1928 Newfoundland general election

The 1928 Newfoundland general election was held on 2 June 1928 to elect members of the 27th General Assembly of Newfoundland in the Dominion of Newfoundland. The Liberal Party led by Richard Squires defeated the Conservative Party led by Frederick C. Alderdice and formed the government with the support of Fishermen's Protective Union members. Legislation had been introduced so that persons named to the Executive Council were no longer required to run for reelection. Helena E. Squires, elected in a 1930 by-election, became the first woman elected to the Newfoundland assembly.

1928 Newfoundland general election

← 1924 June 2, 1928 1932 →

40 seats of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
21 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Richard Squires Frederick C. Alderdice J. H. Scammell
Party Liberal Liberal-Conservative Progressive Fishermen's Protective Union
Leader's seat Humber St. John's City East Bonavista Centre
Last election 10* 25 New party
Seats won 19 12 9

Prime Minister before election

Walter Stanley Monroe
Liberal-Conservative Progressive

Prime Minister after election

Richard Squires

In April 1925, women over the age of 25 had been granted the right to vote; in the 1928 general election, 90 per cent of women eligible to vote cast a ballot.[1]

Results by party edit

  Party Leader 1924 Seats won % change Popular vote (%)
  Liberal Sir Richard Squires 10* 19
  Fishermen's Protective Union J. H. Scammell 9
  Liberal-Conservative Progressive Party Frederick C. Alderdice 25 12
  Other 1 0
Totals 36 40

* As Liberal-Progressives

Elected members edit

(Fishermen's Protective Union MHAs are listed as Liberals)

References edit

  • Smallwood, Joseph R (1981). Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. Vol. v. 1. ISBN 0-920508-14-6.
  1. ^ "Women's Suffrage". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University.