Bow River (electoral district)

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Bow River is a federal electoral district in southern Alberta, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1917 to 1968, from 1979 to 1988 and since 2015.

This riding was first created in 1914 from Macleod riding. It was abolished in 1966 when it was redistributed into Calgary North, Crowfoot, Palliser and Rocky Mountain ridings.

It was re-created in 1976 from parts of Crowfoot, Lethbridge, Palliser and Rocky Mountain ridings. It was abolished in 1987 when it was redistributed into Calgary North, Calgary Northeast, Calgary West, Crowfoot, Lethbridge, Macleod, Red Deer and Wild Rose ridings.

It was re-created by the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution and was legally defined in the 2013 representation order. It came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015.[1] This newest iteration of the riding was created out of parts of Crowfoot (53%), Medicine Hat (37%) and Macleod (10%).

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the Canadian House of Commons:

Parliament Years Member Party
Bow River
Riding created from Macleod
13th  1917–1921     Howard Hadden Halladay Government (Unionist)
14th  1921–1925     Edward Joseph Garland Progressive
15th  1925–1926
16th  1926–1930     United Farmers of Alberta
17th  1930–1932
 1932–1935     Co-operative Commonwealth
18th  1935–1940     Charles Edward Johnston Social Credit
19th  1940–1945
20th  1945–1949
21st  1949–1953
22nd  1953–1957
23rd  1957–1958
24th  1958–1962     Eldon Woolliams Progressive Conservative
25th  1962–1963
26th  1963–1965
27th  1965–1968
Riding dissolved into Calgary North, Crowfoot,
Palliser and Rocky Mountain
Riding re-created from Crowfoot, Lethbridge,
Palliser and Rocky Mountain
31st  1979–1980     Gordon Taylor Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980–1984
33rd  1984–1988
Riding dissolved into Calgary North, Calgary Northeast,
Calgary West, Crowfoot,
Lethbridge, Macleod,
Red Deer and Wild Rose
Riding re-created fromCrowfoot, Macleod, and Medicine Hat

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes
Government (Unionist) Howard Hadden Halladay 3,757
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) Jesse Elmer Gouge 2,996
Nonpartisan League Daniel Harcourt Galbraith 1,453
Labour John Reid 312
Canadian federal election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Edward Joseph Garland 11,527
Conservative William Rose Fulton 3,579
Unknown Herbert Adolph Wiertz 369
Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Edward Joseph Garland 3,773
Liberal Jesse Elmer Gouge 2,917
Conservative William James Douglass 2,075
Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes
United Farmers of Alberta Edward Joseph Garland 5,144
Conservative Acle Carman Scratch 3,028
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes
United Farmers of Alberta Edward Joseph Garland 5,825
Conservative Dawson Graham 4,653
Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,529
Conservative Andrew Davison 3,091
Co-operative Commonwealth Edward Joseph Garland 2,315
Liberal Charles Ross Walrod 1,242
Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 5,410
Liberal Austin Claypool 4,050
National Government M.E. Manning 3,248
Co-operative Commonwealth Aylmer Liesemer 2,197
Communist Lawrence Anderson 847
Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 6,569
Progressive Conservative John Angus MacKinnon 3,917
Co-operative Commonwealth John Herbert Coldwell 3,386
Liberal William George Southern 2,091
Labor–Progressive John Blair Brown 1,149
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 8,537
Liberal William Duncan MacDonald 4,449
Progressive Conservative Wilfred John Wilde 2,558
Co-operative Commonwealth George Edwin Ellinson 1,530
Labor–Progressive Arthur Llewelyn Roberts 969
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,320
Liberal William Duncan MacDonald 4,698
Progressive Conservative Wilfred J. Wilde 2,698
Labor–Progressive Arthur Llewelyn Roberts 671
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,383
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 7,039
Liberal Arthur Cecil Bates 4,493
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 12,695
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 5,646
Liberal Francis John Robert Olson 1,772
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 10,733
Social Credit Francis J. Porter 6,844
Liberal Earl Hastings 3,944
New Democratic Gordon Bowers 1,629
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 11,461
Social Credit Francis J. Porter 7,460
Liberal Earl Hastings 4,589
New Democratic Walter W. Siewert 1,481
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 12,611
Social Credit Ron Allen 5,671
Liberal W. James Anderson 3,615
New Democratic Doug Murdoch 1,836
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 25,973
Independent Stanley Schumacher 8,378
Liberal Madeline J. Hombert 4,633
New Democratic Gale Burke 2,200
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 30,463
Liberal Neville Tilley 5,850
New Democratic David Radke 2,802
Social Credit Edward M. Kiddle 656
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 43,033
New Democratic William McCutcheon 5,258
Liberal B.C. Tanner 4,066
Rhinoceros Gordon D. Taylor 2,349
Confederation of Regions Dean Oseen 1,443
Social Credit Tom Erhart 326

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