Rossland-Trail

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Rossland-Trail was the name of a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia centred on the towns of Rossland and Trail, in the West Kootenay. The riding first appeared in the 1924 election as the result of a redistribution of the former ridings of Greenwood and Trail, and lasted until redistribution in 1996. The same area is now part of West Kootenay-Boundary.

For other ridings in the Kootenay region, please see Kootenay (electoral districts).

Demographics[edit]

Population, 1961
Population change, 1871–1961
Area (km²)
Population density (people per km²)

Political geography[edit]

Notable elections[edit]

Notable MLAs[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Note: Winners in each election are in bold.

16th British Columbia election, 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Provincial George Alexander Dingwall 436 22.72% unknown
  Liberal John Hugh MacDonald 545 28.40% unknown
Conservative James Hargrave Schofield 938 48.88% unknown
Total valid votes 1,919 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
17th British Columbia election, 1928
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative James Hargrave Schofield 1,686 58.12% unknown
  Liberal Donald MacDonald 1,215 41.88% unknown
Total valid votes 2,901 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 27
Turnout %
18th British Columbia election, 1933 15
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Richard Ronald Burns 1,729 43.84% unknown
Non-Partisan Independent Group Arthur Garfield Cameron 1,314 33.32% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed.t George William Weaver 901 22.84% unknown
Total valid votes 3,944 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 38
Turnout %
19th British Columbia election, 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Richard Ronald Burns 1,877 46.70% unknown
Conservative Clarence Elliott Crowed 1,251 31.13% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Leo Thomas Nimsick 891 22.17% unknown
Total valid votes 4,019 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 72
Turnout %
20th British Columbia election, 1941
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Richard Ronald Burns 1,789 24.41% unknown
Conservative Charles Frederick Daly <1,883 25.69 % unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Herbert Wilfred Herridge 3,621 49.40% unknown
  Labour (Party) Antonio Joseph (Pete) Vetere 37 0.50% unknown
Total valid votes 7,330 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 54
Turnout %
31st British Columbia election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  People's Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. William Cunningham 2,060 32.06% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Rupert William Haggen 933 14.52% unknown
     Social Credit Alliance Horton George Layton 261 4.06% unknown
Coalition James Lockhart Webster 3,171 49.35% unknown
Total valid votes 6,425 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 24
Turnout %
22nd British Columbia election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. James O'Donnell Quinn 4,588 43.70% unknown
Coalition Alexander Douglas Turnbull 5,910 56.30% unknown
Total valid votes 10,498 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 79
Turnout %
23rd British Columbia election, 1952 2
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Erling Olaf Johnson 2,541 22.02% - -.- % unknown
     B.C. Social Credit League Robert Edward Sommers 3,979 34.48% 5,917 55.20% unknown
  Liberal Alexander Douglas Turnbull 3,331 28.86% 4,803 44.80% unknown
  Conservative Charles Alfred Holstead White 1,690 14.64% - -.- % unknown
Total valid votes 11,541 100.00% 10,720 - %
Total rejected ballots 277
Turnout %
2 Preferential ballot. First and final counts of three (3) shown only.
24th British Columbia election, 1953 3
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
  Conservative Emil George Fletcher 621 5.56% - -.- % unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Samuel Clayton Muirhead 3,470 <31.06% 4,549 44.05% unknown
Social Credit Robert Edward Sommers 4,182 37.43% 5,778 55.95%
  Liberal Douglas T. Wetmore 2,899 25.95% - -.- % unknown
Total valid votes 11,172 100.00% 10,327 - %
Total rejected ballots 614
Turnout %
3 Preferential ballot. First and final counts of three (3) shown only.
25th British Columbia election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Conservative Thomas Alexander McRae 252 2.48% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Samuel Clayton Muirhead 2,839 27.98% unknown
Social Credit Robert Edward Sommers 5,097 50.23% unknown
  Liberal William Thompson Waldie 1,960 19.31% unknown
Total valid votes 10,148 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 70
Turnout %
26th British Columbia election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Donald Leslie Brothers 5,562 51.12% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Kenneth William Gaylor 2,536 23.31% unknown
  Liberal Michael Eugene Krause 2,034 18.69% unknown
  Progressive Conservative John Wilberforce Loader 608 5.59% unknown
Communist Albert James Warrington 141 1.30% unknown
Total valid votes 10,881 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 81
Turnout %
27th British Columbia election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Donald Leslie Brothers 5,474 51.02% unknown
New Democratic Robert Charles Maddocks 2,646 24.66% unknown
  Progressive Conservative Alan J.G. McCulloch 1,470 13.70% unknown
  Liberal John Basil Varcoe 1,139 10.62% unknown
Total valid votes 10,729 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 53
Turnout %
28th British Columbia election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Donald Leslie Brothers 5,600 55.93% unknown
New Democratic Edward B. Campbell 2,453 24.50% unknown
  Liberal Charles Samuel Fowler 1,960 19.57% unknown
Total valid votes 10,013 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 49
Turnout %
29th British Columbia election, 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Donald Leslie Brothers 6,230 48.54% unknown
New Democratic Thomas Greer MacKenzie 4,948 38.55% unknown
  Liberal Joseph Remesz 1,359 10.59% unknown
Total valid votes 12,835 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 127
Turnout %
30th British Columbia election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Donald Leslie Brothers 4,936 35.21% unknown
New Democratic Christopher D'Arcy 7,542 53.80% unknown
  Liberal Colin Thomas Maddocks 1,541 10.99% unknown
Total valid votes 14,019 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 92
Turnout %
31st British Columbia election, 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Burton Peter Campbell 6,055 41.89% unknown
New Democratic Christopher D'Arcy 7,881 54.52% unknown
  Liberal Thomas George Milne 519 3.59% unknown
Total valid votes 14,455 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 109
Turnout %
32nd British Columbia election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Joseph Phillips Brooks 5,728 36.18% unknown
New Democratic Christopher D'Arcy 9,252 58.44% unknown
  Progressive Conservative Dale Murray Brown 852 5.38% unknown
Total valid votes 15,832 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 186
Turnout %
33rd British Columbia election, 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Sergio C. Cocchia 394 2.34% unknown
New Democratic Christopher D'Arcy 9,661 57.47% unknown
  Independent Frederick William James Peitasche 176 1.05% unknown
Social Credit Walter A. Siemens 6,581 39.14% unknown
Total valid votes 16,812 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 243
Turnout %
34th British Columbia election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
New Democratic Christopher D'Arcy 8,195 50.84% unknown
  Liberal Thomas C. Esakin 476 2.95% unknown
Social Credit Audrey L. Moore 7,448 46.21% unknown
Total valid votes 16,119 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 179
Turnout %
35th British Columbia election, 1991
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Walter A. Siemens 3,267 20.27% unknown
New Democratic Ed Conroy 8,340 51.73% unknown
Green Angela M.E. Price 713 4.42% unknown
  Independent Christopher D'Arcy 3,802 23.58% unknown
Total valid votes 16,122 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 337
Turnout 75.18%
36th British Columbia election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
New Democratic Ed Conroy 8,635 50.74% unknown
  Liberal Jim Greene 5,923 34.80% unknown
Green Clare Greidanus 434 2.55% unknown
Reform Phillip Morris 1,366 8.03% unknown
  Progressive Democratic Alliance Kathy Plummer 660 3.88% unknown
Total valid votes 17,018 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 67
Turnout 74.70%

The Rossland-Trail area was redistributed following the 1996 election. The new riding representing the area at the 2001 election was West Kootenay-Boundary.

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