By Bradford J. Bradford J.
;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, during the trials of melancholy and warfare, the growth instances of the post-war interval, and the commercial vagaries of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20th century was once a time of development and worry, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from various 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 detailed manner, 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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When in December 1911, as noted previously, he announced his grandiose railway policy, he also revealed that he would double the Cabinet from four to eight members, though the full new Cabinet was not sworn in until May 4, 1912. 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.
So much for there being a new spirit of unity amongst provincial Liberals. B. Bennett, who at the time was not only a Conservative MLA but also the solicitor for the Royal Bank. The proposed legislation, he declared, “was highway robbery”; the province had no legal right to do what it proposed. The banks refused to pay, so the province sued for the money. The Alberta courts twice sustained the province, which persuaded the federal government not to disallow the legislation. 17 Announced just before the 1913 legislative session and shortly before a provincial election, this decision could have been disastrous.
Bennett was victorious. 15 During Sifton’s first term in office (1910–13), several issues predominated. First was the need to solve the A & GW Railway issue and develop a policy to expand the railway system within Alberta. Second, Sifton was faced with demands for the rapid development of a rural telephone system. Third, he was anxious to secure for the province control of its public lands and natural resources. Fourth, he had to take into account the rapidly rising strength of the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) and its lobbying for legislation favourable to the farming sector.
Alberta Premiers of the Twentieth Century by Bradford J. Bradford J.