221 seats in the House of Commons
111 seats needed for a majority
The Canadian parliament after the 1908 election
The 1908 Canadian federal election was held on Monday October 26, 1908 to elect members of the House of Commons of Canada of the 11th Parliament of Canada. Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Liberal Party of Canada was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term in government with a majority government. The Liberals lost four seats and a small share of the popular vote.
Sir Robert Borden's Conservatives and Liberal-Conservatives won ten additional seats.
This was the first election after the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan had been formed. Following their creation in 1905, the two new provinces continued to be represented by MPs elected under the old Northwest Territories riding boundaries, some of which straddled the new provincial border. Ridings were re-drawn in 1908 to ensure ridings did not cross the provincial border. The remainder of the Northwest Territories that previously had Parliamentary representation lost it, although parts of the NWT would gain or re-gain representation after being added to Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in 1912. A seat would be created for NWT itself again (which then contained the modern Northwest Territories and Nunavut) in 1949.
Most of the MPs were elected as the single member for their district, through First past the post. Six MPs were elected in multi-member ridings. These were in Halifax, Ottawa and Queen's (PEI). They were elected through Block Voting.
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