1953 Manitoba general election
The 1953 Manitoba general election was held on June 8, 1953 to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada. This was the first election held in Manitoba after the breakup of a ten-year coalition government led by the Liberal-Progressives and Progressive Conservatives. The coalition, which began in 1940, was ended in 1950 when the Progressive Conservatives crossed to the opposition side.
This was also the last provincial election in Manitoba to feature multi-member constituencies and election by the single transferable ballot. Winnipeg Centre, Winnipeg North and Winnipeg South elected four members each, while St. Boniface elected two members. All other constituencies elected one member by instant runoff voting.
The result of the election was a convincing victory for the Liberal-Progressive government of Premier Douglas Campbell, which won thirty-two of fifty-seven seats. Three Independent Liberal-Progressives were also elected. The Progressive Conservatives, led by Errick Willis, saw their representation in the legislature increase from nine to twelve members. This was a disappointing result for many in the party. Willis had been a prominent cabinet minister in the coalition government, and many questioned the sincerity of his new-found opposition to Campbell's ministry. The following year, he lost the leadership of the party to Dufferin Roblin.
During the campaign, the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper devoted considerable attention to the return of the Social Credit Party in Manitoba. The party had not contested the previous provincial election, but was buoyed by the recent Social Credit victory in British Columbia and ran several candidates. The Free Press, which supported the Liberal-Progressives, and played up the threat of a Social Credit victory to rally popular support for the government. The actual threat posed by Social Credit was minimal: only two of its candidates were elected.
The Communist Labor-Progressive Party also won representation in the legislature, with party incumbent Bill Kardash taking one of the four constituency seats in Winnipeg North. This was the last time that a Communist candidate won election to the Manitoba legislature, or indeed to any provincial legislature in Canada.
Two independent candidates were also elected, in addition to the three Independent Liberal-Progressives.
|Party||Party leader||# of
|1949||Elected||% Change||#||%||% Change|
|Progressive Conservative||Errick Willis||38||9||12||56,278||21.03|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Lloyd Stinson||25||7||5||44,332||16.56|
|Labor–Progressive||William Cecil Ross||1||1||1||3,812||1.42|
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(x) denotes incumbent.
|Progressive Conservative||J. Arthur Ross||1,920||57.14|
|Liberal–Progressive||(x)John R. Pitt||1,440||42.86|
|Total valid votes||3,360||100.00|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Alvin H. Mackling||3,078||35.62|
|Progressive Conservative||George E. Fournier||1,528||17.68|
|Social Credit||Florence M. Bloomfield||677||7.83|
|Total valid votes||8,642||100.00|
Fournier and Bloomfield were eliminated, and their votes were distributed as follows: Wightman 837, Mackling 768. 600 votes were non-transferable.
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Alvin H. Mackling||3,846||44.50|
|Votes Not Transferred||600||6.94|
|Progressive Conservative||Francis Macdonald Manwaring||957||30.82|
|Total valid votes||3,105||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Reginald Lissaman||3,514||46.04|
|Liberal–Progressive||James A. Creighton||3,063||40.13|
|Social Credit||W.A. Wyborn||1,056||13.83|
|Total valid votes||7,633||100.00|
Wyborn was eliminated, and his votes were distributed as follows: Lissaman 272, Creighton 138. 646 votes were non-transferable.
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Reginald Lissaman||3,786||49.60|
|Liberal–Progressive||James A. Creighton||3,201||41.94|
|Votes Not Transferred||646||8.46|
|Social Credit||K.T. Kroeker||1,065||24.52|
|Total valid votes||4,343||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||Dr. Roderick George Hurton||1,198||30.46|
|Social Credit||Marcel Philippe||950||24.15|
|Total valid votes||3,933||100.00|
Ferg was subsequently declared elected on transfers from Philippe.
|Social Credit||William Bullmore||1,668||32.19|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Ernest N. McGirr||1,235||23.83|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Frank Fulbrook||785||15.15|
|Total valid votes||5,182||100.00|
Bullmore was subsequently elected on transfers.
