Comox–Alberni

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Comox–Alberni
British Columbia electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
District created 1987
District abolished 1996
First contested 1988
Last contested 1993

Comox—Alberni was a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1917 to 1979, and again from 1988 to 1993.

History[edit]

This riding was created in 1914 from parts of Comox—Atlin riding.

It was abolished in 1976 when it was redistributed into Comox—Powell River and Nanaimo—Alberni ridings.

It was recreated in 1987 from parts of those two ridings. The new riding consisted of:

The electoral district was abolished in 1996 when it was merged into Nanaimo—Alberni riding.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Years Member Party
Riding created from Comox—Atlin
13th  1917 − 1921     Herbert Sylvester Clements Government (Unionist)
14th  1921 − 1925     Alan Webster Neill Progressive
15th  1925 − 1926     Independent
16th  1926 − 1930
17th  1930 − 1935
18th  1935 − 1940
19th  1940 − 1945
20th  1945 − 1949     John Lambert Gibson Independent Liberal
21st  1949 − 1953     Independent
22nd  1953 − 1957     Thomas Speakman Barnett Co-operative Commonwealth
23rd  1957 − 1958
24th  1958 − 1962     Henry McQuillan Progressive Conservative
25th  1962 − 1963     Thomas Speakman Barnett New Democratic
26th  1963 − 1965
27th  1965 − 1968
28th  1968 − 1969     Richard Durante Liberal
 1969 − 1972     Thomas Speakman Barnett New Democratic
29th  1972 − 1974
30th  1974 − 1979     Hugh Alan Anderson Liberal
Riding dissolved into Comox—Powell River and Nanaimo—Alberni
Riding re-created from Comox—Powell River and Nanaimo—Alberni
34th  1988 − 1993     Bob Skelly New Democratic
35th  1993 − 1997     Bill Gilmour Reform
Riding dissolved into Nanaimo—Alberni

Election results[edit]

Comox—Alberni, 1988–1993[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Reform Bill Gilmour 22,573 43.78 +33.84
Liberal Lonnie W. Hindle 10,610 20.58 +3.99
New Democratic Bob Skelly 8,560 16.60 -26.23
Progressive Conservative Mike Hicks 4,831 9.37 -18.93
National Ernest Daley 3,120 6.05
Green Richard Porter 1,261 2.45 +1.38
Natural Law Kathleen Lapeyrouse 287 0.56
Independent Kenneth R. Foster 252 0.49
Canada Party Genther Heinrich Smuda 68 0.13
Total valid votes 51,562 100.0  
Reform gain from New Democratic Swing +14.92
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Bob Skelly 21,128 42.83
Progressive Conservative Darlene Weir 13,959 28.30
Liberal Ray J. Rogers 8,182 16.59
Reform Gary Hein 4,905 9.94
Green Jim Bohlen 528 1.07
Christian Heritage Ivan R. Zalinko 478 0.97
Communist Gary William Swann 151 0.31
Total valid votes 49,331 100.0  
This riding was created from parts of Comox—Powell River and Nanaimo—Alberni, which elected a New Democrat and a Progressive Conservative, respectively, in the last election. Neither of the incumbents ran in this election.

