislative Assembly

1st Legislative Assembly of Alberta lasted from November 9 1905 to Monday, March 22 1909.The government was led by Alexander Rutherford of the Alberta Liberal Party, they held an overwhelming majority of seats during the first legislature.

Party composition

History of the First Legislature

The 1st Alberta Legislative Assembly came about after the creation of Alberta. The Assembly met for the 1st time in 1906 under a strong Alberta Liberal Party majority. The Alberta Legislature was not built yet, and the Assembly met in a School Gymnasium in Edmonton.

Edmonton was designated as the temporary capital city for Alberta during its creation. One of the major debates that occurred in this assembly was the Capital City debate. A number of Alternate capital cities were chosen and voted on. In the end partly due to the strong representation around Edmonton and strong Liberal majority, Edmonton was chosen as the permanent capital city in Alberta.

History was also made as the first 3rd party was represented in in Alberta's history Labor MLA Donald McNabb's acclimation helped raise the strength of the Labor movement in the Lethbridge area that would have an effect in Alberta politics for quite some time to come.

External links

* [http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/law/browse.aspx?g=Law&p=Journals+of+the+Alberta+Legislature&s=1900-1909 Journals of the 1st Alberta Legislative Assembly]
* [http://www.assembly.ab.ca/legislaturecentennial/pdf/membersBooklet.pdf Legislative Assembly of Alberta Members Book]
* [http://www.electionsalberta.ab.ca/pastbyelection.html By-elections 1905 to present]


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