Abbotsford (electoral district)

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Abbotsford
Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia electoral district
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Abbotsford federal electoral district
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Ed Fast
Conservative
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 133,765
Electors (2011) 82,332
Area (km²)[2] 400.83
Pop. density (per km²) 333.7
Census divisions Fraser Valley
Census subdivisions Abbotsford, Fraser Valley H Electoral Area, Matsqui Main 2, Upper Sumas 6

Abbotsford is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 2004.

Demographics[edit]

The riding has the lowest proportion of Catholics in Canada, with just 10.6% of the population adhering to Catholicism.,[3] as well as the highest proportion (9.8%) of "Christian, not included elsewhere" (non-Protestant, non-Catholic, non-Orthodox).[4][5] 12.2% of its population claim Dutch ethnic origin, the highest such figure for any Canadian federal riding.[6]

Geography[edit]

The district includes the City of Abbotsford, Fraser Valley H Electoral Area, and the Indian reserves of Matsqui Main 2 and Upper Sumas 6.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in 2003. 56.1% of the riding was taken from Fraser Valley riding, and 43.9% from Langley—Abbotsford.

Member of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Abbotsford
Riding created from Fraser Valley and Langley—Abbotsford
38th  2004 − 2006     Randy White Conservative
39th  2006 − 2008     Ed Fast Conservative
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

Abbotsford's MP is Ed Fast. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and was first elected in the 2006 election. He is a former Abbotsford city councillor and has worked as a lawyer, having earned a law degree at University of British Columbia. During the 40th Parliament, since January 2009, he was the chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and a member of the Liaison Committee.

Future[edit]

The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of Abbotsford should be adjusted, and a modified electoral district of the same name will be contested in future elections.[7] The redefined Abbotsford loses portions of its current territory in the north and west to the new districts of Matsqui—Mission—Fraser Canyon and Langley—Aldergrove. These new boundaries will be legally defined in the 2013 representation order, which is likely to come into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015. In the unlikely event an election is called prior to April 2014, the current electoral boundaries would remain in effect.[8]

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 32,493 65.02 +1.70
New Democratic David Murray 10,089 20.19 +6.97
Liberal Madeleine Hardin 4,968 9.94 -6.34
Green Daniel Bryce 2,138 4.28 -2.17
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 286 0.57
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,974 100.00
Total rejected ballots 225 0.45 -0.07
Turnout 50,199 59.67 +1
     Conservative hold Swing -2.6
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 30,853 63.32 +0.05 $79,097
Liberal Lionel Traverse 7,933 16.28 +3.61 $63,013
New Democratic Bonnie Rai 6,444 13.22 -3.75 $4,907
Green Karen Durant 3,141 6.45 +0.64 $833
Marijuana Tim Felger 358 0.73 +0.03 --
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,729 100.00 $86,855
Total rejected ballots 256 0.52 +0.13
Turnout 48,985 59 -2
     Conservative hold Swing -1.78
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 29,825 63.27 +1.90 $68,269
New Democratic Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson 8,004 16.97 +3.34 $6,955
Liberal David Oliver* 5,976 12.67 -7.27 $22,258
Green Stephanie Ashley-Pryce 2,740 5.81 +2.93
Marijuana Tim Felger 334 0.70 -0.13
Canadian Action Richard Gebert 173 0.36 $80
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 86 0.18 +0.08
Total valid votes 47,138 100.00
Total rejected ballots 183 0.39
Turnout 47,321 60.69
Conservative hold Swing -0.72

* Oliver was registered as the Liberal candidate, but lost the support of the Liberal Party, and would not have sat with the Liberal caucus had he been he be elected until cleared of allegations made by the NDP candidate.

Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Randy White 29,587 61.37 -14.8 $66,946
Liberal Moe Gill 9,617 19.94 +2.3 $41,240
New Democratic Scott Fast 6,575 13.63 +9.7 $7,584
Green Karl Hann 1,389 2.88 $539
Christian Heritage Harold J. Ludwig 585 1.21 $2,075
Marijuana Tim Felger 404 0.83 $9,999
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 51 0.10
Total valid votes 48,208 100.00
Total rejected ballots 182 0.38
Turnout 48,390 64.57
Conservative hold Swing -9

^ Change based on redistributed results. Conservative change based on combined total of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party.

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Coordinates: 49°05′39″N 122°16′02″W / 49.0942°N 122.2673°W / 49.0942; -122.2673