By Bradford J. Bradford J.
;From the optimism linked to provincial prestige in 1905, throughout the trials of melancholy and warfare, the increase instances of the post-war interval, and the commercial vagaries of the Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20th century used to be a time of development and complication, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from a number of political events and from very assorted 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 every one in his particular approach, for larger 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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17 Announced just before the 1913 legislative session and shortly before a provincial election, this decision could have been disastrous. However, a year earlier Sifton had announced a comprehensive railway expansion policy that proved to be very popular. The plan was to support construction of 1,813 miles of branch lines through provincial guarantees of railway bonds worth $31,005,000. While much of the construction was intended to serve regions to the west and east of the Calgary-Edmonton line, the most dramatic provisions were for the building of the Edmonton, Dunvegan, and British Columbia (ED & BC) Railway to the Peace River country, and for a line from Athabasca Landing to Fort Arthur Sifton 27 A l b e r TA P r e m I e r s of The 20 Th C e n T u ry McMurray to replace the A & GW scheme.
In his first budget speech in 1910, Sifton noted that the rural phone system was being built at a small loss, but warned that it could not continue to be extended into more remote, sparsely populated areas. 5 million expanding the system in 1911, and that it would likely spend several million more, mainly to add new rural lines and upgrade the long-distance lines. In the fall of 1912, Sifton went to England where he successfully marketed $5 million of 4% bonds to finance the further growth of the rural telephone network.
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). 24. Thomas, The Liberal Party, 28. 25. Babcock, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, 33. 26. Marzolf, “Alexander Cameron Rutherford and His Influence on Alberta’s Educational Program,” 74. 27. Thomas, The Liberal Party, 41–42. 28. A Corbett, Henry Marshall Tory: Beloved Canadian (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1954).
Alberta Premiers of the Twentieth Century by Bradford J. Bradford J.