|Progressive Conservative||(x)James O. Argue||1,862||53.88|
|Liberal–Progressive||Robert E. Moffat||1,594||46.12|
|Total valid votes||3,456||100.00|
|Social Credit||George Loeppky||1,329||32.63|
|Progressive Conservative||Earl Collins||911||22.37|
|Total valid votes||4,073||100.00|
McDonald was subsequently elected on transfers from Collins.
|Social Credit||George J. Friesen||220||4.68|
|Total valid votes||4,704||100.00|
Solomon was subsequently declared elected on transfers from Friesen.
|Liberal–Progressive||(x)Michael N. Hryhorczuk||1,948||51.03|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Harry Basaraba||1,368||35.84|
|Progressive Conservative||John L. Solomon||276||7.23|
|Social Credit||Harry Dyck||225||5.89|
|Total valid votes||3,817||100.00|
|Social Credit||Fred G. Cook||659||29.06|
|Progressive Conservative||Daniel McFadyen||288||12.70|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||John A. McDonald||249||10.98|
|Total valid votes||2,268||100.00|
Joseph H. Kacher entered the contest as an Independent Liberal-Progressive, but withdrew before election day. Anderson was subsequently elected on transfers.
|Independent||Leon W. Michalchuk||705||26.97|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Elsie Lyon||211||8.07|
|Social Credit||David Heindrichs||144||5.51|
|Total valid votes||2,614||100.00|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Robert J. Wilson||989||31.57|
|Social Credit||E.P. Brown||695||22.18|
|Progressive Conservative||Bardette Elliott||380||12.13|
|Total valid votes||3,133||100.00|
Brown and Elliott were eliminated, and their votes were transferred as follows: Mitchell 239, Wilson 222. 614 votes were non-transferable.
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Robert J. Wilson||1,211||38.65|
|Votes Not Transferred||614||19.60|
|Liberal–Progressive||(x)Steinn O. Thompson||2,252||67.97|
|Social Credit||E.H. Fitch||867||26.17|
|Total valid votes||3,313||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||Edward P. Venables||1,227||36.62|
|Social Credit||Fred Charles||525||15.67|
|Total valid votes||3,351||100.00|
Charles was eliminated, and his votes were distributed as follows: Venables 123, Shuttleworth 88. 314 votes were non-transferable.
|Progressive Conservative||Edward P. Venables||1,350||40.29|
|Votes Not Transferred||314||9.37|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)John McDowell||1,442||38.68|
|Liberal–Progressive||C. Henry Jarvis||1,247||33.45|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||John C. Hilgenga||665||17.41|
|Social Credit||C.F. Rempel||374||9.79|
|Total valid votes||3,728||100.00|
Hilgenga and Rempel were eliminated, and their votes were distributed as follows: Jarvis 207, McDowell 195. 637 votes were non-transferable.
|Progressive Conservative||(x)John McDowell||1,637||43.91|
|Liberal–Progressive||C. Henry Jarvis||1,454||39.00|
|Votes Not Transferred||637||17.09|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Russell Paulley||5,770||47.68|
|Liberal–Progressive||J. Leslie Bodie||4,394||36.31|
|Social Credit||Dr. L.G. Carson||1,117||9.23|
|Total valid votes||12,101||100.00|
Although Melnyk ran as an independent, he was supported by the local Progressive Conservative association.
Both Carson and Melnyk were eliminated after the first count. Paulley received 275 additional votes on transfers, while Bodie received 163. It is assumed that all of these transfers came from Melynk's total, and that Paulley was declared elected before Carson's ballots were scrutinized. For the purposes of this article, Carson's final vote total is listed under "votes not transferred".
