Burnaby—Seymour

Burnaby—Seymour was a federal electoral district in the province of British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1968 to 1979.

This riding was created in 1966 from parts of Burnaby—Coquitlam, Burnaby—Richmond and Coast—Capilano ridings. The riding originally consisted of the eastern part of North Vancouver plus areas of Burnaby north of the Grandview Highway and Edmonds Avenue, west of Sperling and north of Pandora Street. That is, North Vancouver east of Lynn Creek plus the Burnaby Heights, Capitol Hill, Brentwood and Deer Lake neighbourhoods of Burnaby.

The riding's first election, in 1968, is notable for being a showdown between the former leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party, Ray Perrault, and federal New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas. Given that the North Shore portions of the riding were largely affluent and upper middle class in character and normally a Liberal bastion, Douglas' strong showing is not so surprising given the working-class and labour background of much of even the better-off parts of the riding in Burnaby.

When this riding was redistributed in 1976, the resulting Burnaby riding consistently returned NDP candidates - this was Svend Robinson's longtime seat. North Vancouver—Burnaby returned a Progressive Conservative member (Chuck Cook) since its creation until it was abolished in 1987, as did its successor riding, the seat of North Vancouver until Reform Party member Ted White took over the seat on Cook's retirement.

In provincial politics, the equivalent area of North Vancouver was among the last holdouts of the provincial Liberal Party prior to it losing its support base to the Social Credit Party in the early 1980s. Jim Nielsen, who first ran for the Liberals in Burnaby-Seymour in 1974, was later a provincial Social Credit cabinet minister.

Election results

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Liberal
Ray Perrault
align="right"|17,891
align="right"|45.23%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
New Democratic Party
Tommy C. Douglas
align="right"|17,753
align="right"|44.89%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Progressive Conservative
Charles MacLean
align="right"|3,206
align="right"|8.11%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Social Credit
Ron Price
align="right"|702
align="right"|1.77%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|39,552!align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
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- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"|unknown!align="right"
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- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"
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New Democratic Party
Nels Nelson
align="right"|18,274
align="right"|37.79%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Liberal
Ray Perrault
align="right"|17,985
align="right"|37.19%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Progressive Conservative
John Ratel
align="right"|11,119
align="right"|22.99%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Social Credit
John B. MacDonald
align="right"|694
align="right"|2.91%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Independent
Bob Thompson
align="right"|133
align="right"|00.28%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Unknown
Eric Waugh
align="right"|120
align="right"|0.25%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Unknown
Lorette Glasheen
align="right"|36
align="right"|0.07%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|48,361!align="right"|100.00%!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"|unknown!align="right"|unknown!align="right"
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"
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Liberal
Marke Raines
align="right"|18,063
align="right"|36.58%|
align="right"|unknown
Progressive Conservative
Jim Nielsen 1
align="right"|17,574
align="right"|35.59%|
align="right"|unknown
New Democratic Party
Nels Nelson
align="right"|13,472
align="right"|27.28%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Communist
Eric Waugh
align="right"|167
align="right"|0.34%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Marxist-Leninist
Jack Maley
align="right"|60
align="right"|0.12%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
Unknown
André Doucet
align="right"|42
align="right"|0.09%
align="right"
align="right"|unknown
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total valid votes!align="right"|49,378!align="right"|100.00%!!
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Total rejected ballots!align="right"|unknown!align="right"|unknown!!
- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=3|Turnout!align="right"
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- bgcolor="white"!align="right" colspan=7|1 Later a cabinet minister in the provincial Social Credit government of Premier William Richards Bennett.

The riding was abolished in 1976. Successor ridings were:

*Burnaby
*North Vancouver—Burnaby

See also

* List of Canadian federal electoral districts
* Past Canadian electoral districts

External links

* [http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/process/house/hfer/hfer.asp?Language=E&Search=Det&Include=Y&rid=92 Riding history from the] Library of Parliament


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