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History of Federal Ridings since 1867



ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia (1867 - 1917)


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 1863, c.37

The County of Sydney in the Province of Nova Scotia shall hereafter be called and known as the County of Antigonishe; and all laws now in force with reference to the County of Sydney, shall hereafter be applicable to the County of Antigonishe.

Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1836, c.79

That, from and after the time this Act shall come in operation, the present County of Sydney shall be divided into two separate and distinct Counties, that is so say: into the Counties of Sydney and Guysborough, the said County of Sydney to comprise, contain and include, the present Upper District of the said County of Sydney; and the said County of Guysborough to comprise, contain and include, the present Lower District of the said County of Sydney, and the Lines and Boundaries of the said Counties of Sydney and Guysborough shall be respectively the Lines and Boundaries of the said two Districts of the said County of Sydney, as now established.

County of Sydney (May 3, 1828)

Commencing at a slate rock, on the Eastern side of the falls of the River Ekimsegam, and at a post and pile of stones marked on the west side CH on the Eastern side CS from thence running North twenty five miles and a quarter of a mile to a square post surrounded by a pile of stones marked SC on the East and HC on the West side from thence running South eighty five degrees East fourteen miles to a square post and pile of stones marked CS on the Eastern side and CH on the western side, thence running North twenty six miles to the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to a square post surrounded by a pile of stones and marked on the East side CS on the West side CH thence Easterly along the shore to the entrance of the Gut of Canso, and by a line drawn through the centre of said Gut Southerly to the Southern entrance of the same, thence Westerly and Southerly along the shores of Chedabucto Bay, and Easterly along the shore of said bay, and Westerly by the Southern shore of the Province, to Ekimsegum aforenamed comprehending all the Islands in front of the foregoing limits save the Island of Cape Breton, and its appendant Isles.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1 1867/08/07 MCDONALD, Hugh Lawyer  1,238 76.04% A Conf 
HENRY, Wm. A. Lawyer  390 23.96% Cons. 

S.C. 1872, c.13

The boundaries were not adjusted.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
2 1872/07/20 MCDONALD, Hugh Lawyer  accl.   Lib.-Cons. 

By-Election:   On Mr. McDonald being appointed Minister of Militia and Defence, 1-7-1873

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1873/07/07 MCDONALD, Hugh Lawyer  accl.   Lib.-Cons. 

By-Election:   On Mr. McDonald being appointed Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, 5-11-1873

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1873/12/20 MCISAAC, Angus Lawyer  accl.   Lib 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
3 1874/01/22 MCISAAC, Angus Lawyer  accl.   Lib 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
4 1878/09/17 MCISAAC, Angus Lawyer  833 45.03% Lib 
WHIDDEN, Charles B.   702 37.95% Unknown 
MCKINNON, John J.   315 17.03% Unknown 

S.C. 1882, c.3

The boundaries were not adjusted.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
5 1882/06/20 MCISAAC, Angus Lawyer  1,068 59.23% Lib 
WHIDDEN, C.B.   735 40.77% Unknown 

By-Election:   On Mr. McIsaac being appointed County Court Judge for District No. 6, 24-9-1885

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1885/10/16 THOMPSON, John Sparrow David Lawyer  1,020 56.29% Lib.-Cons. 
MCINTOSH, Alexander Physician  792 43.71% I Con 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
6 1887/02/22 THOMPSON, John Sparrow David Lawyer  1,247 50.81% Lib.-Cons. 
MCGILLIVRAY, Hon. A.   1,207 49.19% Lib 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
7 1891/03/05 THOMPSON, John Sparrow David Lawyer  1,346 54.60% Lib.-Cons. 
MCGILLIVRAY, Angus   1,119 45.40% Unknown 

By-Election:   On Mr. Thompson's death, 12-12-1894

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1895/04/17 MCISAAC, Colin Francis Lawyer  accl.   Lib 

S.C. 1892, c.11

The boundaries were not adjusted.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
8 1896/06/23 MCISAAC, Colin Francis Lawyer  1,341 52.28% Lib 
CHISHOLM, J.A.   1,224 47.72% Cons. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
9 1900/11/07 MCISAAC, Colin Francis Lawyer  1,403 55.24% Lib 
GIRROIR, Edward Lavin   1,137 44.76% Cons. 

S.C. 1903, c.60

The boundaries were not adjusted.

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
10 1904/11/03 MCISAAC, Colin Francis Lawyer  1,619 66.65% Lib 
CAMERON, Hugh   810 33.35% Cons. 

By-Election:   On Mr. McIsaac being appointed Railway Commissioner, 3-7-1905

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
1905/11/22 CHISHOLM, William Lawyer  1,325 54.87% Lib 
GIRROIR, Edward Lavin   1,090 45.13% Cons. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
11 1908/10/26 CHISHOLM, William Lawyer  1,291 50.39% Lib 
GIRROIR, Edward Lavin   1,271 49.61% Cons. 

Parl Date Candidate Occupation Votes Votes (%) Party Elected
12 1911/09/21 CHISHOLM, William Lawyer  1,468 59.80% Lib 
CAMERON, John J.   987 40.20% Cons. 

The electoral district was abolished in 1917.


See:ANTIGONISH--GUYSBOROUGH (Nova Scotia)(1917 - 1968)


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