1959 Manitoba general election

Summary

The 1959 Manitoba general election was held on May 14, 1959 to elect 57 members to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Canada. It resulted in a majority victory for the incumbent Progressive Conservatives under the leadership of Premier Dufferin Roblin. It was the first time since the 1914 election that the Tories won an outright majority in the province.

1959 Manitoba general election

← 1958 May 14, 1959 1962 →

57 seats of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
29 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  CCF
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
(lost re-election)
Last election 26 19 11
Seats won 36 11 10
Seat change Increase10 Decrease8 Decrease1
Popular vote 147,140 94,799 68,149
Percentage 47.0% 30.3% 21.8%
Swing Increase6.4pp Decrease4.4pp Increase1.8pp

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Map of Election Results

Premier before election

Dufferin Roblin
Progressive Conservative

Premier after the election

Dufferin Roblin
Progressive Conservative

Roblin's Tories won 36 seats against 11 for the Liberal-Progressives, led by former Premier Douglas Campbell, and 10 for the social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation led by Lloyd Stinson. The Tories took 25 percent more votes than it had received in the previous election just one year beforenbut took 40 percent more seats than it had won in 1958. They had won 117,822 votes in 1958, compared to 147,000 in 1959.[1]

The Manitoba Social Credit Party, which won 2 seats in the 1958 election, did not contest any seats during the election and regained a foothold in the legislature only during a subsequent by-election. The communist Labor-Progressive Party contested three ridings but did not win any.

The election is the last one to be fought by candidates with the "Liberal-Progressive," "Co-operative Commonwealth," or "Labor-Progressive" labels in Manitoba. The Liberal-Progressives dropped the latter half in 1961 and ran all subsequent elections as "Liberals." Similarly, the Labor-Progressive candidates returned to the "Communist" label. The CCF changed its name following the national party's re-incorporation into the New Democratic Party and ran all future elections as Manitoba New Democrats.

Detailed ResultsEdit

SummaryEdit

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1958 Elected # % % Change
  Progressive Conservative Dufferin Roblin 57 26 36 147,140 47.0%  
  Liberal-Progressive Douglas Campbell 57 19 11 94,799 30.3%  
  Co-operative Commonwealth Lloyd Stinson 45 11 10 68,149 21.8%  
Labor–Progressive William Cecil Ross 3 - - 1,731 0.6%  
  Independent 3 1 - 1,171 0.4%  
Total 165 57 57 312,990 100%  
Popular vote
PC
47.01%
Liberal-Progressive
30.29%
CCF
21.77%
Others
0.93%
Seats summary
PC
63.16%
Liberal-Progressive
19.30%
CCF
17.54%

Northern ManitobaEdit

Electoral district Candidates Incumbent
PC Liberal-Progressive CCF Other
Churchill John Ingebrigtson
1,587
Kenneth D. Wray
954
E.J. Williams
Flin Flon Charles Witney
1,810
Francis Jobin
1,728
Frederick S. Pope
923
Francis Jobin
Rupertsland Joseph Jeannotte
2,268
Harry Boulette
587
Alfred J. Cook
393
Joseph Jeannotte
The Pas John Carroll
2,345
Marvin Hill
1,027
Peter Schewchuk
779
John Carroll

