(born: August 24
, 1880 Dundee, Scotland
- died: November 4
) was a politician from Alberta
Federal political career
Speakman was elected to the Canadian House of Commons
in a landslide victory in the 1921 Canadian federal election
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 Cooperative Commonwealth banner instead of the United Farmers banner. He was defeated by Social Credit candidate Eric Joseph Poole and 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 Social Credit
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 together.
Speakman ran as an Independent in Red Deer in the 1940 Alberta general election 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 Opposition in Alberta from 1941 to 1942.