Nanaimo (electoral district)

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Nanaimo
British Columbia electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
District created 1904
District abolished 1962
First contested 1904
Last contested 1958

Nanaimo was a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1904 to 1979.

This riding was created as Nanaimo riding in 1903 from parts of Vancouver and Victoria ridings.

Its legal description when it was created was: "The electoral district of Nanaimo, comprising the provincial electoral districts of Cowichan, Esquimalt, Nanaimo City, Newcastle, Saanich and The Islands."

Nanaimo electoral district was dissolved into Nanaimo—Cowichan—The Islands in 1962.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Years Member Party
Riding created from Vancouver and Victoria
10th  1904 − 1908     Ralph Smith Liberal
11th  1908 − 1911
12th  1911 − 1917     Francis Henry Shepherd Conservative
13th  1917 − 1921     John Charles McIntosh Government (Unionist)
14th  1921 − 1925     Charles Dickie Conservative
15th  1925 − 1926
16th  1926 − 1930
17th  1930 − 1935
18th  1935 − 1940     James Samuel Taylor Co-operative Commonwealth
19th  1940 − 1945     Alan Chambers Liberal
20th  1945 − 1949     George Pearkes Progressive Conservative
21st  1949 − 1953
22nd  1953 − 1957     Colin Cameron Co-operative Commonwealth
23rd  1957 − 1958
24th  1958 − 1962     Walter Matthews Progressive Conservative
Riding dissolved into Nanaimo—Cowichan—The Islands

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Walter F. Matthews 10,734 43.91 +17.25
Co-operative Commonwealth Colin Cameron 10,029 41.03 +3.41
Liberal Ernest W.H. Miller 2,606 10.66 -4.33
Social Credit Roy Arthur Folz 1,077 4.41 -16.32
Total valid votes 24,446 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Co-operative Commonwealth Swing +6.92
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth Colin Cameron 8,650 37.62 -0.94
Progressive Conservative Walter Franklyn Matthews 6,131 26.66 +8.57
Social Credit Harold Hine 4,766 20.73 +6.02
Liberal Frank William Wilfert 3,448 14.99 -10.91
Total valid votes 22,995 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth hold Swing -4.76
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth Colin Cameron 7,272 38.56 +11.77
Liberal Gavin Colvin Mouat 4,884 25.90 +0.69
Progressive Conservative Douglas Deane Finlayson 3,412 18.09 -29.91
Social Credit Leonard Francis Hodgson 2,773 14.71
Labor–Progressive Ernest Leon Knott 516 2.74
Total valid votes 18,857 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +5.54
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative George Randolph Pearkes 17,507 48.00 +12.68
Co-operative Commonwealth Robert Martin Strachan 9,772 26.79 -3.36
Liberal William Edmond Poupore 9,196 25.21 -0.77
Total valid votes 36,475 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +8.02
A redistribution in 1952 (S.C. 1952, c.48) reduced the area and population of the riding.
Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative George Randolph Pearkes 11,181 35.32 +5.40
Co-operative Commonwealth John Morris Thomas 9,542 30.15 +5.27
Liberal Alan Chambers 8,223 25.98 -16.48
Labor–Progressive George Thomas Greenwell 2,707 8.56
Total valid votes 31,653 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +0.12
Change for the Progressive Conservatives is based on the National Government results in the last election.
Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Alan Chambers 10,668 42.46 +11.81
National Government Frank Stigant Cuncliffe 7,518 29.92 -1.89
Co-operative Commonwealth Ronald Grantham 6,252 24.88 -9.96
New Democracy Andrew Henry Jukes 506 2.01
Independent William Frederick Povah 181 0.72
Total valid votes 25,125 100.0  
Liberal gain from Co-operative Commonwealth Swing +6.85
Change for the National Government is based on the Conservative results in the last election.
Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Co-operative Commonwealth James Samuel Taylor 7,053 34.84
Conservative Charles Herbert Dickie 6,440 31.81 -26.01
Liberal Alan Chambers 6,204 30.65 -11.44
Reconstruction Ashton Aubrey Burnet Matthew Clark 546 2.70
Total valid votes 20,243 100.0  
Co-operative Commonwealth gain from Conservative Swing +30.42
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Charles Herbert Dickie 11,827 57.91 -8.58
Liberal Cornelius Hawkins O'Halloran 8,596 42.09 +8.58
Total valid votes 20,423 100.0  
Conservative hold Swing -8.58
Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Charles Herbert Dickie 10,464 66.49 +12.00
Liberal Cornelius Hawkins O'Halloran 5,274 33.51 -1.27
Total valid votes 15,738 100.0  
Conservative hold Swing +6.64
Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Charles Herbert Dickie 9,584 54.49 +8.55
Liberal Thomas Banks Booth 6,117 34.78 +7.08
Labour William Turner Grieves 1,888 10.73 -15.63
Total valid votes 17,589 100.0  
Conservative hold Swing +0.74
Canadian federal election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Charles Herbert Dickie 6,897 45.94 -27.49
Liberal Thomas Banks Booth 4,159 27.70 +11.89
Labour William Arthur Pritchard 3,958 26.36 +15.60
Total valid votes 15,014 100.0  
Conservative hold Swing -19.69
Canadian federal election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Government (Unionist) John Charles McIntosh 9,175 73.43 +15.22
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) Hector Allen Stewart 1,976 15.81 -25.98
Labour Joseph Taylor 1,344 10.76
Total valid votes 12,495 100.0  
Government (Unionist) hold Swing +20.60
Canadian federal election, 1911
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Francis Henry Shepherd 2,438 58.21 +25.97
Liberal Ralph Smith 1,750 41.79 +5.71
Total valid votes 4,188 100.0  
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +10.13
Canadian federal election, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Ralph Smith 1,494 36.08 -7.23
Conservative Francis Henry Shepherd 1,335 32.24 -2.14
Socialist James Hurst Hawthornthwaite 1,312 31.68 +9.37
Total valid votes 4,141 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing -2.54
Canadian federal election, 1904
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Ralph Smith 1,392 43.31
Conservative ? Wolley 1,105 34.38
Socialist ? Fenton 717 22.31
Total valid votes 3,214 100.00  
This riding was created from Vancouver and Victoria, both of which elected a Liberal in the previous election. Ralph Smith was the incumbent from Vancouver.

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External links[edit]

Riding history from the Library of Parliament:

Coordinates: 49°09′45″N 123°56′19″W / 49.16262°N 123.93874°W / 49.16262; -123.93874