Mountain (electoral district)

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Mountain is a former provincial electoral division in Manitoba, Canada. It was created for the 1879 provincial election, and was abolished shortly before the 1958 election.

Mountain was located in southwestern Manitoba, near Portage la Prairie. The constituency was mostly rural, and included communities such as Baldur and Argyles. Premier Dufferin Roblin once referred to the division's name as "curious", given that it marked by "the gentle landscape of the Pembina escarpment".[1]

Several prominent Manitoba politicians represented Mountain, including Charles Cannon, Ivan Schultz and Premier Thomas Greenway. The constituency was shaped like an "L" in the nineteenth century, and was sometimes called "Greenway's armchair". For most of its history, Mountain was considered safe for the Manitoba Liberal Party and its successor, the Liberal-Progressive Party.[2]

In 1955, Mountain's population was estimated to be about 50% Anglo-Saxon, 33% French Canadian, and 16.5% Flemish.[2]

Provincial representatives[edit]

  Name Party Took Office Left Office
     Thomas Greenway
Independent Conservative 1879 1882
 
Liberal 1882 1904
  Daniel A. McIntyre
Conservative 1905 1907
  James Bryson Baird
Liberal 1907 1922
  Charles Cannon
Progressive 1922 1927
  Irving Cleghorn
Liberal 1927 1930
  Ivan Schultz
Liberal 1930 1932
 
Liberal–Progressive 1932 1955
  Walter Clark
Liberal–Progressive 1955 1958

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dufferin Roblin, Speaking For Myself, (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press), 2001, p. 70.
  2. ^ a b Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1955, pp. 1, 4.