Comox—Powell River

Comox—Powell River was a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1979 to 1988.

Comox—Powell River
British Columbia electoral district
Defunct federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
District created1979
District abolished1988
First contested1979
Last contested1984

This riding was created in 1976 from parts of Coast Chilcotin, Comox–Alberni and Skeena ridings.

It was abolished in 1987 when it was redistributed into Comox—Alberni and North Island—Powell River ridings.

It consisted of

  • the Mount Waddington Regional District;
  • the Powell River Regional District, except Lasqueti Island and the adjacent smaller islands;
  • the Comox–Strathcona Regional District;
  • the Central Coast Regional District;
  • the southern part of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District, i.e., the part lying south of a line drawn from east to west along Finlayson Channel, Sarah Passage, Tolmie Channel, Meyers Passage and Laredo Sound; and
  • the Sunshine Coast Regional District.

Members of ParliamentEdit

Parliament Years Member Party
Riding created from Coast Chilcotin,
Comox—Alberni and Skeena
31st  1979–1980     Ray Skelly New Democratic
32nd  1980–1984
33rd  1984–1988
Riding dissolved into Comox—Alberni
and North Island—Powell River

Election resultsEdit

1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Ray Skelly 22,075 44.28
Progressive Conservative Al Lazerte 17,556 35.21
Liberal Jack Pearsall 9,910 19.88
Communist Sy Pederson 314 0.63
Total valid votes 49,855 100.0  
This riding was created from parts of Coast Chilcotin, Comox—Alberni and Skeena, which each elected a Liberal candidate in the previous election. Jack Pearsall was the incumbent from Coast Chilcotin.
1980 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raymond Skelly 25,007 48.97 +4.69
Progressive Conservative Al Lazerte 16,545 32.40 -2.81
Liberal Shirley McLoughlin 9,221 18.06 -1.82
Communist Sy Pederson 292 0.57 -0.06
Total valid votes 51,065
New Democratic hold Swing +3.75
1984 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Raymond Skelly 27,288 44.61 -4.36
Progressive Conservative Mike Hicks 26,566 43.43 +11.03
Liberal Wayne Nesbitt 5,790 9.46 -8.60
Green Wayne D. White 505 0.83
Confederation of Regions Allan W. Griffiths 452 0.74
Social Credit Rob Higgin 357 0.58
Communist Sy Pederson 215 0.35 -0.22
Total valid votes 61,173 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing -7.70

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