Louise McKinney was very instrumental in gaining the right to vote for women in Alberta in 1916. In 1917, she was the first woman elected to a legislature in the British Empire. It is worthy to note that Louise was elected, not as a member of any political party, but as an independent. She was an active Women’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.) worker and served as Acting President of the Canadian W.C.T.U. She also held the position of First Vice President of the World W.C.T.U. Louise was the only woman from Western Canada to sign the Basis of Union for the United Church of Canada. Louise McKinney loved to travel. She had her husband’s full support and he traveled with her. She died suddenly in 1931.