Athabaska (electoral district)

Athabaska was a federal electoral district Alberta, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1925 to 1968.

Athabaska
Alberta electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
District created1924
District abolished1966
First contested1925
Last contested1965

HistoryEdit

This riding was created as "Athabaska" in 1924 from parts of Battle River, Edmonton East and Edmonton West ridings.

Its first election was poorly conducted with many election irregularities. The culprits, two Edmonton lawyers, barely avoided criminal prosecution. [1]

The riding was abolished in 1966 when it was redistributed into Athabasca, Peace River and Vegreville ridings.

Members of ParliamentEdit

This riding has elected the following members of the House of Commons of Canada:

Athabaska
Parliament Years Member Party
Riding created from Battle River, Edmonton East
and Edmonton West
15th  1925–1926     Charles Wilson Cross Liberal
16th  1926–1930     Donald Ferdinand Kellner United Farmers of Alberta
17th  1930–1932     John Francis Buckley Liberal
 1932–1935     Percy Griffith Davies Conservative
18th  1935–1940     Percy John Rowe Social Credit
19th  1940–1945     Joseph Miville Dechene Liberal
20th  1945–1949
21st  1949–1953
22nd  1953–1957
23rd  1957–1958
24th  1958–1962     Jack Bigg Progressive Conservative
25th  1962–1963
26th  1963–1965
27th  1965–1968
Riding dissolved into Athabasca, Peace River
and Vegreville

Election resultsEdit

1925 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Charles Wilson Cross 5,078
Progressive Donald Ferdinand Kellner 3,648
Conservative Charles Jenry Gauvreau 643
1926 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
United Farmers of Alberta Donald Ferdinand Kellner 4,870 63.74
Liberal Charles Wilson Cross 2,770 36.26
Source: "History of Federal Ridings since 1867:Athabaska, Alberta". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved October 27, 2009.
1930 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal John Francis Buckley 5,504
United Farmers of Alberta Donald Ferdinand Kellner 4,190
Conservative Emanuel Michajluk 2,218


Canadian federal by-election, 21 March 1932
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Percy Griffith Davies 4,910
Liberal DOZE, Isaac Stanley 4,586
United Farmers of Alberta Louis Normandeau 3,418
Farmer–United Labour Carl Axelson 2,388
Called as a result of Mr. Buckley's death, 27 November 1931
1935 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Social Credit Percy John Rowe 5,424
Liberal James Owen Mcnamee 3,007
Conservative Adéodat Boileau 1,269
Independent Joseph McCrae Newman† 733

† Joseph McCrae Newman ran under the Technocrat party banner.

1940 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joseph Miville Dechene 5,961
New Democracy William Hayhurst 4,817
Co-operative Commonwealth Percy John Rowe 2,052
1945 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joseph Miville Dechene 5,301
Social Credit Arthur Bruce Hickox 4,823
Co-operative Commonwealth John Mandius Wagner 1,756
Labor–Progressive Beatrice Ferneyhough 1,564
Progressive Conservative Robert Wilson Shopland 1,375
1949 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joseph Miville Dechene 7,566
Social Credit Orvis A. Kennedy 4,982
Co-operative Commonwealth John Hannochko 1,738
Independent SC John Nykiforuk 1,198
Progressive Conservative Joseph H. Bédard 1,139
1953 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joseph Miville Dechene 7,956
Social Credit Albert Edward Pearce 5,945
Labor–Progressive Daniel Gamache 1,168
Co-operative Commonwealth Robert Joseph Philipzyk 990
1957 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Joseph Miville Dechene 7,453
Social Credit Archie A. McPhail 7,029
Progressive Conservative Alec Shore 2,116
Co-operative Commonwealth Nicholas W. Svekla 1,381

1958 electionEdit

1958 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Jack Bigg 9,751
Liberal Joachim Peter Renaud 4,473
Social Credit Archie A. McPhail 3,806
Co-operative Commonwealth Nick Baron 820

1962 electionEdit

1962 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Jack Bigg 9,678
Liberal Jules Van Brabant 5,554
Social Credit Joe Mikkelsen 4,679
New Democratic Pierre-Maurice Vallée 1,306

1963 electionEdit

1963 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Jack Bigg 12,074
Liberal Richard Hall 5,416
Social Credit Peter Chaba 3,601
New Democratic Alex Szchechina 1,045

1965 electionEdit

1965 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Jack Bigg 11,652
Liberal Dave Hunter 6,692
Social Credit Joe Van Hauwaert 2,197
New Democratic Peter Grant Forman 1,016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Edmonton Bulletin, Nov. 16, 1926, p. 1

External linksEdit