8th Parliament of British Columbia

The 8th Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from 1899 to 1900. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in July 1898.[1] Robert Beaven was asked to form a government but was not able to garner sufficient support, so Charles Augustus Semlin became premier. After a major government bill was defeated in February 1900, Semlin's government was dismissed. Joseph Martin succeeded Semlin but his government was subsequently defeated on a motion of no-confidence.[2] An election followed later that year.

William Thomas Forster served as speaker.[3]

Members of the 8th General Assembly edit

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1898:[1]

Member Electoral district Party
Alan Webster Neill Alberni Opposition[nb 1]
Hans Lars Helgesen Cariboo Opposition
John Charlton Kinchant Opposition
Charles William Digby Clifford Cassiar Government[nb 2]
John Irving Government
James Dunsmuir Comox Government
William Russell Robertson Cowichan Government
William George Neilson East Kootenay North Government
James Baker East Kootenay South Government
David Williams Higgins Esquimalt Opposition
Charles Edward Pooley Government
James Douglas Prentice Lillooet East Opposition
Alfred Wellington Smith Lillooet West Government
Robert Edward McKechnie Nanaimo City Opposition
Alexander Henderson New Westminster City Government
John Bryden North Nanaimo Government
John Paton Booth North Victoria Government
Ralph Smith South Nanaimo Labour[nb 3]
David McEwen Eberts South Victoria Government
Francis Lovett Carter-Cotton Vancouver City Opposition
Robert Macpherson Opposition
Joseph Martin Opposition
Charles Edward Tisdall Opposition
Richard Hall Victoria City Government
Henry Dallas Helmcken Government
Albert Edward McPhillips Government
John Herbert Turner Government
John Frederick Hume West Kootenay-Nelson Opposition
James M. Kellie West Kootenay-Revelstoke Opposition
James Morris Martin West Kootenay-Rossland Opposition
Robert Francis Green West Kootenay-Slocan Opposition
Charles William Munro Westminster-Chilliwhack Opposition
Thomas William Forster Westminster-Delta Opposition
Richard McBride Westminster-Dewdney Government
Thomas Kidd Westminster-Richmond Opposition
Price Ellison Yale-East Government
Francis John Deane Yale-North Opposition
Charles Augustus Semlin Yale-West Opposition


  1. ^ opposed to the Turner administration
  2. ^ Government candidates supported the Turner administration
  3. ^ Ran as Labour-Oppositionist; opposed to Turner administration

By-elections edit

By-elections were held for the following members appointed to the provincial cabinet, as was required at the time:[1]

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

Electoral district Member elected Election date Reason
Alberni Alan Webster Neill December 15, 1898 A.W. Neill resigned, having accepted money from government for road work done after the election
Cowichan William Russell Robertson December 28, 1898 W. R. Robertson resigned, having accepted money from government for work done after the election
Vancouver City Charles Edward Tisdall January 25, 1899[nb 1] C.E. Tisdall resigned; a clerk in his store sold cartridges to a provincial police officer
Victoria City Richard Hall February 2, 1899 R. Hall resigned; his company sold coal to Government House
Albert Edward McPhillips A.E. McPhillips resigned; a fee was paid to his firm
John Herbert Turner J.H. Turner resigned; a branch of his firm sold goods to the government
East Kootenay North Wilmer Cleveland Wells February 28, 1899[nb 1] Death of W.G. Nielson January 6, 1899
West Kootenay-Nelson John Frederick Hume February 28, 1899 J.F. Hume resigned; a police constable and prisoner had stayed at his hotel


  1. ^ a b Acclaimed

Other changes edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Electoral History of British Columbia 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  2. ^ a b Mouat, Jeremy (2005). "Charles Augustus Semlin". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  3. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1872-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  4. ^ McDonald, Robert A. J.; Ralston, H. Keith (1998). "Francis Lovett Carter-Cotton". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  5. ^ Rea, J. E; Roy, Patricia E (2005). "Joseph Martin". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  6. ^ Gosnell, R. Edward (1906). A history; British Columbia. p. 311. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  7. ^ Scholefield, Ethelbert O. S. (1914). British Columbia from the earliest times to the present. Volume III. p. 739. Archived from the original on 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2011-08-23.