1903 Manitoba general election

Summary

The 1903 Manitoba general election was held on July 20, 1903, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada.

The result was a second consecutive majority government for the Conservative Party of Manitoba, now led by Premier Rodmond Roblin. Roblin's electoral machine won a landslide thirty-two seats, while the opposition Manitoba Liberal Party under former premier Thomas Greenway won only eight. The Winnipeg Labour Party also contested two constituencies, winning none.

Although the parties' relative seat counts gave the impression of a major victory for Conservatives, the candidates of that party actually received less than half the votes, and only 2000 more votes (just four percent) than the Liberals. Proportionally to votes cast, of the Legislature's 40 seats, 20 should have gone to the Conservatives, 18 to Liberals and two seats to Labour and other "third party" candidates.[1]

ResultsEdit

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1899 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Conservative Rodmond Roblin 39   31   26,074 48.98%  
  Liberal-Conservative Rodmond Roblin 1   1   855 1.61%  
  Liberal Thomas Greenway 40   8   23,740 44.60%  
  Labour 2   0   1,013 1.90%  
  Prohibition 4   0   955 1.79%  
  Independents 3   0   595 1.12%  
Total 89   40   53,232 100%  
Popular vote
Conservative
50.59%
Liberal
44.60%
Others
4.81%
Popular vote
Conservative
80.00%
Liberal
20.00%

Constituency ResultsEdit

Arthur:

Assiniboia:

Avondale:

Beautiful Plains:

Birtle:

Brandon City:

Carillon:

Cypress:

Dauphin:

Deloraine:

  • Edward Briggs (C) 457
  • H.L. Montgomery (Proh) 437
  • George Patterson (L) 429

Dufferin:

Emerson:

Gilbert Plains:

Gimli:

Gladstone:

Hamiota:

Kildonan and St. Andrews:

Killarney:

Lakeside:

Lansdowne:

La Verendrye:

Manitou:

Minnedosa:

Morden:

Morris:

Mountain:

Norfolk:

Portage la Prairie:

Rhineland:

Rockwood:

Russell:

St. Boniface:

South Brandon:

Springfield:

Swan River:

Turtle Mountain:

  • (x)James Johnson (C) 741
  • J.S. McEwan (L) 475
  • J.F. Hunter (Proh) 142

Virden:

Winnipeg Centre:

  • (x)Thomas Taylor (C) 1276
  • J.A. McArthur (L) 1123
  • William Scott (Winnipeg Labor Party) 422

Winnipeg North:

  • Sampson Walker (C) 1106
  • J.W. Cockburn (L) 1057
  • Robert Thoms (Winnipeg Labor Party) 591

Winnipeg South:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Proportional Representation Review, Dec. 1903