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Russell Paulley||6,045||49.95|
|Liberal–Progressive||J. Leslie Bodie||4,557||37.66|
|Votes Not Transferred||1,499||17.09|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Abram Harrison||1,786||48.51|
|Liberal–Progressive||Cliff W. Landerkin||1,230||33.41|
|Social Credit||G. Glen Paterson||666||18.09|
|Total valid votes||3,682||100.00|
Harrison was subsequently elected on transfers from Paterson.
|Social Credit||James William Lee Tully||786||19.26|
|Progressive Conservative||Charles H. Spence||662||16.23|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Hazel C. Allan||342||8.38|
|Total valid votes||4,080||100.00|
|Liberal–Progressive||Matthew R. Sutherland||2,014||46.99|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Thomas H. Seens||1,563||36.47|
|Social Credit||R.W. Doherty||709||16.54|
|Total valid votes||4,286||100.00|
Sutherland was subsequently elected on transfers from Doherty. The Winnipeg Free Press of June 12, 1953, indicates that Sutherland had 2,160 votes on the second count.
|Social Credit||Damase Dufresne||1,576||41.70|
|Total valid votes||3,779||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Hugh Morrison||1,606||46.99|
|Liberal–Progressive||Chris D. McLean||1,054||30.84|
|Social Credit||Albert O'Donnell||758||22.18|
|Total valid votes||3,418||100.00|
Morrison was subsequently elected on transfers from O'Donnell.
|Liberal–Progressive||(x)Henry S. Rungay||1,433||36.92|
|Social Credit||Gilbert Hutton||1,401||36.10|
|Progressive Conservative||John A. Burgess||1,047||26.98|
|Total valid votes||3,881||100.00|
Hutton was subsequently elected on transfers from Burgess.
|Liberal–Progressive||Arthur S. Beaubien||1,191||33.43|
|Social Credit||Wilbert James Tinkler||844||23.69|
|Total valid votes||3,563||100.00|
Tinkler was eliminated, and his votes were distributed as follows: Shewman 432, Beaubien 58. 354 votes were not transferred.
|Liberal–Progressive||Arthur S. Beaubien||1,249||35.05|
|Votes Not Transferred||354||9.94|
|Social Credit||Dollard E. Lafreniere||894||28.44|
|Independent||John A. Mabon||399||12.69|
|Total valid votes||3,144||100.00|
|Social Credit||Charles J. McKinnon||1,394||28.50|
|Progressive Conservative||Harold A. Nelson||1,365||27.90|
|Total valid votes||4,892||100.00|
Nelson was eliminated, and his votes were distributed as follows: McKinnon 342, Burch 257. 766 votes were not transferred.
|Social Credit||Charles J. McKinnon||1,736||35.49|
|Votes Not Transferred||766||15.66|
|Progressive Conservative||William C. Warren||1,329||35.29|
|Social Credit||Bernie H. Rempel||784||20.82|
|Total valid votes||3,766||100.00|
Rempel was eliminated, and his votes were transferred as follows: Warren 200, Greenlay 94. 490 votes were non-transferable.
|Progressive Conservative||William C. Warren||1,529||40.60|
|Votes Not Transferred||490||13.01|
|Social Credit||Victor Peters||964||30.73|
|Progressive Conservative||Leo A. Recksiedler||565||18.01|
|Total valid votes||3,137||100.00|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Joseph Perchaluk||866||29.53|
|Social Credit||Earl D. McIntyre||366||12.48|
|Progressive Conservative||Fred E. Cowan||227||7.74|
|Total valid votes||2,933||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||H.J. Langrell||656||21.89|
|Social Credit||C.E. Toutant||389||12.98|
|Total valid votes||2,997||100.00|
|Liberal–Progressive||(x)Rodney S. Clement||1,704||41.28|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Michael Sotas||1,190||28.83|
|Progressive Conservative||Keith Porter||723||17.51|
|Social Credit||Charles H. Beswatherick||511||12.38|
|Total valid votes||4,128||100.00|
Clement was subsequently elected on transfers.
|Progressive Conservative||Keith H. Robson||1,366||26.57|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Ernest Draffin||838||16.30|
|Total valid votes||5,142||100.00|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Edgar E. Smee||1,495||25.77|
|Social Credit||Osborne A. Earle||959||16.53|
|Progressive Conservative||Walter H. Whyte||378||6.51|
|Total valid votes||5,802||100.00|
Fred Klym entered the contest as an Independent Liberal Progressive candidate, but withdrew before election day.
