Similkameen (electoral district)

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Similkameen was the name of a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia formed around the historic mining district of the same name. It made its first appearance on the hustings in the election of 1903. After the 1963 election, which was the occasion of this riding's last appearance, this electoral district was combined with the Boundary District to form Boundary-Similkameen for the 1966 election.

Demographics[edit]

Population, 1901
Population change, 1901–1961
Area (km²)
Population density (people per km²)

Notable MLAs[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Note: Winners of each election are in bold.

10th British Columbia election, 1903
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Lytton Wilmot Shatford 299 58.28% unknown
  Liberal William Alexander McLean 214 41.72% unknown
Total valid votes 513 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
11th British Columbia election, 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Lytton Wilmot Shatford 298 56.55% unknown
  Liberal Curtis Smith 200 37.95% unknown
Socialist George Edgar Winkler 29 5.50% unknown
Total valid votes 527 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
12th British Columbia election, 1909
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Lytton Wilmot Shatford 440 68.22% unknown
  Liberal Richard Elmhirst 205 31.78% unknown
Total valid votes 645 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
1 Also spelled Elmhurst.
13th British Columbia election, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Lytton Wilmot Shatford Acclaimed -.-% unknown
Total valid votes n/a 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
14th British Columbia election, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative Lytton Wilmot Shatford 650 55.41% unknown
  Liberal Robert Scott Conklin 523 44.59% unknown
Total valid votes 1,173 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
15th British Columbia election, 1920
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative William Alexander McKenzie 1,354 51.72% unknown
  Liberal Edward John Chambers 1,264 48.28% unknown
Total valid votes 2,618 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
16th British Columbia election, 1924
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative William Alexander McKenzie 1,306 39.56% unknown
Provincial Percy Walter Gregory 1,224 37.08% unknown
  Liberal Zella May McGregor 771 23.36% unknown
Total valid votes 3,301 100.00%
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
17th British Columbia election, 1928
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Conservative William Alexander McKenzie 2,079 55.53% unknown
  Liberal Charles Herbert Percy Tupper 2 1,665 44.47% unknown
Total valid votes 3,744 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 63
Turnout %
2 Not to be confused with Canadian Prime Minister Sir Charles Tupper or his son, Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper.
18th British Columbia election, 1933
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Charles Herbert Percy Tupper 1,765 43.23% unknown
Non-Partisan Independent Group William Alexander McKenzie 1,386 33.95% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Francis Henry (Frank) Brown 730 17.88% unknown
  Independent Thomas Heeney 202 4.95% unknown
Total valid votes 4,083 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 81
Turnout %
18th British Columbia election, 1937
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Liberal Charles Herbert Percy Tupper 2,266 43.55% unknown
Conservative Harry Howes Boyle 2,130 40.94% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Francis Henry (Frank) Brown 807 15.51% unknown
Total valid votes 5,203 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 71
Turnout %
19th British Columbia election, 1941
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. George Bernard Webber 2,601 41.16% unknown
  Liberal Charles Herbert Percy Tupper 1,965 31.10% unknown
Conservative Thomas F. Daly 1,753 27.74% unknown
Total valid votes 6,319 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 118
Turnout %
19th British Columbia election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Coalition Reginald Robert Laird 3,447 57.09% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Bernard George Webber 2,591 42.91% unknown
Total valid votes 6,038 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 53
Turnout %
20th British Columbia election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Coalition Maurice Patrick Finnerty 5,744 58.78% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Bernard George Webber 4,028 41.22% unknown
Total valid votes 9,772 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 284
Turnout %
21st British Columbia election, 1952 3
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Harold Sidney Kenyon 3,433 32.02% 4,668 49.77% unknown
     B.C. Social Credit League Harry Denyer Francis 3,344 31.19% 4,712 50.23% unknown
  Liberal Maurice Patrick Finnerty 2,545 23.73% - -.- % unknown
Total valid votes 10,723 100.00% 9,380
Total rejected ballots 296
Turnout %
3 Preferential ballot. First and final of three counts only shown.
22nd British Columbia election, 1953 4
Party Candidate Votes
1st count
% Votes
final count
% ±%
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 4,465 43.29% 5,418 56.89%
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Harold Sidney Kenyon 3,419 33.14% 4,105 43.11% unknown
  Liberal James Bowie Fairley 2,109 20.44% - -.- % unknown
Conservative John Brown McLaren Clarke 323 3.13% - -.- %
Total valid votes 10,316 100.00% 9,523
Total rejected ballots 347
Turnout %
4 Preferential ballot. First and second of three counts only shown.
23rd British Columbia election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 5,189 53.94% unknown
  Liberal Frank William Laird 1,181 37.94% unknown
  Co-operative Commonwealth Fed. Stephen Archibald Mepham 2,200 22.87% unknown
  Progressive Conservative James Douglas Southworth 487 5.06% unknown
Total valid votes 9,620 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 90
Turnout %
24th British Columbia election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 4,797 46.84% unknown
  CCF Francis Douglas Stuart 3,151 30.77% unknown
  Liberal Johannes Joseph Winkelaar 1,454 14.20% unknown
  Progressive Conservative Winnifred Odetta Mathias 840 8.20% unknown
Total valid votes 10,242 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 75
Turnout %
25th British Columbia election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ± Expenditures
Social Credit Frank Richter, Jr. 5,093 48.71% unknown
New Democratic Francis Douglas Stuart 2,636 25.21% unknown
  Liberal Alwyn Day Coleman Washington 1,423 13.61% unknown
  Progressive Conservative Evelyn Annie McElroy 1,303 12.46% unknown
Total valid votes 10,455 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 86
Turnout %

The riding was redistributed following the 1963 election. The main successor riding was Boundary-Similkameen.

Sources[edit]

Elections BC Historical Returns