Coast Chilcotin

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Coast Chilcotin
British Columbia electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
District created 1968
District abolished 1979
First contested 1968
Last contested 1974

Coast Chilcotin was a federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1968 to 1979. It was located in the province of British Columbia.


The riding spanned the southern Coast Mountains and included the Central Coast through Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait to the Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound, as well as the Chilcotin Plateau and from the Cariboo down to Howe Sound via Lillooet.


Coast Chilcotin was created in 1966 and incorporated components of these other ridings:

The most significant components were those from Comox—Alberni (the Sunshine Coast), Cariboo and Coast—Capilano. Coast Chilcotin was first used in the Canadian federal election of 1968. It was abolished in 1976 when it was redistributed between:

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Years Member Party
Riding created from Comox—Alberni, Cariboo, Coast—Capilano,
Fraser Valley, Kamloops and Skeena
28th  1968–1972     Paul St. Pierre Liberal
29th  1972–1974     Harry Olaussen New Democratic
30th  1974–1979     Jack Pearsall Liberal
Riding dissolved into Cariboo—Chilcotin,
Comox—Powell River and Capilano

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jack Pearsall 10,336 35.23 +2.16
Progressive Conservative Lorne Greenaway 9,988 34.05 +4.50
New Democratic Harry Olaussen 8,655 29.50 -4.97
Independent Gerry Karagianis 356 1.21
Total valid votes 35,485 100.0  
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing -1.17
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Harry Olaussen 8,868 34.47 +0.10
Liberal Paul Saint Pierre 8,508 33.07 -14.24
Progressive Conservative John Pankratz 7,601 29.55 +18.72
Social Credit Lew King 749 2.91 -4.58
Total valid votes 25,726 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +7.17
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Paul Saint Pierre 8,975 47.31
New Democratic Hartley Dent 7,477 34.37
Progressive Conservative Gordon Hopkin 2,355 10.83
Social Credit Andy Widstein 1,629 7.49
Total valid votes 21,753 100.0  
This riding was created from Comox—Alberni, Cariboo, Coast—Capilano and small parts of Fraser Valley, Kamloops and Skeena. They elected a New Democrat, a Social Credit, a Liberal, a Social Credit, a Progressive Conservative and a New Democrat, respectively, in the last election. Neither of the incumbents ran in this riding.

See also[edit]


Elections Canada webpage on Coast Chilcotin

External links[edit]