Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

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Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River
Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Saskatchewan electoral district
Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River.png
Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River in relation to other Saskatchewan federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Rob Clarke
Conservative
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 71,376
Electors (2011) 43,160
Area (km²)[2] 309,072.37
Pop. density (per km²) 0.23
Census divisions Division No. 14, Division No. 15, Division No. 16, Division No. 17, Division No. 18
Census subdivisions Meadow Lake, La Ronge, Meadow Lake No. 588, La Loche

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River (formerly known as Churchill River) is a federal electoral district in Saskatchewan, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1997.

Geography[edit]

This is a rural riding located in northern Saskatchewan.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2001 Census

Ethnic groups: 63.8% First Nations, 35.9% White
Languages: 61.6% English, 1.5% French, 34.3% Other, 2.6% Multiple responses
Religions: 44.9% Catholic, 38.4% Protestant, 2.5% Other Christian, 1.2% Other religions, 12.6% No religion
Average income: $19,675

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River boasts the following demographic records:

  • Highest % of people of the Métis aboriginal group (16.4%)[3]
  • Highest % of people of Métis ethnic origin (12.0%)[4]
  • Highest % of people with Dene as their mother tongue (10.5%)[5]

History[edit]

The electoral district was created as "Churchill River" in 1996 from Prince Albert—Churchill River, Mackenzie and The Battlefords—Meadow Lake ridings.

In 2004, it was renamed "Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River".

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the Canadian House of Commons:

Parliament Years Member Party
Churchill River
Riding created from Prince Albert—Churchill River, Mackenzie
and The Battlefords—Meadow Lake
36th  1997 − 2000     Rick Laliberte New Democratic
 2000 − 2000     Liberal
37th  2000 − 2004
Riding renamed — Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River
38th  2004 − 2006     Jeremy Harrison Conservative
39th  2006 − 2007     Gary Merasty Liberal
 2008 − 2008     Rob Clarke Conservative
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present

2006 election controversy[edit]

In the 2006 federal election, Liberal candidate Gary Merasty defeated incumbent Conservative MP Jeremy Harrison by a razor-thin margin of only 68 votes after trailing much of the election night, despite Harrison's vote increasing several points. Merasty's win raised issues of questionable tactics to increase voter turnout.[6] However, an investigation conducted by Elections Canada determined that no wrongdoing had taken place.[7]

Election results[edit]

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rob Clarke 10,509 47.93 +1.26 $74,871
New Democratic Lawrence Joseph 9,715 44.30 +26.53 $74,655
Liberal Gabe Lafond 1,144 5.22 -25.06 $57,456
Green George Morin 560 2.55 -1.27 $4
Total valid votes/Expense limit 21,928 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 95 0.43 -0.11
Turnout 22,023 52.43 +7.68
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rob Clarke 8,964 46.67 -1.16 $81,066
Liberal David Orchard 5,816 30.28 -1.30 $88,314
New Democratic Brian Morin 3,414 17.77 +0.24 $1,459
Green George Morin 733 3.82 +0.75 $1,387
First Peoples National Rob Ballantyne 282 1.47
Total valid votes/Expense limit 19,209 100.00   $90,390
Total rejected ballots 105 0.54 +0.19
Turnout 19,314 44.75 +20.03
     Conservative hold Swing -1.1
By-election on March 17, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Clarke 4,992 47.83 +6.74
Liberal Joan Beatty 3,296 31.58 -9.79
New Democratic Brian Morin 1,830 17.53 +2.16
Green Robin Orr 320 3.07 +0.90
Total valid votes 10,438 100.00
Total rejected ballots 37 0.35 -0.01
Turnout 10,475 24.72 -33.71
     Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -8.3
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Gary Merasty 10,191 41.37 +11.50 $69,229
Conservative (x)Jeremy Harrison 10,124 41.09 +3.70 $78,578
New Democratic Anita Jackson 3,787 15.37 -4.72 $43,976
Green John McDonald 534 2.17 -0.60 $128
Total valid votes 24,636 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 88 0.36 -0.03
Turnout 24,724 58.43 +11.02
     Liberal gain from Conservative Swing -3.9
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jeremy Harrison 7,279 37.39 +1.62 $27,194
Liberal Al Ducharme 5,815 29.87 -11.94 $52,686
New Democratic Earl Cook 3,910 20.09 -1.72 $9,005
Independent (x)Rick Laliberte 1,923 9.88 -31.93
Green Marcella Gall 539 2.77
Total valid votes 19,466 100.00 
Total rejected ballots 76 0.39 -0.01
Turnout 19,542 47.41 -12.1
     Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -6.8

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in the 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal (x)Rick Laliberte 9,856 41.81 +13.41 $39,223
Alliance Kerry Peterson 7,679 32.57 +0.59 $62,019
New Democratic Ray Funk 5,141 21.81 -12.72 $48,853
Progressive Conservative David J. Rogers 755 3.20 -1.90
Canadian Action Brendan Cross 143 0.61 $1,398
Total valid votes 23,574 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 95 0.40 -0.09
Turnout 23,669 59.5 +2.3
     Liberal gain from New Democrat Swing -13.1

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in the 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Rick Laliberte 7,288 34.53 $41,198
Reform Daryl Wiberg 6,750 31.98 $25,132
Liberal Roy Bird 5,994 28.40 $40,104
Progressive Conservative Bert Provost 1,077 5.10 $79
Total valid votes 21,109 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 105 0.49
Turnout 21,214 57.2

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