British Columbia general election, 1949

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The British Columbia general election of 1949 was the 22nd general election in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. It was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The election was called on April 16, 1949, and held on June 15, 1949. The new legislature met for the first time on February 14, 1950.

The centre-right coalition formed by the Liberal and Conservative parties in order to defeat the social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in the 1945 election increased its share of the vote and its majority in the legislature.

Three different social credit groupings nominated or endorsed candidates in the election: the Social Credit Party, the Social Credit League, and the Union of Electors.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1945 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Liberal Coalition Byron Ingemar Johnson 48 37 39 +5.4% 428,773 61.35% +5.52%
     Progressive Conservative Herbert Anscomb
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Harold Winch 48 10 7 -30.0% 245,284 35.10% -2.52%
     Independent 7 - 1   5,163 0.74% +0.41%
     Labour Tom Uphill 1 1 1 - 1,483 0.21% -0.07%
     Social Credit Party1   7 * - * 8,464 1.21% *
     Social Credit League1   9 * - * 3,072 0.44% *
     Union of Electors1 Andrew Henry Jukes 12 * - * 2,790 0.40% *
     Labor-Progressive   2 - - - 1,660 0.24% -3.28%
  (Independent) Conservative2 1 * - * 1,241 0.18% *
  People's Co-operative Commonwealth   1 - - - 470 0.07% -0.53%
  Socialist Labour   1 - - - 286 0.04% -0.02%
  Common Herd   1 * - * 137 0.02% *
Total 138 48 48 - 698,823 100%  
Sources: Elections BC

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

1 Various social credit groups nominated 16 candidates in the 1945 election as part of a Social Credit "alliance". These candidates won 6,627 votes, 1.42% of the popular vote in that election.

2 The candidate, running independently from the Liberal-PC Coalition, is listed as "Conservative" rather than "Progressive Conservative" in the Statement of Votes.

Results by riding[edit]

Results of British Columbia general election, 1949
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     Angus Maclean Cariboo
Coalition
          Atlin
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Frank Arthur Calder     
     Leslie Harvey Eyres Chilliwack
Coalition
          Burnaby
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Ernest Edward Winch     
     Thomas King Columbia
Coalition
          Cranbrook
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Leo Thomas Nimsick     
     Andrew Mowatt Whisker Cowichan-Newcastle
Coalition
          Grand Forks-Greenwood
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Rupert Haggen     
     Herbert John Welch Comox
Coalition
          Kaslo-Slocan
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Randolph Harding     
     Alexander Campbell Hope Delta
Coalition
          Vancouver East
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Arthur James Turner     
     Roderick Charles MacDonald Dewdney
Coalition
          Harold Edward Winch2     
     Charles Taschereau Beard Esquimalt
Coalition
          Fernie
Labour (Party)
Thomas Aubert Uphill     
     Henry Robson Bowman Fort George
Coalition
          Alberni
Independent
James Mowat     
     Sidney John Smith Kamloops
Coalition
    
     Ernest Crawford Carson Lillooet
Coalition
    
     Battleman Milton MacIntyre Mackenzie
Coalition
    
     George Sharratt Pearson Nanaimo and the Islands
Coalition
    
     Walter Hendricks Nelson-Creston
Coalition
    
     Byron Ingemar Johnson New Westminster
Coalition
    
     Charles William Morrow North Okanagan
Coalition
    
     John Henry Cates North Vancouver
Coalition
    
     Herbert Anscomb Oak Bay
Coalition
    
     Roert Cecil Steele Omineca
Coalition
    
     Glen Everton Braden Peace River
Coalition
    
     John Duncan McRae Prince Rupert
Coalition
    
     Arvid Waldemar Lundell Revelstoke
Coalition
    
     Alexander Douglas Turnbull Rossland-Trail
Coalition
    
     Arthur James Richard Ash Saanich
Coalition
    
     Maurice Patrick Finnerty Similkameen
Coalition
    
     Edward Tourtellotte Kenney Skeena
Coalition
    
     William Andrew Cecil Bennett South Okanagan
Coalition
    
     Donald Cameron Brown Vancouver-Burrard
Coalition
    
     John Groves Gould     
     Donald Cameron Brown Vancouver-Burrard
Coalition
    
     John Groves Gould     
     Allan James McDonell Vancouver Centre
Coalition
    
     Gordon Sylvester Wismer     
     Albert Reginald MacDougall Vancouver-Point Grey
Coalition
    
     Tilly Rolston     
     Leigh Forbes Stevenson     
     Nancy Hodges Victoria City
Coalition
    
     Daniel John Proudfoot     
     William Thomas Straith     
     John Joseph Alban Gillis Yale
Coalition
    
1 Premier-Elect and Incumbent
2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

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