Wellington South

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For the New Zealand electorate, see Wellington South (New Zealand electorate).

Wellington South was a Canadian federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1968. It was located in the province of Ontario. It was created by the British North America Act of 1867 as the "South Riding of the county of Wellington". The County of Wellington was divided into three ridings: the North, South and Centre Ridings".

The South Riding initially consisted of the Town of Guelph, and the Townships of Guelph and Puslinch. In 1872, the Townships of Eramosa and Erin were added to the riding.

In 1903, the county of Wellington was divided into two ridings, to be called the north and the south ridings of Wellington. To the south riding were added consisted of the townships of Nichol and Pilkington, and the villages of Elora, Erin and Fergus.

In 1924, the riding was renamed "Wellington South" and was defined as consisting of the part of the county of Wellington lying south of the north boundary of the township of Pilkington, the north and east boundaries of the township of Nichol and the north boundary of the townships of Eramosa and Erin.

In 1933, it was redefined to consist of the part of the county of Wellington lying south of the north boundary of the township of Pilkington, the north and east boundaries of the township of Nichol and the north and east boundaries of the townships of Eramosa.

In 1947, it was redefined to consist of the city of Guelph and the townships of Puslinch, Eramosa, Guelph, Pilkington and Nichol. In 1952, the township of Erin and the village of Elora were added, while the township of Nichol was removed.

The electoral district was abolished in 1966 when it was redistributed between Halton, Wellington and Wellington—Grey ridings.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Parliament Years Member and margin of victory Party
1st 1867–1872 19.2%     David Stirton Liberal
2nd 1872–1874 acclaimed
3rd 1874–1876 56.3%
3rd* 1876–1878 3.0%     DonaldGuthrie23.jpg Donald Guthrie Liberal
4th 1878–1882 9.0%
5th 1882–1887 3.4%     JamesInnes23.jpg James Innes Liberal
6th 1887–1891 2.6%
7th 1891–1896 8.0%
8th 1896–1900 2.8%     ChristianKloepfer23.jpg Christian Kloepfer Conservative
9th 1900–1904 2.0%     Hugh Guthrie.png Hugh Guthrie Liberal
10th 1904–1908 5.4%
11th 1908–1911 10.0%
12th 1911–1917 10.2%
13th 1917–1921 55.0%     Unionist
14th 1921–1925 0.7% Conservative
15th 1925–1926 4.2%
16th 1926–1930 6.6%
17th 1930–1935 5.0%
18th 1935–1940 17.7%     Robert Gladstone Liberal
19th 1940–1945 17.6%
20th 1945–1949 4.4%
21st 1949–1953 11.7%     Henry Alfred Hosking Liberal
22nd 1953–1957 2.7%
23rd 1957–1958 26.0%     Alfred Hales Progressive Conservative
24th 1958–1962 27.3%
25th 1962–1963 10.5%
26th 1963–1965 2.2%
27th 1965–1968 7.2%

