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Many of the candidates-successful and unsuccessful-in these elections have at one time and another played an important part in political life. Finlay M. Young and Dr. F. L. Schaffner became members of the Canadian Senate. Mr. James Johnson, Mr. A. R. Welch, and Mr. E. F. Willis attained to Cabinet rank, and Mr. G. W. McDonald and Mr. E. F. Wlilis sat as members of the House of Commons.

Senator F. L. Schaffner Photo courtesy G. Wright


Prior to the extension of the boundaries of the Province in 1881, there were only four Dominion constituencies for Manitoba, and it was not until after the census of 1891 that additional constituencies were formed. In 1892 a new constituency was created consisting of the City of Brandon, the Town of Virden, the Municipality of Mor­ ton and eleven ohter Municipalities in the Southwest corner of the Province. The first election was held in that year with D'Alton McCarthy, W. A. McDonald (late Chief Justice of British Columbia) and W. Postlethwaite as candidates. McCarthy was elected, but never took his seat as the member for Brandon as he had been elected for Simcoe North and chose to represent that constituency. In the election of 1896 Clifford Sifton was elected by acclamation, and became Minister of the Interior in the Laurier government. In the election of 1900, Sifton was opposed by Hugh John McDonald, who resigned from the Premiership of Manitoba to contest the seat. The result of the election in which there were many dramatic incidents which have become historical was: