Acadie—Bathurst

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Acadie—Bathurst
Flag of New Brunswick.svg New Brunswick electoral district
AcadieBathurst.PNG
Acadie—Bathurst in relation to other New Brunswick ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Yvon Godin
New Democratic
District created 1867
First contested 1867
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 77,792
Electors (2011) 66,509
Area (km²)[1] 4,675.21
Pop. density (per km²) 16.6
Census divisions Gloucester, Restigouche
Census subdivisions Cities:
Bathurst
Towns:
Allardville
Beresford
Caraquet
Lamèque
Shippagan
Tracadie–Sheila
Villages:
Bas-Caraquet, Bertrand, Grande-Anse, Le Goulet, Maisonnette, New Bandon, Nigadoo, Paquetville, Petit-Rocher, Pointe-Verte, Saint-Isidore, Saint-Léolin, Sainte-Marie–Saint-Raphaël
Parishes:
Beresford, Bathurst, Caraquet, Inkerman, Paquetville, Saint-Isidore, Saumarez, Shippagan
First Nations reserves:
Pabineau 11, Pokemouche 13

Acadie—Bathurst (formerly Gloucester) is a federal electoral district in New Brunswick, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1867. Its population in 2001 was 76,392.

Until 1997, the riding was largely held by the Liberal Party thanks to strong support from the francophone Acadian population. There is also a notable Red Tory tendency in the riding that enabled the former Progressive Conservative Party to win on occasion.

In the 1997 federal election, the New Democratic Party's Yvon Godin won an unexpected victory over powerful Liberal cabinet minister Doug Young, mostly due to unpopular Liberal cuts to Employment Insurance. Godin has held the riding ever since.

In the 2004 election, he ran against Serge Rouselle of the Liberals, Joel Bernard, of the Conservatives, and Mario Lanteigne of the Greens. Despite stiff competition, the popular Godin retained by a wide margin on election day.

In the 2011 election, the Green candidate, Mathieu Laplante, had issues with submitting his candidate paperwork[2] and was not on the ballot. Godin benefited from this and the "Orange Crush" effect, to defeat the Liberal and Conservative candidates with the highest vote percentage since 1949.

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 76,392 —    
2006 78,948 +3.3%
2011 77,792 −1.5%

Geography[edit]

The district includes eastern Gloucester County, and the communities along Nepisiguit Bay. The neighbouring ridings are Miramichi (electoral district) and Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Political geography[edit]

MP Yvon Godin's personal popularity ensured dominance throughout the riding for the NDP. The Conservatives won just two polls in the Bathurst area and while the Liberals won most of the mobile polls, they won just one non-mobile poll, in Inkerman.[3]

History[edit]

The electoral district was created at confederation in 1867, and was known as "Gloucester" until its name was changed in 1990.

In 2004, there were some legal problems regarding the 2003 boundaries. The following is from the Elections Canada website:

In May 2004, the Federal Court of Canada made its decision in Raîche v. Canada (Attorney General), concerning a portion of the electoral boundary between the ridings of Miramichi and Acadie–Bathurst. The Court held that, in transferring certain parts of parishes from the riding of Acadie–Bathurst to Miramichi, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for New Brunswick erred in its application of the rules governing the preparation of its recommendations. The new boundaries commission was created under Part I of the Inquiries Act in response to this court decision.
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The current boundaries reverted to the ones used in the 1996 representation after the 2006 election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Gloucester
1st 1867–1872     Timothy Anglin Liberal
2nd 1872–1874
3rd 1874–1877
1877–1878
4th 1878–1882
5th 1882–1887     Kennedy Francis Burns Conservative
6th 1887–1891
7th 1891–1894
1894–1896     Théotime Blanchard Conservative
8th 1896–1900
9th 1900–1904     Onésiphore Turgeon Liberal
10th 1904–1908
11th 1908–1911
12th 1911–1917
13th 1917–1921
14th 1921–1922
1922–1925     Jean George Robichaud Liberal
15th 1925–1926
16th 1926     Peter Veniot Liberal
1926–1930
17th 1930–1935
18th 1935–1936
1936–1940     Clarence Joseph Veniot Liberal
19th 1940–1945
20th 1945–1949     Clovis-Thomas Richard Liberal
21st 1949–1952
1952–1953     Albany Robichaud Progressive Conservative
22nd 1953–1957     Hédard Robichaud Liberal
23rd 1957–1958
24th 1958–1962
25th 1962–1963
26th 1963–1965
27th 1965–1966
28th 1968–1972     Herb Breau Liberal
29th 1972–1974
30th 1974–1979
31st 1979–1980
32nd 1980–1984
33rd 1984–1988     Roger Clinch Progressive Conservative
34th 1988–1993     Doug Young Liberal
Acadie–Bathurst
35th 1993–1997     Doug Young Liberal
36th 1997–2000     Yvon Godin New Democratic
37th 2000–2004
38th 2004–2006
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2011
41st 2011–present

