Bow River (electoral district)

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Bow River
Alberta electoral district
Bow-River 2013 Riding.png
Bow River in relation to other Alberta federal electoral districts as of the 2013 Representation Order.
Federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Martin Shields
Conservative
District created2013
First contested2015
Last contested2021
District webpageprofile, map
Demographics
Population (2016)[1]115,022
Electors (2019)78,944
Area (km²)[2]24,036.47
Pop. density (per km²)4.8
Census division(s)Division No. 2, Division No. 5, Division No. 6
Census subdivision(s)Brooks, Chestermere, Kneehill, Newell, Rocky View, Strathmore, Taber, Taber (MD), Vulcan, Wheatland

Bow River is a federal electoral district in southern Alberta, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada 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.[3] This newest iteration of the riding was created out of parts of Crowfoot (53%), Medicine Hat (37%) and Macleod (10%) ridings.

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

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[nb 1]
 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 from Crowfoot, Medicine Hat and Macleod
42nd  2015–2019     Martin Shields Conservative
43rd  2019–2021
44th  2021–present

Election results[edit]

2015–present[edit]

Graph of election results in Bow River (2013-) (minor parties that never got 2% of the vote or didn't run consistently are omitted)
2021 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Martin Shields 35,676 69.8 -14.1
People's Jonathan Bridges 5,108 10.0 +7.6
New Democratic Michael MacLean 4,726 9.2 +3.6
Liberal Getu Shawile 3,869 7.6 +1.8
Maverick Orrin Bliss 1,368 2.7
Christian Heritage Tom Lipp 391 0.8 -0.06
Total valid votes 51,138 100.0
Total rejected ballots 300
Turnout 51,438 63.5
Eligible voters 81,042
Conservative hold Swing -10.85
Source: Elections Canada[4]
2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Martin Shields 46,279 83.9 +6.48 $65,788.69
Liberal Margaret Rhemtulla 3,173 5.8 -7.88 none listed
New Democratic Lynn Macwilliam 3,086 5.6 +0.35 none listed
People's Tom Ikert 1,321 2.4 - none listed
Green Hendrika Maria Tuithof de Jonge 826 1.5 -0.34 $0.00
Christian Heritage Tom Lipp 453 0.8 +0.24 $9,450.78
Total valid votes/expense limit 55,138 100.0
Total rejected ballots 234
Turnout 55,372 70.1
Eligible voters 78,944
Conservative hold Swing +7.31
Source: Elections Canada[5][6][7]
2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Martin Shields 38,701 77.42 –5.97 $79,588.40
Liberal William MacDonald Alexander 6,840 13.68 +10.14 $2,815.97
New Democratic Lynn MacWilliam 2,622 5.25 –2.91 $1,102.35
Green Rita Ann Fromholt 919 1.84 –1.57
Independent Andrew Kucy 543 1.09 $7,287.85
Christian Heritage Frans VandeStroet 280 0.56 $883.46
Democratic Advancement Fahed Khalid 83 0.17
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,988 100.00   $229,883.88
Total rejected ballots 151 0.30
Turnout 50,139 66.72
Eligible voters 75,146
Conservative hold Swing –8.06
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]
2011 federal election redistributed results[10]
Party Vote %
  Conservative 30,412 83.39
  New Democratic 2,976 8.16
  Liberal 1,291 3.54
  Green 1,244 3.41
  Others 547 1.50

1976–1987[edit]

Graph of election results in Bow River (1976-1987) (minor parties that never got 2% of the vote or didn't run consistently are omitted)
1984 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 43,033 76.20 -0.40
New Democratic William McCutcheon 5,258 9.31 +2.26
Liberal B.C. Tanner 4,066 7.20 -7.51
Rhinoceros Gordon D. Taylor 2,349 4.16
Confederation of Regions Dean Oseen 1,443 2.56
Social Credit Tom Erhart 326 0.58 -1.07
Total valid votes 56,475 100.0
Progressive Conservative hold Swing
1980 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 30,463 76.60 +13.53
Liberal Neville Tilley 5,850 14.71 +3.46
New Democratic David Radke 2,802 7.05 +1.70
Social Credit Edward M. Kiddle 656 1.65
Total valid votes 39,771 100.0
Progressive Conservative hold Swing
1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Gordon Taylor 25,973 63.07
Independent Stanley Schumacher 8,378 20.34
Liberal Madeline J. Hombert 4,633 11.25
New Democratic Gale Burke 2,200 5.34

