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Alberta general election, 1944
After the death of Social Credit Party founder and premier William Aberhart in 1943, Ernest C. Manning became leader. Manning steered the party down a more moderate path, largely dispensing with the party's social credit policies of monetary reform that it had been unable to implement.
Manning led Social Credit to a third term in government with a resounding victory in the 1944 election, winning over 50% of the popular vote. The Liberal and Conservative parties continued their strategy of running joint candidates as independents, but were even less successful that in the 1940 election: indepdents' share of the popular vote declined by 25 percentage points. This brought the "Independets Movement" or "Unity Movement" to an end.
The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation won almost a quarter of the popular vote, but only two seats in the legislature.
|Party||Party Leader||# of|
|1940||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change||Social Credit||57||36||51||+41.7%||146,367||51.88%||+8.98%||Independent||36||19||3||-84.2%||47,239||16.75%||-25.72%||Cooperative Commonwealth|| ||57||-||2||70,307||24.92%||+13.81|
|Veteran's & Active Force|| ||1||*||1||*||3,532||1.25%||*||Labour Progressive 1|| ||30||-||-||-||12,003||4.26%||+3.91%||Labour United|| ||1||*||-||*||1,788||0.63%||*|
|Single Tax|| ||1||*||-||*||480||0.17%||*|
|Farmer's Labour|| ||1||*||-||*||390||0.14%||*|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
1 Compared to the the Communist Party results from the previous election.
* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.
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