1925 Canadian federal election

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1925 Canadian federal election
Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg
  1921 October 29, 1925 1926  

245 seats in the House of Commons
123 seats needed for a majority
Turnout66.4% [1] (Decrease2.svg1.3pp)
 First partySecond partyThird party
  Former PM Arthur Meighen.jpg King1926.jpg Robert Forke.jpg
Leader Arthur Meighen W. L. Mackenzie King Robert Forke
Party Conservative Liberal Progressive
Leader since1920 1919 1922
Leader's seat Grenville
candidate in Portage la Prairie
York North (lost re-election) Brandon
Last election4911858
Seats won11510022
Seat changeIncrease2.svg66Decrease2.svg18Decrease2.svg36
Popular vote1,454,2531,252,684266,319
Percentage46.13%39.74%8.45%
SwingIncrease2.svg16.18pp Decrease2.svg1.41pp Decrease2.svg12.65pp

Canada 1925 Federal Election.svg

Prime Minister before election

William Lyon Mackenzie King
Liberal

Prime Minister after election

William Lyon Mackenzie King
Liberal

The 1925 Canadian federal election was held on October 29 to elect members of the House of Commons of Canada of the 15th Parliament of Canada. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King's Liberal Party formed a minority government. This precipitated the "King–Byng Affair".

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The Liberals under Mackenzie King won fewer seats than Arthur Meighen's Conservatives. A third party, the Progressives, which had nominated candidates for the first time in the 1921 election, held the balance of the seats. King decided to hold on to power with the help of the Progressives. The Progressives were closely aligned with the Liberals, and enabled King to form a minority government.

This plan was complicated by the fact that his party won fewer seats than the Conservatives, and that King himself had lost his seat in the House of Commons. Meighen was outraged by King's move, and demanded that King resign from the Prime Minister's office. King asked a Liberal Member of Parliament from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to resign so that he could run in the resulting by-election. Prince Albert was one of the safest seats in Canada for the Liberals, and King won easily.

With King back in Parliament, a huge scandal rocked the King cabinet when one of his appointees was discovered to be accepting bribes from a male lover[ citation needed ]. Anticipating a vote of censure by the Commons, King asked the Governor General, Baron Byng of Vimy, to call an election. The Governor General refused, and King resigned on June 28, 1926. Meighen was then invited to form a government.

King claimed this was interference in Canadian politics by an official appointed by a foreign power. King showed rare fire, and rallied the Progressives back into his camp. He defeated Meighen on a vote of confidence after only three days, making the Meighen government of 1926 the shortest lived government in Canadian history. This time, Byng called an election.

The Canadian parliament after the 1925 election Chambre des Communes 1925.png
The Canadian parliament after the 1925 election

National results

115100228
ConservativeLiberalProgressiveO
PartyParty leader# of
candidates
SeatsPopular vote
1921 Elected% Change#% pp Change
  Conservative Arthur Meighen 23249115+132.7%1,454,25346.13%+16.18
  Liberal W. L. Mackenzie King 216118100-15.3%1,252,68439.74%-1.41
Progressive Robert Forke 685822-62.1%266,3198.45%-12.65
Labour J.S. Woodsworth 2032-33.3%56,9871.81%-0.93
 Independent822-16,2120.51%-2.52
United Farmers of Alberta  222-8,0530.26%-0.46
 Independent Liberal10-1 31,1400.99%+0.90
 Independent Conservative611-16,7590.53%+0.14
 Unknown5---20,5830.65%+0.16
Liberal-Protectionist 2*-*6,9150.22%*
 Independent Liberal-Progressive 1*-*4,9580.16%*
Labour-Farmer 2*-*4,7740.15%*
Liberal–Progressive  1*-*3,3190.11%*
Independent Labour 1*-*2,9010.09%*
Socialist  1---1,8880.06%-0.04
 Independent Progressive11--100%1,7680.06%-0.05
Farmer 1*-*1,1300.04%*
  Progressive-Conservative  1*-*1,1200.04%*
Farmer Labour  1*-*7620.02%*
Total579235245+3.8%3,152,525100% 
Sources: http://www.elections.ca -- History of Federal Ridings since 1867

Notes:

* not applicable - the party was not recognized in the previous election

Vote and seat summaries

Popular vote
Conservative
46.13%
Liberal
39.74%
Progressive
8.45%
Others
5.68%
Seat totals
Conservative
46.94%
Liberal
40.82%
Progressive
8.98%
Others
3.27%

Results by province

Party name BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE YK Total
  Conservative Seats:103-7674101121115
 Popular Vote (%):49.331.825.441.356.334.259.756.433.159.446.1
  Liberal Seats:341511259132-100
 Vote (%):34.727.641.920.330.959.637.041.952.040.639.7
  Progressive Seats:-7672     22
 Vote (%):6.126.531.825.18.8     8.5
  Labour Seats:-- 2-- -  2
 Vote:6.36.1 9.61.20.2 1.6  1.8
 IndependentSeats:1   -1-   2
 Vote (%):2.6   0.61.40.8   0.5
  United Farmers of Alberta Seats: 2        2
 Vote (%): 5.0        0.3
 Independent LiberalSeats:     1    1
 Vote (%):     3.8    1.0
 Independent ConservativeSeats:    1     1
 Vote (%):    1.4     0.5
Total seats141621178265111441245
Parties that won no seats:
 UnknownVote (%):  0.1 0.90.2  15.0 0.7
Liberal-ProtectionistVote (%):     0.9    0.2
 Independent Liberal-Progressive Vote (%):      3.3   0.2
Labour-FarmerVote (%): 3.0        0.2
Liberal–Progressive Vote (%):   1.9      0.1
Independent Labour Vote (%):   1.7      0.1
  Socialist Vote (%):1.0         0.1
 Independent ProgressiveVote (%):  0.9       0.1
FarmerVote (%):     0.1    xx
  Progressive-Conservative Vote (%):     0.1    xx
Farmer Labour Vote (%):    0.1     xx

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