|Social Credit||E.H. Hartfield||321||15.92|
|Total valid votes||2,016||100.00|
Halldorson was also supported by the St. George Progressive Conservative Association.
|Social Credit||William G. Storsley||1,365||35.50|
|Progressive Conservative||A.H. Watt||643||16.72|
|Total valid votes||3,845||100.00|
Watt was eliminated, and his votes were distributed as follows: Storsley 206, Lucko 128. 309 votes were not transferred.
|Social Credit||William G. Storsley||1,571||40.86|
|Votes Not Transferred||309||8.04|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)George Renouf||2,383||49.32|
|Social Credit||Delbert L. Downs||1,508||31.21|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Sam Einarson||757||15.67|
|Independent||George E. Scalf||184||3.81|
|Total valid votes||4,832||100.00|
Renouf was subsequently elected on transfers.
|Social Credit||William H. Calvert||1,668||20.67|
|Co-operative Commonwealth Federation||Arthur W. Thompson||1,526||18.91|
|Total valid votes||8,069||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Errick Willis||1,777||56.11|
|Social Credit||C.A. Ferguson||507||16.01|
|Total valid votes||3,167||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||John Thompson||2,182||57.38|
|Liberal–Progressive||Gordon A. Mooney||1,621||42.62|
|Total valid votes||3,803||100.00|
Eric Bailey was nominated for the Social Credit Party, but withdrew before election day. Herman Scheel was nominated in his place, but also withdrew after discovering that some electors who had signed his nomination papers believed they were endorsing Bailey.
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6|
|Liberal–Progressive||L. Raymond Fennell||18.31||3,580||3,626||3,706||3,783||4,278||4,886|
|Liberal–Progressive||(x)Joseph G. Van Belleghem||16.31||3,189||3,264||3,325||3,581||3,932|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||David Turner||13.84||2,707||2,745||3,563||3,782||4,113||4,497|
|Progressive Conservative||Raymond Hughes||10.74||2,101||2,397||2,465||2,568|
|Social Credit||Tony Lemoine||7.26||1,420||1,481||1,537|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Kay E. McKinnon||6.61||1,293||1,329|
|Progressive Conservative||Louis Leger||3.77||737|
|Electorate: 32,557 Valid: 19,557 Spoilt: 456 Quota: 6,519 Turnout: 20,013 (61.47%)|
First Round VotesTransfer Votes
|Liberal-Progressive||L. Raymond Fennell||6||4,886||31.3%||
|Liberal-Progressive||Joseph G. Van Belleghem||5||3,932||22.5%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||David Turner||6||4,497||28.8%||
|Progressive Conservative||Raymond Hughes||4||2,568||13.8%||
|Social Credit||Tony Lemoine||3||1,537||8.0%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Kay E. McKinnon||2||1,329||6.8%||
|Progressive Conservative||Louis Leger||1||737||3.8%||
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8||Count 9||Count 10|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||(x)Donovan Swailes||19.01||3,910||3,921||3,929||3,950||4,204||4,204||4,204||4,204||4,204||4,204|
|Liberal–Progressive||Jack St. John||15.92||3,276||3,311||3,311||3,344||3,360||3,694||3,760||3,810||5,119||4,115|
|Progressive Conservative||Hank Scott||10.13||2,085||2,095||2,117||2,312||2,318||2,363||2,459||2,513||2,718||3,108|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||(x)Gordon R. Fines||5.25||1,080||1,085||1,094||1,095||1,246||1,265||1,339|
|Social Credit||Percival Ward Brown||3.71||763||826||1,095||1,102||1,117||1,132|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||G.S. Borgford||2.63||541||545||553||558|
|Progressive Conservative||Joseph Stepnuk||2.32||478||488||489|
|Social Credit||Emil A. Johnson||1.72||354||449|
|Social Credit||Patrick J. Mulgrew||1.39||286|
|Electorate: 47,122 Valid: 20,573 Spoilt: 406 Quota: 4,115 Turnout: 20,979 (44.52%)|
The surpluses of Swailes and Juba were not transferred, as they were too small to affect the final candidate order. Scott was declared elected to the fourth position, despite finishing below the quota.
