Northwest Territories election, 1885

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Northwest Territories election, 1885

15 September 1885 (1885-09-15) 1888 →
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11 members to the Council of the Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories election of 1885 was the first major election in the history of the territory. The election took place on 15 September 1885.

The election was held to elect members to new districts to cope with the rapid growth of settlers in the territories at the time. Elections were also held in established electoral districts to renew members terms at the end of 3 years as per Northwest Territories law at the time. The election would see 11 members acclaimed and elected to various electoral districts to the 1st Council of the Northwest Territories.

The election was not considered a general election, since it did not involve every electoral district, and was not caused by the dissolution of the council. It was also held in the wake of the Saskatchewan Rebellion of spring, 1885.

The election would be followed by the 1st Northwest Territories general election in 1888 at the completion of the 3-year term. The election conducted without political parties.


Map of the provinces and territories of Canada as they were between 1881 and 1886.
Election summary # of candidates Popular vote
Incumbent New # %
Elected candidates 2 7 2,056 61.54%
Acclaimed candidates - 2 - -
Defeated candidates 1 8 1,285 38.46%
Total 20 3,341 100%

Members elected[edit]

[1] District Name
     Broadview Charles Marshallsay
     Edmonton Herbert Charles Wilson
     Lorne Owen Edward Hughes
     Macleod Richard Henry Boyle
     Moose Jaw James Hamilton Ross
     Moosomin Spencer Bedford
     Qu’Appelle Thomas Wesley Jackson
     William Dell Perley
     Regina David Jelly
     John Secord
     St. Albert Samuel Cunningham

Calgary and Moose Mountain did not participate in the 1885 election having elected members to a three-year term in 1884. Moosomin and St. Albert electoral districts were won by acclamation.


  1. ^ "North-West Territories: Council and Legislative Assembly, 1876-1905" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. p. 27. Retrieved 17 March 14.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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