5th Manitoba Legislature

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The members of the 5th Manitoba Legislature were elected in the Manitoba general election held in January 1883. The legislature sat from May 17, 1883, to November 11, 1886.[1]

Premier John Norquay formed a majority government.[2] This is believed to be the first Manitoba provincial election where candidates ran for election purely on party lines.[3]

Thomas Greenway was Leader of the Opposition.[4]

Alexander Murray served as speaker for the assembly.[1]

There were four sessions of the 5th Legislature:[1]

Session Start End
1st May 17, 1883 July 7, 1883
2nd March 13, 1884 June 3, 1884
3rd March 19, 1885 May 2, 1885
4th March 4, 1886 May 28, 1886

James Cox Aikins was Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.[5]

Members of the Assembly[edit]

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1883:[1]

Member Electoral district Party[6]
  Alexander Murray Assiniboia Conservative
  Joseph Woodworth Brandon Conservative
  Edward Leacock Birtle Conservative
  Edward Fairbanks Baie St. Paul Conservative
  Isaiah Mawhinney Burnside Conservative
  Joseph Lecomte Cartier Conservative
  John Andrew Davidson Dauphin Conservative
  David H. Wilson Dufferin North Conservative
  William Winram Dufferin South Liberal
  Frederick Ernest Burnham Emerson Liberal
  William Crawford High Bluff and Poplar Point Conservative
  Alexander Sutherland Kildonan and St. Paul Conservative
  Maxime Goulet La Verendrye Conservative
  David Howard Harrison Minnedosa Conservative
  Henry Tennant Morris Conservative
  Thomas Greenway Mountain Liberal
  Charles Hay Norfolk Liberal
  Joseph Martin Portage la Prairie Liberal
  Samuel Jacob Jackson Rockwood Liberal
  James Andrew Miller[nb 1][7] Rat Portage Conservative
  John Norquay St. Andrews Conservative
  Alphonse Larivière St. Boniface Conservative
  John Beresford Allan St. Clements Conservative
  Edward Gigot St. Francois Xavier Conservative
  Alexander Kittson Ste. Agathe Conservative
  John Hedley Bell Springfield Liberal
  Finlay Young Turtle Mountain Liberal
  Corydon Partlow Brown Westbourne Conservative
  Elias George Conklin Winnipeg North Liberal
  Albert Clements Killam Winnipeg South Liberal
  William Wagner Woodlands Conservative


  1. ^ Election held September 21, 1883, because part of division was located in disputed territory; division dissolved in 1884 after Privy Council of Canada ruled against Manitoba's claim


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:[3]

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
Portage la Prairie Joseph Martin Liberal May 26, 1883 J Martin unseated after election declared invalid
Ste. Agathe Joseph Cyr Conservative June 15, 1883 A Kittson died
Emerson Charles Douglas Conservative June 23, 1883 FE Burnham unseated after election declared invalid
La Verendrye Louis Prud'homme Conservative January 15, 1884 M Goulet unseated after election declared invalid
Kildonan and St. Paul John MacBeth Conservative April 8, 1884 A Sutherland died
Dufferin North David H. Wilson Conservative May 13, 1884 DH Wilson ran for reelection upon appointment as Provincial Secretary
Winnipeg South Charles Edward Hamilton Conservative February 24, 1885 AC Killam named to Supreme Court of Canada
La Verendrye James Prendergast Conservative August 24, 1885 L Prud'homme named a county court judge



  1. ^ a b c d "Members of the Fifth Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (1883-1886)". Memorable Manitobans. Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ Friesen, Gerald (1982). "Norquay, John". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 
  3. ^ a b Robertson, John Palmerston (1887). A political manual of the province of Manitoba and the North-west Territories. pp. 92–94. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition - Manitoba". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Past lieutenant governors". Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. Archived from the original on 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Historical Summaries" (PDF). Elections Manitoba. Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  7. ^ Gibson, Lee (1982). "Miller, James Andrews". In Halpenny, Francess G. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XI (1881–1890) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.