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;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, during the trials of melancholy and warfare, the growth occasions of the post-war interval, and the industrial vagaries of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20th century used to be a time of progress and hassle, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from a number of political events and from very various 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 each one in his precise means, for higher or for worse, helped to mildew and steer the future of the province he ruled. those are their stories.-Amazon.ca

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C. Rutherford, April 7, 1902, December 15, 1903, April 13, 1905, August 20, 1905. 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).

16. H. C. Rutherford, April 7, 1902, December 15, 1903, April 13, 1905, August 20, 1905. 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).

They tended to be social conservatives, not radicals. The temperance forces produced a petition in October 1914 asking for a prohibitory liquor act. It was signed by over 23,600 people, more than enough to trigger a referendum under the Direct Legislation Act. A week later Sifton moved, without discussion, that the issue be put to the people. 35 In 1916 the Sifton government passed legislation to prohibit “the sale of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” though it did not prevent either the production of liquor within the province or its export.

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