Prince Edward Island general election, 1919

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Prince Edward Island general election, 1919
Prince Edward Island
← 1915 July 24, 1919 (1919-07-24) 1923 →

All 30 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  John Howard Bell.jpg Aubin-Edmond Arsenault.jpg
Leader John Howatt Bell Aubin E. Arsenault
Party Liberal Progressive Conservative
Leader since 1915 1917
Leader's seat 4th Prince 3rd Prince
Last election 13 seats, 49.9% 17 seats, 50.1%
Seats won 24 5
Seat change +11 -12
Popular vote 19,910 16,669
Percentage 53.5% 44.8%
Swing +3.6pp -5.3pp

Premier before election

Aubin E. Arsenault


John Howatt Bell

The 39th Prince Edward Island general election was held in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island on July 24, 1919.[1]

The opposition Liberals led by John Howatt Bell gained eleven seats to defeat the incumbent government of Conservative Premier Aubin E. Arsenault, who had succeeded former Premier John A. Mathieson in 1917.

John A. Dewar, a former Conservative member, was elected as an Independent Assembleyman for 3rd Kings.[2]

Party Standings[edit]

Party Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
1915 Elected Change # % Change
  Liberal John Howatt Bell 13 24 +11 19,910 53.5% +3.6%
  Conservative Aubin E. Arsenault 17 5 -12 16,669 44.8% -5.3%
  Independent - 1 +1 646 1.7% +1.7%

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.[3]


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Kings     Daniel C. MacDonald Liberal     Harry D. McLean Conservative
2nd Kings     Robert Cox Liberal     James P. McIntyre Liberal
3rd Kings     John A. Dewar Independent     James J. Johnston Liberal
4th Kings     Wallace B. Butler Liberal     William G. Sutherland Liberal
5th Kings     Stephen Hessian Liberal     James David Stewart Conservative


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Queens     Murdock Kennedy Conservative     Cyrus Crosby Liberal
2nd Queens     Bradford W. LePage Liberal     George E. Hughes Liberal
3rd Queens     Peter Brodie Liberal     David McDonald Liberal
4th Queens     James C. Irving Liberal     Frederick J. Nash Liberal
5th Queens     Edmund Higgs Liberal     Gavan Duffy Liberal


District Assemblyman Party Councillor Party
1st Prince     Benjamin Gallant Liberal     Christopher Metherall Liberal
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     Creelman McArthur Liberal


  1. ^ "Provincial General Election Results, 1919" (PDF). Elections PEI. 
  2. ^ Dewar won election and sat as an "Independent Farmer", from "John Alexander Dewar". Prince Edward Island Legislative Documents Online. 
  3. ^ Fred Driscoll. "History and Politics of Prince Edward Island" (PDF). Canadian Parliamentary Review.