Tomorrow, August 30, 2011, is the fortieth anniversary of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association’s first election victory. In that election the Alberta PCs, led by Peter Lougheed, defeated the 36-year governing Social Credit League led by Premier Harry Strom, and has been re-elected in each election since. Here is a look back at some of the campaign advertisements published in Alberta newspapers during that monumental election:
10 replies on “vintage campaign advertisements from the 1971 alberta election.”
Great stuff Dave! I like the “Independent” one that says “A Reform government”.
I wish I could read the one with all those campaign promises a little better. I love how the NDP platform cost is “impossible to estimate.”
Some things never change!
Wow. The NDP haven’t changed their talking points in 40 years. Didn’t work in 1971. Not working in 2011. Same old NDP.
“Senior Citizens and housewives need a place to meet and enjoy handcrafts and other activities.”
It’s like reading Ted Morton’s campaign brochure! I guess now we know where he got the ideas.
Great find, Dave. Sad to think that 1971 is already vintage! (I feel old……)
The Social Credit posters are eerily similar to today’s Wild Rose. And equally ineffective and made for the same time – 1971.
Great post, Dave. I loved the way the Alberta New Democrats are still flogging the same dead horse after 40 years without success. Time to pay attention to their federal party’s campaigns, methinks!
Nice work digging all this up Dave, vintage indeed. How long did it take you to assemble all of this?
Also FYI, today we’ve got Doug Horner in the hot seat on Alberta Live, and I’d like to encourage you and your readers to add a question on our facebook fanpage. I’m hoping to create a show built on some of Albertan’s questions…here’s a post about it. http://www.fusedlogic.com/albertalive-invites-alberta-pc-leadership-candidates-5107/
Interesting… I guess people didn’t mind reading so much back then.
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