Saskatchewan general election, 1948

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Saskatchewan general election, 1948
Saskatchewan
← 1944 June 24, 1948 (1948-06-24) 1952 →

52 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
27 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Tommy Douglas crop.jpg
LIB
Leader Tommy Douglas Walter Tucker
Party Co-operative Commonwealth Liberal
Leader since July 17, 1942 August 6, 1946
Leader's seat Weyburn Rosthern
Last election 47 5
Seats won 31 19
Seat change Decrease16 Increase14
Popular vote 236,900 152,400
Percentage 47.56% 30.60%
Swing Decrease5.57pp Decrease4.82pp

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Rupert Ramsay
Party Social Credit Progressive Conservative
Leader since February 15, 1944
Leader's seat Ran in Saskatoon City (lost)
Last election 0 0
Seats won 0 0
Seat change ±0 ±0
Popular vote 40,268 37,986
Percentage 8.09% 7.63%
Swing Increase8.03pp Decrease3.06pp

Premier before election

Tommy Douglas
Co-operative Commonwealth

Premier-designate

Tommy Douglas
Co-operative Commonwealth

The Saskatchewan general election of 1948 was the eleventh provincial election held in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on June 24, 1948, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation government of Premier Tommy Douglas was re-elected with a reduced majority in the legislature.

Although the share of the popular vote won by the Liberal Party of Walter Tucker fell by almost five percentage points, the party increased its representation in the legislature from 5 seats to 19.

The Social Credit Party of Saskatchewan, which had won 2 seats and 16% of the popular vote in the 1938 election – only to disappear in the 1944 election – returned to win over 8% of the vote, but no seats.

The Progressive Conservative Party – now led by Rupert Ramsay – continued to decline, and was also shut out of the legislature.

In some ridings, the Progressive Conservatives appear to have run joint candidates with the Liberals in failed attempts to defeat the CCF. These candidates ran as Liberal-PC candidates. The successful Conservative Liberal candidate – Alex "Hammy" McDonald – immediately joined the Liberal caucus upon being sworn in as an MLA.

Results[edit]

Party Party Leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1944 Elected % Change # % % Change
Co-operative Commonwealth Tommy Douglas 52 47 31 -34.0% 236,900 47.56% -5.57%
Liberal Walter Tucker 41 5 19 +280% 152,400 30.60% -4.82%
Social Credit 36 40,268 8.09% +8.03%
  Independent 5 1 +1000% 11,088 2.23% +2.05%
  Conservative Liberal (Alexander H. McDonald) 1 * 1 * 5,251 1.05% *
Progressive Conservative Rupert Ramsay 9 37,986 7.63% -3.06%
  Liberal-PC 3 * * 9,574 1.92% *
  Independent Liberal 1 * * 3,299 0.66 *
  Labour Progressive 1 1,301 0.26% -0.26%
Total 149 52 52 498,067 100%  
Source: Elections Saskatchewan

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

Ranking[edit]

Party Seats Second Third Fourth
Co-operative Commonwealth 31 20 1 0
Liberal 19 19 3 0
  Independent/Other parties 2 6 3 0
Social Credit 0 2 31 3
Progressive Conservative 0 3 4 2

Riding results[edit]

Names in bold represent cabinet ministers and the Speaker. Party leaders are italicized. The symbol " ** " indicates MLAs who are not running again.

