17th Canadian Parliament

The 17th Canadian Parliament was in session from September 8, 1930, until August 14, 1935. The membership was set by the 1930 federal election on July 28, 1930, and it changed only somewhat due to resignations and by-elections until it was dissolved prior to the 1935 election.

The initial seat distribution of the 17th Canadian Parliament
Richard Bedford Bennett was Prime Minister during the 17th Canadian Parliament.

It was controlled by a Conservative Party majority under Prime Minister Richard Bedford Bennett and the 15th Canadian Ministry. The Official Opposition was the Liberal Party, led by William Lyon Mackenzie King.

The Speaker was first George Black, and later James Langstaff Bowman. See also List of Canadian electoral districts 1924-1933 for a list of the ridings in this parliament.

It was the third longest parliament in Canadian history.

There were six sessions of the 17th Parliament:

Session Start End
1st September 8, 1930 September 22, 1930
2nd March 12, 1931 August 3, 1931
3rd February 4, 1932 May 26, 1932
4th October 6, 1932 May 27, 1933
5th January 25, 1934 July 3, 1934
6th January 17, 1935 July 5, 1935
parliament of Canada 1930 seating plan

List of membersEdit

Following is a full list of members of the seventeenth Parliament listed first by province, then by electoral district.

Electoral districts denoted by an asterisk (*) indicates that district was represented by two members.


Electoral district Name Party
Acadia Robert Gardiner United Farmers of Alberta
Athabaska John Francis Buckley (died 27 November 1931) Liberal
Percy Griffith Davies (by-election of 1932-03-21) Conservative
Battle River Henry Elvins Spencer United Farmers of Alberta
Bow River Edward Joseph Garland United Farmers of Alberta
Calgary East George Douglas Stanley Conservative
Calgary West Richard Bedford Bennett (until 7 July 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Richard Bedford Bennett (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Camrose William Thomas Lucas United Farmers of Alberta
Edmonton East Ambrose Upton Gledstanes Bury Conservative
Edmonton West Charles Stewart Liberal
Lethbridge John Smith Stewart Conservative
Macleod George Gibson Coote United Farmers of Alberta
Medicine Hat Frederick William Gershaw Liberal
Peace River Donald MacBeth Kennedy United Farmers of Alberta
Red Deer Alfred Speakman United Farmers of Alberta
Vegreville Michael Luchkovich United Farmers of Alberta
Wetaskiwin William Irvine United Farmers of Alberta

British ColumbiaEdit

Electoral district Name Party
Cariboo John Anderson Fraser Conservative
Comox—Alberni Alan Webster Neill Independent
Fraser Valley Harry James Barber Conservative
Kootenay East Michael Dalton McLean (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Henry Herbert Stevens (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Kootenay West William Kemble Esling Conservative
Nanaimo Charles Herbert Dickie Conservative
New Westminster Thomas Reid Liberal
Skeena Olof Hanson Liberal
Vancouver—Burrard Wilfred Hanbury Liberal
Vancouver Centre Ian Alistair Mackenzie Liberal
Vancouver North Albert Edward Munn Liberal
Vancouver South Angus MacInnis Independent Labour
Victoria D'Arcy Britton Plunkett Conservative
Yale Grote Stirling Conservative


Electoral district Name Party
Brandon David Wilson Beaubier Conservative
Dauphin James Langstaff Bowman Conservative
Lisgar John Livingstone Brown Liberal-Progressive
Macdonald William Gilbert Weir Liberal-Progressive
Marquette Henry Alfred Mullins Conservative
Neepawa Thomas Gerow Murphy (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Thomas Gerow Murphy (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Nelson Bernard Munroe Stitt Conservative
Portage la Prairie William Herbert Burns Conservative
Provencher Arthur-Lucien Beaubien Liberal-Progressive
Selkirk James Herbert Stitt Conservative
Souris Errick French Willis Progressive Conservative
Springfield Thomas Hay Conservative
St. Boniface John Power Howden Liberal
Winnipeg North Abraham Albert Heaps Labour
Winnipeg North Centre James Shaver Woodsworth Labour
Winnipeg South Robert Rogers Conservative
Winnipeg South Centre William Walker Kennedy Conservative

