New Westminster (provincial electoral district)

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New Westminster is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada. It is the only electoral district in British Columbia to have existed for every general election.

The riding is notable for a couple of reasons. It never voted for a Social Credit candidate during the Socred's era of dominance between 1952 and 1991. It was also represented by Byron Ingemar Johnson, the 24th Premier of British Columbia.

During the 1990s, the riding was represented by Anita Hagen, who served as Deputy Premier of British Columbia and Minister of Education from 1991 to 1993 during the premiership of Mike Harcourt. Hagen was replaced by Graeme Bowbrick in 1996, who served as Minister of Advanced Education in 2000, and Attorney General from 2000 to 2001.

Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia[edit]

Its MLA is Judy Darcy. She was first elected in 2013. She is a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party.

Parliament Years Member Party
14th 1916-1920     David Whiteside Liberal
15th 1920-1924
16th 1924-1928     Edwin James Rothwell Liberal
17th 1928-1933     Arthur Wellesley Gray Liberal
18th 1933-1937
19th 1937-1941
20th 1941-1945
21st 1945-1949     Byron Ingemar Johnson Coalition
22nd 1949-1952
23rd 1952-1953     Rae Eddie CCF
24th 1953-1956
25th 1956-1960
26th 1960-1963
27th 1963-1966     NDP
28th 1966-1969
29th 1969-1972     Dennis Geoffrey Cocke NDP
30th 1972-1975
31st 1975-1979
32nd 1979-1983
33rd 1983-1986
34th 1986-1991     Anita Hagen NDP
35th 1991–1996
36th 1996–2001     Graeme Bowbrick NDP
37th 2001–2005     Joyce Murray Liberal
38th 2005–2009     Chuck Puchmayr NDP
39th 2009–2013     Dawn Black NDP
40th 2013-present     Judy Darcy NDP
14th British Columbia election, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Thomas Gifford 1,186 46.42% unknown
     Liberal David Whiteside 1,369 53.59% unknown
Total valid votes 2,555 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %


British Columbia general election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal David Whiteside 1,980 43.07%
Soldier–Labour William James Sloan 5 1,611 35.04%
Conservative Thomas Gifford 1,006 21.88%
Total valid votes 4,597 100.00%
5 Also referred to as an Independent. Nominated by delegates representing the Great War Veterans Association, the GAUV, the B.C. Fisherman's Protective Association, the Army and Navy Veterans, and organized labour.
16th British Columbia election, 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Provincial George Livingstone Cassady 591 14.21% unknown
     Canadian Labour Party Richard Carter Higgins 693 16.67% unknown
     Liberal Edwin James Rothwell 1,564 37.61% unknown
     Conservative Albert Morris Sanford 1,310 31.51% unknown
Total valid votes 4,158 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
17th British Columbia election, 1928
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Arthur Wellesley Gray 6 3.262 56.16% unknown
     Conservative Albert Morris Sanford 2,546 43.84% unknown
Total valid votes 5,808 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 205
Turnout %
6 "Wells Gray", namesake and instigator of the provincial park of that name in the Cariboo Mountains.
18th British Columbia election, 1933
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
United Front (Workers and Farmers) Douglas Thomas 125 2.18% unknown
     Liberal Arthur Wellesley Gray 7 2,694 46.98% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Daniel McGrath 1,476 25.74% unknown
     Independent David Whiteside 5 1,439 25.10% unknown
Total valid votes 5,734 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 67
Turnout %
7 Endorsed by the Independent CCF.
19th British Columbia election, 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Communist Edwin Henry Baker 567 7.27% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Stanley Blake 1,321 16.95% unknown
     Liberal Arthur Wellesley Gray 4,055 52.02% unknown
     Labour (Party) Edward Charles Mills 86 1.10% unknown
     Conservative Thomas Robert Selkirk 1,766 22.66% unknown
Total valid votes 7,795 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 116
Turnout %
20th British Columbia election, 1941
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Stanley Blake 2,387 26.97% unknown
     Liberal Arthur Wellesley Gray 3,694 41.74% unknown
     Conservative Mary Dorothea McBride 1,923 21.73% unknown
     Labour (Party) Edward Charles Mills 845 9.55% unknown
Total valid votes 8,849 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 178
Turnout %
21st British Columbia election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Clifford Augustine Greer 2,967 35.06% unknown
Coalition Byron Ingemar Johnson 8 >b?4,900 57.91% unknown
     Labour Progressive Charles Stewart 3,432 45.62% unknown
Total valid votes 8,462 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 94
Turnout %
8 23rd Premier of British Columbia