Northwestern Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Athabasca Axel Olsen
341
  Louis M. Marion (Ind.) 628
Joseph D. Le Chasseur (Ind.) 225
  Louis Marcien Marion
Cut Knife   Isidore Nollet
3,027
William Bradley
1,531
Fred F. Wilson
1,642
  Isidore Charles Nollet
Meadow Lake Herschel Howell
2,635
  William Lofts
3,307
John W. Evanishen
1,081
  Herschel Lee Howell
Redberry Dmytro Lazorko
2,357
  Barry Korchinski
2,571
Robert C. Glen (PC) 643   Dmytro Matthew Lazorko
Rosthern Wilbert S. Henschel
959
  Walter Tucker
2,964
George W. Beilhartz
1,736
  Peter J. Hooge**
Shellbrook   Louis Larsen
2,981
W.R. Vincent
2,806
George J. Klein
959
  Guy Franklin Van Eaton**
The Battlefords Alex Connon
3,554
  Paul Prince
3,990
  Alexander Duff Connon
Turtleford Bob Wooff
2,280
  Leo Trippe
2,462
Matthew Slager
1,357
  Robert Hanson Wooff
February 4, 1950 By-Election: The Battlefords
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Hugh Maher 3,296 48.22% -4.67
  CCF Alex Connon 3,158 46.20% -0.91
  Prog. Conservative David J. Thiessen 381 5.58%
Total 6,835 100.00%

Northeastern Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Cumberland Joseph Johnson
425
  Lorne Blanchard
656
Joseph Maxim Buote (Ind.) 40   Les Walter Lee**
Humboldt Ben Putnam
2,657
  Arnold Loehr
2,689
Joseph A. Thauberger
2,515
  Ben Putnam
Kelvington   Peter Howe
2,991
Gladstone Mansfield Ferrie
2,639
Frederick A. Patrick
1,225
  Peter Anton Howe
Kinistino William J. Boyle
2,991
  William C. Woods
3,086
  William James Boyle
Melfort Oakland Valleau
4,035
  John Egnatoff
4,065
  Oakland Woods Valleau
Prince Albert   Larry McIntosh
6,944
Charles McIntosh
6,052
Ralph Ernst
579
  Lachlan Fraser McIntosh
Tisdale   John Hewgill Brockelbank
5,242
Donald L.W. Hood
3,980
William Lucas Hayes (PC) 1,171   John Hewgill Brockelbank
Torch River   John Denike
2,260
Harold Guloien
1,779
Leo Nile Nicholson
1,448
  John Bruce Harris**

West Central Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Arm River E.L. Heinrich
2,263
  Gustaf Herman Danielson
3,400
Gabriel J. Giesinger
689
  Gustaf Herman Danielson
Biggar   Woodrow Lloyd
3,695
Andrew S. Shaw
2,987
  Woodrow Stanley Lloyd
Hanley   Robert A. Walker
2,417
Clayton L. Pascoe
2,366
Frederick E. Roluf
512
Emmett M. Hall (PC) 1,025   James Smith Aitken**
Kerrobert-Kindersley   John Wellbelove
3,333
Fred Larson
3,155
Norman Wildman
1,063
  John Wellbelove
Rosetown   John T. Douglas
3,647
Alvin Hamilton (PC) 3,218   John Taylor Douglas
Watrous   James A. Darling
2,968
Andrew William Michayluk
2,829
Martin Kelln
1,092
  James Andrew Darling
Wilkie Hans O. Hansen
2,566
  John W. Horsman
3,143
George K. Nicholson
1,110
O. Allen Bently (PC) 329   Hans Ove Hansen

East Central Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Canora   Alex Kuziak
3,104
Stephen T. Shabbits
2,453
Stanley W. Gorchynski
1,801
  Myron Henry Feeley**
Last Mountain   Jacob Benson
3,755
James Wilfrid Gardiner
3,001
Godfrey Kelln
1,219
  Jacob Benson
Melville George T. Webster
4,690
  Patrick Deshaye
5,302
John W. Hauser
1,014
  Bill Arthurs**
Pelly Dan Daniels
2,476
  John G. Banks
2,646
John W. Kowalyshen
1,020
William M. Berezowski
(Labour Prog.) 1,301
  Daniel Zederayko Daniels
Saltcoats Joseph L. Phelps
3,620
  Asmundur A. Loptson
3,945
George A. Dulmage
807
  Joseph Lee Phelps
Touchwood   Tom Johnston
2,627
John Joseph Collins
2,459
Harold Fletcher
1,097
  Tom Johnston
Wadena   Frederick Dewhurst
4,218
Halldor K. Halldorson
2,930
Denis Dunlop
729
  Frederick Arthur Dewhurst
Yorkton   Arthur Swallow
3,795
Andrew M. Kindred
3,256
Joshua N. Haldeman
1,792
  Arthur Percy Swallow

