Simcoe South

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Simcoe South
Ontario electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
District created1867, 1976
District abolished1924, 1987
First contested1867
Last contested1984

Simcoe South was a federal electoral district represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1867 to 1925, and from 1979 to 1988. It was located north of Toronto in the province of Ontario. It was initially created by the British North America Act of 1867 when the County of Simcoe was divided into two ridings, to be called the South and North Ridings in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada.

The South Riding consisted of the Townships of West Gwillimbury, Tecumseh, Innisfil, Essa, Tossorontio, Mulmur, and the Village of Bradford.

In 1882, the electoral district of the County of Simcoe was divided into three ridings. The South Riding consisted of the townships of Mulmur, Tossorontio, Essa, Innisfil, and Tecumseth, and the village of Alliston.

In 1903, the south riding was redefined to consist of the townships of Adjala, Essa, Gwillimbury West, Innisfil, Tecumseth and Tossorontio, the towns of Alliston and Barrie, and the villages of Beeton, Bradford and Tottenham.

The electoral district was abolished in 1924 when it was incorporated into Dufferin—Simcoe riding.

It was recreated in 1976 from parts of Grey—Simcoe, Peel—Dufferin—Simcoe and York—Simcoe ridings. It consisted of the City of Barrie and the Townships of Essa, Flos, Innisfil, Tecumseth, Vespra and West Gwillimbury, but excluding the Towns of Alliston and Wasaga Beach.

The electoral district was abolished in 1987 when it was redistributed between Simcoe Centre, Simcoe North and York—Simcoe ridings.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
1st  1867–1872     William Carruthers Little Liberal–Conservative
2nd  1872–1874
3rd  1874–1878
4th  1878–1881†
 1882–1882     Richard Tyrwhitt Conservative
5th  1882–1887
6th  1887–1891
7th  1891–1896
8th  1896–1900†
9th  1900–1904 Haughton Lennox
10th  1904–1908
11th  1908–1911
12th  1911–1912
 1912–1917 William Alves Boys
13th  1917–1921     Government (Unionist)
14th  1921–1925     Conservative
Riding dissolved into Dufferin—Simcoe
Riding re-created from Grey—Simcoe, Peel—Dufferin—Simcoe
and York—Simcoe
31st  1979–1980     Ronald Stewart Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980–1984
33rd  1984–1988
Riding dissolved into Simcoe Centre, Simcoe North and York—Simcoe

Election results[edit]

Simcoe South, 1867–1925[edit]

1867 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative William Carruthers Little 1,411
Independent Thomas Saunders 1,055
1872 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative William Carruthers Little Acclaimed
1874 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative William Carruthers Little Acclaimed
1878 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative William Carruthers Little 1,137
Independent Geo. Fletcher 694


Canadian federal by-election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Richard Tyrwhitt Acclaimed
1882 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Richard Tyrwhitt 1,441
Independent D. Dunn 1,435
1887 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Richard Tyrwhitt 1,834
Liberal W. Wright 774
1891 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Richard Tyrwhitt Acclaimed
1896 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Richard Tyrwhitt 2,146
Patrons of Industry Thos. W. Lennox 1,620
1900 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Haughton Lennox 2,331
Liberal Jos. Whitesides 1,409
1904 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Haughton Lennox 1,702
Liberal William C. Henry 1,643
1908 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Haughton Lennox 2,830
Liberal James Campbell 1,300
1911 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Haughton Lennox 3,278
Liberal Thomas Hammell 1,636


Canadian federal by-election, 1912
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative William Alves Boys Acclaimed
1917 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Government (Unionist) William Alves Boys 5,771
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) John Henry Mitchell 1,157
1921 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative William Alves Boys 6,509
Progressive Compton Barker Jeffs 4,758

Simcoe South, 1979–1988[edit]

1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Ronald Stewart 25,483
Liberal Ray Ramsay 12,687
New Democratic Gaye Lamb 8,307
1980 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Ronald Stewart 19,768
Liberal Bruce Owen 16,174
New Democratic Paul Wessenger 9,474
1984 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Ronald Stewart 30,702
Liberal Bruce Owen 13,900
New Democratic Frank Berry 8,283

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