Canadian Social Credit Movement - Alberta


The ideology was embraced by the Reverend "Bible Bill" William Aberhart, who formed the Alberta Social Credit League based on Douglas' ideology and conservative Christian social values. He was elected Premier of Alberta in the 1935 provincial election. His government was probably the only one in the world that adhered to the social credit ideology. In fact, following the 1937 Social Credit backbenchers' revolt in which Aberhardt's government was pressured to implement its fiscal program, he once tried to implement social credit by issuing "Prosperity Certificates" to Albertans, although this measure was disallowed by the Supreme Court of Canada on the basis that only the federal government of Canada was authorized to issue currency. Aberhart died in office, and was replaced by Ernest Manning, who largely discredited the theory and attempted to purge the party of anti-Semites, but kept the Social Credit name.

The Alberta Socreds formed nine consecutive majority governments spanning 36 years, the longest unbroken run in government at the provincial level at the time.

Although the party is no longer a significant force in Alberta politics, it still has some support and briefly experienced a revival in the mid-2000s. However, in the most recent provincial election, in 2008, the party collapsed to only 0.2 percent of the vote, its worst showing ever.

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