23rd Manitoba Legislature

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The members of the 23rd Manitoba Legislature were elected in the Manitoba general election held in November 1949. The legislature sat from February 14, 1950, to April 23, 1953.[1]

A coalition government of the Liberal-Progressive Party and the Progressive Conservative Party held a majority of seats in the assembly. Douglas Lloyd Campbell served as Premier.[2] The Progressive Conservatives withdrew from the coalition in 1950.[3]

Edwin Hansford of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation was Leader of the Opposition. Errick Willis of the Progressive Conservatives became opposition leader after his party left the coalition in 1950.[4]

Wallace Miller served as speaker for the assembly until he was named to cabinet in August 1950.[5]Nicholas Bachynsky succeeded Miller as speaker.[1]

There were seven sessions of the 23rd Legislature:[1]

Session Start End
1st February 14, 1950 April 22, 1950
2nd November 7, 1950 November 16, 1950
3rd February 1, 1951
4th February 5, 1952
5th July 22, 1952 July 26, 1952
6th January 13, 1953 January 16, 1953
7th February 24, 1953 April 18, 1953

Roland Fairbairn McWilliams was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.[6]

Members of the Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1949:[1]

Member Electoral district Party[7]
  John R. Pitt Arthur Liberal-Progressive
  Reginald Wightman Assiniboia Liberal-Progressive
  Francis Campbell Bell Birtle Liberal-Progressive
  Joseph Donaldson Brandon City Progressive Conservative
  Edmond Prefontaine Carillon Independent Liberal
  James Christie Cypress Liberal-Progressive
  Ernest McGirr Dauphin Progressive Conservative
  James O. Argue Deloraine—Glenwood Progressive Conservative
  Walter McDonald Dufferin Liberal-Progressive
  John R. Solomon Emerson Liberal-Progressive
  Michael Hryhorczuk Ethelbert Liberal-Progressive
  James Anderson Fairford Liberal-Progressive
  Nicholas Bachynsky Fisher Liberal-Progressive
  Ray Mitchell Gilbert Plains Liberal-Progressive
  Steinn Thompson Gimli Liberal-Progressive
  William Morton Gladstone Liberal-Progressive
  Charles Shuttleworth Hamiota Liberal-Progressive
  John McDowell Iberville Independent Progressive Conservative
     George Olive Kildonan-Transcona CCF
  Abram Harrison Killarney Progressive Conservative
  Douglas Lloyd Campbell Lakeside Liberal-Progressive
  Thomas Seens Lansdowne Progressive Conservative
  Sauveur Marcoux La Verendrye Liberal-Progressive
  Hugh Morrison Manitou—Morden Independent Progressive Conservative
  Henry Rungay Minnedosa Liberal-Progressive
  Harry Shewman Morris Independent Coalition
  Ivan Schultz Mountain Liberal-Progressive
  Samuel Burch Norfolk—Beautiful Plains Liberal-Progressive
  Charles Greenlay Portage la Prairie Progressive Conservative
  Wallace Miller Rhineland Progressive Conservative
  Ronald Robertson Roblin Independent Coalition
  Robert Bend Rockwood Independent Progressive Conservative
  Daniel Hamilton Rupertsland Liberal-Progressive
  Rodney Clement Russell Independent Coalition
  James McLenaghen St. Andrews Progressive Conservative
  Joseph Van Belleghem St. Boniface Liberal-Progressive
     Edwin Hansford CCF
  Nicholas Stryk St. Clements Liberal-Progressive
  Christian Halldorson St. George Liberal-Progressive
  Maurice Dane MacCarthy Ste. Rose Liberal-Progressive
  William Lucko Springfield Liberal-Progressive
  George Renouf Swan River Independent Conservative
  Francis Jobin The Pas Independent Liberal
  Errick Willis Turtle Mountain Progressive Conservative
  Robert Mooney Virden Liberal-Progressive
  Paul Bardal Winnipeg Centre Liberal-Progressive
     Gordon Fines CCF
  Charles Rhodes Smith Liberal-Progressive
     Donovan Swailes CCF
     Morris Gray Winnipeg North CCF
  Frank Chester Liberal-Progressive
     John Hawryluk CCF
  Bill Kardash Labor–Progressive
  John Stewart McDiarmid Winnipeg South Liberal-Progressive
  Duff Roblin Independent Progressive Conservative
     Lloyd Stinson CCF
  Ronald Turner Liberal-Progressive



By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
St. Andrews Thomas P. Hillhouse Liberal-Progressive October 24, 1950 J McLenaghen died June 23, 1950[5]
St. Clements Albert Trapp Liberal-Progressive October 24, 1950[5] N Stryk died July 11, 1950[8]
Brandon City Reginald Lissaman Progressive Conservative January 21, 1952 J Donaldson resigned April 18, 1951[5]
La Verendrye Edmond Brodeur Liberal-Progressive January 21, 1952 S Marcoux died November 16, 1951[5]



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  2. ^ Ferguson, Barry Glen; Wardhaugh, Robert (2010). Manitoba Premiers of 19th and 20th Centuries. University of Regina Press. pp. 213–231. ISBN 0889772169. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  3. ^ McDonell, James K; Campbell, Robert Bennett (1997). Lords of the North. GeneralStore PublishingHouse. p. 175. ISBN 1896182712. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition - Manitoba". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "MLA Biographies - Deceased". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. 
  6. ^ "Past lieutenant governors". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Historical Summaries" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Nicholas John Stryk (1896-1950)". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-04-24.