Burnaby—Seymour

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Burnaby—Seymour was a federal electoral district in the province of British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1968 to 1979.

This riding was created in 1966 from parts of Burnaby—Coquitlam, Burnaby—Richmond and Coast—Capilano ridings. The riding originally consisted of the eastern part of North Vancouver plus areas of Burnaby north of the Grandview Highway and Edmonds Avenue, west of Sperling and north of Pandora Street. That is, North Vancouver east of Lynn Creek plus the Burnaby Heights, Capitol Hill, Brentwood and Deer Lake neighbourhoods of Burnaby.

The riding's first election, in 1968, is notable for being a showdown between the former leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party, Ray Perrault, and federal New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas. Given that the North Shore portions of the riding were largely affluent and upper middle class in character and normally a Liberal bastion, Douglas' strong showing is not so surprising given the working-class and labour background of much of even the better-off parts of the riding in Burnaby.

When this riding was redistributed in 1976, the resulting Burnaby riding consistently returned NDP candidates - this was Svend Robinson's longtime seat. North Vancouver—Burnaby returned a Progressive Conservative member (Chuck Cook) since its creation until it was abolished in 1987, as did its successor riding, the seat of North Vancouver until Reform Party member Ted White took over the seat on Cook's retirement.

In provincial politics, the equivalent area of North Vancouver was among the last holdouts of the provincial Liberal Party prior to it losing its support base to the Social Credit Party in the early 1980s. Jim Nielsen, who first unsuccessfully ran for the Progressive Conservative Party in Burnaby—Seymour in 1974 was subsequently elected in the 1975 provincial election as the MLA for Richmond. He was appointed as a cabinet minister and remained the MLA for Richmond until his resignation from provincial politics in 1986.

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Ray Perrault 17,891 45.23% unknown
New Democratic Tommy C. Douglas 17,753 44.89% unknown
Progressive Conservative Charles MacLean 3,206 8.11% unknown
Social Credit Ron Price 702 1.77% unknown
Total valid votes 39,552 100.00%
Total rejected ballots unknown
Turnout
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Nels Nelson 18,274 37.79% unknown
Liberal Ray Perrault 17,985 37.19% unknown
Progressive Conservative John Ratel 11,119 22.99% unknown
Social Credit John B. MacDonald 694 2.91% unknown
Independent Bob Thompson 133 00.28% unknown
Unknown Eric Waugh 120 0.25% unknown
Unknown Lorette Glasheen 36 0.07% unknown
Total valid votes 48,361 100.00%
Total rejected ballots unknown unknown
Turnout
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Marke Raines 18,063 36.58% unknown
Progressive Conservative Jim Nielsen1 17,574 35.59% unknown
New Democratic Nels Nelson 13,472 27.28% unknown
Communist Eric Waugh 167 0.34% unknown
Marxist–Leninist Jack Maley 60 0.12% unknown
Unknown André Doucet 42 0.09% unknown
Total valid votes 49,378 100.00%
Total rejected ballots unknown unknown
Turnout
1 Later a cabinet minister in the provincial Social Credit government of Premier William Richards Bennett.

Successor ridings[edit]

The riding was abolished in 1976. Successor ridings were:

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