Canadian federal election, 1953

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Canadian federal election, 1953
Canada
1949 ←
members
August 10, 1953 → 1957
members

265 seats in the 22nd Canadian Parliament
133 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Louisstlaurent.jpg GeorgeDrew.jpg
Leader Louis St. Laurent George A. Drew
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since August 7, 1948 October 2, 1948
Leader's seat Quebec East Carleton
Last election 191 41
Seats won 169 51
Seat change -22 +10
Popular vote 2,731,633 1,749,579
Percentage 48.43% 31.02%
Swing -0.72pp +1.37pp

  Third party Fourth party
  M.J. Coldwell in 1944.jpg Solon Earl Low
Leader Major James Coldwell Solon Earl Low
Party Co-operative Commonwealth Social Credit
Leader since March 22, 1942 April 6, 1944
Leader's seat Rosetown—Biggar Peace River
Last election 13 10
Seats won 23 15
Seat change +10 +5
Popular vote 636,310 304,553
Percentage 11.28% 5.40%
Swing -2.14pp +3.09pp

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Prime Minister before election

Louis St. Laurent
Liberal

Prime Minister after election

Louis St. Laurent
Liberal

The Canadian parliament after the 1953 election

The Canadian federal election of 1953 was held on August 10 to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons of the 22nd Parliament of Canada. Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent led his Liberal Party of Canada to its fifth consecutive majority government, although the party lost seats to the other parties.

The Progressive Conservative Party, led by former Premier of Ontario, George Drew, formed the official opposition.


National results[edit]

169
51
23
15
7
Liberal
PC
CCF
SC
O
Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1949 Elected % Change # % pp Change
     Liberal Louis St. Laurent 262 191 169 -11.5% 2,731,633 48.43% -0.72
     Progressive Conservative George Drew 248 41 51 +24.4% 1,749,579 31.02% +1.37
     Co-operative Commonwealth M.J. Coldwell 170 13 23 +76.9% 636,310 11.28% -2.14
     Social Credit Solon Low 71 10 15 +50% 304,553 5.40% +3.09
     Independent 14 4 3 -25.0% 58,458 1.04% -1.01
     Independent Liberal 19 1 2 +100% 68,506 1.21% +0.69
     Liberal-Labour1   1 1 1 - 11,380 0.20% -
     Liberal-Progressive   1 1 1 - 8,958 0.16% -
     Labor-Progressive Tim Buck 100 - - - 59,622 1.06% +0.50
     Nationalist Adrien Arcand 1 * - * 7,496 0.13% *
     Independent Progressive Conservative 3 - - - 1,636 0.03% -0.11
     Christian Liberal   1 * - * 1,505 0.03% *
     Independent Social Credit 1 - - - 422 0.01% -0.07
     Locataire (candidat)   1 * - * 417 0.01% *
     Anti-Communist   1 * - * 333 0.01% *
Socialist Labour   1 - - - 130 x x
Total 897 262 265 +1.1% 5,640,938 100%  
Sources: http://www.elections.ca History of Federal Ridings since 1867

Notes:

* - not applicable - the party was not recognized in the previous election

x - less than 0.005% of the popular vote

1 The Liberal-Labour MP sat with the Liberal caucus.

Vote and seat summaries[edit]

Popular vote
Liberal
  
48.43%
PC
  
31.02%
CCF
  
11.28%
Social Credit
  
5.40%
Others
  
3.87%


Seat totals
Liberal
  
63.77%
PC
  
19.25%
CCF
  
8.68%
Social Credit
  
5.66%
Others
  
2.64%

Results by province[edit]

Party name BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NW YK Total
     Liberal Seats: 8 4 5 7 50 66 7 10 3 7 1 1 169
     Vote (%): 30.9 35.1 37.3 37.0 46.0 61.0 52.7 53.0 51.1 67.2 49.4 78.7 48.4
     Progressive Conservative Seats: 3 2 1 3 33 4 3 1 1 0 - - 51
     Vote (%): 14.1 14.5 11.7 27.0 40.3 29.4 41.9 40.1 48.0 28.1 38.5 21.3 31.0
     Co-operative Commonwealth Seats: 7 - 11 3 1 - - 1 - -     23
     Vote (%): 26.6 6.9 44.2 23.6 11.1 1.5 3.0 6.7 0.8 0.6     11.3
     Social Credit Seats: 4 11 - - -   -           15
     Vote (%): 26.1 40.7 5.3 6.3 0.3   0.4           5.4
     Independent Seats:   -   - - 3       - -   3
     Vote (%):   0.1   0.2 0.3 3.0       4.0 12.4   1.0
     Independent Liberal Seats:       - - 2 -           2
     Vote (%):       4.0 0.3 3.7 1.9           1.2
     Liberal-Labour Seats:         1               1
     Vote (%):         0.6               0.2
     Liberal-Progressive Seats:       1                 1
     Vote (%):       3.3                 0.2
Total Seats   22 17 17 14 85 75 10 12 4 7 1 1 265
Parties that won no seats:
     Labor-Progressive Vote (%): 2.2 2.7 1.1 2.3 1.0 0.7   0.2         1.1
     Nationalist Vote (%):           0.5             0.1
     Independent PC Vote (%):           0.1             xx
     Christian Liberal Vote (%):         0.1               xx
     Independent Social Credit Vote (%):   0.1                     xx
     Locataire (candidat) Vote (%):           xx             xx
     Anti-Communist Vote (%):           xx             xx
Socialist Labour Vote (%):         xx               xx
  • xx - less than 0.05% of the popular vote

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