Southwest Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Elrose   Maurice J. Willis
4,153
Harry N. McKenzie (Ind. Liberal) 3,299   Maurice John Willis
Gravelbourg Henry Houze
2,525
  Edward Culliton
2,935
Milton A. Wilson
404
  Henry Edmund Houze
Gull Lake   Alvin C. Murray
4,251
William E. Cowie
936
Jonas A. Johnson (Liberal-PC) 2,983   Alvin Cecil Murray
Maple Creek Beatrice J. Trew
2,590
  Alexander C. Cameron
2,920
A.J. Miller
2,491
  Beatrice Janet Trew
Morse   James W. Gibson
3,069
Ronald D. Miller
2,465
Fred Erhardt
694
John K. Rosa (PC) 481   James William Gibson
Notukeu-Willow Bunch   Niles Leonard Buchanan
4,048
Hans Loken
3,483
  Niles Leonard Buchanan
Swift Current   Harry Gibbs
5,273
Clarence J. Orton
5,091
  Harry Gibbs
November 10, 1949 By-Election: Gull Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  CCF Thomas Bentley 3,627 51.36% -0.67
  Liberal Harold M. Haney 2,792 39.54%
  Prog. Conservative Charles H. Howlett 643 9.10%
Total 7,062 100.00%
July 10, 1951 By-Election: Gravelbourg
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  CCF Edward H. Walker 2,571 50.76% +7.70
  Liberal Ronald A. MacLean 2,494 49.24% -0.81
Total 5,065 100.00%

Southeast Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Bengough   Allan L.S. Brown
3,599
Archie V. Wightman
2,627
Arnold L. Meginbir
705
  Allan L. Samuel Brown
Cannington Ralph Hjertaas
3,422
  William Patterson
4,687
Peter Franchuk
500
  William John Patterson
Lumsden   William S. Thair
2,876
Henry P. Mang
2,220
Gustav D. Pelzer
744
Arthur M. Pearson (PC) 1,003   William Sancho Thair
Milestone   Jacob Erb
2,803
George M. Howell
1,020
Lionel Aston (Liberal-PC) 2,363   Frank Keem Malcolm**
Moosomin Ivan Burden
3,442
  Alex "Hammy" McDonald (Conservative-Liberal) 5,251   Arthur Thomas Procter**
Qu'Appelle-Wolseley Warden Burgess
3,903
  Frederick M. Dundas
4,470
Evert F. Josephson
1,253
  Warden Burgess
Souris-Estevan Charles Cuming
4,741
  John E. McCormack
4,924
John K. Strachan
417
  Charles David Cuming
Weyburn   Tommy Douglas
6,273
Isabel Paxman
638
F. Charles Eaglesham (Liberal-PC) 4,228   Tommy Douglas
November 10, 1949 By-Election: Cannington
Party Candidate Votes % ±
  Liberal Rosscoe A. McCarthy 4,200 54.06% -0.38
  CCF Edward G. McCullough 3,569 45.94% +6.19
Total 7,769 100.00%

Urban constituencies[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  CCF   Liberal   Social Credit Other
Moose Jaw City   John Wesley Corman
7,534

D. Henry R. Heming
7,331

H. Gordon Young (Ind.) 5,240

J. Fraser McClellan (Ind.) 4,955

  John Wesley Corman

Dempster Henry R. Heming

Saskatoon City   John Henry Sturdy
14,970

Arthur T. Stone
14,295

L. Charles Sherman
11,551
Malcolm J. Haver
1,959
Rupert D. Ramsay (PC) 13,376   John Henry Sturdy

Arthur T. Stone

Regina City   Charlie Williams
20,475

Clarence Fines
20,474

Wilfred G. Brown
16,578
Walter E. Stowe
1,049

Anthony E. Kovatch
971

Allan W. Embury (PC) 16,740   Charles Cromwell Williams

Clarence Melvin Fines

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