New BrunswickEdit

Electoral district Name Party
Charlotte Arthur D. Ganong Conservative
Gloucester Peter John Veniot Liberal
Kent Télésphore Arsenault Conservative
Northumberland George Manning McDade Conservative
Restigouche—Madawaska Maxime Cormier Conservative
Joseph-Enoil Michaud (by-election of 1933-10-23) Liberal
Royal George Burpee Jones Conservative
George Burpee Jones (by-election of 1932-06-27) Conservative
St. John—Albert* Thomas Bell Conservative
Murray Maclaren Conservative
Murray Maclaren (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Victoria—Carleton Benjamin Franklin Smith Conservative
Westmorland Otto Baird Price Conservative
York—Sunbury Richard Hanson Conservative

Nova ScotiaEdit

Electoral district Name Party
Antigonish—Guysborough William Duff Liberal
Cape Breton North—Victoria Lewis Wilkieson Johnstone Conservative
Cape Breton South Finlay MacDonald Conservative
Colchester Martin Luther Urquhart Liberal
Cumberland Robert Knowlton Smith Conservative
Digby—Annapolis Harry Bernard Short Conservative
Halifax* William Anderson Black Conservative
Felix Patrick Quinn Conservative
Hants—Kings James Lorimer Ilsley Liberal
Inverness Isaac Duncan MacDougall Conservative
Pictou Thomas Cantley Conservative
Queens—Lunenburg William Gordon Ernst Conservative
Richmond—West Cape Breton John Alexander Macdonald (until 22 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Edgar Nelson Rhodes (by-election of 1930-09-02) Conservative
Shelburne—Yarmouth James Layton Ralston Liberal


