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Alberta general election, 1959
Ernest C. Manning, in his fifth election as party leader and provincial premier, led the Social Credit Party to its seventh consecutive term in government, with 55% of the popular vote, and all but four of the 65 seats in the legislature.
Social Credit was also helped by a split in the opposition vote: whereas in the 1955 election, opponents were largely united behind the Liberal Party, in this election the vote was divided between the Liberals and the resurgent Conservative Party, now renamed the "Progressive Conservative Party". The PC Party, under the leadership of Cam Kirby , won almost 15% of the popular vote, placing ahed of the Liberals. Each party won only one seat in the legislature.
|Party||Party Leader||# of|
|1955||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change||Social Credit||64||37||61||+64.9%||230,283||55.69%||+9.27%||Progressive Conservative1|| |
|60||3||1||-66.7%||98,730||23.88%||+14.69%||Liberal|| ||51||15||1||-93.9%||57,408||13.88%||-17.25%||Independent Social Credit||2||1||1||-||2,393||0.58%||-0.14%|
|Coalition|| ||1||1||1||-||2,279||0.55%||-0.66%||Cooperative Commonwealth|| ||32||2||-||-100%||17,899||4.33%||-3.91%|
|Independent||2||1||-||-100%||3,640||0.88%||-0.25%||Labour Progressive|| ||4||-||-||-||884||0.21%||-0.69%|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
1 The Conservative Party adopted the name "Progressive Conservative Party" for the 1959 and subsequent elections.
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