Dick Bell

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Richard Albert "Dick" Bell, PC (September 4, 1913 – March 20, 1988) was a member of the Canadian House of Commons representing Carleton from 1957 to 1963 and from 1965 to 1968.

He was born at Britannia Bay in Nepean Township, Ontario in 1913. He served as solicitor for Nepean Township and the City of Nepean.

Elected as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in the government of John Diefenbaker, Bell was Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 1962 to 1963.

Dick Bell Park on the Ottawa River, home of the Nepean Sailing Club, was named in his honour.

He died in Ottawa in 1988. He is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa.

The family home, "Fairfields", 3080 Richmond Rd. where he was born and died was donated to the city of Ottawa in 2000. Fairfields Heritage Property was built in the 1840s. The residence was rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style after a fire in 1870. The heritage home, which sits on 1.84 acres of the prominent Bell family’s once extensive farm, was included amongst other architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings in Doors Open Ottawa, held June 2 and 3, 2012.[1]

Electoral History[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 32,456 43.90 –2.39
Liberal Lloyd Francis 31,523 42.64 –5.37
New Democratic Donald V. Stirling 9,953 13.46 +8.79
Total valid votes 73,932 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +1.49
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Lloyd Francis 32,325 48.01 +6.02
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 31,168 46.29 –5.40
New Democratic Lewis Hanley 3,144 4.67 –0.19
Social Credit Harold Herbert Splett 699 1.04 –0.44
Total valid votes 67,336 100.0  
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +5.71
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 32,125 51.66 –15.81
Liberal Lloyd Francis 26,109 41.99 +13.86
New Democratic Lewis Hanley 3,024 4.86 +1.20
Social Credit Harold Herbert Splett 922 1.48 +0.75
Total valid votes 62,180 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing –14.84
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 32,741 67.47 +5.69
Liberal George Humble 13,652 28.13 –5.79
Co-operative Commonwealth Stewart I. Crawford 1,777 3.66 +0.70
Social Credit Grace Gough 355 0.73 –0.62
Total valid votes 48,525 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +5.74
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 27,865 61.78 +6.53
Liberal Frank Egan Dunlap 15,298 33.92 –6.34
Co-operative Commonwealth Stewart I. Crawford 1,334 2.96 +0.01
Social Credit Eric Kingsley Fallis 607 1.35 –0.19
Total valid votes 45,104 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +6.44

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ottawa.ca/doorsopen Doors Open Ottawa