First Round VotesTransfer Votes
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Donovan Swailes||10||4,204||23.16%||
|Liberal-Progressive||Jack St. John||9||5,119||27.58%||
|Progressive Conservative||Hank Scott||10||3,108||17.12%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Gordon R. Fines||7||1,339||6.81%||
|Social Credit||Percival Ward Brown||6||1,132||5.57%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||G.S. Borgford||4||558||2.73%||
|Progressive Conservative||Joseph Stepnuk||3||489||2.39%||
|Social Credit||Emil A. Johnson||2||449||2.19%||
|Social Credit||Patrick J. Mulgrew||1||286||1.39%||
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||(x)Morris Gray||21.48||4,642||4,323||4,323||4,323||4,323||4,323||4,323||4,323|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||(x)John Hawryluk||13.27||2,857||2,946||3,165||3,207||3,974||4,218||4,793||4,323|
|Liberal–Progressive||John M. Kozoriz||8.62||1,863||1,866||1,939||2,370||2,397||2,581||2,879||3,082|
|Progressive Conservative||Stan Carrick||8.31||1,795||1,804||1,940||2,004||2,076||2,373|
|Liberal–Progressive||John J. Kelsch||5.43||1,173||1,176||1,282|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Len Aylen||5.19||1,122||1,192||1,293||1,325|
|Social Credit||Nicholas Hallas||4.24||917||928|
|Electorate: 44,887 Valid: 21,613 Spoilt: 503 Quota: 4,323 Turnout: 22,116 (49.27%)|
Kardash and Turk were declared elected to the third and fourth positions, even though both finished below the quota.
First Round VotesTransfer Votes
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Morris Gray||1||4,642||21.48%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||John Hawryluk||7||4,793||22.32%||
|Liberal-Progressive||John M. Kozoriz||8||3,082||16.11%||
|Progressive Conservative||Stan Carrick||6||2,373||11.75%||
|Liberal-Progressive||John J. Kelsch||3||1,282||6.00%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Len Aylen||4||1,325||6.24%||
|Social Credit||Nicholas Hallas||2||928||4.29%||
|Party||Candidate||FPv%||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7|
|Progressive Conservative||(x)Dufferin Roblin||20.75||6,045||6,045||5,826||5,826||5,826||5,826||5,826|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||(x)Lloyd Stinson||16.94||4,934||5,030||5,042||5,067||5,281||5,972||5,972|
|Progressive Conservative||Gurney Evans||14.49||4,221||4,557||4,699||4,716||4,829||4,949||6,197|
|Progressive Conservative||Maude McCreery||6.25||1,820||2,041||2,090||2,110||2,241||2,318|
|Liberal–Progressive||George P. Macleod||6.20||1,806||3,243||3,254||3,273||3,349||3,460||3,889|
|Co-operative Commonwealth||A. Montague Israels||3.83||1,117||1,165||1,167||1,175||1,234|
|Social Credit||Doreen Benjamin||2.10||612||629||630||1,068|
|Social Credit||Jemima F. Webster||1.94||566||592||594|
|Electorate: 56,065 Valid: 29,447 Spoilt: 319 Quota: 5,826 Turnout: 29,128 (52.52%)|
Stinson's surplus of 146 was not transferred, as it would not have affected the candidate order.
First Round VotesTransfer Votes
|Progressive Conservative||Dufferin Roblin||1||6,045||20.75%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||Lloyd Stinson||6||5,972||21.06%||
|Progressive Conservative||Gurney Evans||7||6,197||25.08%||
|Progressive Conservative||Maude McCreery||6||2,318||8.18%||
|Liberal-Progressive||George P. Macleod||7||3,889||15.74%||
|Co-operative Commonwealth||A. Montague Israels||5||1,234||4.32%||
|Social Credit||Doreen Benjamin||4||1,068||4.29%||
|Social Credit||Jemima F. Webster||3||594||2.04%||
The election in Rupertsland was deferred to July 6, due to the difficulties of enumeration in this vast northern constituency. The election in Ste. Rose was also deferred to July 6, after incumbent Liberal-Progressive candidate Maurice Dane MacCarthy died on the eve of the general election.
