As the first Leader from the Opposition in Alberta, he led the Conservatives in the Legislative Assembly from 1905 until 1909. He advocated for open public ownership of calling program and railways. He was a farmer and maintained a lumber firm, Nanton Grain & Lumber, before getting into politics. He defeat Liberal Richard Alfred Wallace, however the results had been tallied for over per month. He was defeated in the 1909 election, and he became an attorney and applied in Three Hillsides. He was regarded as a newcomer when he went in the 1905 Alberta provincial election, despite the fact that he previously been a resident of Nanton in the Great River district for a long time. He defeated Conventional head R.B. Bennett in the principal election.