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 Nineteen Eighties and the Nineties, the 20th century was once a time of development and trouble, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from various political events and from very diversified backgrounds, led the govt. of this province.
The names of some--like William Aberhart, Ernest Manning, and Peter Lougheed--are nonetheless loved ones names, whereas others--like Arthur Sifton, Herbert Greenfield and Richard Reid--have been all yet forgotten. but every one in his particular approach, for larger 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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He briefly considered running for mayor in 1884 before concluding that he had insufficient support. In the midst of all this activity he found time to complete his legal training, and in the spring of 1883 he passed his barrister’s examinations, though not those for attorney, and was called to the Manitoba bar. In June he became a full partner in his brother Clifford’s law firm, now Sifton and Sifton. The next chapter of his life is shrouded in mystery. His future in the growing town of Brandon seemed bright and secure, but in 1885 he dissolved his partnership with his Arthur Sifton 21 A l b e r TA P r e m I e r s of The 20 Th C e n T u ry brother and removed his family to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (NWT).
17. G. Thomas, The Liberal Party in Alberta: A History of Politics in the Province of Alberta, 1905–1921 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1959), chapter 1. 18. C. Rutherford, May 19, 1905. 19. Strathcona Plainsdealer, August 11, 1905. 20. Quoted in Babcock, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, 64. 21. Strathcona Plainsdealer, September 1, 1905. 22. , 1990), chapter 6. 23. ), Government and Politics in Alberta (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1992). 24. Thomas, The Liberal Party, 28. 25. Babcock, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, 33.
Sifton was a proud passenger on the first train to reach Peace River from Edmonton in December 1915; the line was fully operational the following March. 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.