British Columbia general election, 1903


British Columbia general election, 1903

The British Columbia general election of 1903 was the tenth general election for the Province of British Columbia, Canada. It was held to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The election was called on September 5 1903, and held on October 3 1903. The new legislature met for the first time on November 26 1903.

This was the first election in British Columbia that was fought by political parties. Prior to this election, British Columbia politics were non-partisan.

The first election was dominated by the Conservative and Liberal parties, which were affiliated with existing parties at the federal level. "See Conservative Party of Canada and Liberal Party of Canada."

The Conservative Party won over 46.4% of the popular vote and a slim majority of the seats in the legislature.

Results by party

Notes:

* Party did not nominate candidates in the previous election.

1 The Conservative Party and the Liberal Party each elected one candidate by acclamation.

2 There was no provincial "Labour Party" as such. Each of the three Electoral Districts with a Labour candidate (Nanaimo, Slocan, and Vancouver City) had a local, autonomous Labour Party. As well, some Liberal candidates appear to have run on a "Liberal-Labour" platform (Atlin, Victoria and Ymir).

Results by riding

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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Henry Esson Young

align="center" |Atlin
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Alberni
Liberal
align="center"|William Wallace Burns McInnes

Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Robert Grant

align="center" |Comox
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Cariboo
Liberal
align="center"|Harry Jones
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Richard McBride1
align="center" |Dewdney
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Cariboo
Liberal
align="center"|James Murphy
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Charles Edward Pooley

align="center" |Esquimalt
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Chilliwhack
Liberal
align="center"|Charles William Munro

Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|William Roderick Ross
align="center" |Fernie
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Columbia
Liberal
align="center"|Wilmer Cleveland Wells
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|George Arthur Fraser
align="center" |Grand Forks
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Cowichan
Liberal
align="center"|John Newell Evans
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Frederick John Fulton
align="center" |Kamloops
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Cranbrook
Liberal
align="center"|James Horace King
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Robert Francis Green
align="center" |Kaslo
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Delta
Liberal
align="center"|John Oliver
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|John Houston
align="center" |Nelson City
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Greenwood
Liberal
align="center"|John Robert Brown
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Thomas Gifford
align="center" |New Westminster City
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |The Islands
Liberal
align="center"|Thomas Wilson Paterson
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Price Ellison
align="center" |Okanagan
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Rossland City
Liberal
align="center"|James Alexander MacDonald2
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Thomas Taylor
align="center" |Revelstoke
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Saanich
Liberal
align="center"|Henry Ernest Tanner
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Francis Lovett Carter-Cotton
align="center" |Richmond
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" rowspan=4 |Victoria City
Liberal
align="center"|William George Cameron
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Lytton Wilmot Shatford
align="center" |Similkameen
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center"|Robert Low Drury
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Charles William Digby Clifford
align="center" |Skeena
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center"|Richard Hall
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Charles William John Bowser
align="center" rowspan=5 |Vancouver City
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center"|James Dugald McNiven
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|James Ford Garden
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
align="center" |Yale
Liberal
align="center"|Stuart Alexander Henderson
Canadian politics/party colours/Liberal|
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-
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Alexander Henry Boswell MacGowan
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Socialist|
align="center" |Nanaimo City
Socialist
align="center"|James Hurst Hawthornthwaite
Canadian politics/party colours/Socialist|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Robert Garnet Tatlow
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Socialist|
align="center" |Newcastle
Socialist
align="center"|Parker Williams
Canadian politics/party colours/Socialist|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Charles Wilson
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
Canadian politics/party colours/Labour|
align="center" |Slocan
Labour
align="center"|William Davidson
Canadian politics/party colours/Labour|
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Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives|
align="center"|Harry Wright
align="center" |Ymir
Conservative
Canadian politics/party colours/Progressive Conservatives| |
align="center"
align="center"
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align="center"|1 Premier-Elect
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align="center"|2 Leader of the Opposition
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align="center" colspan="10"|Source: [http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/electoral_history/toc.html Elections BC]
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ee also

*List of British Columbia political parties

Further reading & references

*"In the Sea of Sterile Mountains: The Chinese in British Columbia", Joseph Morton, J.J. Douglas, Vancouver (1974). Despite its title, a fairly thorough account of the politicians and electoral politics in early BC.


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