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;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, in the course of the trials of melancholy and battle, the growth instances 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 progress and trouble, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from numerous political events and from very varied 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 every one in his designated method, for higher 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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The Conservatives decided to run a candidate against Sifton and soon accused the Liberal “machine” of debauching “the foreign vote” with beer, whiskey, and tobacco. The Liberals naturally denied the allegations. ” Such charges and countercharges were a constant refrain in Alberta politics before Sifton became Premier and throughout his time in office. 13 The new Premier was given a boost when the venerable Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Arthur Sifton 25 A l b e r TA P r e m I e r s of The 20 Th C e n T u ry gLeNbow ARChiveS, CALgARy (NA 3592-8) Premier Arthur Sifton addressing a political meeting at Wetaskiwin, August 1910.

On October 9, 1914, another delegation met with Sifton, presenting him with a petition signed or supported by 40,000 persons. Sifton noted the absence of farmers from the petition and remarked, My own personal opinion is that there are only two logical reasons against equal franchise—all the others have been played out altogether —that of doubling the expense, and uncertainty as to the desire for the franchise by the women themselves. 40 A women’s delegation quietly infiltrated the Legislature, and when Sifton was called he found them occupying the politicians’ seats.

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).

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