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Canadian Federal Election, 1930 (New Canada)

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Previous Election

The Canadian federal election of 1930 was held on July 28th to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons of the 16th Parliament of Canada.

Party Progressive Conservative Liberal Labour United Farmers Others Total 
Leader Robert Forke  R.B Bennett  W.L Mackenzie King J.S Woodsworth None N/A -
Leader's Seat Brandon Calgary West Laurier-Outremont Winnipeg-North Centre N/A N/A -
Leader's Province  Manitoba Alberta  Quebec  Manitoba  N/A N/A -
Seats 100 72 36 26 6 5 245
Seat Change  -9 +26 -30 +13 +1 -1 -
Popular Vote 1,648,134 1,291,108 514,783 298,906 153,605 2444,937 4,151,472
Percentage of the Popular Vote  39.7% 31.1% 12.4% 7.2% 3.7% 5.9% 100%
Change in the Percentage of the Popular Vote  +5.4% +7.4% -16.8% +1.8% +1.6% +1.6% -
Province Progressive Conservative Liberal Labour United Farmers  Others Total 
BC 5 6 1 2 0 0 14
AB 8 3 0 1 4 0 16
SK 16 2 1 2 0 0 21
MB 9 3 0 4 0 1 17
ON 44 21 5 9 2 1 82
QB 14 18 25 5 0 3 65
NB 3 6 1 1 0 0 11
NS 1 9 2 2 0 0 14
PE 0 3 1 0 0 0 4
YK 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total  100 72 36 26 6 5 245

Results

Despite increasing their share of the vote, the Progressive Party lost a few seats. Some of the biggest growth came from their ally, the Labour Party, who took advantage of the Liberal's urban vote collapse and doubled their seat count. The two parties decided to hold a join party conference in 1932, and voted to merge the two parties as the Progressive Labour Party. Robert Forke decided not to run for election as the joint leader of the party, and in his place the party elected JS Woodsworth, the leader of what was the Labour Party, as the newly unifed party's leader. Therefore, Woodsworth became the 12th prime minster of Canada. 

The Conservatives, under leader R.B Bennett, improved on their 1925 preformance and once again became official opposition. They were able to eat up much of the non-socialist urban vote from the Liberals.

The 1930 election was a disaster for the Liberals, and they were reduced to third place with an abysmal 12% of the vote. King resigned as leader of the party, and the Liberals were able to convince Adelard Godbout from Quebec to come on as leader. 

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