Election results[edit]

Acadie—Bathurst[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 32,067 69.69 +12.27 $59,706
Conservative Louis Robichaud 7,456 16.20 -2.39 $0
Liberal Jean Marie Gionet 6,491 14.11 -7.86 $50,736
Total valid votes/Expense limit 46,014 100.00 $82,557
Total rejected ballots 595 1.33 +0.21
Turnout 46,609 70.71 +2.39
Eligible voters 65,915
     NDP hold Swing +7.33
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 25,849 57.53 +7.63 $57,377
Liberal Odette Robichaud 9,850 21.92 -8.79 $29,447
Conservative Jean-Guy Dubé 8,331 18.54 +1.68 $66,620
Green Michelle Aubin 904 2.01 +0.63 $29
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,934 100.00 $80,066
Total rejected ballots 507 1.12 +0.09
Turnout 45,441 68.32 -7.14
Electors on the lists 66,509
     NDP hold Swing +8.21
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 25,195 49.90 -4.03 $70,692
Liberal Marcelle Mersereau 15,504 30.71 -1.96 $64,142
Conservative Serge Savoie 8,513 16.86 +5.92 $64,206
Green Philippe Rouselle 699 1.38 -1.07 $807
Independent Eric Landry 362 0.72 $2,614
Independent Ulric Degrace 219 0.43
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,492 100.00 $74,710
Total rejected ballots 523 1.03 -0.15
Turnout 51,015 75.46 +5.08
Electors on the lists 67,608
     NDP hold Swing -1.04
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 23,857 53.93 +11.57 $62,211
Liberal Serge Rousselle 14,452 32.67 -12.90 $61,409
Conservative Joel Bernard 4,841 10.94 -1.32 $51,339
Green Mario Lanteigne 1,085 2.45 $6,241
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,235 100.00 $71,582
Total rejected ballots 527 1.18 -0.04
Turnout 44,762 70.38 -4.99
Electors on the lists 63,603
     NDP hold Swing +12.2

Change from 2000 is based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 23,568 46.61 +6.08 $57,177
Liberal Bernard Thériault 20,362 40.27 +4.91 $58,623
Progressive Conservative Alcide Leger 4,321 8.55 -15.56 $36,600
Alliance Jean Gauvin 2,314 4.58 $45,973
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,565 100.00 $63,209
Total rejected ballots 624 1.22 -1.25
Turnout 51,189 75.37 -3.28
Electors on the lists 67,918
     NDP hold Swing +0.59
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Yvon Godin 21,113 40.53 +34.57 $56,390
Liberal Doug Young 18,421 35.36 -30.99 $53,440
Progressive Conservative Norma Landry 12,560 24.11 -3.58 $51,562
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,094 100.00 $60,877
Total rejected ballots 1,318 2.47
Turnout 53,412 78.65
Electors on the lists 67,912
     NDP gain from Liberal Swing +32.8
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Doug Young 26,782 66.35 +14.60 $45,888
Progressive Conservative Luce-Andrée Gauthier 11,175 27.69 -15.04 $53,402
New Democratic Kim Gallant 2,406 5.96 +0.43 $1,508
Total valid votes/Expense limit 40,363 100.00 $53,496
     Liberal hold Swing +14.8