* denotes byelection

Electoral history[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1867
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal David STIRTON 963 59.6
Unknown STONE 652 40.4
Total valid votes 1,615 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1872: Wellington South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal David STIRTON acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal David STIRTON 1,667 78.1
Unknown H. HATCH 468 21.9
Total valid votes 2,135 100.0
By-election: On Mr. Stirton's resignation to become Postmaster of Guelph, 5 July 1876: Wellington South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Donald GUTHRIE 1,366 51.5 -26.6
     Conservative James GOLDIE 1,288 48.5 26.6
Total valid votes 2,654 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Donald GUTHRIE 1,832 54.5 3.0
Conservative James GOLDIE 1,529 45.5 -3.0
Total valid votes 3,361 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal James INNES 1,790 51.7 -2.8
Conservative James GOLDIE 1,672 48.3 2.8
Total valid votes 3,462 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1887
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal James INNES 2,411 51.3 -0.4
Conservative James GOLDIE 2,285 48.7 0.4
Total valid votes 4,696 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1891
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal James INNES 2,510 54.0 2.7
Conservative James GOLDIE 2,134 46.0 -2.7
Total valid votes 4,644 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1896
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Christian KLOEPFER 2,578 51.4 5.4
Liberal James INNES 2,440 48.6 -5.4
Total valid votes 5,018 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hugh GUTHRIE 2,755 51.0 2.4
Conservative Christian KLOEPFER 2,649 49.0 -2.4
Total valid votes 5,404 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hugh GUTHRIE 3,694 52.7 1.7
Conservative Christian KLOEPFER 3,315 47.3 -1.7
Total valid votes 7,009 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hugh GUTHRIE 3,873 55.0 2.3
Conservative John NEWSTEAD 3,172 45.0 -2.3
Total valid votes 7,045 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1911
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hugh GUTHRIE 3,368 55.1 0.1
Conservative Arthur Thomas Kelly EVANS 2,744 44.9 -0.1
Total valid votes 6,112 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Government (Unionist) Hugh GUTHRIE 7,358 77.5
Labour Lorne CUNNINGHAM 2,139 22.5
Total valid votes 9,497 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE 6,208 36.6 -40.9
Labour James SINGER 6,077 35.9 13.4
Liberal Samuel CARTER 4,662 27.5 27.5
Total valid votes 16,947 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE 9,096 52.9 16.3
Liberal Robert William GLADSTONE 8,088 47.1 11.1
Total valid votes 17,184 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE 8,515 53.3 0.4
Liberal William A. BURNETT 7,471 46.7 -0.4
Total valid votes 15,986 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE 8,887 53.0 -0.3
Liberal John Burr MITCHELL 7,893 47.0 0.3
Total valid votes 16,780 100.0
By-election: On Mr. Guthrie being appointed Minister of Justice, 25 August 1930: Wellington South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Robert William GLADSTONE 8,840 52.4 5.4
Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE 5,854 34.7 -18.3
Co-operative Commonwealth Charles Elgin FULTON 1,578 9.4 9.4
Reconstruction Frederick NEALE 592 3.5 3.5
Total valid votes 16,864 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Robert William GLADSTONE 8,115 46.9 -5.5
Independent Charles Leroy AUSTEN 5,073 29.3 29.3
Conservative Hugh GUTHRIE 4,121 23.8 -10.9
Total valid votes 17,309 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Robert William GLADSTONE 8,484 45.2 -1.7
Progressive Conservative Charles Patrick MCTAGUE 7,665 40.8 17.1
Co-operative Commonwealth Harold DUNK 2,355 12.6 12.6
Communist James OLDHAM 268 1.4 1.4
Total valid votes 18,772 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Henry Alfred HOSKING 10,344 47.3 2.1
Progressive Conservative G. Ernest ROBERTSON 7,778 35.6 -5.2
Co-operative Commonwealth Charles Franklin LEAMAN 3,748 17.1 4.5
Total valid votes 21,870 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Henry Alfred HOSKING 9,275 45.4 -1.9
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 8,722 42.7 7.1
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas L. WITHERS 2,431 11.9 -5.2
Total valid votes 20,428 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,632 54.6 11.9
Liberal David TOLTON 6,090 28.6 -16.8
Co-operative Commonwealth Thomas L. WITHERS 3,573 16.8 4.9
Total valid votes 21,295 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 15,160 59.4 4.8
Liberal James B. KEATING 8,194 32.1 2.5
Co-operative Commonwealth Fred J. WHITE 2,186 8.5 -7.3
Total valid votes 25,540 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,345 42.0 -17.4
Liberal Roy MCVITTIE 8,508 31.5 -0.6
New Democratic John HARNEY 6,989 25.9 17.4
Social Credit Reginald YOUD 174 0.6 0.6
Total valid votes 27,016 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,350 39.7 -2.3
Liberal Ralph DENT 10,713 37.5 6.0
New Democratic John HARNEY 6,391 22.3 -3.6
Social Credit Reginald YOUD 150 0.5 -0.1
Total valid votes 28,604 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alfred Dryden HALES 11,264 38.8 -0.9
New Democratic John HARNEY 9,190 31.6 7.3
Liberal Donald E. MCFADZEN 8,595 29.6 -7.9
Total valid votes 29,049 100.0

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