Prince Edward Island general election, 1900

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Prince Edward Island general election, 1900
Prince Edward Island
← 1897 December 12, 1900 (1900-12-12) 1904 →

All 30 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Donald Farquharson.jpg
Leader Donald Farquharson Daniel Gordon
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1898 1894
Leader's seat 2nd Queens 5th Kings
Last election 19 seats 11 seats
Seats won 21 9
Seat change +2 -2
Popular vote 16,916 14,699
Percentage 53.5% 46.5%

Premier before election

Donald Farquharson


Donald Farquharson

The 34th Prince Edward Island general election was held in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island on December 12, 1900.[1]

The election was won by the governing Liberals, led by incumbent Premier Donald Farquharson. Farquharson would later give up his office in 1901 to run successfully for federal office. He was succeeded by Arthur Peters, who previously served as the province's Attorney General.

The opposition Conservatives, led by Daniel Gordon, lost two seats. This was Gordon's final election before stepping down as Conservative leader in 1903 - he was succeeded by John A. Mathieson

Party standings[edit]

Party Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
1898 Elected # %
  Liberal Donald Farquharson 19 21 16,916 53.5%
  Conservative Daniel Gordon 11 9 14,699 46.5%

Members Elected[edit]

The Legislature of Prince Edward Island had two levels of membership from 1893 to 1996 - Assemblymen and Councillors. This was a holdover from when the Island had a bicameral legislature, the General Assembly and the Legislative Council.

In 1893, the Legislative Council was abolished and had its membership merged with the Assembly, though the two titles remained separate and were elected by different electoral franchises. Assembleymen were elected by all eligible voters of within a district, while Councillors were only elected by landowners within a district.[2]


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Kings     John McLean Conservative     John Kickham Conservative
2nd Kings     Arthur Peters Liberal     Anthony McLaughlin Liberal
3rd Kings     Malcolm MacDonald Liberal


    James E. MacDonald Conservative
4th Kings     John A. Mathieson Conservative     Alexander F. Bruce[3]

Murdock MacKinnon (1900)



5th Kings     Archibald J. MacDonald Conservative     Daniel Gordon Conservative


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Prince     Benjamin Rogers Liberal     Benjamin Gallant Liberal
2nd Prince     James W. Richards Liberal     Alfred McWilliams Liberal
3rd Prince     Joseph F. Arsenault Conservative     Peter MacNutt Conservative
4th Prince     Samuel E. Reid Liberal    
Joseph Read Liberal
5th Prince     George Godkin Liberal     Robert C. McLeod Liberal


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Queens     Matthew Smith Liberal     George Simpson Liberal
2nd Queens     Edward Douglas Liberal     Donald Farquharson Liberal
3rd Queens     H. James Palmer Liberal     James H. Cummiskey Liberal
4th Queens     David P. Irving Liberal     George Forbes Liberal
5th Queens     John F. Whear Liberal     George E. Hughes Liberal


  1. ^ "Provincial General Election Results, 1900" (PDF). Elections PEI. 
  2. ^ Fred Driscoll. "History and Politics of Prince Edward Island" (PDF). Canadian Parliamentary Review. 
  3. ^ election appealed