1917–1968[edit]

Graph of election results in Bow River (1914-1966) (minor parties that never got 2% of the vote or didn't run consistently are omitted)
1965 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 12,611 53.14 +7.28
Social Credit Ron Allen 5,671 23.89 -5.96
Liberal W. James Anderson 3,615 15.23 -3.13
New Democratic Doug Murdoch 1,836 7.74 +1.81
1963 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 11,461 45.86 -0.50
Social Credit Francis J. Porter 7,460 29.85 +0.29
Liberal Earl Hastings 4,589 18.36 +1.33
New Democratic Walter W. Siewert 1,481 5.93 -1.11
1962 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 10,733 46.36 -16.76
Social Credit Francis J. Porter 6,844 29.56 +1.49
Liberal Earl Hastings 3,944 17.04 +8.23
New Democratic Gordon Bowers 1,629 7.04
1958 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 12,695 63.12 +25.90
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 5,646 28.07 -10.96
Liberal Francis John Robert Olson 1,772 8.81 -14.94
1957 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,383 39.03 -8.54
Progressive Conservative Eldon Woolliams 7,039 37.21 +19.68
Liberal Arthur Cecil Bates 4,493 23.75 -6.78
1953 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,320 47.57 +0.26
Liberal William Duncan MacDonald 4,698 30.53 +5.87
Progressive Conservative Wilfred J. Wilde 2,698 17.53 +3.36
Labor–Progressive Arthur Llewelyn Roberts 671 4.36 -1.01
1949 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 8,537 47.31 +8.93
Liberal William Duncan MacDonald 4,449 24.66 +12.44
Progressive Conservative Wilfred John Wilde 2,558 14.18 -8.71
Co-operative Commonwealth George Edwin Ellinson 1,530 8.48 -11.31
Labor–Progressive Arthur Llewelyn Roberts 969 5.37 -1.34
1945 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 6,569 38.39 +4.04
Progressive Conservative John Angus MacKinnon 3,917 22.89 +2.27
Co-operative Commonwealth John Herbert Coldwell 3,386 19.79 +5.84
Liberal William George Southern 2,091 12.22 -13.49
Labor–Progressive John Blair Brown 1,149 6.71 +1.34
1940 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 5,410 34.34 -18.76
Liberal Austin Claypool 4,050 25.71 +16.95
National Government M.E. Manning 3,248 20.62 -1.18
Co-operative Commonwealth Aylmer Liesemer 2,197 13.95 -2.38
Communist Lawrence Anderson 847 5.38
1935 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Social Credit Charles Edward Johnston 7,529 53.11
Conservative Andrew Davison 3,091 21.80 -22.60
Co-operative Commonwealth Edward Joseph Garland 2,315 16.33 -39.26
Liberal Charles Ross Walrod 1,242 8.76
1930 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers of Alberta Edward Joseph Garland 5,825 55.59 -7.35
Conservative Dawson Graham 4,653 44.41 +7.35
1926 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Farmers of Alberta Edward Joseph Garland 5,144 62.95 +19.90
Conservative Acle Carman Scratch 3,028 37.05 +13.38
1925 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Edward Joseph Garland 3,773 43.05 -31.44
Liberal Jesse Elmer Gouge 2,917 33.28
Conservative William James Douglass 2,075 23.67 +0.55
1921 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Edward Joseph Garland 11,527 74.49 +57.43
Conservative William Rose Fulton 3,579 23.13 -20.98
Unknown Herbert Adolph Wiertz 369 2.38
1917 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Government (Unionist) Howard Hadden Halladay 3,757 44.11
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) Jesse Elmer Gouge 2,996 35.17
Nonpartisan League Daniel Harcourt Galbraith 1,453 17.06
Labour John Reid 312 3.66

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Edward Joseph Garland was a founding member of the Co-operative Commonwealth, which was founded on 1 August 1932

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Canada: 2017
  2. ^ Statistics Canada: 2017
  3. ^ Timeline for the Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts
  4. ^ "Election Night Results - Electoral Districts".
  5. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Candidate Campaign Returns". Elections Canada. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Bow River (Validated results)". Elections Canada. October 20, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections

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