“Done no Good” in North Lanark– A Disgruntled Ramsay Voter

By-election on 22 January 1880
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal MCDONELL, Donald Greenfield 1,107
Conservative JAMIESON, Joseph 1,009


Letter to the Almonte Gazette  re the Lanark North By-Election January 1880

It is well known the N . P. has done no good in North Lanark. In fact he has created a great deal of hardship. He has increased the cost of the necessaries of life: sugar and tea, cotton and woollen goods, all have gone up. The expenses of every family in North Lanark have increased, while the purchasing power of the labourer, and many others has decreased. The wages of the labouring man were lowered,  and in some places hours of labour were increased working at lower wages.

Mr. Jamieson who previously contested the constituency with Mr. Galbraith in 1878, promised the electors better results if the elections were carried in favour of the N . P. What has been the result? There is not a new industry in the shape of manufacturing in North Lanark that was not in it before this policy was carried. It is worse– and a  good many old ones have been closed up.

The furniture factories of Almonte and a foundry are closed-a woollen factory is for sale at Huntersville, and another at Carleton Place has been offered time and again for sale; it can neither be sold nor  leased;— and it is a good new woollen factory with all the modern appliances.

At Innisville there are two woollen factories closed under the N . P. Can Mr. Jamieson explain why this is so? In his canvassing on this ticket he preached prosperity to everyone. Why does he try to throw dust in the eyes of the electors again, or will he frankly admit that there is no good result, from the N .P .!

Mr. Jamieson wishes to build up a class of manufacturers at the expense of everybody-else. He might as well ask the farmers of North Lanark to give them a liberal bonus every year the Conservatives are in power, and give them a tariff which makes the farmer buy at their own price.

VOTER. Ramsay,4th Jan., 1880.  January 16


Joseph Jamieson (March 15, 1839 – March 12, 1922) was a lawyer and political figure in Ontario, Canada. He represented Lanark North in the Canadian House of Commons from 1882 to 1891 as a Conservative member.

He was born in Sherbrooke, Lanark County, Upper Canada, the son of William Jamieson, an immigrant from Ireland, and was educated in Perth. In 1865, he married Elizabeth Carss. Jamieson was called to the Ontario bar in 1869. He served as reeve for Almonte, warden for Lanark County and chairman of the board of license commissioners for North Lanark. Jamieson ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Commons in the 1878 federal election and an 1880 by-election. He resigned his seat in December 1891 after being named junior county judge for Wellington County.

Lanark North was a federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1917. It was located in the province of Ontario. It was created by the British North America Act of 1867 which divided the County of Lanark into two ridings: Lanark South and Lanark North.

In 1882, the North Riding of Lanark was defined to consist of the townships of Ramsay, Pakenham, Darling, Dalhousie, North Sherbrooke, Lavant, Fitzroy, Huntley and Lanark, the Town of Almonte, and the Village of Lanark.

In 1903, the village of Carleton Place was added to the riding, and the townships of Fitzroy and Huntley were excluded.

The electoral district was abolished in 1914 when it was merged into a Lanark riding.

Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Daniel Galbraith 992
Conservative Joseph Jamieson 949

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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