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;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 industrial vagaries of the Eighties and the Nineteen Nineties, the 20 th century used to be a time of progress and hassle, improvement and alter, for Alberta and its humans. and through the century, twelve males, from a number of 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 every one in his specified 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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The proposed legislation, he declared, “was highway robbery”; the province had no legal right to do what it proposed. The banks refused to pay, so the province sued for the money. The Alberta courts twice sustained the province, which persuaded the federal government not to disallow the legislation. 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.

Back from attending the coronation of George V, he announced in August that he would “give all possible aid” to the federal Liberal candidates in the province. B. Bennett was victorious. 15 During Sifton’s first term in office (1910–13), several issues predominated. First was the need to solve the A & GW Railway issue and develop a policy to expand the railway system within Alberta. Second, Sifton was faced with demands for the rapid development of a rural telephone system. Third, he was anxious to secure for the province control of its public lands and natural resources.

Charles W. Cross, Liberal MLA for Edmonton and the former attorney general, assumed that Sifton was abandoning the project altogether and denounced the policy as a breach of faith with Edmonton and those who favoured northern development. Several of the dissident Liberals supported him. So much for there being a new spirit of unity amongst provincial Liberals. B. Bennett, who at the time was not only a Conservative MLA but also the solicitor for the Royal Bank. The proposed legislation, he declared, “was highway robbery”; the province had no legal right to do what it proposed.

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