20th Parliament of British Columbia

The 20th Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from 1941 to 1945. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in June 1941.[1] The Liberals and Conservatives formed a coalition government led by John Hart.[2] The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation led by Harold Winch formed the official opposition.[3]

Norman William Whittaker served as speaker for the assembly.[4]

Members of the 20th General AssemblyEdit

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1941.:[1]

Member Electoral district Party
  James Mowat Alberni Liberal
  William James Asselstine Atlin Liberal
  Ernest Edward Winch Burnaby CCF
  Louis LeBourdais Cariboo Liberal
  Leslie Harvey Eyres Chilliwack Conservative
  Thomas King Columbia Liberal
  Colin Cameron Comox CCF
  Samuel Guthrie Cowichan-Newcastle CCF
  Frank William Green Cranbrook Conservative
  Leonard Alec Shepherd Delta CCF
  Roderick Charles MacDonald Dewdney Conservative
  Elmer Victor Finland Esquimalt Conservative
  Thomas Aubert Uphill Fernie Labour
  Henry George Thomas Perry Fort George Liberal
  Thomas Alfred Love Grand Forks-Greenwood Conservative
  Robert Henry Carson Kamloops Liberal
  Charles Sidney Leary Kaslo-Slocan Liberal
  Ernest Crawford Carson Lillooet Conservative
  Herbert Gargrave Mackenzie CCF
  George Sharratt Pearson Nanaimo and the Islands Liberal
  Frank Putnam Nelson-Creston Liberal
  Arthur Wellesley Gray New Westminster Liberal
  Kenneth Cattanach MacDonald North Okanagan Liberal
  Dorothy Steeves North Vancouver CCF
  Herbert Anscomb Oak Bay Conservative
  Mark Matthew Connelly Omineca Liberal
  Glen Everton Braden Peace River Liberal
  Thomas Dufferin Pattullo Prince Rupert Liberal
  Harry Johnston Revelstoke Liberal
  Herbert Wilfred Herridge Rossland-Trail CCF
  Norman William Whittaker Saanich Liberal
  Rolf Wallgren Bruhn Salmon Arm Conservative
  Bernard George Webber Similkameen CCF
  Edward Tourtellotte Kenney Skeena Liberal
  William Andrew Cecil Bennett South Okanagan Conservative
  Winona Grace MacInnis Vancouver-Burrard CCF
  Charles Grant MacNeil
  Laura Emma Marshall Jamieson Vancouver Centre CCF
  Wallis Walter LeFeaux
  Arthur James Turner Vancouver East CCF
  Harold Edward Winch
  Royal Lethington Maitland Vancouver-Point Grey Conservative
  James Alexander Paton
  Tilly Jean Rolston
  John Hart Victoria City Liberal
  Nancy Hodges
  William Thomas Straith
  John Joseph Alban Gillis Yale Liberal


Party standingsEdit

Affiliation Members
Liberal 21
Co-operative Commonwealth 14
Conservative 12
Labour 1
 Government Majority
16[nb 1]


  1. ^ Former Liberal Party leader Thomas Dufferin Pattullo did not support the coalition, which therefore had 32 seats.


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:[1]

Electoral district Member elected Party Election date Reason
Salmon Arm George Faulds Stirling CCF November 25, 1942 R.W. Bruhn died August 30, 1942
Revelstoke Vincent Segur CCF June 14, 1943 H. Johnston died January 21, 1943
New Westminster Byron Ingemar Johnson Coalition May 10, 1945 A.W. Gray died May 7, 1944


Other changesEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Electoral History of British Columbia 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  2. ^ "Premiers of British Columbia 1871-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition in British Columbia 1903-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  4. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1872-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23.