Comox—Alberni, 1917–1974[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hugh Alan Anderson 13,594 35.74 +8.73
Progressive Conservative Al Lazerte 12,683 33.34 +15.03
New Democratic Don Barker 11,158 29.33 -20.35
Communist Mark F. Mosher 605 1.59
Total valid votes 38,040 100.0  
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing -3.15
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Thomas Speakman Barnett 17,477 49.68 +3.51
Liberal Bob Chown 9,501 27.01 -18.22
Progressive Conservative Jerry Sinnott 6,440 18.31 +9.71
Social Credit Delbert Keith Doll 1,276 3.63
Independent Mark F. Mosher 483 1.37
Total valid votes 35,177 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +10.86
Canadian federal by-election, 8 April 1969
On election being declared void, 14 February 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Thomas Speakman Barnett 12,612 46.17 +6.84
Liberal Richard J.J. Durante 12,357 45.23 +5.87
Progressive Conservative Blair McLean 2,350 8.60 -8.39
Total valid votes 27,319 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +0.48
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Richard J.J. Durante 11,939 39.36 +15.34
New Democratic Thomas Speakman Barnett 11,930 39.33 -5.84
Progressive Conservative Blair McLean 5,154 16.99 +3.26
Social Credit Jean-M.-Joseph Gagnon 997 3.29 -10.82
Communist Mark Mosher 311 1.03
Total valid votes 30,331 100.0  
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +10.59
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Thomas Speakman Barnett 13,393 45.17 +2.05
Liberal Loran K. Jordon 7,122 24.02 -5.53
Social Credit Jean M. Gagnon 4,183 14.11 +6.33
Progressive Conservative Bill MacAdam 4,072 13.73 -5.82
Independent John Alexander McKenzie 878 2.96
Total valid votes 29,648 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +3.79
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Thomas Speakman Barnett 13,449 43.12 +6.27
Liberal William C. Moore 9,217 29.55 +2.50
Progressive Conservative Alex W. Crouch 6,099 19.55 -3.24
Social Credit Hazel Fee 2,428 7.78 -3.54
Total valid votes 31,193 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +1.88
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Thomas Speakman Barnett 10,474 36.85 -1.71
Liberal William C. Moore 7,689 27.05 +17.13
Progressive Conservative Henry McQuillan 6,478 22.79 -23.30
Social Credit Jack Finnerty 3,219 11.32 +5.89
Communist Mark Fulmore Mosher 567 1.99
Total valid votes 28,427 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -9.42
Change for the New Democrats is based on the 1958 results of the Co-operative Commonwealth.
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Henry McQuillan 11,483 46.09 +15.10
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas Speakman Barnett 9,607 38.56 -0.03
Liberal M. Stelling 2,472 9.92 -3.21
Social Credit William S. Mullett 1,354 5.43 -14.56
Total valid votes 24,916 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Co-operative Commonwealth Swing +7.56
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas Speakman Barnett 8,598 35.89 +1.22
Progressive Conservative Henry C. McQuillan 7,423 30.99 +20.84
Social Credit Benjamin F. Wright 4,789 19.99 -4.25
Liberal Alfred Carl Fillinger 3,146 13.13 -13.00
Total valid votes 23,956 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth hold Swing -9.81
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas Speakman Barnett 6,115 34.67 -5.91
Liberal Irving Wilson 4,609 26.13
Social Credit Robert Harry Watson 4,275 24.24
Progressive Conservative Eric Frederick Duncan 1,790 10.15
Labor–Progressive William Stuart E. Morrison 850 4.82
Total valid votes 17,639 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth gain from Independent Swing -16.02
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent John Lambert Gibson 11,397 59.42 +15.47
Co-operative Commonwealth John Herdman Cameron 7,785 40.58 +12.52
Total valid votes 19,182 100.0  
Independent gain from Independent Liberal Swing +1.48
Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Liberal John Lambert Gibson 7,348 43.95
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas Speakman Barnett 4,692 28.06 +0.65
Trade Union Nigel Morgan 4,679 27.99
Total valid votes 16,719 100.0  
Independent Liberal gain from Independent Swing +21.65
Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Alan Webster Neill 10,156 72.59 +25.35
Co-operative Commonwealth George Harrison Brown 3,835 27.41 +1.81
Total valid votes 13,991 100.0  
Independent hold Swing +11.77
Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Alan Webster Neill 4,497 47.24 -16.10
Co-operative Commonwealth Colin Cameron 2,437 25.60
Conservative Reece Hague 1,509 15.85 -20.81
Labour Malcolm MacKinnon 999 10.49
Reconstruction Ernest Richard Tarling 78 0.82
Total valid votes 9,520 100.0  
Independent hold Swing -20.85
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Alan Webster Neill 5,651 63.34 +4.53
Conservative Thomas Graham 3,270 36.66 -2.00
Total valid votes 8,921 100.0  
Independent hold Swing +3.26
Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Alan Webster Neill 4,307 58.81 -9.28
Conservative Donald Robert MacDonald 2,831 38.66 +6.75
Labour John Edward Armishaw 185 2.53
Total valid votes 7,323 100.0  
Independent hold Swing -8.02
Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Independent Alan Webster Neill 4,794 68.09
Conservative Thomas Davis Coldicutt 2,247 31.91 -6.29
Total valid votes 7,041 100.0  
Independent gain from Progressive Swing +37.19
Independent candidate Alan Webster Neill gained 13.82 percentage points from his 1921 performance running as a Progressive candidate.
Canadian federal election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Alan Webster Neill 4,170 54.27
Conservative Herbert Sylvester Clements 2,935 38.20 -24.61
Unknown John Edward Armishaw 579 7.54
Total valid votes 7,684 100.0  
Progressive gain from Government (Unionist) Swing +39.44
Conservative change is based on the results of the Unionists in the 1917 election.
Canadian federal election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes %
Government (Unionist) Herbert Sylvester Clements 3,652 62.81
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) William Wallace Burns McInnes 2,162 37.19
Total valid votes 5,814 100.0  
This riding was created from Comox—Atlin, which elected Conservative member Herbert Sylvester Clements in the previous election.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Riding history from the Library of Parliament: