1958 Manitoba general election

The 1958 Manitoba general election was held on June 16, 1958 to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba, Canada.

1958 Manitoba general election
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57
29 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Dufferin Roblin Douglas Lloyd Campbell
Party Progressive Conservative Manitoba Liberal Party
Leader's seat Wolseley (Manitoba electoral district) Lakeside (electoral district)
Seats before 12 35
Seats won 26 19
Seat change 14 -16
Percentage 40.6

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Map of Election Results

Premier of Manitoba before election

Douglas Lloyd Campbell
Liberal-Progressive

Elected Premier of Manitoba

Dufferin Roblin
Progressive Conservative

This election was the first in Manitoba after a comprehensive electoral redistribution in 1956. The redistribution saw the city of Winnipeg abandon its three four-member districts and adopt 20 single-member constituencies, to gain increased representation in the legislature. As well the other districts in the province had dropped the Alternative Voting system and simply used the plurality first past the post system from here on.[1]

It resulted in a minority victory for the Progressive Conservative Party under the leadership of Dufferin Roblin. Roblin's Tories won twenty-six seats, while Premier Douglas Campbell's Liberal-Progressives were reduced to second-place status with nineteen. The social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) held the balance of power with eleven seats, and independent Stephen Juba was also elected in Winnipeg. Both Social Credit and the Labour Progressive Party lost their legislative representation.

After the election, the Liberal-Progressives attempted to form a coalition with the CCF to remain in power. The CCF rejected this offer, and allowed Roblin's Tories to form government, ending 36 years of Progressive and Liberal-Progressive led governments in Manitoba. Although the Progressive Conservatives had been part of a coalition government with the Liberal-Progressives from 1940 to 1950, this was the first time since 1915 that they had formed an administration on their own.

This minority parliament proved unstable, and Roblin's government was defeated in the legislature in early 1959. Manitobans returned to the polls shortly thereafter.

ResultsEdit

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1953 Elected Change # % % Change
  Progressive Conservative Dufferin Roblin 56 12 26 +14   40.6% -3.9%
  Liberal-Progressive Douglas Campbell 56 35 19 -16   34.7% -9.5%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Lloyd Stinson 43 5 11 +6   20.0% 3.44%
Social Credit none 12 2 0 -2   1.8% -11.56%
Labor–Progressive William Cecil Ross 1 1 0 -1      
  Independent 11 2 1 -1      
Total   57 57     100%  
Popular vote
PC
40.60%
Liberal-Progressive
34.70%
CCF
20.00%
Social Credit
1.80%
Others
2.90%
Seats summary
PC
45.61%
Liberal-Progressive
33.33%
CCF
19.30%
Preceded by
1953 Manitoba election
List of Manitoba elections Succeeded by
1959 Manitoba election

Riding resultsEdit

Party key:

(x) denotes incumbent.

Arthur:

  • John Gordon Cobb (PC) 2072
  • John Wilfred McRae (LP) 2032
  • Walter D. Taylor (SC) 693

Assiniboia:

Birtle-Russell:

Brandon:

Brokenhead:

Burrows:

Carillon:

Churchill:

1958 Manitoba general election: Cypress
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Marcel Boulic 2,347 52.12
Liberal–Progressive Samuel Burch 1,835 40.75
Co-operative Commonwealth G.H. McIntosh 321 7.13
Total valid votes 4,503
Rejected votes 19
Turnout 4,522 68.13
Electors on the lists 6,637

Dauphin:

Dufferin:

Elmwood:

Emerson:

Ethelbert Plains:

Fisher:

Flin Flon:

Fort Garry:

Fort Rouge:

Gimli:

Gladstone:

Hamiota:

Inkster:

Kildonan:

Lac Du Bonnet:

  • Arthur A. Trapp (LP) 1526
  • Glen A. Stewart (PC) 1350
  • Harry Olensky (CCF) 569
  • Lawrence P Schlamp (SC) 299

Lakeside:

La Verendrye:

Logan:

Minnedosa:

Morris:

Osborne:

Pembina:

Portage la Prairie:

Radisson:

Rhineland:

River Heights:

Roblin:

Rock Lake:

Rockwood-Iberville:

Rupertsland:

St. Boniface:

St. George:

  • (x)Elman Keisler Guttormson (LP) 2144
  • Dan McFayden (PC) 970
  • Douglas S. Stefanson (CCF) 593
  • Mahlin J.G. Magunsson (Ind Con) 274

St. James:

St. Johns:

St. Matthews:

St. Vital:

  • Frederick Groves (PC) 3616
  • William R. Appleby (LP) 2331
  • Leslie C. Foden (CCF) 1334
  • Percy B. Hayward (Ind) 242

Ste. Rose:

  • (x)Gildas Laurent Molgat (LP) 2400
  • Alvin Getz (PC) 1010
  • Alphonse J. Bouchard (SC) 415
  • Leon W. Hoefer (CCF) 354

Selkirk:

Seven Oaks:

Souris-Lansdowne:

Springfield:

  • (x)William Lucko (LP) 1351
  • Oscar Russell (PC) 1269
  • Ed Kanarowski (CCF) 875
  • William G. Storsley (SC) 283

Swan River:

The Pas:

Turtle Mountain:

Virden:

Wellington:

Winnipeg Centre:

Wolseley:

[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Electoral Process from 1870 to 2011," Elections Manitoba website (accessed July 2, 2019)
  2. ^ "Events in Manitoba History: Manitoba Provincial Election (1958)". www.mhs.mb.ca.