Electoral district Name Party
Algoma East George Brecken Nicholson Conservative
Algoma West Thomas Edward Simpson Conservative
Brantford City Robert Edwy Ryerson Conservative
Brant Franklin Smoke Conservative
Bruce North James Malcolm Liberal
Bruce South Walter Allan Hall Liberal
Carleton William Foster Garland Conservative
Dufferin—Simcoe William Earl Rowe Conservative
Durham Fred Wellington Bowen Conservative
Elgin West Mitchell Hepburn (resigned 8 June 1934) Liberal
Wilson Henry Mills (by-election of 1934-09-24) Liberal
Essex East Raymond Ducharme Morand Conservative
Essex South Eccles James Gott Conservative
Essex West Sidney Cecil Robinson Conservative
Fort William Robert James Manion (until 7 August 1930 ministerial appointment) Conservative
Robert James Manion (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Frontenac—Addington William Spankie (died 27 May 1934) Conservative
Colin Alexander Campbell (by-election of 1934-09-24) Liberal
Glengarry Angus McGillis Conservative
Grenville—Dundas Arza Clair Casselman Conservative
Grey North Victor Clarence Porteous Conservative
Grey Southeast Agnes Campbell Macphail Progressive
Haldimand Mark Cecil Senn Conservative
Halton Robert King Anderson Conservative
Hamilton East George Septimus Rennie (died 13 October 1930) Conservative
Humphrey Mitchell (by-election of 1931-08-10) Labour
Hamilton West Charles William Bell Conservative
Hastings—Peterborough Alexander Thomas Embury Conservative
Hastings South William Ernest Tummon Conservative
Huron North George Spotton Conservative
Huron South Thomas McMillan (died 7 June 1932) Liberal
William Henry Golding (by-election of 1932-10-03) Liberal
Kenora—Rainy River Peter Heenan (resigned 10 July 1934 to take seat in Ontario Legislature) Liberal
Hugh Bathgate McKinnon (by-election of 1934-09-24) Liberal
Kent James Warren Rutherford Liberal
Kingston City Arthur Edward Ross Conservative
Lambton East John Thomas Sproule Conservative
Lambton West Ross Wilfred Gray Liberal
Lanark Thomas Alfred Thompson Conservative
Leeds Hugh Alexander Stewart (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Hugh Alexander Stewart (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Lincoln James Dew Chaplin Conservative
London John Franklin White Conservative
Middlesex East Frank Boyes Conservative
Middlesex West John Campbell Elliott Liberal
Muskoka—Ontario Peter McGibbon Conservative
Nipissing Raoul Hurtubise Liberal
Norfolk—Elgin William Horace Taylor Liberal
Northumberland William Alexander Fraser Liberal
Ontario William Henry Moore Liberal
Ottawa (City of)* Thomas Franklin Ahearn Liberal
Edgar-Rodolphe-Eugène Chevrier Liberal
Oxford North Donald Matheson Sutherland (until emoulment appointment) Conservative
Donald Matheson Sutherland (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Oxford South Thomas Merritt Cayley (died in office) Liberal
Almon Secord Rennie (by-election of 1934-04-16) Liberal
Parkdale David Spence Conservative
Parry Sound James Arthurs Conservative
Peel Samuel Charters Conservative
Perth North David McKenzie Wright Conservative
Perth South Frederick George Sanderson Liberal
Peterborough West Edward Armour Peck Conservative
Port Arthur—Thunder Bay Donald James Cowan Conservative
Prescott Elie-Oscar Bertrand Liberal
Prince Edward—Lennox John Aaron Weese Conservative
Renfrew North Ira Delbert Cotnam Conservative
Renfrew South Martin James Maloney Conservative
Russell Alfred Goulet Liberal
Simcoe East Alfred Burke Thompson Conservative
Simcoe North John Thomas Simpson Conservative
Stormont Frank Thomas Shaver Conservative
Timiskaming North Joseph-Arthur Bradette Liberal
Timiskaming South Wesley Ashton Gordon (until ministerial appointment) Conservative
Wesley Ashton Gordon (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Toronto East Edmond Baird Ryckman (until ministerial appointment) Conservative
Edmond Baird Ryckman (by-election of 1930-08-25, then died in office) Conservative
Thomas Langton Church (by-election of 1934-09-24) Conservative
Toronto East Centre Robert Charles Matthews Conservative
Toronto—High Park Alexander James Anderson Conservative
Toronto Northeast Richard Langton Baker Conservative
Toronto Northwest John Ritchie MacNicol Conservative
Toronto—Scarborough Joseph Henry Harris Conservative
Toronto South George Reginald Geary Conservative
Toronto West Centre Samuel Factor Liberal
Victoria Thomas Hubert Stinson Conservative
Waterloo North William Daum Euler Liberal
Waterloo South Alexander McKay Edwards Conservative
Welland George Hamilton Pettit Conservative
Wellington North John Knox Blair Liberal
Wellington South Hugh Guthrie (until ministerial appointment) Conservative
Hugh Guthrie (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Wentworth Gordon Crooks Wilson Conservative
York North Thomas Herbert Lennox (died in office) Conservative
William Pate Mulock (by-election of 1934-09-24) Liberal
York South Robert Henry McGregor Conservative
York West James Earl Lawson Conservative

Prince Edward IslandEdit

Electoral district Name Party
King's John Alexander Macdonald Conservative
Prince Alfred Edgar MacLean Liberal
Queen's* Winfield Chester Scott McLure Conservative
John Howard Myers Conservative


