Fernie (electoral district)

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Fernie was the name of a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia centred on the town of Fernie in the southern Rockies. It made its first appearance on the hustings in the election of 1903. In a redistribution after the 1963 election the area covered by this riding was incorporated into the new Kootenay riding (same name but smaller than the original 1871-vintage Kootenay riding).

For other current and historical electoral districts in the Kootenay region, please see Kootenay (electoral districts).

Demographics[edit]

Population, 1901
Population change, 1901–1961
Area (km²)
Population density (people per km²)

Political geography[edit]

Notable elections[edit]

Notable MLAs[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Note: Winners of each election are in bold.

10th British Columbia election, 1903
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Socialist John Ross McPherson 221 26.12% unknown
Conservative William Roderick Ross 316 37.35% unknown
  Liberal Edwin Clarke Smith 309 36.52% unknown
Total valid votes 846 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
11th British Columbia election, 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal William Martin Dicken 66 9.42% unknown
Socialist Henry George Parson 285 40.66% unknown
Conservative William Roderick Ross 350 49.93% unknown
Total valid votes 701 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %


12th British Columbia election, 1909
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Alexander Ingram Fisher 405 21.90% unknown
Socialist John David Harrington 649 35.10% unknown
Conservative William Roderick Ross 795 43.00% unknown
Total valid votes 1,849 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
13th British Columbia election, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Socialist William Davidson 763 41.69% unknown
Conservative William Roderick Ross 1,067 58.31% unknown
Total valid votes 1,830 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
14th British Columbia election, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Alexander Ingram Fisher 903 46.38% unknown
Socialist John Amos McDonald 218 11.20% unknown
Conservative Thomas Aubert Uphill 826 42.42% unknown
Total valid votes 1,947 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
15th British Columbia election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Alexander Ingram Fisher 723 29.77% unknown
Conservative Laurence Sherwood K. Herchmer 774 31.86% unknown
  Federated Labour Party Thomas Aubert Uphill 932 38.37% unknown
Total valid votes 2,429 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
16th British Columbia election, 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Saul A. Bonnell 851 34.12% unknown
  Liberal James McLean 641 25.70% unknown
  Federated Labour Party Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,002 40.18% unknown
Total valid votes 2,494 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
17th British Columbia election, 1928
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Michael D. McLean 1,102 40.20% unknown
  Independent Labour Party 1 Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,639 59.80% unknown
Total valid votes 2,741 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 67
Turnout %
1 Labour in Summary of Votes.
18th British Columbia election, 1933
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Michael D. McLean 1,299 43.42% unknown
  Labour (Party) 2 Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,693 56.58% unknown
Total valid votes 2,992 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 26
Turnout %
2 i.e. "Labour" was the name of the party.
18th British Columbia election, 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Harry Wilfrid Colgan 1,470 46.36% unknown
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,701 53.64% unknown
Total valid votes 3,171 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 71
Turnout %
19th British Columbia election, 1941
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Harry Wilfrid Colgan 1,214 37.70% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. James Lancaster 287 8.91% unknown
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,719 53.39% unknown
Total valid votes 3,220 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 29
Turnout %
19th British Columbia election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Kenneth Claude Minifie 742 24.34% unknown
Coalition Kenny Nash Stewart 1,018 33.39% unknown
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,289 42.28% unknown
Total valid votes 3,049 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 10
Turnout %
20th British Columbia election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Stephen Alexander Fleming 837 22.06% unknown
Coalition Kenny Nash Stewart 1,474 38.85% unknown
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,483 39.09% unknown
Total valid votes 3,794 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 68
Turnout %
21st British Columbia election, 1952 3
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Magnus Eliason 612 16.40% - -.- % unknown
     B.C. Social Credit League John Mackenzie Patterson 713 19.11% - -.- % unknown
  Liberal Stewart Kenny Nash 1,117 29.93% 1,329 43.05% unknown
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,290 34.57% 1,758 56.95% unknown
Total valid votes 3,732 100.00% 3,087
Total rejected ballots 61
Turnout %
3 Preferential ballot. First and final of three counts only shown.
22nd British Columbia election, 1953 4
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
  Liberal Henry Cartmell (Harry) McKay 1,229 34.80% 1,402 43.88% unknown
Social Credit William Paniec 702 19.88%
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,601 45.32% 1,793 56.12% unknown
Total valid votes 3,532 100.00% 3,195
Total rejected ballots 145
Turnout %
4 Preferential ballot. First and second of two counts only shown.
23rd British Columbia election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Joseph Butala 1,181 37.94% unknown
  Liberal Kenny Nash Stewart 611 19.63% unknown
  Labour (Party) Thomas Aubert Uphill 1,321 42.43% unknown
Total valid votes 3,113 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 112
Turnout %
24th British Columbia election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Joseph Butala 927 29.83% unknown
  Liberal Henry Cartmell (Harry) McKay 1,126 36.23% unknown
  CCF Lloyd Phillips 864 27.80% unknown
  Progressive Conservative Francis J. Ramage 191 6.15% unknown
Total valid votes 3,108 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 29
Turnout %
25th British Columbia election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
New Democratic Ezner De Anna 1,037 35.25% unknown
  Liberal Henry Cartmell (Harry) McKay 1,226 41.67% unknown
Social Credit Maurice J. O'Rourke 679 23.08% unknown
Total valid votes 2,942 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 22
Turnout %

Following the 1963 election the Fernie riding was redistributed and a new riding, Kootenay was formed (same name as the original 1871 Kootenay riding, but much smaller in scope). The Kootenay riding combined Fernie with the riding of Cranbrook and parts of the Columbia ridings.

Sources[edit]

Elections BC Historical Returns