Matthew Stanbridge


Matthew James Stanbridge (1876[1] – May 20, 1939)[2] was a British-born Canadian politician who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1920 to 1922.[3]

Matthew Stanbridge
Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
from St. Clements
In office
Preceded byDonald A. Ross
Succeeded byDonald A. Ross
Personal details
Worth Parish, Sussex, England
DiedMay 20, 1939 (aged 63)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyDLP
Other political
Independent Labour

Early lifeEdit

Stanbridge was born in Worth Parish, Sussex, England and came to Western Canada in 1903.


Stanbridge operated an insurance and real estate business in Winnipeg and became the owner of a meat-packing plant in Stonewall in 1912. Stanbridge served 15 years on the school board for Stonewall. He married Frances Rudderham.[2]

He was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the 1920 provincial election as a Labour Party candidate in the St. Clements constituency. He defeated Liberal incumbent Donald A. Ross[3] by 127 votes, and sat with the Labour parliamentary group in the legislative opposition for the next two years.

The Labour Party and its allies won eleven seats in the 1920 election, which occurred shortly after the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. Their support had declined by the time of the 1922 election, and fell to six seats. Stanbridge, running for the Independent Labour Party in St. Clements,[3] finished fourth in a field of four candidates in his bid for re-election.

He attempted to return to the legislature in the 1927 provincial election as a "Farmer-Labour" candidate,[3] but finished a distant third against Progressive cabinet minister Robert Hoey.

Personal lifeEdit

He died in the Winnipeg General Hospital at the age of 63.[2]


  1. ^ "Matthew James Stanbridge (1876-1939)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-01-05.|
  2. ^ a b c "M. Stanbridge, Ex-MLA, Dies". Evening Tribune. Winnipeg. May 23, 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  3. ^ a b c d "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.