1940 Alberta general election

The 1940 Alberta general election was held on March 21, 1940, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

1940 Alberta general election

 1935 March 21, 1940 (1940-03-21) 1944 

57 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
29 seats were needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
 
IM
Leader William Aberhart Andrew Davison
Party Social Credit Independent Movement
Leader since September 3, 1935 1940
Leader's seat Calgary Calgary
Last election 56 seats, 54.2% pre-creation
Seats before 47
Seats won 36 19
Seat change 11
Popular vote 132,507 131,172
Percentage 42.9% 42.5%
Swing 11.3%

  Third party Fourth party
 
LAB
LIB
Leader unknown Edward L. Gray
Party Labour Liberal
Leader since June 4, 1937
Leader's seat ran in unknown
Last election 0 seats, 1.7% 5 seats, 23.1%
Seats before 0 6
Seats won 1 1
Seat change 1 5
Popular vote 3,258 2,755
Percentage 1.1% 0.9%
Swing 0.6% 22.2%

Premier before election

William Aberhart
Social Credit

Premier after election

William Aberhart
Social Credit

Despite its failure to implement its key policy, providing prosperity certificates to all Albertans, the Social Credit Party of Premier William Aberhart won a second term in government. Nevertheless, it lost a considerable number of seats that it had gained in the 1935 landslide.

This provincial election, like the previous three, saw district-level proportional representation (Single transferable voting) used to elect the MLAs of Edmonton and Calgary. City-wide districts were used to elect multiple MLAs in the cities. All the other MLAs were elected in single-member districts through Instant-runoff voting.