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By Bradford J. Bradford J.

;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, in the course of the trials of melancholy and conflict, the growth occasions of the post-war interval, and the industrial vagaries of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineties, the 20 th century used to be a time of development and problem, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from numerous political events and from very diverse backgrounds, led the govt. of this province.

The names of some--like William Aberhart, Ernest Manning, and Peter Lougheed--are nonetheless family names, whereas others--like Arthur Sifton, Herbert Greenfield and Richard Reid--have been all yet forgotten. but each one in his special manner, for larger or for worse, helped to mold and steer the future of the province he ruled. those are their

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25 The war soon pushed the issue near the bottom of the federal government’s agenda. Despite desultory continuing negotiations through the war, the issue would not be resolved until 1930. Behind virtually all the issues so far discussed—railways, highways, telephones, control of natural resources—lay the demands of an essentially rural, agrarian society. The farmers were beginning to organize effectively to make their demands bear upon government. 26 The growth of the farmers’ influence may be seen in discussion about the establishment of an agricultural college.

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. It is true, as popular historian James Gray has pointed out, that convictions for drunkenness in Alberta plummeted dramatically, from 5,710 in 1914 to 391 in 1917. But 1917 was the low year and convictions gradually increased.

2685) boasted: “So far the rural phones have not only Premier Arthur Sifton (no date). ”22 The telephone system may have made a profit on operations, but in general the province’s financial resources were strapped because of rapid growth and the need for railway access to northern districts. Many Albertans believed that at least part of the solution would be for the province to control its own Crown lands and natural resources. In 1870 the Conservative government of Sir John A. Macdonald had decided, when it created Manitoba, to keep control of lands and resources in order to facilitate the national project of western development.

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