Gloucester[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Doug Young 20,251 51.75 +13.37
Progressive Conservative Jean Gauvin 16,721 42.73 -12.39
New Democratic Serge Robichaud 2,163 5.53 +0.40
Total valid votes 39,135 100.00
     Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative. Swing +12.88
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Roger Clinch 23,524 55.12 +35.51
Liberal Herb Breau 16,378 38.38 -25.29
New Democratic Valentine Ward 2,188 5.13 -7.71
Independent Fernand Losier 584 1.37
Total valid votes 42,674 100.00
     Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +30.40
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Herb Breau 22,229 63.67 +12.06
Progressive Conservative Arthur Savoie 6,846 19.61 -19.33
New Democratic Kevin O'Connell 4,484 12.84 +3.39
Rhinoceros Jules César Boudreau 736 2.11
Rhinoceros Amédé "le Terrible" Boucher 362 1.04
Independent Rose-Hélène Aubé 197 0.56
Marxist–Leninist Gary Zatzman 59 0.17
Total valid votes 34,913 100.00
     Liberal hold Swing +15.7%
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Herb Breau 18,387 51.61 -5.44
Progressive Conservative Gastien Godin 13,872 38.94 +15.79
New Democratic Kevin O'Connell 3,366 9.45 +3.51
Total valid votes 35,625 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Herb Breau 16,195 57.05 +6.44
Progressive Conservative Gérard Arseneau 6,571 23.15 -1.47
Social Credit Lomer Basque 3,935 13.86 -2.12
New Democratic Yvon Guignard 1,685 5.94 +4.08
Total valid votes 28,386 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Herb Breau 14,212 50.61 -4.42
Progressive Conservative Paul Duval 6,914 24.62 -15.81
Social Credit Lomer Basque 4,487 15.98 Ø
Independent Percy W. Cormier 1,109 3.95
Independent Mathilda Blanchard 839 2.99
New Democratic Joe Corbin 521 1.86 -2.68
Total valid votes 28,082 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Herb Breau 12,196 55.03 -5.58
Progressive Conservative Frédéric Arsenault ,8960 40.43 +13.17
New Democratic Florian Robichaud 1,007 4.54 -7.59
Total valid votes 22,163 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 14,121 60.61 +3.15
Progressive Conservative J. Léo Hachey 6,351 27.26 +7.82
New Democratic Martin Kierans 2,826 12.13
Total valid votes 23,298 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,344 57.46 +0.40
Social Credit Joseph Dubé 5,365 23.10
Progressive Conservative Leo Ferguson 4,515 19.44 -23.50
Total valid votes 23,224 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,519 57.06 +4.23
Progressive Conservative Antonio Robichaud 10,174 42.94 -4.23
Total valid votes 23,693 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,112 52.83 -5.04
Progressive Conservative J. Léo Hachey 11,705 47.17 +5.04
Total valid votes 24,817 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,052 57.87 +0.28
Progressive Conservative J. Léo Hachey 9,502 42.13 +0.91
Total valid votes 22,554 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 13,330 57.59 +9.89
Progressive Conservative Albany Robichaud 9,542 41.22 -11.08
Co-operative Commonwealth Alphonse Landry 276 1.19
Total valid votes 23,148 100.00
Canadian federal by-election, 26 May 1952
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
On Clovis-Thomas Richard's acceptance of an office of
emolument under the Crown, 5 March 1952
Progressive Conservative Albany Robichaud 11,245 52.30 +22.08
Liberal Hédard Robichaud 10,256 47.70 -22.08
Total valid votes 21,501 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1949
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Clovis-Thomas Richard 14,759 69.78 +7.35
Progressive Conservative J.L. Albert Robichaud 6,391 30.22 -4.10
Total valid votes 21,150 100.00

Change for Progressive Conservative candidate Albany Robichaud from 1945 are based on his results running as an Independent.

Canadian federal election, 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Clovis-Thomas Richard 11,683 62.43 -3.31
Independent Albany Robichaud 6,423 34.32 +0.09
Co-operative Commonwealth François-Xavier Blanchard 609 3.25
Total valid votes 18,715 100.00

Change for Independent candidate Albany Robichaud from 1940 are based on his results running as a National Government candidate.

Canadian federal election, 1940
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Clarence Joseph Veniot 10,451 65.74 -9.22
National Government Albany Robichaud 5,447 34.26 +15.47
Total valid votes 15,898 100.00

The "National Government" was the temporary name of the Conservative Party for the 1940 elections, and changes from 1935 are based on the results of the Conservative Party.

Note: Change in popular vote is calculated from popular vote in the 1935 general election.

