Richard Durante

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Richard John Joseph Durante
Member of Parliament
for Comox—Alberni
In office
June 1968 February 1969
Personal details
Born(1930-08-17)17 August 1930
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Died11 September 2003(2003-09-11) (aged 73)
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
Political party Liberal
Professionsupervising principal

Richard John Joseph Durante (born 17 August 1930 at New Westminster, British Columbia - 11 September 2003 [1] ) was a Liberal Party member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was a supervising principal by career.

In the 1968 general election, Tom Barnett was initially declared the winner of the Comox—Alberni riding over Durante by a three-vote margin. But the Liberals demanded a recount whose result gave Durante a nine-vote lead, therefore giving Durante the seat in Parliament. However, Barnett and his party's riding association filed a court challenge that concluded on 3 February 1969 when two British Columbia Supreme Court judges ruled that twelve Canadian Forces members had voted despite being ineligible. The result was therefore invalidated. [2] Durante was allowed to remain a member of the House of Commons for one additional week, to allow time for a possible appeal. [3] The Liberals ultimately decided not to challenge the ruling, and Durante's seat was declared vacant.

This led to a by-election on 8 April 1969 which Barnett won against Durante, therefore cutting short the Liberal candidate's career in federal politics.

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  2. The Canadian Press (4 February 1969). "Liberal victory ruled invalid by B.C. court". The Globe and Mail . p. 2.
  3. Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1969, p. 1.