24th Manitoba Legislature

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The members of the 24th Manitoba Legislature were elected in the Manitoba general election held in June 1953. The legislature sat from February 2, 1954[1] to April 30, 1958.[2]

The Liberal-Progressive Party led by Douglas Lloyd Campbell formed the government.[1]

Errick Willis of the Progressive Conservative Party was Leader of the Opposition.[3] Duff Roblin defeated Willis at a leadership convention in June 1954 to become party leader.[4]

In 1957, the Employment Standards Act was passed; it was intended to standardize conditions of employment such as hours of work and termination of employment. In the same year, the Equal Pay Act was also passed, which provided for equal pay for equal work within the same organization.[5]

Nicholas Bachynsky served as speaker for the assembly.[1]

There were four sessions of the 24th Legislature:[1]

Session Start End
1st February 2, 1954 March 25, 1954
2nd February 1, 1955 March 31, 1955
3rd January 31, 1956 April 23, 1956
4th January 29, 1957 April 5, 1957

John Stewart McDiarmid was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.[6]

Members of the Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1953:[1]

Member Electoral district Party[7]
     J. Arthur Ross Arthur Progressive Conservative
     Reginald Wightman Assiniboia Liberal-Progressive
     Francis Campbell Bell Birtle Liberal-Progressive
     Reginald Lissaman Brandon City Progressive Conservative
     Edmond Prefontaine Carillon Liberal-Progressive
     Francis Ferg Cypress Liberal-Progressive
  William Bullmore Dauphin Social Credit
     James O. Argue Deloraine—Glenwood Progressive Conservative
     Walter McDonald Dufferin Liberal-Progressive
     John R. Solomon Emerson Independent Liberal-Progressive
     Michael Hryhorczuk Ethelbert Liberal-Progressive
     James Anderson Fairford Liberal-Progressive
     Nicholas Bachynsky Fisher Liberal-Progressive
     Ray Mitchell Gilbert Plains Liberal-Progressive
     Steinn Thompson Gimli Liberal-Progressive
     William Morton Gladstone Liberal-Progressive
     Charles Shuttleworth Hamiota Liberal-Progressive
     John McDowell Iberville Progressive Conservative
     Russell Paulley Kildonan-Transcona CCF
     Abram Harrison Killarney Progressive Conservative
     Douglas Lloyd Campbell Lakeside Liberal-Progressive
     Matthew R. Sutherland Lansdowne Liberal-Progressive
     Edmond Brodeur La Verendrye Liberal-Progressive
     Hugh Morrison Manitou—Morden Progressive Conservative
  Gilbert Hutton Minnedosa Social Credit
     Harry Shewman Morris Independent
     Ivan Schultz Mountain Liberal-Progressive
     Samuel Burch Norfolk—Beautiful Plains Liberal-Progressive
     Charles Greenlay Portage la Prairie Liberal-Progressive
     Wallace Miller Rhineland Liberal-Progressive
     Ronald Robertson Roblin Liberal-Progressive
     Robert Bend Rockwood Independent Liberal-Progressive
     Roy Brown Rupertsland[nb 1] Liberal-Progressive
     Rodney Clement Russell Independent Liberal-Progressive
     Thomas Hillhouse St. Andrews Liberal-Progressive
     L. Raymond Fennell St. Boniface Liberal-Progressive
     Roger Teillet
     Stanley Copp St. Clements Liberal-Progressive
     Christian Halldorson St. George Liberal-Progressive
     Gildas Molgat Ste. Rose[nb 1] Liberal-Progressive
     William Lucko Springfield Liberal-Progressive
     George Renouf Swan River Progressive Conservative
     Francis Jobin The Pas Liberal-Progressive
     Errick Willis Turtle Mountain Progressive Conservative
     John Thompson Virden Progressive Conservative
     Stephen Juba Winnipeg Centre Independent
     Jack St. John Liberal-Progressive
     H. B. Scott Progressive Conservative
     Donovan Swailes CCF
     Morris Gray Winnipeg North CCF
     John Hawryluk CCF
  William Kardash Communist
     Alex Turk Liberal-Progressive
     Gurney Evans Winnipeg South Progressive Conservative
     Duff Roblin Progressive Conservative
     Lloyd Stinson CCF
     Ronald Turner Liberal-Progressive


  1. ^ a b Election deferred to July 6, 1953


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

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
Deloraine—Glenwood Albert Draper Progressive Conservative June 27, 1955 J O Argue died[8]
Mountain Walter Clark Liberal-Progressive June 27, 1955 I Schultz named judge[8]
St. George Elman Guttormson Liberal-Progressive December 3, 1956[9] C Halldorson died September 18, 1956[10]
Emerson John Tanchak Liberal-Progressive November 14, 1957 J R Solomon named judge[8]
Manitou—Morden Maurice Ridley Progressive Conservative November 14, 1957[8] H Morrison died January 9, 1957[11]



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  2. ^ Normandin, Pierre G (1976). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition - Manitoba". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ "The Dissolution of the Coalition: Roblin's Rise to Leadership". MHS Transactions. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  5. ^ "A History of Manitoba Labour Programs". Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Past lieutenant governors". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Historical Summaries" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  8. ^ a b c d "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Liberal Wins in St. George, May Lead to Man. Election". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. December 4, 1956. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Christian Halldorson (1891-1956)". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Hugh Borthwick Morrison (1892-1957)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-06-05.