Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor

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Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor
Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg Newfoundland and Labrador electoral district
Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor.png
Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor in relation to other Newfoundland and Labrador ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
Scott Simms
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Population (2011)[1] 84,735
Electors (2011) 69,828
Area (km²)[2] 27,140.84
Pop. density (per km²) 3.1
Census divisions Division No. 3, Division No. 6, Division No. 7, Division No. 8
Census subdivisions Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, Bonavista, Bishop's Falls, Lewisporte, Botwood, New-Wes-Valley, Twillingate, Gambo, Glovertown

Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor (formerly Bonavista—Exploits) is a federal electoral district in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 2004. 81.0% of its population is Protestant, the highest proportion in Canada.


Ethnic groups:

98.4% White¹
1.6% First Peoples

Immigrant population: 0.92%


97.0% English
3.0% Bilingual


81.0% Protestant
16.4% Catholic
1.9% No affiliation
0.6% other Christian

The riding has the highest proportion of Protestants in Canada.

Post-secondary Education: 31.3%
Average individual income: $19 829
Average household income: $40 677
Unemployment: 28.9%

¹ Statistics Canada's category of "Non-visible minority" includes First Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), and has been reduced accordingly.
² Based on ability to speak.


The neighbouring ridings are Avalon, Random—Burin—St. George's, and Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte.

According to Elections Canada, the geographic definition of this riding is:

"All that area consisting of that part of the Island of Newfoundland lying generally easterly and northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at a point midway between the towns of Triton and Leading Tickles in Notre Dame Bay; thence southerly in said bay to Seal Bay; thence southerly in a straight line to Frozen Ocean Lake at approximate latitude 49°11'N and approximate longitude 55°41'W; thence westerly in a straight line to Hinds Lake; thence southerly in a straight line to the mouth of Lloyds River at the westernmost extremity of Red Indian Lake; thence southerly in a straight line to a point in Victoria Lake at latitude 48°15'N and approximate longitude 57°21'W; thence easterly to the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway (Route No. 1) with Route No. 230; thence easterly along Route No. 230 to Route No. 230A; thence easterly in a straight line to Ocean Pond; thence southeasterly in a straight line to British Harbour at the entrance of Smith Sound on the north shoreline of Trinity Bay; thence southeasterly to said bay. Including Exploits Islands, North and South Twillingate Islands, New World Island, Change Islands, Fogo Island, Funk Island, Cottel Island and all other islands adjacent to the shoreline of the above-described area."

See the map of Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor riding (PDF).


The electoral district was created in 2003: 68.6% from Gander—Grand Falls and 31.4% from Bonavista—Trinity—Conception.

Member of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Bonavista—Trinity—Conception and Gander—Grand Falls prior to 2003
38th 2004     Scott Simms Liberal
Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor
38th 2004–2006     Scott Simms Liberal
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2011
41st 2011–present

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Scott Simms 17,977 57.70 -12.57
Conservative Aaron Hynes 8,595 27.59 +12.36
New Democratic Clyde Bridger 4,306 13.82 +1.31
Green Robyn Kenny 279 0.90 -1.08
Total valid votes/Expense limit 31,157 100.00
Total rejected ballots 151 0.48 -0.02
Turnout 31,308 36.24 -4.91
Eligible voters 86,394
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Scott Simms 20,089 70.27 +18.3 $23,605
Conservative Andrew House 4,354 15.23 -25.1 $32,723
New Democratic Jason Holley 3,577 12.51 +5.5
Green Robert O'Connor 568 1.98 +1.3
Total valid votes/Expense limit 28,588 100.00 $92,537
Total rejected ballots 145 0.50 0.00
Turnout 28,733 41.15
     Liberal hold Swing +21.7
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Scott Simms 19,866 52.0 +3.8 $43,240
Conservative Aaron Hynes 15,376 40.3 -1.3 $75,703
New Democratic Sandra Cooze 2,668 7.0 -1.1 $10
Green Judy Davis 265 0.7 -0.4 $0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,175 100.0 $86,380
Total rejected ballots 190 0.50 -0.03
Turnout 38,365
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Scott Simms 15,970 48.2 $43,463
Conservative Rex Barnes 13,786 41.6 $82,155
New Democratic Samuel Robert McLean 2,667 8.1 $1,870
Green Ed Sailor White 367 1.1 $275
Independent John Lannon 344 1.0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 33,134 100.0 $84,760
Total rejected ballots 178 0.53
Turnout 33,312

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Coordinates: 48°54′36″N 55°23′02″W / 48.910°N 55.384°W / 48.910; -55.384