Beauséjour (electoral district)

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Beauséjour
Flag of New Brunswick.svg New Brunswick electoral district
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Beauséjour in relation to other New Brunswick federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Dominic LeBlanc
Liberal
District created 1966
First contested 1968
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 78,076
Electors (2011) 62,790
Area (km²)[1] 6,364.75
Pop. density (per km²) 12.3
Census divisions Kent, Westmorland
Census subdivisions Dieppe, Bouctouche, Richibucto, Sackville, Shediac, Memramcook, Moncton Parish, Dundas, Beaubassin East

Beauséjour riding (formerly known as Beauséjour—Petitcodiac) is a federal electoral district in eastern New Brunswick, Canada, which has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1988. It replaced Westmorland—Kent, which was represented from 1968 to 1988.

Beauséjour is largely Acadian and Francophone, with a significant Anglophone section in the southern section of the riding.

The riding consists of most of Westmorland County to the east and north of Moncton; and almost all of Kent County. Major towns in the riding include Shediac, Cap-Pelé, Sackville, Bouctouche and Richibucto. The neighbouring ridings are Miramichi, Fredericton, Fundy Royal, Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, and Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley in Nova Scotia; it is connected to the riding of Malpeque on Prince Edward Island by the Confederation Bridge.

History[edit]

Westmorland—Kent was created in 1966 from Kent, and part of Westmorland that was not included in the Moncton riding. It was abolished when it was incorporated into the new riding of Beauséjour in 1987.

Beauséjour was created in 1987 primarily from Westmorland—Kent, incorporating parts of Moncton and Northumberland—Miramichi ridings.

In 1997, it was renamed "Beauséjour—Petitcodiac", and expanded to include most of Albert County and the Petitcodiac area of western Westmorland County. This created a "doughnut" around Greater Moncton, which was a separate district.

In 2003, Beauséjour—Petitcodiac was abolished when it was redistributed into a new Beauséjour riding and into Fundy riding.

The new Beauséjour riding was created primarily from Beauséjour—Petitcodiac, incorporating parts of Miramichi and Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe ridings.

The riding has voted Liberal in every election except 1997, when it elected a New Democratic Party Member of Parliament (MP) in what was mostly seen as a protest vote. Angela Vautour switched to the Progressive Conservatives midway through her term, and was defeated in 2000.

Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien represented Beauséjour for a short time in the early 1990s after he won the Liberal leadership. The sitting MP stepped down to allow him to have a seat in the House of Commons. Former Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc also held a seat in Beauséjour for a time, and his son Dominic LeBlanc is its current MP.

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
2001 73,871 —    
2006 76,279 +3.3%
2011 78,076 +2.4%

Federal riding associations[edit]

Riding associations are the local branches of the national political parties:

Party Association Name CEO HQ Address HQ City
Green Beauséjour Green Party Association Guy Gautreau 308 la Vallée Route Memramcook
     Conservative Party of Canada Beauséjour Conservative Association John Francis Hanusiak 4 Anne's Lane Grande-Digue
     Liberal Party of Canada Beauséjour Federal Liberal Association Roland Cormier 69 Harbour View Drive Scoudouc Road
     New Democratic Party Beauséjour Federal NDP Riding Association Daniel Légère 248 Memramcook Road East Memramcook

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Westmorland—Kent
Riding created from Kent and Westmorland
28th  1968 − 1972     Guy Crossman Liberal
29th  1972 − 1974     Roméo LeBlanc Liberal
30th  1974 − 1979
31st  1979 − 1980
32nd  1980 − 1984
33rd  1984 − 1988     Fernand Robichaud Liberal
Riding renamed — Beauséjour
34th  1988 − 1990     Fernand Robichaud Liberal
 1990 − 1993     Jean Chrétien Liberal
35th  1993 − 1997     Fernand Robichaud Liberal
Riding renamed — Beauséjour—Petitcodiac
36th  1997 − 1999     Angela Vautour New Democratic
 1999 − 2000     Progressive Conservative
37th  2000 − 2004     Dominic LeBlanc Liberal
Riding renamed — Beauséjour
38th  2004 − 2006     Dominic LeBlanc Liberal
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present

Election results[edit]

