Robert Wiebe

Not to be confused with Robert H. Wiebe

Robert Henry Wiebe
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
May 23, 1967 – August 30, 1971
Preceded byEuell Montgomery
Succeeded byAl Adair
ConstituencyPeace River
Personal details
BornFebruary 3, 1937 (age 82)
Rycroft, Alberta
Political partySocial Credit

Robert Henry Wiebe (born February 3, 1937) was a municipal and provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1967 to 1971 sitting with the governing Social Credit caucus.

Political career

Wiebe began his political career as the mayor of Grimshaw, Alberta. He ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1967 Alberta general election while still the mayor.[1] Wiebe ran as the Social Credit candidate in the provincial electoral district of Peace River against two other candidates, including the former mayor of Peace River, Edward Whitney, who ran as an Independent.[1] Wiebe won the district with over half the popular vote to hold the seat for Social Credit.[2]

Wiebe ran for a second term in office in the 1971 Alberta general election. He would be defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Al Adair in a hotly contested race.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Mayor To Run As Independent". Vol. LX No. 105. The Lethbridge Herald. April 15, 1967. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Peace River Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2010.

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1967 Alberta general election

The Alberta general election of 1967 was the sixteenth general election for the Province of Alberta, Canada. It was held on May 23, 1967, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Ernest C. Manning led the Social Credit Party to its ninth consecutive majority government, winning 55 of the 65 seats in the legislature, despite getting less than 45% of the popular vote. This proved to be an ominous sign for the party; it had not won less than half the popular vote since 1955.

The once-moribund Progressive Conservatives, led by young lawyer Peter Lougheed, emerged as the main opposition to Social Credit. They won over a quarter of the popular vote and six seats, mostly in Calgary and Edmonton. Social Credit was slow to adapt to the changes in Alberta as its two largest cities gained increasing influence.

Despite losing close to half of the share of the popular vote they had won in the 1963 election, the Liberals managed to increase their number of seats from two to three as a result of the decline in the Social Credit vote.

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