1956 Quebec general election

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1956 Quebec general election

← 1952 June 20, 1956 1960 →

93 seats in the 24th Legislative Assembly of Quebec
47 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Maurice Duplessis.jpg Georges-Émile Lapalme.jpg
Leader Maurice Duplessis Georges-Émile Lapalme
Party Union Nationale Liberal
Leader since June 20, 1936 May 20, 1950
Leader's seat Trois-Rivières Montréal-Outremont
Last election 68 seats, 50.5% 23 seats, 45.77%
Seats won 72 20
Seat change Increase4 Decrease3
Percentage 51.8% 44.87%
Swing Increase1.3pp Decrease0.9pp

Premier before election

Maurice Duplessis
Union Nationale

Premier after election

Maurice Duplessis
Union Nationale

The 1956 Quebec general election was held on June 20, 1956 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, Canada. The incumbent Union Nationale, led by Maurice Duplessis, won re-election, defeating the Quebec Liberal Party, led by Georges-Émile Lapalme.[1]

This was the fifth and final time (and the fourth in a row) that Duplessis led his party to a general election victory. No party has since been able to win more than three elections in a row. Duplessis died in office in 1959.

It was Lapalme's second (and final) loss in a row as Liberal leader. The Liberals did not manage to improve on their performance in the previous 1952 election.

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular Vote
1952 Elected % Change # % % Change
Union Nationale Maurice Duplessis   68 72 +5.9%   51.80% +1.3%
Liberal Georges-Émile Lapalme   23 20 -13.0%   44.87% -0.9%
     Other   1 1 -   3.33% -0.4%
Total   92 93 +1.1%   100%  
Popular vote
UN
51.80%
PLQ
44.87%
Others
3.33%
Seats summary
UN
77.42%
PLQ
21.51%
Others
1.08%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leslie Roberts (1963). The Chief: A Political Biography of Maurice Duplessis. Clarke, Irwin.