Greenwood (provincial electoral district)


Greenwood (provincial electoral district)

Greenwood was the name of a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It was located in the Boundary Country west of Grand Forks around the city of Greenwood. It first appeared on the hustings in the large redistribution prior to the 1903 election. For the 1924 election it was merged with the Grand Forks riding to form Grand Forks-Greenwood.

For other historical and current provincial electoral districts in the Kootenay region, please see Kootenay (electoral districts).

Political Geography and History

When the Greenwood riding was formed the Boundary and Slocan mining districts were booming and Greenwood was not a city in name only (as it is today, proudly retaining the city status as official vestige of its wealthy past). Like other ridings in the West Kootenay created in advance of the 1903 election out of the West Kootenay (south riding), during the glory days of the Kootenay and Boundary silver and galena booms. Slocan, Kaslo, Rossland, Grand Forks, Nelson City, Ymir and other ridings were also created at this time out of the former West Kootenay (south riding)).

The need for extra ridings ended when the mining era did, and so as the population of Greenwood and neighbouring towns dwindled the Greenwood riding made its last appearance in the 1924 election and was merged with Grand Forks riding into Grand Forks-Greenwood.

Grand Forks-Greenwood remained on the hustings until 1966 when even lower populations resulted in a merger with the valley of the Similkameen river, also a mining district in decline and represented by Similkameen, which was combined with the smelter and railway towns of the Grand Forks-Greenwood area and the southern end of the Okanagana to form the new riding of Boundary-Similkameen.

For other historical and current electoral districts in the West Kootenay region, please see Kootenay (electoral districts).

Demographics

Political geography

Notable elections

Notable MLAs

*Bill Barlee, BC historian, TV host and folk pundit (ret.)

Electoral history

"Note: Winners in each election are in" bold.
Liberal
John Robert Brown 1
align="right"|238
align="right"|36.73%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Socialist Party of B.C.
Robert Low Drury
align="right"|229
align="right"|35.34%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Conservative
James Ernest Spankie
align="right"|181
align="right"|27.93%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|648!align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"
!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"|%!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=7|The "Vancouver Province" newspaper gave 380, 332, and 265 respectively.

Socialist
Edgar William Dynes
align="right"|176
align="right"|30.19%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Liberal
George Ratcliffe Naden
align="right"|217
align="right"|37.22%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Conservative
Frederick Davey
align="right"|190
align="right"|32.59%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|583 !align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"
!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"|%!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=7|8 Sixteenth Premier of British Columbia.

Socialist
George Heatherton
align="right"|204
align="right"|33.01%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Conservative
John Robert Jackson
align="right"|260
align="right"|42.07%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Liberal
Alexander MacDonald
align="right"|154
align="right"|24.92%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|618 !align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"
!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"|%!align="right"
!align="right"

Socialist
George Heatherton
align="right"|102
align="right"|21.89%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Conservative
John Robert Jackson
align="right"|364
align="right"|78.11%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|466 !align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"
!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"|%!align="right"
!align="right"

Conservative
John Robert Jackson
align="right"|205
align="right"|29.45%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Liberal
John Duncan MacLean
align="right"|491
align="right"|70.55%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|696 !align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"
!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"|%!align="right"
!align="right"

Conservative
George Bell
align="right"|292
align="right"|36.55%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Liberal
John Duncan MacLean
align="right"|392
align="right"|49.06%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Independent Farmer
George Henry Pitman
align="right"|115
align="right"|14.39%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|799!align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"
!align="right"
!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"|%!align="right"
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Source

* [http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/electoral_history/toc.html Elections BC Historical Returns]


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