Alfred Speakman (born:
August 24, 1880
Scotland - died:
November 4, 1943 )
was a politician from Alberta, Canada.
Federal political career
Speakman was elected to the Canadian House of Commons
landslide victory in the 1921 Canadian federal
as a United
Farmers of Alberta
Member of Parliament for Red Deer
He would go on to be re-elected to 4 terms in office before his
defeat in the 1935
Canadian federal election
, in that election he ran under the
banner instead of the United Farmers banner. He was defeated by
candidate Eric Joseph Poole
finished that election a distant 3rd place.
Provincial political career
Speakman was instrumental in helping the Unity Movement in Alberta
take off to unite Alberta's opposition parties and oppose the
government. On October 12
Speakman used his background as a long serving
Member of Parliament to bring delegates from the United Farmers,
Conservatives, Liberals and some disillusioned Social Crediters to
a conference in Red Deer that would help bring the Unity coalition
Speakman ran as an Independent in Red Deer
1940 Alberta general
and was elected with a comfortable vote margin after
ballot transfers. Speakman served as an Independent in the Unity
caucus until his death in 1943.
Speakman would briefly serve as Leader of the Official
in Alberta from 1941 to 1942.