British Columbia general election, 1933

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The British Columbia general election of 1933 was the eighteenth 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 September 13, 1933, and held on November 2, 1933.[1] The new legislature met for the first time on February 20, 1934.

The Liberal Party won a majority government.

The Official Opposition was formed by the social democratic Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, which was contesting its first election.

Because of internal discord, the provincial executive of the Conservative Party decided not to contest the election officially each local association was to act on its own. Some candidates ran as Independents, some as Independent Conservatives. Those supporting the premier, Simon Fraser Tolmie, ran as Unionist Party of British Columbia, and those grouped around William John Bowser, a former premier, ran as the Non-Partisan Independent Group. When Bowser died and the elections in Vancouver Centre and Victoria City were postponed, 4 Non-partisan and 2 Unionist candidates withdrew.

Other notable races include the election of Bridge River-Lillooet News publisher George Matheson Murray in Lillooet over Conservative Ernest Crawford Carson. Carson's brother Robert Henry Carson ran as a Liberal, winning Kamloops. Carson and his brother both served as cabinet ministers in later regimes. They were the sons of Robert Carson, an American who was one of the very few survivors of an Indian attack on a wagon train on the Oregon Trail and who went on to found one of the early ranches at Pavilion and whose holdings became part of the Diamond S Ranch.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1928 Elected % Change # % % Change
  Liberal Thomas Dufferin Pattullo 47 12 34 +183.3% 159,131 41.74% +1.70%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.   46 * 7 * 120,185 31.53% *
Non-Partisan Independent Group William John Bowser 30 * 2 * 38,836 10.19% *
  Independent1 29 - 2 - 29,506 7.74% +6.73%
  Unionist2 Simon Fraser Tolmie 12 35 1 -97.1% 15,445 4.05% -49.25%
  Labour/Independent Labour   4 * 1 * 2,357 0.62% *
  Independent Conservative 6 - - - 7,114 1.87% +1.58%
  United Front (Workers and Farmers) Party3   20 * - * 4,584 1.20% *
  Independent Co-operative Commonwealth 8 * - * 2,266 0.59% *
  Independent Liberal 2 * - * 1,076 0.28% *
Socialist   5 * - * 370 0.10% *
Progressive Liberal   1 * - * 353 0.09% *
Total 210 48 47 -2.1% 381,223 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

1 Includes Conservatives who ran as Independents.

2 Results compared to those of Conservative Party in previous election.

3 One United Front candidate, C.J. McKendrick, ran in two ridings (Dewdney and Vancouver Centre) and is counted as two candidates.

Results by riding[edit]

Results of British Columbia general election, 1933
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     George Sharratt Pearson Alberni-Nanaimo
Liberal
          Burnaby
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Ernest Edward Winch     
     William James Asselstine Atlin
Liberal
          Delta
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Robert Blatchford Swailes     
     Donald Morrison MacKay Cariboo
Liberal
          Mackenzie
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Ernest Bakewell     
     Edward Dodsley Barrow Chilliwack
Liberal
          North Vancouver
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Harley Christian Erskine Anderson     
     William Henry Sutherland Columbia-Revelstoke
Liberal
          Vancouver East
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
John Price     
     Laurence Arnold Hanna Comox
Liberal
          Harold Edward Winch     
     Frank Mitchell MacPherson Cranbrook
Liberal
          Victoria City
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Robert Connell 2     
     David William Strachan Dewdney
Liberal
          Fernie
Independent Labour Party
Thomas Aubert Uphill     
     Henry George Thomas Perry Fort George
Liberal
          Peace River
Non-Partisan Independent Group
Clive Montgomery Francis Planta     
     Dougald MacPherson Grand Forks-Greenwood
Liberal
          Salmon Arm
Non-Partisan Independent Group
Rolf Wallgren Bruhn     
     Alexander McDonald The Islands
Liberal
          Cowichan-Newcastle
Oxford Group Movement
Hugh George Egioke Savage     
     Robert Henry Carson Kamloops
Liberal
          Esquimalt
Unionist
Robert Henry Pooley     
     Charles Sidney Leary Kaslo-Slocan
Liberal
          Victoria City
Independent
Herbert Anscomb     
     George Matheson Murray Lillooet
Liberal
    
     Frank Putnam Nelson-Creston
Liberal
    
     Arthur Wellesley Gray New Westminster
Liberal
    
     Kenneth Cattanach MacDonald North Okanagan
Liberal
    
     Alexander Malcolm Manson Omineca
Liberal
    
     Thomas Dufferin Pattullo1 Prince Rupert
Liberal
    
     Richard Ronald Burns Rossland-Trail
Liberal
    
     Norman William Whittaker Saanich
Liberal
    
     Charles Herbert Percy Tupper Similkameen
Liberal
    
     Edward Tourtellotte Kenney Skeena
Liberal
    
     Joseph Allen Harris South Okanagan
Liberal
    
     Gerald Grattan McGeer Vancouver-Burrard
Liberal
    
     Helen Douglas Smith     
     Gordon McGregor Sloan Vancouver Centre
Liberal
    
     Gordon Sylvester Wismer     
     George Moir Weir Vancouver-Point Grey
Liberal
    
     Stanley Stewart McKeen     
     Robert Wilkinson     
     John Hart Victoria City
Liberal
    
     Byron Ingemar Johnson     
     John Joseph Alban Gillis Yale
Liberal
    
1 Premier-Elect
2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

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