Prince Edward Island general election, 1915

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Prince Edward Island general election, 1915
Prince Edward Island
← 1912 September 16, 1915 (1915-09-16) 1919 →

All 30 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  John Mathieson.jpg
Leader John A. Mathieson unknown
Party Conservative Liberal
Leader since 1903 -
Leader's seat 5th Kings -
Last election 28 seats, 59.2% 2 seats, 40.8%
Seats won 17 13
Seat change -11 +11
Popular vote 17,179 17,097
Percentage 50.1% 49.9%
Swing -9.1pp +9.1pp

Premier before election

John A. Mathieson


John A. Mathieson

The 38th Prince Edward Island general election was held in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island on September 16, 1915.[1] The election was held in the midst of the First World War.

The election was won by the governing Conservatives, led by incumbent Premier John A. Mathieson, whose government lost a large number of seats as the opposition Liberals won back a number of districts lost in previous elections.

The Liberals in this election were able to climb up from one of their worst electoral defeats in 1912 to nearly topple the Mathieson government. However, it is unknown who the Liberal leader was during the election, if there was one at all. Previous Official Opposition Leader John Richards chose not to run in this election, while his successor John Howatt Bell was chosen as leader following the election. It is possible the Liberals did not have an official leader for this election.

Party Standings[edit]

Party Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
1912 Elected # %
  Conservative John A. Mathieson 28 17 17,179 50.1%
  Liberal unknown 2 13 17,097 49.9%

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     Augustine A. MacDonald Conservative     John McLean Conservative
2nd Kings     Harvey D. McEwen Conservative     James D. McInnis Liberal
3rd Kings     John A. Dewar Conservative     James J. Johnston Liberal
4th Kings     Albert P. Prowse Conservative     Murdock MacKinnon Conservative
5th Kings     Roderick J. McLellan Conservative     John Alexander Mathieson Conservative


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Queens     Murdock Kennedy Conservative     Alexander McNevin Conservative
2nd Queens     George E. Hughes Liberal     John McMillan Liberal
3rd Queens     Leonard Wood Conservative     David McDonald Liberal
4th Queens     John S. Martin Conservative     George Forbes Liberal
5th Queens     James Paton Conservative     Stephen R. Jenkins Conservative


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Prince     Benjamin Gallant Liberal     Charles E. Dalton Conservative
2nd Prince     Albert Charles Saunders Liberal     William H. Dennis Liberal
3rd Prince     Aubin Edmond Arsenault Conservative     Alfred E. MacLean Liberal
4th Prince     John Howatt Bell* Liberal    
Walter Lea Liberal
5th Prince     James A. MacNeill Conservative     Hubert Howatt Liberal
  • John Howatt Bell named Leader of the Official Opposition and Liberal Party Leader following the election


  1. ^ "Provincial General Election Results, 1915" (PDF). Elections PEI. 
  2. ^ Fred Driscoll. "History and Politics of Prince Edward Island" (PDF). Canadian Parliamentary Review.