Saskatchewan general election, 1917

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Saskatchewan general election, 1917
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62 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
32 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  William Melville Martin.jpg
Leader William Martin Wellington Willoughby
Party Liberal Conservative
Leader since 1916 1912
Leader's seat Regina City Moose Jaw City
Last election 45 8
Seats won 51 7
Seat change +6 –1
Popular vote 106,552 68,243
Percentage 56.7% 36.3%
Swing –0.3pp –5.7pp

Premier before election

William Martin


William Martin

The Saskatchewan general election of 1917 was the fourth provincial election in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on June 26, 1917, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

After replacing Walter Scott as leader of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan and premier of the province, William M. Martin led the party to its fourth consecutive victory – winning all but 8 of the 59 seats in the legislature.

The Conservative Party of Wellington Bartley Willoughby continued to lose popular support.

The Non-Partisan League – forerunner of the Progressive Party of Saskatchewan – nominated candidates for the first time, although none were successful. Labour candidates also appeared for the first time.

The first Independent to sit in the Saskatchewan legislature was acclaimed this election.

An at-large service vote was held to elect three soldiers from October 3 to October 13, 1917. All service members were not affiliated, and were elected to represent Saskatchewan residents stationed in France, Belgium and Great Britain.


Party Party Leader # of
Seats Popular Vote
1912 Elected  % Change Votes  %  % Change
  Liberal William M. Martin 58 46 51 +13.3% 106,552 56.68% -0.28%
  Conservative Wellington Willoughby 53 7 7 68,243 36.30% -5.68%
  Independent 10 - 1 +100% 4,440 2.36% +1.30%
Nonpartisan League 7 * * 7,267 3.87% *
Labour William Geo. Baker
2 * * 1,474 0.79% *
Sub-total 130 53 59 187,976 100%  
Soldiers' vote (Province at large) 14 * 3 * 13,655 6.77% *
Total 144 53 62 +11.3% 201,631 100%  
Source: Elections Saskatchewan

Note:* Party did not nominate candidates in previous election.

Members of the Legislative Assembly elected[edit]

For complete electoral history, see individual districts

4th Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
  District Member Party
  Arm River George A. Scott Liberal
  Bengough Thomas Gamble Liberal
  Biggar George H. Harris Liberal
  Cannington John D. Stewart


  Canora Albert Hermanson Liberal
  Cumberland Deakin Alexander Hall Liberal
  Cut Knife William Dodds Liberal
  Cypress Isaac Stirling Liberal
  Elrose Archibald McNab Liberal
  Estevan George Bell Liberal
  Francis Walter Robinson Liberal
  Hanley Macbeth Malcolm Liberal
  Happyland Stephen Morrey Liberal
  Humboldt William Turgeon Liberal
  Île-à-la-Crosse Joseph Nolin Liberal
  Jack Fish Lake Donald Finlayson Liberal
  Kerrobert John Dowd Liberal
  Kindersley William R. Motherwell Liberal
  Kinistino John R. Taylor Liberal
  Last Mountain Samuel Latta Liberal
  Lloydminster Robert J. Gordon Liberal
  Lumsden William Vancise Liberal
  Maple Creek Alexander Colquhoun Liberal
  Melfort George B. Johnston Liberal
  Milestone Bernard Larson Liberal
  Moose Jaw City Wellington Willoughby Conservative
  Moose Jaw County Charles Dunning Liberal
  Moose Mountain Robert Magee Liberal
  Moosomin John Salkeld Conservative
  Morse Malcolm L. Leitch Liberal
  North Qu'Appelle James Garfield Gardiner Liberal
  Notukeu George Spence Liberal
  Pelly Magnus Ramsland 1 Liberal
  Pheasant Hills James Arthur Smith Liberal
  Pipestone Richard Phin Liberal
  Prince Albert Charles M. McDonald Liberal
  Redberry George Langley Liberal
  Regina City William Martin Liberal
  Rosetown William Badger Conservative
  Rosthern William Bashford Liberal
  Saltcoats James Alexander Calder Liberal
  Saskatoon City Donald Maclean Conservative
  Saskatoon County Murdo Cameron Liberal
  Shellbrook Edgar Clinch Liberal
  Souris William Fraser Conservative
  South Qu'Appelle Joseph Glenn Conservative
  Swift Current David Sykes Independent
  The Battlefords Allan Pickel Liberal
  Thunder Creek Andrew Gallaugher Conservative
  Tisdale Hugh Jones Liberal
  Touchwood John M. Parker Liberal
  Turtleford Archibald Gemmell Liberal
  Vonda James Hogan Liberal
  Wadena John MacMillan Liberal
  Weyburn Robert Mitchell Liberal
  Wilkie Reuben Martin Liberal
  Willow Bunch Abel Hindle Liberal
  Wynyard Wilhelm Paulson Liberal
  Yorkton Thomas Garry Liberal


1 Magnus Ramsland died in 1918. In the resulting by-election, he was succeeded by his widow Sarah Ramsland, the first woman ever elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

October 13, 1917 service vote results[edit]

Like other provinces Saskatchewan held a service vote - actually two separate votes - for Saskatchewan residents in the Canadian armed services fighting during World War I. The first vote was for France and Belgium - two members were elected in a block vote; the top member represented France and the second member elected represented Belgium. Another member was also elected to represent troops in Great Britain. Three seats in the Legislature were set aside for these soldier-MLAs.

France and Belgium[edit]

Candidate Votes  % elected
Pte. Harris Turner 3,938 France
Captain Frederick Bagshaw 1,791 Belgium
Lt. Col. Alexander Ross 978
Pte. Kenneth Crawford 798
Sgt. William Reade 577
Spr. John Arthur Gibson 379
Major Robert Henry Smith 365
Sgt. Major William Harry Wilson 233
Lt. Alfred Haigh 216

Great Britain[edit]

Candidate Votes  %
Lt. Col. James Albert Cross 2,698
Captain Alfred Manville 691
Sergeant Arthur Eaton 504
Sergeant Samuel Barraclough 273
Captain Daniel Lochead 214


See also[edit]