Manning resigns in 1968 to enter the corporate world, leaving behind a stunned caucus and no obvious successor.Harry Strom, a soft-spoken Bow Valley rancher, fails to spark new life in the party. 30, 1971: Campaigning on the need for change without actually criticizing the Socreds, Lougheed’s Tories win 49 of 75 seats. Lougheed begins delivering on the party’s 120 election promises and repeals Alberta’s sexual sterilization law. Over the next decade, Alberta’s gross domestic product increases sixfold. Lougheed establishes the Heritage Savings Trust Fund with skyrocketing oil and gas revenues, promotes Fort Mc Murray’s oilsands and rattles sabres with Ottawa over ownership of resources.He steps down in 1992, leaving behind as part of his legacy Alberta’s February Family Day holiday.
Anger with Ottawa over oil policy sees birth of the bumper stickers: “Let the eastern bastards freeze in the dark” and “This car doesn’t brake for Liberals.”Nov.
2, 1982: Recession hits Alberta but doesn’t dampen voter faith in Lougheed’s Tories, who win 75 of 79 seats.
March 21, 1940: Aberhart wins another term, taking 36 of 57 seats.
The victory comes despite his decision to repeal an MLA recall act when it is employed against him and despite his introduction of a raft of other laws the Supreme Court finds unconstitutional. By 1957, Alberta spends more per capita than any other province.
Padilla was arrested Thursday on a charge of improper relationship between an educator and student.
March 22, 1909: Liberals sweep the polls, winning 36 of 41 seats, largely due to support from farmers and immigrants. Public outrage over a generous contract awarded to a railway to build a line to Fort Mc Murray forces him to resign in 1910.
But oil company layoffs signal an era of unemployment, bankruptcies and bank failures.
Popular NDP leader Grant Notley, one of only two New Democrats in the legislature, dies in a 1984 plane crash. May 8, 1986: Don Getty gets the party nod and leads the Tories to another majority government. Oil slips from US to per barrel and Getty is forced to put the brakes on spending.
Women vote for first time provincially, but must wait two more years for the right to vote federally. Alberta has one of the highest enlistment and casualty rates of the First World War.
More than 45,000 head off to fight; more than 5,000 don’t return.
He hikes taxes and imposes cuts in health, education and social services.