Vancouver (electoral district)

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For other ridings named Vancouver, see Vancouver (electoral districts).
British Columbia electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
District created 1872
District abolished 1903
First contested 1872
Last contested 1900

Vancouver was a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1872 to 1904. This riding was created for the 1872 federal election, following British Columbia's admission into the Canadian Confederation in 1871, and lasted until 1903.

The name of this riding is not derived from the contemporary City of Vancouver, B.C., but from its first incarnation in 1871 as the riding representing Vancouver Island (excepting the Victoria-area ridings). The Vancouver area was part of the New Westminster electoral district at the time of the province joining Confederation.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Years Member Party
2nd  1872–1874     Francis Hincks Liberal–Conservative
3rd  1874–1878     Arthur Bunster Liberal
4th  1878–1882
5th  1882–1887     David William Gordon Liberal–Conservative
6th  1887–1891
7th  1891–1893
 1893–1896     Andrew Haslam Liberal–Conservative
8th  1896–1900     William Wallace Burns McInnes Liberal
9th  1900–1904     Ralph Smith Liberal
Riding dissolved into Nanaimo and Comox—Atlin

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Ralph Smith 1,256 42.49 +1.33
Conservative Clive Phillips Wolley 868 29.36 -3.69
Liberal William Sloan 832 28.15 -12.81
Total valid votes 2,956 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +2.51
Canadian federal election, 1896
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Wm. W.B. McInnes 1,020 40.96
Conservative Andrew Haslam 823 33.05
Conservative James Haggart 647 25.98
Total valid votes 2,490 100.0  
Canadian federal by-election, 1893
On David William Gordon's death, 19 February 1893
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative Andrew Haslam acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1891
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative D.W. Gordon acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1887
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal–Conservative D.W. Gordon 713 60.53 +0.27
Conservative J.T. Planta 465 39.47
Total valid votes 1,178 100.0  
Liberal–Conservative hold Swing -19.60
Canadian federal election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal–Conservative David William Gordon 455 60.26 +23.02
Liberal Arthur Bunster 300 39.74 -7.12
Total valid votes 755 100.0  
Liberal–Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +15.07
Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Arthur Bunster 336 46.86 -16.47
Liberal–Conservative D.W. Gordon 267 37.24
Unknown A.J. McLellan 74 10.32
Unknown John Jessop 40 5.58
Total valid votes 717 100.0  
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Arthur Bunster 209 63.33
Unknown A.C. Anderson 84 25.45
Unknown J.W. Carey 37 11.21
Canadian federal election, 1872
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal–Conservative Francis Hincks acclaimed
Minister of Finance in the MacDonald government, unseated in Ontario and parachuted into this riding. Arthur Bunster and other local candidates stood down so that Hincks could have the seat by acclamation. He never saw British Columbia, despite being MP for one of its parliamentary seats for two years.

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