British Columbia general election, 1937

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The British Columbia general election of 1937 was the nineteenth 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 April 14, 1937, and held on June 1, 1937. The new legislature met for the first time on October 26, 1937.

The governing Liberal Party, despite winning only 37% of the popular vote, benefited from the split in the vote between the Conservative Party and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, and won a solid majority of the seats in the legislature.

The rift in the Conservative Party that led to its decision not to nominate candidates in the 1933 election had been resolved, and the party was able to form the official opposition.

The Conservatives and CCF each won about 29% of the vote, and only 8 seats and 7 seats, respectively. The remaining two seats were won by Labour and Independent candidates.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1933 Elected % Change # % % Change
     Liberal Thomas Dufferin Pattullo 48 34 31 -8.8% 156,074 37.34% -4.40%
     Conservative1 Frank Porter Patterson 43 2 8 +300% 119,521 28.60% +24.55%
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. 46 7 7 - 119,400 28.57% -2.96%
     Independent 11 2 1 -50.0% 7,341 1.76% -5.98%
     Labour   2 1 1 - 1,787 0.43% -0.19%
Social Constructive Robert Connell 14 * - * 8,086 1.93% *
     Social Credit League Andrew Henry Jukes 18 * - * 4,812 1.15% *
Communist   1 * - * 567 0.14% *
Socialist   2 * - * 287 0.07% *
     Financial Justice   1 * - * 54 0.01% *
Total 186 47 48 +2.1% 417,929 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

1 Results compared to those of Unionist Party of British Columbia in previous election.

Results by riding[edit]

Results of British Columbia general election, 1937
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     George Sharratt Pearson Alberni-Nanaimo
Liberal
          Chilliwack
Conservative
Leslie Harvey Eyres     
     William James Asselstine Atlin
Liberal
          Dewdney
Conservative
Frank Porter Patterson     
     Louis LeBourdais Cariboo
Liberal
          EsquimaltConservative Elmer Victor Finland     
     Thomas King Columbia
Liberal
          The Islands
Conservative
Macgregor Fullarton MacIntosh     
     Frank Mitchell MacPherson Cranbrook
Liberal
          Vancouver-Point Grey
Conservative
Royal Lethington Maitland2     
     Henry George Thomas Perry Fort George
Liberal
          James Alexander Paton     
     Robert Henry Carson Kamloops
Liberal
          Victoria City
Conservative
Herbert Anscomb     
     Ezra Churchill Henniger Grand Forks-Greenwood
Liberal
          Joseph Douglas Hunter     
     Charles Sidney Leary Kaslo-Slocan
Liberal
          Burnaby
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Ernest Edward Winch     
     George Matheson Murray Lillooet
Liberal
          Comox
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Colin Cameron     
     John Melvin Bryan, Sr. Mackenzie
Liberal
          Cowichan-Newcastle
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Samuel Guthrie     
     Frank Putnam Nelson-Creston
Liberal
          Delta
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Leonard Alec Shepherd     
     Arthur Wellesley Gray New Westminster
Liberal
          North Vancouver
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
Dorothy Gretchen Steeves     
     Kenneth Cattanach MacDonald North Okanagan
Liberal
          Vancouver East
Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.
James Lyle Telford     
     Mark Matthew Connelly Omineca
Liberal
          Harold Edward Winch     
     Glen Everton Braden Peace River
Liberal
          Fernie
Labour (Party)
Thomas Aubert Uphill     
     Thomas Dufferin Pattullo 1 Prince Rupert
Liberal
          Salmon Arm
Independent
Rolf Wallgren Bruhn     
     Harry Johnston Revelstoke
Liberal
    
     Richard Ronald Burns Rossland-Trail
Liberal
    
     Norman William Whittaker Saanich
Liberal
    
     Charles Herbert Percy Tupper Similkameen
Liberal
    
     Edward Tourtellotte Kenney Skeena
Liberal
    
     Cecil Robert Bull South Okanagan
Liberal
    
     John Howard Forester Vancouver-Burrard
Liberal
    
     Helen Douglas Smith     
     Fred Crone Vancouver Centre
Liberal
    
     Gordon Sylvester Wismer     
     George Moir Weir Vancouver-Point Grey
Liberal
    
     John Hart Victoria City
Liberal
    
     William Thomas Straith     
     John Joseph Alban Gillis Yale
Liberal
    
1 Premier-Elect and Incumbent
2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

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