By-election on 17 August 1936

On Peter Veniot's death, 6 July 1936

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Clarence Joseph Veniot acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1935
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Peter Veniot 11,816 74.96 +24.12
Conservative Albany Robichaud 2,962 18.79 -30.37
Reconstruction Hector Poirier 985 6.25
Total valid votes 15,763 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Peter Veniot 7,716 50.84 -4.95
Conservative Albany Robichaud 7,460 49.16 +4.95
Total valid votes 15,176 100.00
By-election on 2 November 1926

On Peter Veniot's acceptance of an office of
emolument under the Crown, 5 October 1926

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Peter Veniot acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Peter Veniot 7,992 55.79 +1.53
Conservative Joseph S. Dumas 6,333 44.21 -1.53
Total valid votes 14,325 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jean George Robichaud 6,254 54.26 -18.71
Conservative Joseph Benoît Hachey 5,272 45.74 +18.71
Total valid votes 11,526 100.00

Note: Change in popular vote is calculated from popular vote in the 1921 general election.

By-election on 20 November 1922

On Onésiphore Turgeon's acceptance of an office of
emolument under the Crown, 26 October 1922

Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Jean George Robichaud acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1921
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Onésiphore Turgeon 7,671 72.97
Conservative Joseph Edward de Grace 2,842 27.03
Total valid votes 10,513 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1917
Party Candidate Votes
Opposition (Laurier Liberals) Onésiphore Turgeon acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1911
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Onésiphore Turgeon 3,172 59.27 +4.06
Conservative Theobald M. Burns 2,180 40.73 -4.06
Total valid votes 5,352 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Onésiphore Turgeon 2,581 55.21 -8.53
Conservative Theobald M. Burns 2,094 44.79 +8.53
Total valid votes 4,675 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Onésiphore Turgeon 2,705 63.74 +3.78
Conservative Théotime Blanchard 1,539 36.26 +2.14
Total valid votes 4,244 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Onésiphore Turgeon 2,311 59.96 +30.14
Conservative Théotime Blanchard 1,315 34.12 -16.81
Independent R. Carr Harris 228 5.92
Total valid votes 3,854 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1896
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Théotime Blanchard 1,947 50.93 -4.36
Liberal Onésiphore Turgeon 1,140 29.82 -14.89
Independent Robert Young 736 19.25
Total valid votes 3,823 100.00

Note: Change in popular vote is calculated from popular vote in the 1891 general election.

By-election on 5 May 1894

On Kennedy Burns being called to the Senate, 21 March 1893

Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Théotime Blanchard acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1891
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Kennedy Francis Burns 1,943 55.29 -0.83
Liberal W.A. Landry 1,571 44.71 +0.83
Total valid votes ,3514 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1887
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Kennedy Francis Burns 1,908 56.12 +3.93
Liberal Narc A. Landry 1,492 43.88 +20.49
Total valid votes 3,400 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1882
Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Kennedy Francis Burns 1,205 52.19
Unknown Onésiphore Turgeon 564 24.43
Liberal Timothy Anglin 540 23.39
Total valid votes 2,309 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1878
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Timothy Anglin acclaimed
Canadian federal by-election, 2 July 1877
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Timothy Anglin 1,185 58.00
Unknown Onésiphore Turgeon 858 42.00
Total valid votes 2,043 100.00
Called upon Timothy Anglin's resignation.
Canadian federal election, 1874
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Timothy Anglin acclaimed
Canadian federal election, 1872
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Timothy Anglin 1,436 80.81 +19.55
Unknown ? DesBrisay 339 19.08
Unknown ? MacKay 2 0.11
Total valid votes 1,777 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1867
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Timothy Anglin 1,061 61.26
Unknown John Mehan 671 38.74
Total valid votes 1,732 100.00

Student Vote results[edit]

2011 election[edit]

In 2011, a Student Vote was conducted at participating Canadian schools to parallel the 2011 Canadian federal election results. The vote was designed to educate students and simulate the electoral process for persons who have not yet reached the legal majority. Schools with a large student body that reside in another electoral district had the option to vote for candidates outside of the electoral district then where they were physically located.[4]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Yvon Godin 1,000 66.80
Liberal Jean Marie Gionet 283 18.90
Conservative Louis Robichaud 214 14.30
Total valid votes 1,497 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stastistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ "No Green Candidate for Acadie-Bathurst Riding". Max 104.9. 14 April 2001. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Riding « Pundits' Guide to Canadian Federal Elections". Punditsguide.ca. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 12 June 2013.