Oak Bay (electoral district)

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Oak Bay was a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It first appeared in the general election of 1941 and last appeared in the 1975 election. Its successor is the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding. For other ridings in the area of Victoria, B.C. please see Victoria (electoral districts).

Demographics[edit]

Population, 1941 census Population, 1976 census
Population Change, 1941–1976
Area (km²)
Pop. Density (people per km²)

Political Geography[edit]

Notable Elections[edit]

Notable MLAs[edit]

Several British Columbia Conservative Party leaders have represented the riding including Herbert Anscomb who was Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier in the Liberal-Conservative coalition government. George Scott Wallace represented the district in the 1970s and his successor as Tory leader Victor Albert Stephens was its last MLA from 1978 until 1979.

Electoral history[edit]

Note: Winners in each election are shown in bold.

20th British Columbia election, 1941
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Herbert Anscomb 2,676 55.88% unknown
     Liberal Everett Stanley Farr 1,520 31.74% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Geoffrey LeGallais 593 12.38% unknown
Total valid votes 4,789 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 68
Turnout %
21st British Columbia election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Coalition Herbert Anscomb 4,598 82.31% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Clare Nulalinda McAllister 988 17.69% unknown
Total valid votes 5,586 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 40
Turnout %
22nd British Columbia election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Coalition Herbert Anscomb 5,918 84.21% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Patricia Mary Luchinsky 890 12.66% unknown
Union of Electors Claudius Edward Wright 220 3.13%
Total valid votes 7,028 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 183
Turnout %
23rd British Columbia election, 19521
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
     Progressive Conservative Herbert Anscomb 2,843 34.45% 3,282 43.24% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Frederick James Bevis 707 8.57% - - % unknown
     Liberal Philip Archibald Gibbs 3,631 44.00% 4,308 56.76% unknown
Total valid votes 8,252 % 7,590 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 130
Turnout %
1 Preferential ballot; 1st and final counts (of three) shown only.
24th British Columbia election, 1953 2
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Frederick James Bevis 508 6.20% - - % unknown
     Progressive Conservative Douglas Deane Finlayson 1,220 14.90% - - % unknown
     Liberal Philip Archibald Gibbs 3,182 38.85% 4,110 52.75% unknown
Social Credit League Einar Maynard Gunderson 3,280 40.05 3% 3,681 47.25%
Total valid votes 8,190 100.00% 7,791 %
Total rejected ballots 192
Total Registered Voters
Turnout %
2 Preferential ballot; 1st and final counts (of three) shown only.
25th British Columbia election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Philip Archibald Gibbs 3,940 49.38% unknown
     Progressive Conservative Justin Victor Harbord 919 11.52% unknown
Social Credit Kenneth Oliver 2,691 33.73 unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Patrick Holman Thomas 429 5.38% unknown
Total valid votes 7,979 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 74
Turnout %
26th British Columbia election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative James Arthur Anderson 1,212 11.82% unknown
     Liberal Alan Brock MacFarlane 4,558 44.46% unknown
     Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Francis Harris Mitchell 701 6.84% unknown
Social Credit George Murdoch 3,780 36.87% unknown
Total valid votes 10,251 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 113
Turnout %
27th British Columbia election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Charles McGregor Ennals 3,770 36.17% unknown
     New Democrat Robert Wayne Harrigan 469 4.50% unknown
     Progressive Conservative Hugh Larratt Henderson 1,726 16.56% unknown
     Liberal Alan Brock MacFarlane 4,457 42.77% unknown
Total valid votes 10,422 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 72
Turnout %
28th British Columbia election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Charles McGregor Ennals 5,808 38.97% unknown
     Liberal Alan Brock MacFarlane 8,118 54.48% unknown
     New Democrat Mira V. Yarwood 976 6.55% unknown
Total valid votes 14,902 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 184
Turnout %
29th British Columbia election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Allan Leslie Cox 6,656 36.37% unknown
     New Democrat Kirby Gerald Seabrook 2,105 11.50% unknown
Social Credit George Scott Wallace 9,542 52.13% unknown
Total valid votes 18,303 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 174
Turnout %
30th British Columbia election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Mel Couvelier 3,253 16.47% unknown
Social Credit Howard Richmond McDiarmid 4,752 24.06% unknown
     New Democrat John Gordon Neuls 1,423 7.21% unknown
     Progressive Conservative George Scott Wallace 10,319 52.06% unknown
Total valid votes 19,747 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 229
Turnout %
31st British Columbia election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Sherman Frank Byas Carson 8,274 37.29% unknown
     Liberal Sarah Elizabeth Jameson 359 1.62% unknown
     New Democrat Raymond Barrie Vickery 2,067 9.31% unknown
     Progressive Conservative George Scott Wallace 11,489 51.78% unknown
Total valid votes 22,189 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 229
Turnout %
By-election, March 20, 1978
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Social Credit Sherman Frank Byas Carson 5,109 28.52% unknown
     Liberal Denson Graham Ross-Smith 2,350 13.12% unknown
     Progressive Conservative Victor Albert Stephens 6,904 38.54% unknown
Socialist Lawrence Richard Tickner 54 00.3% unknown
Total valid votes 17,915 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 154
Turnout %

The Oak Bay riding was redistributed and the new riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head created. It first appeared in the general election of 1979.

Source[edit]

Elections BC Historical Returns