6th Manitoba Legislature

The members of the 6th Manitoba Legislature were elected in the Manitoba general election held in December 1886. The legislature sat from April 14, 1887, to June 16, 1888.[1]

Premier John Norquay formed a majority government. A falling out with Canadian prime minister John A. Macdonald over railway development led to a financial shortfall in the Manitoba government accounts and the fall of the Norquay government in December 1887. David Howard Harrison served as premier for less than a month and then the Liberals led by Thomas Greenway took power.[2]

Thomas Greenway served as Leader of the Opposition until 1888, when John Norquay became opposition leader.[3]

David Glass served as speaker for the assembly.[1]

There were two sessions of the 6th Legislature:[1]

Session Start End
1st April 14, 1887 June 10, 1887
2nd January 12, 1888 May 8, 1888

James Cox Aikins was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.[4]

Members of the Assembly


The following members were elected to the assembly in 1886:[1]

Member Electoral district Party[5]
  Alexander Murray Assiniboia Conservative
  John Crawford Beautiful Plains Liberal
  James A. Smart Brandon East Liberal
  John Kirchhoffer Brandon West Conservative
  Roger Marion Carillon Conservative
  Thomas Gelley Cartier Conservative
  Robert Schuyler Thompson Cypress Liberal
  Daniel McLean Dennis Liberal
  David H. Wilson Dufferin North Conservative
  William Winram Dufferin South Liberal
  Charles Douglas Emerson Conservative
  John MacBeth Kildonan and St. Paul Conservative
  Kenneth McKenzie Lakeside Liberal
  James Prendergast La Verendrye Conservative
  John MacDonnell Lorne Liberal
  James Gillies Minnedosa East Conservative
  David Howard Harrison Minnedosa West Conservative
  Alphonse-Fortunat Martin Morris Liberal
  Thomas Greenway Mountain Liberal
  Samuel Thompson Norfolk Liberal
  Joseph Martin Portage la Prairie Liberal
  Samuel Jacob Jackson Rockwood Liberal
  Edward Leacock Russell Conservative
  John Norquay St. Andrews Conservative
  Alphonse Larivière St. Boniface Conservative
  David Glass St. Clements Independent
  Joseph Burke St. Francois Xavier Conservative
  Charles Edward Hamilton Shoal Lake Conservative
  James Peterkin Alexander Souris Conservative
  Thomas Henry Smith Springfield Conservative
  Finlay Young Turtle Mountain Liberal
  Corydon Partlow Brown Westbourne Conservative
  Edward Drewery Winnipeg North Liberal
  William Luxton Winnipeg South Liberal
  John Moore Robinson Woodlands Conservative




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

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
Assiniboia Duncan MacArthur Liberal January 10, 1888[6] Resignation of A. Murray
St. Francois Xavier Frederick Francis Liberal January 12, 1888[6] J Burke ran for reelection upon appointment as Provincial Secretary[7]
Brandon East James A. Smart Liberal February 9, 1888 J. A. Smart ran for reelection upon appointment as Minister of Public Works[6]
Mountain Thomas Greenway Liberal February 9, 1888 T. Greenway ran for reelection upon appointment as Premier [6]
La Verendrye James Prendergast Liberal February 16, 1888 J. Prendergast ran for reelection upon appointment as Provincial Secretary [6]
Portage la Prairie Joseph Martin Liberal February 16, 1888 J. Martin ran for reelection upon appointment as Attorney-General [6]
Shoal Lake Lyman Melvin Jones Liberal March 10, 1888[6] CE Hamilton left province[8]
Dufferin North Rodmond Roblin Independent March 12, 1888[6] Resignation of D.H. Wilson



  1. ^ a b c d "Members of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (1886–1888)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  2. ^ Friesen, Gerald (1982). "Norquay, John". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition - Manitoba". Library of Parliament. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  4. ^ "Past lieutenant governors". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  5. ^ "Historical Summaries" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biographies of Deceased Members". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30.
  7. ^ Gawron, Zenon (1994). "Harrison, David Howard". In Cook, Ramsay; Hamelin, Jean (eds.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. XIII (1901–1910) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  8. ^ "Charles Edward Hamilton (1844-?)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-10.