8th Parliament of British Columbia
The 8th Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from 1899 to 1900. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in July 1898. Robert Beaven was asked to form a government but was not able to garner sufficient support, so Charles Augustus Semlin became premier. After a major government bill was defeated in February 1900, Semlin's government was dismissed. Joseph Martin succeeded Semlin but his government was subsequently defeated on a motion of no-confidence. An election followed later that year.
Members of the 8th General Assembly
The following members were elected to the assembly in 1898:
- opposed to the Turner administration
- Government candidates supported the Turner administration
- Ran as Labour-Oppositionist; opposed to Turner administration
By-elections were held for the following members appointed to the provincial cabinet, as was required at the time:
- Francis Lovett Carter-Cotton, Minister of Finance, acclaimed October 15, 1898
- Joseph Martin, Attorney General, acclaimed October 15, 1898
- Charles Augustus Semlin, Premier, acclaimed October 15, 1898
- John Frederick Hume, Provincial Secretary and Minister of Mines, acclaimed October 15, 1898
- Alexander Henderson, Attorney General, acclaimed August 31, 1899
By-elections were held to replace members for various other reasons:
|Electoral district||Member elected||Election date||Reason|
|Alberni||Alan Webster Neill||December 15, 1898||A.W. Neill resigned, having accepted money from government for road work done after the election|
|Cowichan||William Russell Robertson||December 28, 1898||W. R. Robertson resigned, having accepted money from government for work done after the election|
|Vancouver City||Charles Edward Tisdall||January 25, 1899[nb 1]||C.E. Tisdall resigned; a clerk in his store sold cartridges to a provincial police officer|
|Victoria City||Richard Hall||February 2, 1899||R. Hall resigned; his company sold coal to Government House|
|Albert Edward McPhillips||A.E. McPhillips resigned; a fee was paid to his firm|
|John Herbert Turner||J.H. Turner resigned; a branch of his firm sold goods to the government|
|East Kootenay North||Wilmer Cleveland Wells||February 28, 1899[nb 1]||Death of W.G. Nielson January 6, 1899|
|West Kootenay-Nelson||John Frederick Hume||February 28, 1899||J.F. Hume resigned; a police constable and prisoner had stayed at his hotel|
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