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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Hon. Alex Ross


When the present Premier of Alberta, the Hon. Herbert Greenfield, formed his ministry on the 13th of August, 1921, the Hon. Alex Ross of Calgary was asked to accept the portfolio of minister of public works. At that time Mr. Ross had had a comparatively short career in the political arena of this province as member of the legislature from his district, to which office he was first elected in 1917. He came to the front in public life as a representative of labor and as its spokesman and leader defended its interests iii the legislative halls with a loyalty and ability that won him the whole-hearted approval of his constituents and the admiration of the leaders of the labor and farmer movement elsewhere in the province. It was, therefore, with general approbation that the news of his inclusion in the Greenfield ministry was received by the public.

Alex Ross is a Scotchman by birth and spent his youth and early manhood in his native ]and. The son of James and Jessie (Thompson) Ross, he was born at Premnay, on the 15th of January, 1880. He was educated at Oyne, Aberdeenshire, following which he learned the trade of a stone mason. It was at the age of twenty-six that he set sail for America in 1906, and chose Canada as his future home. Here he continued to work along the lines of stone masonry and in Calgary, which is his home city, he rose to a place of leadership among the laboring men that resulted in his entering politics on the labor ticket. He stood for election to the Alberta legislature as labor candidate in the general elections of 1917 and was returned to that body for the first time. Four years later he was reelected to the office by acclamation on the 9th of December, 1921. As a member of the Greenfield ministry he has supported the policies of his chief consistently and loyally and has stood out as one of the men whose interests were inseparably bound up in the labor cause. The duties of his office have been discharged promptly and with ability, the department of public works holding an excellent record for effective and constructive work in its branch of the public administration. The principles and platforms of Mr. Ross's Party are too well known in the province to need explanation. It is sufficient to point out that Mr. Ross is one of those men whose public and personal career has been such that he has served to inspire the general public with confidence in the great industrial-political movement he represents.


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