1958 Manitoba general election

Summary

The 1958 Manitoba general election was held on June 16, 1958 to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. The election resulted in a minority victory for the Progressive Conservative Party under the leadership of Dufferin Roblin.

1958 Manitoba general election
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← 1953 June 16, 1958 (1958-06-16) 1959 →

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
29 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Duff Roblin Douglas Campbell Lloyd Stinson
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal–Progressive Co-operative Commonwealth
Leader since June 17, 1954 November 13, 1948 December 19, 1952
Leader's seat Wolseley Lakeside Osborne
Last election 12 35 5
Seats won 26 19 11
Seat change Increase14 Decrease16 Increase6
Percentage 40.6% 34.7% 20.0%
Swing Decrease9.5pp Decrease4.4pp Increase3.44pp

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Map of Election Results

Premier of Manitoba before election

Douglas Lloyd Campbell
Liberal–Progressive

Premier after election

Dufferin Roblin
Liberal–Progressive

This election was the first in Manitoba after a comprehensive electoral redistribution in 1956. The redistribution saw the city of Winnipeg abandon its three four-member districts. St. Boniface also was broken up into two single-member districts. The old Winnipeg,St. Boniface and two suburban districts were made into 20 single-member constituencies altogether, to give the City of Winnipeg increased representation in the legislature. Elections hereafter used FPTP.

As well the other districts in the province had dropped the Alternative Voting system and simply used the plurality first past the post system from here on.[1]

Premier Douglas Campbell's Liberal-Progressives lost the majority they had held since 1922. The Progressive Conservative Party under the leadership of Dufferin Roblin won 26 seats, three short of a majority, while the Liberal-Progressives were reduced to second-place status with 19. The social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) held the balance of power with 11 seats, and independent Stephen Juba was also elected in Winnipeg. Both Social Credit and the Labour Progressive Party lost their legislative representation.

After the election, the Liberal-Progressives attempted to form a coalition with the CCF to remain in power. The CCF rejected this offer, instead giving confidence and supply to a PC government under Roblin and ending 36 years of Progressive and Liberal-Progressive led governments in Manitoba. Although the Progressive Conservatives had been part of a coalition government with the Liberal-Progressives from 1940 to 1950, this was the first time since 1915 that they had formed an administration on their own. This was the last time the Liberals formed government in Manitoba. This would begin a sharp decline for the Liberals, and a concurrent rise for the CCF.

Roblin's government proved unstable, and was defeated in the legislature in early 1959. Manitobans returned to the polls shortly thereafter, and gave the Tories an outright majority while the Liberals were cut down to only 11 seats.

ResultsEdit

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1953 Elected Change # % % Change
  Progressive Conservative Dufferin Roblin 56 12 26 +14   40.6% -3.9%
  Liberal-Progressive Douglas Campbell 56 35 19 -16   34.7% -9.5%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Lloyd Stinson 43 5 11 +6   20.0% 3.44%
Social Credit none 12 2 0 -2   1.8% -11.56%
Labor–Progressive William Cecil Ross 1 1 0 -1      
  Independent 11 2 1 -1      
Total   57 57     100%  
Popular vote
PC
40.60%
Liberal-Progressive
34.70%
CCF
20.00%
Social Credit
1.80%
Others
2.90%
Seats summary
PC
45.61%
Liberal-Progressive
33.33%
CCF
19.30%

Riding resultsEdit

Party key:

(x) denotes incumbent.

Arthur:

  • John Gordon Cobb (PC) 2072
  • John Wilfred McRae (LP) 2032
  • Walter D. Taylor (SC) 693

Assiniboia:

Birtle-Russell:

Brandon:

Brokenhead:

Burrows:

Carillon:

Churchill:

1958 Manitoba general election: Cypress
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Marcel Boulic 2,347 52.12
Liberal–Progressive Samuel Burch 1,835 40.75
Co-operative Commonwealth G.H. McIntosh 321 7.13
Total valid votes 4,503
Rejected votes 19
Turnout 4,522 68.13
Electors on the lists 6,637

Dauphin:

Dufferin:

Elmwood:

Emerson:

Ethelbert Plains:

Fisher:

Flin Flon:

Fort Garry:

Fort Rouge:

Gimli:

Gladstone:

Hamiota:

Inkster:

  • (x)Morris Gray (CCF) 3083
  • Peter Okrainec (PC) 1584
  • Peter Stanley Taraska (LP) 1516

Kildonan:

  • Anthony John Reid (CCF) 2776
  • John Ernest Willis (PC) 2665
  • George Nordland Suttie (LP) 1808

Lac Du Bonnet:

  • Arthur A. Trapp (LP) 1526
  • Glen A. Stewart (PC) 1350
  • Harry Olensky (CCF) 569
  • Lawrence P Schlamp (SC) 299

Lakeside:

La Verendrye:

Logan:

Minnedosa:

Morris:

Osborne:

Pembina:

Portage la Prairie:

Radisson:

Rhineland:

River Heights:

Roblin:

Rock Lake:

Rockwood-Iberville:

Rupertsland:

St. Boniface:

St. George:

  • (x)Elman Keisler Guttormson (LP) 2144
  • Dan McFayden (PC) 970
  • Douglas S. Stefanson (CCF) 593
  • Mahlin J.G. Magunsson (Ind Con) 274

St. James:

St. Johns:

St. Matthews:

St. Vital:

  • Frederick Groves (PC) 3616
  • William R. Appleby (LP) 2331
  • Leslie C. Foden (CCF) 1334
  • Percy B. Hayward (Ind) 242

Ste. Rose:

  • (x)Gildas Laurent Molgat (LP) 2400
  • Alvin Getz (PC) 1010
  • Alphonse J. Bouchard (SC) 415
  • Leon W. Hoefer (CCF) 354

Selkirk:

Seven Oaks:

Souris-Lansdowne:

Springfield:

  • (x)William Lucko (LP) 1351
  • Oscar Russell (PC) 1269
  • Ed Kanarowski (CCF) 875
  • William G. Storsley (SC) 283

Swan River:

The Pas:

Turtle Mountain:

Virden:

Wellington:

Winnipeg Centre:

  • James Cowan (PC) 3462
  • Paul W. Goodman (LP) 1623
  • David Adrian Mulligan (CCF) 1141

Wolseley:

  • (x)Dufferin Roblin (PC) 3959
  • John Gurzon Harvey (LP) 1739
  • Allen Denton (CCF) 1202

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Electoral Process from 1870 to 2011," Elections Manitoba website (accessed July 2, 2019)
  2. ^ "Events in Manitoba History: Manitoba Provincial Election (1958)". www.mhs.mb.ca.