1928 British Columbia general election

The 1928 British Columbia general election was the seventeenth general election in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. It was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The election was called on June 7, 1928, and held on July 18, 1928. The new legislature met for the first time on January 22, 1929.

1928 British Columbia general election

← 1924 July 18, 1928 1933 →

48 seats to the 17th Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
25 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Simon Fraser Tolmie (cropped).png
BCLP
ILP
Leader Simon Fraser Tolmie John Duncan MacLean
Party Conservative Liberal Independent Labour
Leader's seat Saanich[a] Victoria City
Last election 17 seats, 29.45% 23 seats, 31.34% Did not contest
Seats won 35 12 1
Seat change Increase 18 Decrease 11 Increase 1
Popular vote 192,867 144,872 17,908
Percentage 53.30% 40.04% 4.95%
Swing Increase 23.85pp Increase 8.70pp Did not contest

Premier before election

John Duncan MacLean
Liberal

Premier after election

Simon Fraser Tolmie
Conservative

The Conservative Party defeated the governing Liberal Party, taking over half the popular vote, and 35 of the 48 seats in the legislature. The Liberals' popular vote also increased significantly, but because of the disappearance of the Provincial Party and the Canadian Labour Party, which had won over 35% of the vote together in the previous election, the Liberals were defeated. Notably, as of 2019, this remains the final election in British Columbia history where the Conservative Party would achieve power in its own right.

ResultsEdit

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1924 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Conservative Simon Fraser Tolmie 48 17 35 +105.9% 192,867 53.30% +23.85%
  Liberal John Duncan MacLean 45 23 12 -47.8% 144,872 40.04% +8.70%
  Independent Labour Party   9 * 1 * 17,908 4.95% *
  Independent 9 - - - 3,658 1.01% +0.28%
  Independent Conservative 2 - - - 1,064 0.29% -0.30%
  Independent Liberal 2 2 - -100% 1,001 0.28% -0.75%
  Independent Labour 1 * - * 316 0.09% *
  Independent Farmer 1 * - * 128 0.04% *
Total 117 48 48 - 361,814 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Popular vote
Conservative
53.30%
Liberal
40.04%
Ind. Labour
4.95%
Others
1.71%
Seats summary
Conservative
72.92%
Liberal
25.00%
Ind. Labour
2.08%

Results by ridingEdit

Results of British Columbia general election, 1928
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     William Robert Rutledge Burnaby
Conservative
          Alberni
Liberal
Laurence Arnold Hanna     
     Roderick MacKenzie Cariboo
Conservative
          Atlin
Liberal
Herbert Frederick Kergin     
     William Atkinson Chilliwack
Conservative
          Columbia
Liberal
John Andrew Buckham     
     George Kerr McNaughton Comox
Conservative
          Cranbrook
Liberal
Frank Mitchell MacPherson     
     Cyril Francis Davie Cowichan-Newcastle
Conservative
          Nanaimo
Liberal
George Sharratt Pearson     
     Fred W. Lister Creston
Conservative
          New Westminster
Liberal
Arthur Wellesley Gray     
     John Walter Berry Delta
Conservative
          North Vancouver
Liberal
Ian Alistair MacKenzie     
     Nelson Seymour Lougheed Dewdney
Conservative
          Omineca
Liberal
Alexander Malcolm Manson     
     Robert Henry Pooley Esquimalt
Conservative
          Prince Rupert
Liberal
Thomas Dufferin Pattullo2     
     Frederick Parker Burden Fort George
Conservative
          Revelstoke
Liberal
William Henry Sutherland     
     Charles Morgan Kingston Grand Forks-Greenwood
Conservative
          Skeena
Liberal
Horace Cooper Wrinch     
     Cyrus Wesley Peck The Islands
Conservative
          Yale
Liberal
John Joseph Alban Gillis     
     John Ralph Michell Kamloops
Conservative
          Fernie
Independent Labour Party
Thomas Aubert Uphill     
     James Fitzsimmon Kaslo-Slocan
Conservative
    
     Ernest Crawford Carson Lillooet
Conservative
    
     Michael Manson Mackenzie
Conservative
    
     Lorris E. Borden Nelson
Conservative
    
     William Farris Kennedy North Okanagan
Conservative
    
     Samuel Lyness Howe Richmond-Point Grey
Conservative
    
     James Hargrave Schofield Rossland-Trail
Conservative
    
     Simon Fraser Tolmie 1 Saanich
Conservative
    
     Rolf Wallgren Bruhn Salmon Arm
Conservative
    
     William Alexander McKenzie Similkameen
Conservative
    
     James William Jones South Okanagan
Conservative
    
     Jonathan Webster Cornett South Vancouver
Conservative
    
     William Dick Vancouver City
Conservative
    
     Thomas Henry Kirk     
     Royal Maitland     
     William Curtis Shelly     
     Nelson Spencer     
     George Alexander Walkem     
     James Harry Beatty Victoria City
Conservative
    
     Reginald Hayward     
     Joshua Hinchcliffe     
     Harold Despard Twigg     
1 Premier-Elect
2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Not the incumbent, but stood in this seat and won

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Lemieux, Rodolphe; Nichol, Walter C.; Colquhoun, A. H. U.; Carrel, Frank, eds. (1928). The Canadian Annual Review of Public Affairs, 1927–28. Toronto: The Annual Review Company.