21st Parliament of British Columbia

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The 21st Legislative Assembly of British Columbia sat from 1946 to 1949. The members were elected in the British Columbia general election held in October 1945.[1] The Liberals and Conservatives formed a coalition government led by John Hart.[2] The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation led by Harold Winch formed the official opposition.[3] Hart retired as premier in December 1947 and was replaced by Byron Ingemar "Boss" Johnson.[2]

Norman William Whittaker served as speaker for the assembly until September 1947. Robert Henry Carson then served as speaker until January 1949. Former premier John Hart became speaker the following month.[4]

Members of the 21st General Assembly

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1945:[1]

Member Electoral district Party
  James Mowat Alberni Coalition
  William Duncan Smith Atlin Coalition
     Ernest Edward Winch Burnaby CCF
  Louis LeBourdais Cariboo Coalition
  Leslie Harvey Eyres Chilliwack Coalition
  Thomas King Columbia Coalition
  Herbert John Welch Comox Coalition
     Samuel Guthrie Cowichan-Newcastle CCF
  Frank William Green Cranbrook Coalition
  Alexander Campbell Hope Delta Coalition
  Roderick Charles MacDonald Dewdney Coalition
  Charles Taschereau Beard Esquimalt Coalition
     Thomas Aubert Uphill Fernie Labour
     John McInnis Fort George CCF
  Thomas Alfred Love Grand Forks-Greenwood Coalition
  Robert Henry Carson Kamloops Coalition
     Randolph Harding Kaslo-Slocan CCF
  Ernest Crawford Carson Lillooet Coalition
     Herbert Gargrave Mackenzie CCF
  George Sharratt Pearson Nanaimo and the Islands Coalition
  Frank Putnam Nelson-Creston Coalition
  Byron Ingemar Johnson New Westminster Coalition
  Kenneth Cattanach MacDonald[nb 1] North Okanagan Coalition
  John Henry Cates North Vancouver Coalition
  Herbert Anscomb Oak Bay Coalition
     Edward Fraser Rowland Omineca CCF
     Joseph Hardcastle Corsbie Peace River CCF
     William Henry Brett Prince Rupert CCF
  William James Johnson Revelstoke Coalition
  James Lockhart Webster Rossland-Trail Coalition
  Norman William Whittaker Saanich Coalition
  Arthur Brown Ritchie Salmon Arm Coalition
  Reginald Robert Laird Similkameen Coalition
  Edward Tourtellotte Kenney Skeena Coalition
  William Andrew Cecil Bennett South Okanagan Coalition
  Donald Cameron Brown Vancouver-Burrard Coalition
  George Moir Weir
  Allan James McDonell Vancouver Centre Coalition
  Gordon Sylvester Wismer
     Arthur James Turner Vancouver East CCF
     Harold Edward Winch
  Royal Lethington Maitland Vancouver-Point Grey Coalition
  James Alexander Paton
  Tilly Jean Rolston
  John Hart Victoria City Coalition
  Nancy Hodges
  William Thomas Straith
  John Joseph Alban Gillis Yale Coalition


  1. ^ Died after the election and before the start of the first session

Party standings

Affiliation Members
  Liberal-Conservative coalition 37
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation 10
     Labour 1
 Government Majority


By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:[1]

Electoral district Member elected Party Election date Reason
North Okanagan Charles William Morrow Coalition December 19, 1945 K.C. MacDonald died November 19, 1945
Vancouver-Point Grey Albert Reginald MacDougall Coalition June 24, 1946 J.A. Paton died February 19, 1946
Leigh Forbes Stevenson R.L. Maitland died March 28, 1946
Cariboo Walter Hogg Coalition February 23, 1948 L. LeBourdais died September 27, 1947
Saanich Arthur James Richard Ash Coalition February 23, 1948 N.W. Whittaker resigned September 13, 1947; named to B.C. Supreme Court
Rossland-Trail James O'Donnell Quinn CCF November 29, 1948 J.L. Webster died August 8, 1948
South Okanagan Robert Denis Browne-Clayton Coalition February 23, 1948 W.A.C. Bennett resigned May 17, 1948, to contest federal by-election



  1. ^ a b c "Electoral History of British Columbia, 1871-1986" (PDF). Elections BC. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Premiers of British Columbia 1871-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition in British Columbia 1903-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-07-20. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1872-" (PDF). BC Legislature. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
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