Electoral district Name Party
Argenteuil George Halsey Perley Conservative
Bagot Cyrille Dumaine Liberal
Beauce Édouard Lacroix Liberal
Beauharnois Maxime Raymond Liberal
Bellechasse Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger Liberal
Berthier—Maskinongé Joseph Arthur Barrette Conservative
Bonaventure Charles Marcil Liberal
Brome—Missisquoi Follin Horace Pickel Conservative
Cartier Samuel William Jacobs Liberal
Chambly—Verchères Alfred Duranleau (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Alfred Duranleau (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Champlain Jean Louis Baribeau Conservative
Charlevoix—Saguenay Pierre-François Casgrain Liberal
Chicoutimi Julien-Édouard-Alfred Dubuc Liberal
Châteauguay—Huntingdon John Clarke Moore Conservative
Compton Samuel Gobeil Conservative
Dorchester Onésime Gagnon Conservative
Drummond—Arthabaska Wilfrid Girouard Liberal
Gaspé Maurice Brasset Liberal
Hochelaga Édouard-Charles St-Père Liberal
Hull Alphonse Fournier Liberal
Jacques Cartier Joseph-Georges-Philippe Laurin Conservative
Joliette Charles-Édouard Ferland Liberal
Kamouraska Joseph Georges Bouchard Liberal
Labelle Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa Independent
Lake St. John Joseph Léonard Duguay Conservative
Laprairie—Napierville Vincent Dupuis Liberal
L'Assomption—Montcalm Paul-Arthur Séguin Liberal
Laurier—Outremont Joseph-Alexandre Mercier Liberal
Laval—Two Mountains Arthur Sauvé (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Arthur Sauvé (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Lévis Émile Fortin Conservative
L'Islet Joseph-Fernand Fafard Liberal
Lotbinière Joseph-Achille Verville Liberal
Maisonneuve Clément Robitaille (died 16 January 1932) Liberal
Joseph Jean (by-election of 1932-06-27) Liberal
Matane Joseph-Ernest-Henri Larue Conservative
Mégantic Eusèbe Roberge Liberal
Montmagny Armand Renaud Lavergne Conservative
Mount Royal Robert Smeaton White Conservative
Nicolet Lucien Dubois Liberal
Pontiac Charles Bélec Conservative
Portneuf Jules Desrochers Liberal
Québec—Montmorency Charles Napoléon Dorion Conservative
Quebec East Ernest Lapointe Liberal
Quebec South Charles Gavan Power Liberal
Quebec West Maurice Dupré (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Maurice Dupré (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Richelieu Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin Liberal
Richmond—Wolfe François-Joseph Laflèche Conservative
Rimouski Eugène Fiset Liberal
St. Ann John Alexander Sullivan Conservative
St. Antoine Leslie Gordon Bell Conservative
St. Denis Joseph-Arthur Denis Liberal
St. Henri Paul Mercier Liberal
St. Hyacinthe—Rouville Joseph-Théophile-Adélard Fontaine Liberal
St. James Fernand Rinfret Liberal
St. Johns—Iberville Pierre Auguste Martial Rhéaume Liberal
St. Lawrence—St. George Charles Cahan (until 7 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Charles Cahan (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
St. Mary Hermas Deslauriers Liberal
Shefford J.-Eugène Tétreault Conservative
Sherbrooke Charles Benjamin Howard Liberal
Stanstead John Thomas Hackett Conservative
Terrebonne Louis-Étienne Parent Liberal
Three Rivers—St. Maurice Arthur Bettez (died 4 January 1931) Liberal
Charles Bourgeois (by-election of 1931-08-10) Conservative
Témiscouata Jean-François Pouliot Liberal
Vaudreuil—Soulanges Joseph Thauvette Liberal
Wright Fizalam-William Perras Liberal
Yamaska Aimé Boucher (until election voided 23 December 1932) Liberal
Aimé Boucher (by-election of 1933-10-23) Liberal


Electoral district Name Party
Assiniboia Robert McKenzie Liberal
Humboldt Albert Frederick Totzke Liberal
Kindersley Archibald M. Carmichael Progressive
Last Mountain Harry Butcher Liberal
Long Lake Walter Davy Cowan Conservative
Mackenzie Milton Neil Campbell (until 6 February 1933 emoulment appointment) Progressive
John Angus MacMillan (by-election of 1933-10-23) Liberal
Maple Creek James Beck Swanston Conservative
Melfort Robert Weir (until 8 August 1930 emoulment appointment) Conservative
Robert Weir (by-election of 1930-08-25) Conservative
Melville William Richard Motherwell Liberal
Moose Jaw William Addison Beynon Conservative
North Battleford Cameron Ross McIntosh Liberal
Prince Albert William Lyon Mackenzie King Liberal
Qu'Appelle Ernest Perley Liberal
Regina Franklin White Turnbull Conservative
Rosetown William John Loucks Liberal
Saskatoon Frank MacMillan Conservative
South Battleford John Vallance Liberal
Swift Current Charles Edward Bothwell Liberal
Weyburn Edward James Young Liberal
Willow Bunch Thomas F. Donnelly Liberal
Yorkton George Washington McPhee Liberal


