1897 Quebec general election

The 1897 Quebec general election was held on May 11, 1897, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec, Canada. The Quebec Liberal Party, led by Félix-Gabriel Marchand, defeated the incumbent Quebec Conservative Party, led by Edmund James Flynn.

1897 Quebec general election

← 1892 May 11, 1897 1900 →

74 seats in the 9th Legislative Assembly of Quebec
38 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Félix-Gabriel Marchand.png Edmund James Flynn.jpg
Leader Félix-Gabriel Marchand Edmund James Flynn
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1892 1896
Leader's seat Saint-Jean Gaspé
Last election 21 seats, 43.65% 51 seats, 52.41%
Seats won 51 23
Seat change Increase30 Decrease28
Popular vote 120,300 98,941
Percentage 53.28% 43.82%
Swing Increase9.63pp Decrease8.59pp

Premier before election

Edmund James Flynn
Conservative

Premier after election

Félix-Gabriel Marchand
Liberal

This marked the start of over 39 consecutive years in power for the Liberals. The Conservative Party never held power again in Quebec, and ceased to exist in 1936 when it merged with the Action libérale nationale to form the Union Nationale, which formed a government later that year.

Marchand died in office in 1900, and was succeeded by Simon-Napoléon Parent as Liberal leader and premier.

Additional Assembly seatEdit

An Act passed in 1895 provided for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine to be separated from Gaspé for the subsequent election, and thus elect their own MLA.[1]

ResultsEdit

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1892 Elected % Change # % % Change
Liberal Félix-Gabriel Marchand   21 51 +143% 120,300 53.28% +9.63%
Conservative Edmund James Flynn   51 23 -54.9% 98,941 43.82% -8.59%
  Other   1 - -100% 6,538 2.90% -1.0%
Total   73 74 +1.4% 225,779 100%  
Popular vote
PLQ
53.28%
PCQ
43.82%
Others
2.90%
Seats summary
PLQ
68.92%
PCQ
31.08%

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