Southern ManitobaEdit

Electoral district Candidates Incumbent
PC Liberal-Progressive CCF Other
Arthur John Cobb
2,513
John McRae
1,932
William G. Powne (Ind.)
556
John Cobb
Birtle-Russell Robert Smellie
2,239
Rodney Clement
2,015
Michael Sotas
947
Rodney Clement
Brandon Reginald Lissaman
5,452
Gordon A. Phillips
2,159
Hans Fries
1,415
Reginald Lissaman
Brokenhead Gordon B. Burnett
1,409
Arthur Trapp
1,083
Ed Schreyer
2,107
Ed Schreyer
Carillon Peter J. Thiessen
1,791
Edmond Prefontaine
2,397
Edmond Prefontaine
Cypress Marcel Boulic
2,951
John Leslie Sundell
1,781
Marcel Boulic
Dauphin Stewart McLean
2,951
Emma Hildegard Ringstrom
967
A. Clifford Matthews
1,233
Stewart McLean
Dufferin William Homer Hamilton
2,077
Walter McDonald
1,923
Chester Ernest Johnson
167
Walter McDonald
Emerson Ben Comeaux
2,190
John Tanchak
2,752
John Tanchak
Ethelbert Plains Isadore Syrnyk
1,001
Michael Hryhorczuk
1,856
Peter Burtniak
1,590
Michael Hryhorczuk
Fisher Roy Ellison
1,361
W.J. Griffin, Jr.
1,028
Peter Wagner
1,777
Peter Wagner
Gimli George Johnson
2,570
Alex Hawrysh
1,007
Zado Zator
932
George Johnson
Gladstone Earl Murray
2,318
Nelson Shoemaker
2,469
Della Yuel
415
Nelson Shoemaker
Hamiota Barry Strickland
2,377
James Chester Scott
2,136
Arthur Nicholson
440
Barry Strickland
Lac du Bonnet Oscar Bjornson
1,357
John Ateah
1,272
Donald H. MacLean
1,018
Stanley Copp (Ind.)
346
Arthur Trapp
Lakeside John Frederick Bate
1,774
Douglas Campbell
1,896
Allen Werbiski
278
Douglas Campbell
La Verendrye Edmund Guertin
1,581
Stan Roberts
1,799
Stan Roberts
Minnedosa Walter Weir
2,386
Charles L. Shuttleworth
2,029
J.M. Lee
1,090
Charles L. Shuttleworth
Morris Harry Shewman
1,905
Bruce MacKenzie
1,298
Harry Shewman
Pembina Maurice Ridley
3,077
Lynwood Graham
1,199
Maurice Ridley
Portage la Prairie John Christianson
2,300
Charles Greenlay
1,827
Fred Allan Tufford
416
Charles Greenlay
Rhineland Leo Recksiedler
1,462
Wallace C. Miller
1,648
Wallace C. Miller
Roblin Keith Alexander
1,946
Ray Mitchell
1,334
Joseph Perchaluk
1,569
Keith Alexander
Rock Lake Abram Harrison
2,545
Walter Clark
1,843
Cyril Hamwee
632
Abram Harrison
Rockwood-Iberville George Hutton
2,269
Robert Bend
2,143
Samuel Cranston
444
Robert Bend
St. George Ivan George Casselman
1,371
Elman Guttormson
2,279
Nellie Baker
255
Elman Guttormson
Ste. Rose Albert Fletcher
1,576
Gildas Molgat
2,390
Leon W. Hoefer
353
Gildas Molgat
Selkirk Edward Foster
1,732
Thomas P. Hillhouse
1,814
Scottie Bryce
872
Thomas P. Hillhouse
Souris-Lansdowne Malcolm McKellar
2,688
George Adrian Griffith
1,448
Malcolm McKellar
Springfield Fred Klym
1,878
William Lucko
1,507
Richard Loeb
772
William Lucko
Swan River Albert H.C. Corbett
2,292
Arvid Burst
786
Hilliard Farriss
1,431
Albert H.C. Corbett
Turtle Mountain Errick Willis
3,247
Walter Christianson
1,187
Errick Willis
Virden John Thompson
3,097
John Wesley Clarke
1,337
John Thompson