Beauséjour 2003-present[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 17,399 39.08 -7.68
Conservative Evelyn Chapman 14,811 33.27 +4.12
New Democratic Susan Levi-Peters 10,397 23.35 +6.47
Green Natalie Arsenault 1,913 4.30 -2.89
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,520 100.00
Total rejected ballots 534 1.19 -0.16
Turnout 45,054 71.97 +2.77
Eligible voters 62,599
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 20,059 46.76 -0.95 $56,380
Conservative Omer Léger 12,506 29.15 -3.03 $55,050
New Democratic Chris Durrant 7,242 16.88 +0.13 $7,277
Green Mike Milligan 3,087 7.19 +4.79 $1,748
Total valid votes/Expense limit 42,894 100.00 $81,263
Total rejected ballots 586 1.35 +0.15
Turnout 43,480 69.20 -5.40
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 22,012 47.55 -5.73
Conservative Omer Léger 14,919 32.23 +4.04
New Democratic Neil Gardner 7,717 16.67 +1.96
Green Anna Girouard 1,290 2.79 -1.03
Independent Frank Comeau 357 0.77
Total valid votes 46,295 100.00
Total rejected ballots 561 1.20 -0.50
Turnout 46,856 74.60 +8.00
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 21,934 53.28 +6.18
Conservative Angela Vautour 11,604 28.19 -17.65
New Democratic Omer Bourque 6,056 14.71 +7.65
Green Anna Girouard 1,574 3.82
Total valid votes 41,168 100.00
Total rejected ballots 712 1.70
Turnout 41,880 66.60

Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.

Beauséjour—Petitcodiac 1997-2003[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 21,465 47.10 +12.27
Progressive Conservative Angela Vautour 14,631 32.11 +16.11
Alliance Tom Taylor 6,256 13.73 +3.55
New Democratic Inka Milewski 3,217 7.06 -31.93
Total valid votes 45,569 100.00

Change for Progressive Conservative candidate Angela Vautour are based on the party's results in 1997. She personally received 6.88 fewer votes based on her results as an NDP candidate.

Change for the Canadian Alliance for 1997 are based on the results of its predecessor, the Reform Party.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Angela Vautour 18,504 38.99 +33.25
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 16,529 34.83 -41.20
Progressive Conservative Ian Hamilton 7,592 16.00 +0.78
Reform Raymond Braun 4,833 10.18
Total valid votes 47,458 100.00

Beauséjour 1987-1997[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Fernand Robichaud 29,830 76.03 +24.58
Progressive Conservative Ian Hamilton 5,970 15.22 -12.02
New Democratic David Bailie 2,253 5.74 -31.62
National James Bannister 738 1.88
Christian Heritage Mae Boudreau-Pedersen 445 1.13 +0.28
Total valid votes 39,236 100.00

All changes are from the 1990 by-election, with the exception of the Progressive Conservative Party, who did not field a candidate.

Canadian federal by-election, 10 December 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
On the resignation of Fernand Robichaud, 24 September 1990
Liberal Jean Chrétien 17,332 51.45 -7.16
New Democratic Guy Cormier 12,587 37.36 +27.12
Confederation of Regions Margie Bowes-Legood 2,789 8.28 +4.37
Independent Alonzo LeBlanc 450 1.34
Christian Heritage Mae Boudreau-Pedersen 286 0.85
Rhinoceros Bryan Gold 246 0.73
Total valid votes 33,690 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Fernand Robichaud 22,650 58.61 +16.86
Progressive Conservative Omer Léger 10,525 27.24 -10.72
New Democratic Lyman Dean 3,958 10.24 -10.05
Confederation of Regions Russell Bowes 1,511 3.91
Total valid votes 38,644 100.00

Westmorland—Kent 1966-1987[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Fernand Robichaud 14,709 41.75 -25.375
Progressive Conservative Louis LeBlanc 13,371 37.96 +21.39
New Democratic Claire Doiron 7,148 20.29 +3.98
Total valid votes 35,228 100.00

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.[2]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Dominic Leblanc 504 41.96
New Democratic Susan Levi-Peters 318 26.48
Green Natalie Arsenault 191 15.90
Conservative Evelyn Chapman 188 15.65
Total valid votes 1,497 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stastistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ "School by School results". Student Vote Canada. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

External links[edit]

Riding history from the Library of Parliament: