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History of Federal Ridings since 1867



CAPE BRETON, Nova Scotia (1867 - 1904)


British North America Act, 1867

Each of the Eighteen Counties of Nova Scotia shall be an Electoral District. The County of Halifax shall be entitled to return Two Members, and each of the other Counties One Member.

R.S. of Nova Scotia, 1864, c.3, s.6

The boundaries of counties, townships, electoral divisions and polling districts, for the purposes of this chapter, shall be the same as are now established.

Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1852, c.17

The County of Cape Breton shall comprise all that part of the late county of Cape Breton to the southward of a line commencing at the entrance of a large stream that falls into the sea, about three miles to the westward of Point Ancomi, at the eastern extremity of the Island of Boularderie, and following the middle of the stream upwards, until it intersects the present highway between the great and little Bras d'Or; thence running parallel to the rear line of the front lot, on the north side of Boularderie, until it comes to the southwestern corner of the Reverend James Fraser's lot, on the north side thence south twenty degrees east, to the southeastern shore of Boularderie, and to continue on the same course to the middle of the Bras d'Or lake thence up the middle thereof westerly, to the middle of the strait of Barra thence following the mid channel thereof to the western end of the Strait thence in a direct line to the line at or near Point Malagawactchkt (sic) that separates the county of Cape Breton from the County of Inverness...

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1 1867/08/07 MCKEAGNEY, James Lawyer  accl.   A Conf 

S.C. 1872, c.13

The county of Cape Breton shall return two members.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
2 1872/07/20 MACKAY, Newton LeGayet Lawyer  1,240 30.30% Cons. 
MCDONALD, William Merchant  1,038 25.37% Cons. 
MCLEOD, Hugh Lawyer  932 22.78% Lib.-Cons. 
MCKEAGNEY, James Lawyer  882 21.55% Lib.-Cons. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
3 1874/01/22 MCDONALD, William Merchant  1,251 35.79% Cons. 
MACKAY, Newton LeGayet Lawyer  1,136 32.50% Lib 
MCLEOD, Hugh Lawyer  1,108 31.70% Lib.-Cons. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
4 1878/09/17 MCLEOD, Hugh Lawyer  2,056 34.52% Lib.-Cons. 
MCDONALD, William Merchant  2,051 34.44% Cons. 
MACKAY, Newton LeGayet Lawyer  1,153 19.36% Lib 
YOUNG, Walter   696 11.69% Unknown 

By-Election:   On Mr. McLeod's death, 5-8-1879

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1879/10/23 MCLEOD, William McKenzie Physician  1,094 39.65% Lib.-Cons. 
MACKAY, Newton LeGayet Lawyer  866 31.39% Lib 
DODD, Murray Lawyer  799 28.96% Cons. 

S.C. 1882, c.3

The boundaries were not adjusted.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
5 1882/06/20 MCDONALD, William Merchant  1,297 23.14% Cons. 
DODD, Murray Lawyer  1,237 22.07% Cons. 
MCLEOD, William McKenzie Physician  1,124 20.05% Lib.-Cons. 
MACKAY, Newton LeGayet Lawyer  1,013 18.07% Lib 
MCDOUGALL, Hector Francis General merchant  934 16.66% Lib.-Cons. 

By-Election:   On Mr. McDonald being called to the Senate

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1884/07/03 MCDOUGALL, Hector Francis General merchant  1,395 52.84% Lib.-Cons. 
MACKAY, Newton LeGayet Lawyer  1,245 47.16% Lib 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
6 1887/02/22 MCDOUGALL, Hector Francis General merchant  1,883 21.97% Lib.-Cons. 
MACKEEN, David Merchant  1,873 21.86% Cons. 
MURRAY, Geo. H.   1,703 19.87% Lib 
SLATTERY, Michael   1,071 12.50% Lib 
GILLIS, Jos. A.   896 10.46% Ind. 
MCLEOD, John K.   606 7.07% Ind. 
MOSELEY, E. Tilton   538 6.28% Ind. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
7 1891/03/05 MACKEEN, David Merchant  2,889 29.45% Cons. 
MCDOUGALL, Hector Francis General merchant  2,681 27.33% Lib.-Cons. 
MURRAY, Geo. H.   2,161 22.03% Lib 
MCPHERSON, Joseph   2,078 21.18% Lib 

S.C. 1892, c.11

The boundaries were not adjusted.

By-Election:   On Mr. MacKeen's resignation to provide a seat for Sir Charles Tupper, 18-12-1895

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1896/02/04 TUPPER, Charles Physician  accl.   Cons. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
8 1896/06/23 TUPPER, Charles Physician  3,630 29.75% Cons. 
MCDOUGALL, Hector Francis General merchant  3,430 28.11% Lib.-Cons. 
KENDALL, Arthur Samuel Physician  2,813 23.06% Lib 
MCPHERSON, Joseph   2,328 19.08% Lib 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
9 1900/11/07 JOHNSTON, Alexander Journalist  3,922 25.99% Lib 
KENDALL, Arthur Samuel Physician  3,890 25.78% Lib 
TUPPER, Charles Physician  3,672 24.34% Cons. 
MCDOUGALL, Hector Francis General merchant  3,604 23.89% Lib.-Cons. 

The electoral district was abolished in 1904.


See:CAPE BRETON SOUTH (Nova Scotia)(1904 - 1917)
NORTH CAPE BRETON AND VICTORIA (Nova Scotia)(1904 - 1925)


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