British Columbia general election, 1907

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The British Columbia general election of 1907 was the eleventh general election for the Province of British Columbia, Canada. It was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The election called on December 24, 1906, and held on February 2, 1907. The new legislature met for the first time on March 7, 1907.

The governing Conservative party won a second term in government, with almost half the popular vote, and a majority of the seats in the legislature, increasing its number of seats by 4 to 26.

The Liberal Party lost 4 seats in the legislature, despite winning about the same share of the popular vote that it had in the 1903 election.

The Socialist Party won one additional seat to bring its total to three.

Results[edit]

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1903 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Conservative 1 Richard McBride 42 22 26 +18.2% 30,781 48.70% +2.27%
     Liberal James Alexander MacDonald 40 17 13 -23.5% 23,481 37.15% -0.63%
Socialist   20 2 3 +50.0% 5,603 8.87% +0.91%
     Canadian Labour 2   6 1 - -100% 2,495 3.95% -3.41%
  Independent Labour3 2 * - * 487 0.77% -
  Independent Socialist 1 * - * 211 0.33% *
     Independent 1 * - * 147 0.23% *
Total 112 42 42 - 63,205 100%  
Sources: Elections BC

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

1 One Conservative candidate, R. McBride, who contested and was elected in both Dewdney and Victoria City, is counted twice.

2 Organized in 1906. Not the same as the Canadian Labour Party of B.C. which contested the 1924 election. Sometimes referred to as "Independent Labour Party" by the newspapers which creates some confusion with the situation in Nanaimo City and Newcastle.

3 Although the candidates in Nanaimo City and Newcastle called themselves "Independent Labour" candidates, the Conservative press described them as "Liberal-Labour" candidates. They did have Liberal support in both cases and no Liberals were nominated for either District. They were also repudiated by the Victoria branch of the Canadian Labour Party of BC.

Results by riding[edit]

Results of British Columbia general election, 1907
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     Henry Esson Young Atlin
Conservative
          Alberni
Liberal
Harlan Carey Brewster     
     Robert Grant Comox
Conservative
          Cariboo
Liberal
Harry Jones     
     Richard McBride 1
Premier
Dewdney
Conservative
          Cariboo
Liberal
John MacKay Yorston     
     Henry George Parson Columbia
Conservative
          Chilliwhack
Liberal
Charles William Munro     
     William Henry Hayward Cowichan
Conservative
          Esquimalt
Liberal
John Jardine     
     William Roderick Ross Fernie
Conservative
          Lillooet
Liberal
Mark Robert Eagleson     
     Albert Edward McPhillips The Islands
Conservative
          Nelson City
Liberal
George Arthur Benjamin Hall     
     Frederick John Fulton Kamloops
Conservative
          Cranbrook
Liberal
James Horace King     
     Neil Franklin MacKay Kaslo
Conservative
          Delta
Liberal
John Oliver     
     Thomas Gifford New Westminster City
Conservative
          Greenwood
Liberal
George Ratcliffe Naden     
     Price Ellison Okanagan
Conservative
          The Islands
Liberal
Thomas Wilson Paterson     
     Thomas Taylor Revelstoke
Conservative
          Skeena
Liberal
William Thomas Kergin     
     Francis Lovett Carter-Cotton Richmond
Conservative
          Yale
Liberal
Stuart Alexander Henderson     
     David McEwen Eberts Saanich
Conservative
          Grand Forks
Socialist
John McInnis     
     Lytton Wilmot Shatford Similkameen
Conservative
          Nanaimo City
Socialist
James Hurst Hawthornthwaite     
     William Hunter Slocan
Conservative
          Newcastle
Socialist
Parker Williams     
     Charles William John Bowser Vancouver City
Conservative
    
     James Ford Garden     
     Alexander Henry Boswell MacGowan     
     George Albert McGuire     
     Robert Garnett Tatlow     
     Henry Frederick William Behnsen Victoria City
Conservative
    
     Frederick Davey     
     Richard McBride 1
Premier
    
     Henry Broughton Thomson     
     James Hargrave Schofield Ymir
Conservative
    
1 Elected simultaneously in Dewdney and Victoria City.
Source: Elections BC

See also[edit]

Further reading & references[edit]

  • In the Sea of Sterile Mountains: The Chinese in British Columbia, Joseph Morton, J.J. Douglas, Vancouver (1974). Despite its title, a fairly thorough account of the politicians and electoral politics in early BC.