WinnipegEdit

Electoral district Candidates Incumbent
PC Liberal-Progressive CCF Other
Assiniboia George Johnson
3,157
Jack Brownrigg
1,388
Donovan Swailes
2,940
George R.A. Brown (Ind.)
269
Donovan Swailes
Burrows Andrew Zaharychuk
1,286
Joseph R. Hnidan
1,155
John Hawryluk
2,235
William Cecil Ross (LPP)
675
John Hawryluk
Elmwood Henry Emerson Snyder
2,560
Alex Turk
1,488
Steve Peters
2,782
Steve Peters
Fort Garry Sterling Lyon
4,842
Stanley Farwell
2,035
Nena Woodward
1,373
Sterling Lyon
Fort Rouge Gurney Evans
4,352
Jerome Marrin
1,947
Robert C. Murdoch
1,425
Gurney Evans
Inkster Mary A. Wawrykow
2,106
John A. Kolt
981
Morris Gray
3,635
L.W. Kaminski (LPP)
468
Morris Gray
Kildonan John Ernest Willis
3,511
Cornelius Huebert
1,972
A.J. Reid
3,659
A.J. Reid
Logan Albert Edward Bennett
1,921
John Kozoriz
873
Lemuel Harris
2,098
Stephen Juba
Osborne Obie Baizley
3,808
David Bowman
1,166
Lloyd Stinson
3,482
Lloyd Stinson
Radisson Harold Huppe
2,998
Nick Slotek
2,029
Russell Paulley
4,085
Russell Paulley
River Heights W.B. Scarth
4,936
Keith Routley
3,060
Magnus Eliason
478
W.B. Scarth
St. Boniface Harry De Leeuw
2,992
Laurent Desjardins
3,772
Benjamin Cyr
1,309
Roger Teillet
St. James Douglas Stanes
3,616
David Graham
1,541
Al Mackling
2,348
Douglas Stanes
St. Johns Dan Zaharia
2,010
Abe Yanofsky
854
David Orlikow
2,261
Jacob Penner (LPP)
588
David Orkilow
St. Matthews William Martin
3,635
Paul Goodman
1,900
Gordon Fines
2,090
William Martin
St. Vital Fred Groves
4,599
George R. D. Goulet
1,946
Joseph Trafer
353
Fred Groves
Seven Oaks Charles Nye
1,973
Calvin Scarfe
1,343
Arthur E. Wright
3,889
Arthur E. Wright
Wellington Richard Seaborn
3,082
William Norrie
1,624
James McIsaac
2,854
Richard Seaborn
Winnipeg Centre James Cowan
3,712
Gurzon Harvey
1,462
Fred Paulley
1,474
James Cowan
Wolseley Dufferin Roblin
4,351
Francis C. Muldoon
1,707
Peter Griffin
1,131
Dufferin Roblin

By-elections 1958 to 1962Edit

Manitoba provincial by-election, November 26, 1959: Arthur
Death of John Cobb
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative J. Douglas Watt 2,036 50.96 +0.71
Liberal–Progressive E. Harry Patmore 1,959 49.04 +10.41
Total valid votes 3,995 100
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −4.85


Manitoba provincial by-election, November 26, 1959: Cypress
Death of Marcel Boulic
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Thelma Forbes 2,378 58.98 -3.38
Liberal–Progressive John Sundell 1,654 41.02 +3.38
Total valid votes 4,032 100
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −3.38


Manitoba provincial by-election, November 26, 1959: Rhineland
Death of Wallace C. Miller
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Jacob Froese 1,300 36.27 +36.27
Progressive Conservative Leo Recksiedler 1,209 33.73 -13.28
Liberal–Progressive David K. Friesen 1,075 29.99 -23.00
Total valid votes 3,584 100
Social Credit gain from Liberal–Progressive Swing +29.64


Manitoba provincial by-election, November 26, 1959: Turtle Mountain
Appointment of Errick Willis to position of Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal–Progressive Edward Dow 2,380 51.14 +24.37
Progressive Conservative Robert C. Aitkens 2,274 48.86 -24.37
Total valid votes 4,654 100
Liberal–Progressive gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +24.37


Manitoba provincial by-election, December 9, 1960: Pembina
Death of Maurice Ridley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Carolyne Morrison 2,132 43.21 -28.75
Liberal–Progressive Charles Cousins 1,491 30.22 +2.18
Social Credit Bruce Wannop 1,311 26.57 +26.57
Total valid votes 4,934 100
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −26.57

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/downloads/HistoricalResultsSummaries/1958.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/events/provincialbyelection1959.shtml