Electoral district Name Party
Yukon George Black Conservative


By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause Retained
Frontenac—Addington September 24, 1934 William Spankie      Conservative Colin Campbell      Liberal Death No
Toronto East September 24, 1934 Edmond Baird Ryckman      Conservative Thomas Langton Church      Conservative Death Yes
Kenora—Rainy River September 24, 1934 Peter Heenan      Liberal Hugh McKinnon      Liberal Resignation Yes
Elgin West September 24, 1934 Mitchell Hepburn      Liberal Wilson Mills      Liberal Resignation Yes
York North September 24, 1934 Thomas Herbert Lennox      Conservative William Pate Mulock      Liberal Death No
Oxford South April 16, 1934 Thomas Merritt Cayley      Liberal Almon Rennie      Liberal Death Yes
Yamaska October 23, 1933 Aimé Boucher      Liberal Aimé Boucher      Liberal Election declared void Yes
Mackenzie October 23, 1933 Milton Neil Campbell      Progressive John Angus MacMillan      Liberal Appointed vice-president of the Tariff Board No
Restigouche—Madawaska October 23, 1933 Maxime Cormier      Conservative Joseph Michaud      Liberal Death No
Huron South October 3, 1932 Thomas McMillan      Liberal William Henry Golding      Liberal Death Yes
Maisonneuve June 27, 1932 Clément Robitaille      Liberal Joseph Jean      Liberal Death Yes
Royal June 27, 1932 George Burpee Jones      Conservative George Burpee Jones      Conservative Resignation Yes
Athabaska March 21, 1932 John Francis Buckley      Liberal Percy Griffith Davies      Conservative Death No
Three Rivers—St. Maurice August 10, 1931 Arthur Bettez      Liberal Charles Bourgeois      Conservative Death No
Hamilton East August 10, 1931 George Septimus Rennie      Conservative Humphrey Mitchell      Labour Death No
Richmond—West Cape Breton September 2, 1930 John Alexander Macdonald      Conservative Edgar Nelson Rhodes      Conservative Resignation to provide a seat for Rhodes Yes
Melfort August 25, 1930 Robert Weir      Conservative Robert Weir      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Agriculture. Yes
Oxford North August 25, 1930 Donald Matheson Sutherland      Conservative Donald Matheson Sutherland      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of National Defence. Yes
Leeds August 25, 1930 Hugh Alexander Stewart      Conservative Hugh Alexander Stewart      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Public Works. Yes
Kootenay East August 25, 1930 Michael Dalton McLean      Conservative Henry Herbert Stevens      Conservative Resignation to provide a seat for Stevens Yes
Laval—Two Mountains August 25, 1930 Arthur Sauvé      Conservative Arthur Sauvé      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Postmaster General. Yes
Toronto East August 25, 1930 Edmond Baird Ryckman      Conservative Edmond Baird Ryckman      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of National Revenue. Yes
Neepawa August 25, 1930 Thomas Gerow Murphy      Conservative Thomas Gerow Murphy      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of the Interior. Yes
Fort William August 25, 1930 Robert James Manion      Conservative Robert James Manion      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Railways and Canals. Yes
St. John—Albert August 25, 1930 Murray MacLaren      Conservative Murray MacLaren      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Pensions and National Health. Yes
Wellington South August 25, 1930 Hugh Guthrie      Conservative Hugh Guthrie      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Justice. Yes
Timiskaming South August 25, 1930 Wesley Gordon      Conservative Wesley Gordon      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Immigration and Colonization and Minister of Mines. Yes
Chambly—Verchères August 25, 1930 Alfred Duranleau      Conservative Alfred Duranleau      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Minister of Marine. Yes
Quebec West August 25, 1930 Maurice Dupré      Conservative Maurice Dupré      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Solicitor General. Yes
St. Lawrence—St. George August 25, 1930 Charles Cahan      Conservative Charles Cahan      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Secretary of State of Canada. Yes
Calgary West August 25, 1930 R. B. Bennett      Conservative R. B. Bennett      Conservative Recontested upon appointment as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Yes


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