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Dick Bell
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
In office
August 9, 1962 – April 22, 1963
Prime MinisterJohn Diefenbaker
Preceded byEllen Fairclough
Succeeded byGuy Favreau
Member of the Canadian Parliament for Carleton
In office
June 10, 1957 – April 8, 1963
Preceded byGeorge A. Drew
Succeeded byCyril Lloyd Francis
In office
November 8, 1965 – June 25, 1968
Preceded byCyril Lloyd Francis
Succeeded byRiding dissolved
Personal details
Born
Richard Albert Bell

(1913-09-04)September 4, 1913
Nepean, Ontario, Canada
DiedMarch 20, 1988(1988-03-20) (aged 74)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Canada
ProfessionPolitician

Richard Albert Bell, PC (September 4, 1913 – March 20, 1988) was a member of the House of Commons of Canada representing Carleton from 1957 to 1963 and from 1965 to 1968.

He was born at Britannia Heights in Nepean Township, Ontario in 1913. He served as solicitor for Nepean Township and the City of Nepean.

Elected as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament in the government of John Diefenbaker, Bell was Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 1962 to 1963.

Dick Bell Park on the Ottawa River, home of the Nepean Sailing Club, was named in his honour.

He died in Ottawa in 1988. He is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa.

The family home, "Fairfields", 3080 Richmond Rd. where he was born and died was donated to the city of Ottawa in 2000. Fairfields Heritage Property was built in the 1840s. The residence was rebuilt in the Gothic Revival style after a fire in 1870. The heritage home, which sits on 1.84 acres of the prominent Bell family's once extensive farm, was included amongst other architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings in Doors Open Ottawa, held June 2 and 3, 2012.[1]

He was one of the founding partners of the law firm Bell Baker LLP located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Electoral history

1965 Canadian federal election: Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 32,456 43.90 –2.39
Liberal Lloyd Francis 31,523 42.64 –5.37
New Democratic Donald V. Stirling 9,953 13.46 +8.79
Total valid votes 73,932 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +1.49
1963 Canadian federal election: Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lloyd Francis 32,325 48.01 +6.02
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 31,168 46.29 –5.40
New Democratic Lewis Hanley 3,144 4.67 –0.19
Social Credit Harold Herbert Splett 699 1.04 –0.44
Total valid votes 67,336 100.0  
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +5.71
1962 Canadian federal election: Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 32,125 51.66 –15.81
Liberal Lloyd Francis 26,109 41.99 +13.86
New Democratic Lewis Hanley 3,024 4.86 +1.20
Social Credit Harold Herbert Splett 922 1.48 +0.75
Total valid votes 62,180 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing –14.84
1958 Canadian federal election: Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 32,741 67.47 +5.69
Liberal George Humble 13,652 28.13 –5.79
Co-operative Commonwealth Stewart I. Crawford 1,777 3.66 +0.70
Social Credit Grace Gough 355 0.73 –0.62
Total valid votes 48,525 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +5.74
1957 Canadian federal election: Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Dick Bell 27,865 61.78 +6.53
Liberal Frank Egan Dunlap 15,298 33.92 –6.34
Co-operative Commonwealth Stewart I. Crawford 1,334 2.96 +0.01
Social Credit Eric Kingsley Fallis 607 1.35 –0.19
Total valid votes 45,104 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +6.44

Archives

There is a Richard Albert Bell fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[2] It contains 32.794 m of textual records and 330 photographs.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://ottawa.ca/doorsopen Doors Open Ottawa
  2. ^ "Richard Albert Bell fonds, Library and Archives Canada".
  3. ^ "Finding aid to Richard Albert Bell fonds, Library and Archives Canada" (PDF).
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