23rd Parliament of British Columbia

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The 23rd Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from February 1953 to March 1953. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in June 1952.[1] The Social Credit Party led by W. A. C. Bennett formed the government.[2] The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation led by Harold Winch formed the official opposition.[3]

Thomas James Irwin served as speaker for the assembly.[4]

The government was defeated on Bill 79, known as the "Ralston formula", on March 24.[5]

Members of the 23rd General Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1952:[1]

Member Electoral district Party
     Stanley John Squire Alberni CCF
     Frank Arthur Calder Atlin CCF
     Ernest Edward Winch Burnaby CCF
  William Ralph Talbot Chetwynd Cariboo Social Credit
  William Kenneth Kiernan Chilliwack Social Credit
  Richard Orr Newton Columbia Social Credit
     William Campbell Moore Comox CCF
     Robert Martin Strachan Cowichan-Newcastle CCF
     Leo Thomas Nimsick Cranbrook CCF
  Thomas Irwin Delta Social Credit
  Lyle Wicks Dewdney Social Credit
     Frank Mitchell Esquimalt CCF
     Thomas Aubert Uphill Fernie Labour
  Llewellyn Leslie King Fort George Social Credit
     Rupert Williams Haggen Grand Forks-Greenwood CCF
  Philip Arthur Gaglardi Kamloops Social Credit
     Randolph Harding Kaslo-Slocan CCF
     Ernest Crawford Carson Lillooet Progressive Conservative
     Anthony John Gargrave Mackenzie CCF
     Lorenzo (Larry) Giovando Nanaimo and the Islands Progressive Conservative
  Wesley Drewett Black Nelson-Creston Social Credit
     John McRae (Rae) Eddie New Westminster CCF
  Lorne Shantz North Okanagan Social Credit
     Martin Elliott Sowden North Vancouver Liberal
     Philip Archibald Gibbs Oak Bay Liberal
  Cyril Morley Shelford Omineca Social Credit
  Charles William Parker Peace River Social Credit
     George Edwin Hills Prince Rupert CCF
     Vincent Segur Revelstoke CCF
  Robert Edward Sommers Rossland-Trail Social Credit
     Frank Snowsell Saanich CCF
  James Allan Reid Salmon Arm Social Credit
  Harry Denyer Francis Similkameen Social Credit
     Edward Tourtellotte Kenney Skeena Liberal
  William Andrew Cecil Bennett South Okanagan Social Credit
  Eric Charles Fitzgerald Martin Vancouver-Burrard Social Credit
  Bert Price
     James Campbell Bury Vancouver Centre CCF
     Laura Emma Marshall Jamieson
     Arthur James Turner Vancouver East CCF
     Harold Edward Winch
     Albert Reginald MacDougall Vancouver-Point Grey Progressive Conservative
     George Clark Miller
  Tilly Jean Rolston Social Credit
     Nancy Hodges Victoria City Liberal
     Daniel John Proudfoot
     William Thomas Straith
  Irvine Finlay Corbett Yale Social Credit


Party standings[edit]

Affiliation Members
Social Credit 19
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation 18
Liberal 6
     Progressive Conservative 4
     Labour 1
 Government Minority


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

Electoral district Member elected Party Election date Reason
Columbia Robert William Bonner Social Credit November 24, 1952 R.O. Newton resigned to provide seat for R.W. Bonner
Similkameen Einar Maynard Gunderson Social Credit November 24, 1952 H.D. Francis resigned to provide seat for E.M. Gunderson


Other changes[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Premiers of British Columbia 1871-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition in British Columbia 1903-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-07-20. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1872-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Bennett, W.A.C. (William Andrew Cecil)". British Columbia Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ifIdVpG6JtcC&dat=19530121&printsec=frontpage&hl=en