The election did not technically end until July 21, 1953, when the final results for Rupertsland were announced.
Rupertsland (deferred to July 6, 1958):
|Independent||Charles Leo Abbott||186||8.07|
|Total valid votes||2,304||100.00|
The Progressive Conservatives initially nominated E.G. Perry, but he withdrew from the contest and endorsed Brown. Brown was declared elected following transfers from Abbott. The official Elections Manitoba report of this constituency lists Boulette as an official Liberal-Progressive candidate, but newspaper reports from the period indicate that he was an Independent Liberal-Progressive.
|Liberal–Progressive||James Albert Fletcher||1,083||32.40|
|Social Credit||Antoine Pineau||891||26.65|
|Total valid votes||3,343||100.00|
Pineau was eliminated, and his votes were transferred as follows: Molgat 192, Fletcher 83. 616 votes were not transferred.
|Liberal–Progressive||James Albert Fletcher||1,166||34.88|
|Votes Not Transferred||616||18.43|
Results for the first ballot counts for all constituencies are taken from the 1954 Canadian Parliamentary Guide, and from Election Manitoba's "Historical Summaries" (printed as an appendix to the 2003 election results).
There are minor discrepancies between these sources for the Social Credit vote count in Brandon City, Manitou-Morden, Rockwood and Swan River. The sources also disagree as to the candidate order for Minnedosa on the first count (although both agree that Gilbert Hutton was subsequently elected). In each case, the "Historical Summaries" entry has been taken as more reliable.
All results after the first ballot are taken from reports in the Winnipeg Free Press. This paper made an obvious error in reporting Lloyd Stinson's fifth-vote count, which has been corrected here. Other than this, the results for multi-member constituencies may be taken as accurate and verifiable. For the single-member constituencies, it possible that Free Press reports differed from the final results in some particulars.
Ivan Schultz (Mountain, LP) resigned his seat in the first half of 1955, while James O. Argue (Deloraine-Glenwood, PC) died in the same period. By-elections for both constituencies were held on June 27, 1955. The CCF concluded that it did not have a chance of victory in either seat, and declined to nominate candidates. Social Credit also planned to stay out of the elections, until Roger Poiron entered the Mountain poll without consulting the provincial party. Although not technically an official candidate, he still received support from the Social Credit organization.
|Deloraine—GlenwoodManitoba provincial by-election, June 27, 1955:|
|Progressive Conservative||Albert Draper||2,056||59.89||+6.01|
|Liberal–Progressive||Robert E. Moffat||1,377||40.11||−6.01|
|Total valid votes||3,433||100|
|MountainManitoba provincial by-election, June 27, 1955:|
|Progressive Conservative||Marcel Boulic||1,570||43.41|
|Social Credit||Roger Poiron||201||5.56|
|Total valid votes||3,617|
The Winnipeg Free Press's coverage indicates that the Campbell government was concerned with the results of the 1955 by-elections. Mountain had previously been regarded as one of the safest Liberal-Progressive seats in the province, and Boulic's performance was unexpectedly strong. Many leading government figures had campaigned for Clark in the campaign's final days, to ensure his victory. Clark received most of his support from Mountain's Anglo-Saxon majority and large Flemish community, while Boulic did well among French Canadians, who made up about one third of the voters.
- Elman Guttormson (LP) 1214
- Magnusson (PC) 707
- Allen (CCF) 510
[Note: These figures are taken from the Winnipeg Free Press, with 31 of 32 polls reporting. The outstanding poll was too small to affect the final result.]
- Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1955, pp. 1, 4.
- Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1955, pp. 1, 4.