British Columbia general election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes %
Coalition Byron Ingemar Johnson 7,969 61.57%
Social Credit Clifford Augustine Greer 2,967 35.06%
People's Edward Charles Mills 137 1.06%
Co-operative Commonwealth George Henry Mitchell 4,509 34.84%
Total valid votes 12,943 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 125
British Columbia general election, 1952
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
%
Co-operative Commonwealth Rae Eddie 4,262 29.68% 6,475 52.89%
Liberal Byron Ingemar Johnson 4,317 30.07% 5,768 47.11
Social Credit League Wilbur Watson Lyle 3,616 25.18%
Progressive Conservative Elizabeth C. Wood 2,163 15.06%
Total valid votes 14,358 100.00% 12,243 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 437
Turnout 77.94%
Note: Preferential ballot: 1st and 3rd counts of three shown only
British Columbia general election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
%
Co-operative Commonwealth Rae Eddie 4,903 37.02% 5,970 51.34%
Liberal Fred H. Jackson 4,309 32.53% 5,658 48.66%
Social Credit League Malvin A. Olsen 3,787 28.59%
Labor–Progressive Alfred Dewhurst 157 1.19%
Christian Democratic Mervin Casper 89 0.67%
Total valid votes 13,245 100.00% 11,628 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 486
Turnout 77.94%
Note: Preferential ballot: 1st and 4th counts of four shown only
British Columbia general election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes %
Co-operative Commonwealth Rae Eddie 4,469 38.83%
Social Credit Stanley Desmond Kermeen 4,176 36.28%
Liberal Stewart Alsbury 2,220 19.29%
Independent Social Credit J. Lewis Sangster 645 5.60%
Total valid votes 11,510 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 82
26th British Columbia election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Samuel Thomas Dare 2,519 16.00% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Rae Eddie 6,496 41.25% unknown
Social Credit Stanley Desmond Kermeen 5,041 32.01%
     Progressive Conservative Frederick Craig Munroe 1,691 10.74% unknown
Total valid votes 15,747 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 127
Turnout %
27th British Columbia election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal George Herbert Barrett 2,335 17.42% unknown
Social Credit Edith Maud Corrigan 4,717 35.19% unknown
     New Democrat Rae Eddie 5,035 37.57% unknown
     Progressive Conservative G. Basil Raikes 1,316 9.82% unknown
Total valid votes 13,403 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 98
Turnout %
28th British Columbia election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Robert James Cooper 1,577 12.24% unknown
Social Credit Edith Maud Corrigan 5,552 43.11% unknown
     New Democrat Rae Eddie 5,751 44.65% unknown
Total valid votes 12,880 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 160
Turnout %
29th British Columbia election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     New Democrat Dennis Geoffrey Cocke 7,280 40.75% unknown
     Communist Harry Harris 57 0.32% unknown
Social Credit John Earl Edmondson 7,161 40.08% unknown
     Liberal Dennis Douglas George Milne 3,368 18.85% unknown
Total valid votes 17,866 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 221
Turnout %
30th British Columbia election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     New Democrat Dennis Geoffrey Cocke 10,357 55.63% unknown
Social Credit John Earl Edmondson 5,306 28.50% unknown
     Liberal Carl L. Miller 2,953 15.86% unknown
Total valid votes 18,616 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 287
Turnout %
31st British Columbia election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     New Democrat Dennis Geoffrey Cocke 10,357 55.63% unknown
     Communist Roderick Doran 60 0.31% unknown
     Liberal Karl Franke 923 4.83% unknown
Social Credit Alexander John Seigo 8,473 44.35% unknown
Total valid votes 19,106 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 166
Turnout %
32nd British Columbia election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     New Democrat Dennis Geoffrey Cocke 11,343 59.30% unknown
Social Credit Malvern James Hughes 7,786 40.70% unknown
Total valid votes 19,129 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 292
Turnout %
33rd British Columbia election, 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Barry David Butler 8,224 40.57% unknown
     New Democrat Dennis Geoffrey Cocke 11,455 56.52% unknown
     Liberal John Ian Paterson 590 2.91% unknown
Total valid votes 20,269 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 233
Turnout %


British Columbia general election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Anita Hagen 13,562 66.67%
Social Credit Dwight Maxwell Ross 8,949 43.99%
Liberal Timothy E. Courtney 1,200 5.90%
Communist Roderick Doran 73 0.36%
Total valid votes 20,342 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 245
35th British Columbia election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Anita Hagen 10,384 49.89% $24,062
Liberal Lori MacDonald 7,117 34.20% $2,534
Social Credit Tom Baker 3,311 15.91% $26,509
Total Valid Votes 20,812 100.00%
Total Rejected Ballots 395 1.86%
Turnout 21,207 72.32%
36th British Columbia election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     NDP Graeme Bowbrick 10,418 46.69% $29,591
Liberal Helen Sparkes 8,591 38.50% $34,673
Reform Brian Stromgren 1,446 6.48%
Progressive Democrat Craig Sahlin 1,121 5.02%
Green Michael G. Horn 488 2.19% $145
     Independent Arthur Crossman 142 0.64%
     Natural Law George Bauch 107 0.48% $224
Total Valid Votes 22,313 100.00%
Total Rejected Ballots 133 0.59%
Turnout 22,446 70.41%
37th British Columbia election, 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Joyce Murray 11,059 49.20% $47,701
     NDP Graeme Bowbrick 6,971 31.02% $26,704
Green Robert Broughton 2,982 13.27% $3,401
     Marijuana Marlene P. Campbell 859 3.82% $394
Unity Howard Vernon Irving 604 2.69%
Total Valid Votes 22,475 100.00%
Total Rejected Ballots 113 0.50%
Turnout 22,588 71.07%
British Columbia general election, 2005
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Chuck Puchmayr 13,226 51.32% $61,892
Liberal Joyce Murray 9,645 37.42% $135,015
Green Robert Broughton 2,416 9.37% $1,417
Marijuana Christina Racki 293 1.14% $100
Democratic Reform John Robinson Warren 152 0.59% $410
Platinum Greg Calcutta 42 0.16% $100
Total Valid Votes 25,774 100%
Total Rejected Ballots 166 0.64%
Turnout 25,940 63.91%
British Columbia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dawn Black 13,418 56.36 +5.04 $80,256
Liberal Carole Millar 8,240 34.61 -2.81 $24,880
Green Matthew Laird 2,151 9.03 -0.34 $5,214
Total Valid Votes 23,809 100%
Total Rejected Ballots 137 0.57%
Turnout 23,946 55.99%