Arthur Sifton (1858–1921) was the second Premier of Alberta from 1910
to 1917 and a minister in the Government of Canada thereafter. When
Alberta was created out of a portion of the Northwest Territories in
1905, Sifton became its first chief justice. In 1910 the Alberta
government of Premier Alexander Cameron Rutherford was embroiled in the
Alberta and Great Waterways Railway scandal; Rutherford resigned, and
the position was offered to Sifton. As premier, he failed to gain
provincial control over natural resources, but succeeded in implementing
some direct democracy measures, leading to prohibition and the extension
of the vote to women. During the conscription crisis of 1917, Sifton
supported the Conservative Prime Minister, Robert Borden, in his attempt
to impose conscription to help win the First World War. He backed the
creation of a Union government composed of Conservatives and pro-
conscription Liberals. In 1917 he left provincial politics and became a
minister in this government. Over the next three and a half years he
served briefly in four ministries and was a delegate to the Paris Peace
Conference of 1919.
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