British Columbia general election, 1956

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British Columbia general election, 1956
British Columbia
← 1953 September 19, 1956 1960 →

52 seats of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
27 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader W. A. C. Bennett Robert Strachan Arthur Laing
Party Social Credit New Democratic Liberal
Leader since 1952 1956 1953
Leader's seat South Okanagan Cowichan-Newcastle Vancouver-Point Grey (lost re-election)
Last election 28 14 4
Seats won 39 10 2
Seat change Increase11 Decrease4 Decrease2
Popular vote 374,711 231,511 177,922
Percentage 45.84 28.32 21.77
Swing Increase8.09 Decrease2.53 Decrease1.82

Premier before election

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

Premier-designate

W. A. C. Bennett
Social Credit

The British Columbia general election of 1956 was the 25th 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 August 13, 1956, and held on September 19, 1956. The new legislature met for the first time on February 7, 1957.

The conservative Social Credit of Premier W.A.C. Bennett was re-elected with a majority in the legislature to a third term in government with over 45% of the popular vote.

The social democratic CCF formed the official opposition.

The British Columbia Liberal Party lost two of its four seats despite winning over 20% of the popular vote.

The Progressive Conservative Party lost its single seat in the legislature, and would not win a seat again until the 1972 election.

One seat was won by a Labour candidate, Tom Uphill of Fernie.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1953 Elected % Change # % % Change
Social Credit W.A.C. Bennett 52 28 39 39.3% 374,711 45.84% +8.09%
  CCF Bob Strachan 51 14 10 -28.6% 231,511 28.32% -2.53%
Liberal Arthur Laing 52 4 2 -50.0% 177,922 21.77% -1.82%
  Labour Tom Uphill 1 1 1 - 1,321 0.16% -0.06%
  Progressive Conservative Deane Finlayson 22 1 - -100% 25,373 3.11% -2.49%
Labour Progressive   14 - - - 3,381 0.41% -0.62%
  Independent 6 - - - 3,005 0.37% +0.10%
People's/Common Herd   1 * - * 173 0.02% *
Total 199 48 52 8.3% 817,397 100%  
Source: Elections BC

Note:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

Results by riding[edit]

Results of British Columbia general election, 1956
Government Opposition
Member Riding
& party
Riding
& party
Member
     William James Asselstine Atlin
Social Credit
          Alberni
CCF
Stanley John Squire
    
     William Ralph Talbot Chetwynd
Cariboo
Social Credit
          Burnaby
CCF
Gordon Dowding     
     William Kenneth Kiernan
Chilliwack
Social Credit
          Ernest Edward Winch     
     Richard Orr Newton
Columbia
Social Credit
          Cowichan-Newcastle
CCF
Robert Martin Strachan2     
     Daniel Robert John Campbell Comox
Social Credit
          Cranbrook
CCF
Leo Thomas Nimsick     
     Thomas Irwin
Delta
Social Credit
          Grand Forks-Greenwood
CCF
Lois Haggen     
     Nehemiah George Massey           Kaslo-Slocan
CCF
Randolph Harding     
     Lyle Wicks
Dewdney
Social Credit
          Mackenzie
CCF
Anthony John Gargrave     
     Herbert Joseph Bruch Esquimalt
Social Credit
          New Westminster
CCF
Rae Eddie     
     Ray Gillis Williston Fort George
Social Credit
          Vancouver East
CCF
Arthur James Turner     
     Philip Arthur Gaglardi
Kamloops
Social Credit
          Fernie
Labour (Party)
Thomas Aubert Uphill     
     Donald Frederick Robinson Lillooet
Social Credit
          Oak Bay
Liberal
Philip Archibald Gibbs     
     Earle Cathers Westwood Nanaimo and the Islands
Social Credit
          Victoria City
Liberal
George Frederick Thompson Gregory     
     Wesley Drewett Black Nelson-Creston
Social Credit
    
     Lorne Shantz North Okanagan
Social Credit
    
     Harold Earle Roche North Peace River
Social Credit
    
     John Melvin Bryan Sr. North Vancouver
Social Credit
    
     Newton Phillips Steacy     
     Cyril Morley Shelford Omineca
Social Credit
    
     William Harvey Murray Prince Rupert
Social Credit
    
     Arvid Lundell Revelstoke
Social Credit
    
     Robert Edward Sommers
Rossland-Trail
Social Credit
    
     John Douglas Tidball Tisdalle Saanich
Social Credit
    
     James Allan Reid
Salmon Arm
Social Credit
    
     Frank Richter, Jr.
Similkameen
Social Credit
    
     Hugh Addison Shirreff Skeena
Social Credit
    
     William Andrew Cecil Bennett1 South Okanagan
Social Credit
    
     Stanley Carnell South Peace River
Social Credit
    
     Eric Charles Fitzgerald Martin
Vancouver-Burrard
Social Credit
    
     Herbert Price
    
     Alexander Small Matthew Vancouver Centre
Social Credit
    
     Leslie Raymond Peterson     
     Frederick Morton Sharp Vancouver East
Social Credit
    
     Thomas Audley Bate Vancouver-Point Grey
Social Credit
    
     Buda Hosmer Brown     
     William Neelands Chant Victoria City
Social Credit
    
     John Donald Smith     
     Irvine Finlay Corbett
Yale
Social Credit
    
1 Premier-Elect 2 Leader of the Opposition
Source: Elections BC

See also[edit]