Guelph (electoral district)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Guelph
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Guelph, riding.png
Guelph in relation to other Ontario electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Frank Valeriote
Liberal
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 121,688
Electors (2011) 91,463
Area (km²)[2] 87.15
Pop. density (per km²) 1,396.3
Census divisions Wellington
Census subdivisions Guelph
For the provincial electoral district, see Guelph (provincial electoral district).

Guelph is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1979 to 1988 and has been since 2004.

The riding's parliamentary seat is held by Liberal MP Frank Valeriote.

History[edit]

Guelph riding was created in 1976 from parts of Halton—Wentworth, Wellington and Wellington—Grey ridings. It consisted initially of the Townships of Eramosa, Guelph, Pilkington and Puslinch and the City of Guelph in the County of Wellington.

The electoral district was abolished in 1987 when it was merged into Guelph—Wellington riding.

In 2003, Guelph riding was created again from parts of Guelph—Wellington. The new riding consists of the City of Guelph.

Political geography[edit]

In 2008, the election in Guelph was a four-way one between the NDP, Greens, the Tories and the Liberals, who came out on top. The NDP only won a small handful of polls in the centre part of the city, which was also where the Greens did well. In fact, the Greens dominated the central part of the city. The Tories did well on the fringes of the city, mostly along the northern borders and in the far south of the city. The Liberals won the southern and northern and western parts of the city.[3]

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2001 Census
  • Ethnic groups: 87.7% White, 2.7% Chinese, 2.6% South Asian, 1.3% Southeast Asian, 1.3% Black, 1.1% Filipino
  • Languages: 80.1% English, 1.5% French, 17.4% Others
  • Religions: 37.7% Protestant, 31.5% Catholic, 3.1% Other Christian, 1.6% Buddhist, 1.6% Muslim, 1.2% Christian Orthodox, 20.8% No religion
  • Average income: $32,405

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Parliament Years Member and margin of victory Party
31st 1979–1980 4.50%     Albert Fish Progressive Conservative
32nd 1980–1984 1.66%     Jim Schroder Liberal
33rd 1984–1988 20.67%     Bill Winegard Progressive Conservative
34th 1988–1993 11.29%
35th* 1993–1997 14.30%     Brenda Chamberlain Liberal
36th* 1997–2000 26.42%
37th* 2000–2004 28.07%
38th 2004–2006 18.50%
39th 2006–2008 8.63%
40th 2008–2011 3.04%     Frank Valeriote Liberal
41st 2011–present 10.73%

Note: * signifies that Guelph was part of Guelph-Wellington at that time.

Election results[edit]

2011 general election[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Frank Valeriote (X) 25,574 43.37 +11.15 $94,243.98
Conservative Marty Burke 19,252 32.65 +3.47 $87,361.60
New Democratic Bobbi Stewart 9,836 16.68 +0.19 $12,588.72
Green John Lawson 3,711 6.29 -14.86 $47,019.22
Libertarian Phillip Bender 192 0.32 +0.05 none listed
Marijuana Kornelis Klevering 171 0.29 +0.01 none listed
Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 123 0.20 +0.08 none listed
Communist Drew Garvie 104 0.17 +0.04
Total valid votes/Expenditure Limit 59,021 100.00 $95,043.06
Total rejected ballots 260 0.44 +0.12
Turnout 58,963 64.48 -0.11
Electors on the lists 91,062

2008 general election[edit]

The call for a federal election to be held on October 14, 2008 occurred when Guelph was already in the throes of a by-election scheduled for September 8, which was intended to replace retiring Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlain. As a result of this, the by-election was cancelled, and the four major candidates running opted to represent their parties again in the federal election. They included: Frank Valeriote, a local lawyer with thorough community experience who had garnered the Liberal nomination in an upset over regionally popular Marva Wisdom; Gloria Kovach, a city councillor and former President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities who was controversially handed the Conservative nomination after incument nominee Brent Barr was oustered; Tom King, a renowned author and Native rights activist who received several high-profile endorsements after his NDP nomination; and Mike Nagy, a long-time Green Party spokesperson.

Initially in Guelph, optimism ran high that either the NDP, Green Party, or Conservative Party could procure the seat, as many felt that the nominees might benefit from the relative unpopularity of Stéphane Dion's Liberals and the gaffes made by prior Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlain, who had failed to show up to a number of Parliamentary votes and retired before the end of her term in office. Ultimately, however, Frank Valeriote was able to narrowly garner the seat over star candidate Gloria Kovach, who lost by around three percent and decreased the margin of defeat for her party. Noteworthy, too, was the increase in the electoral returns of the Green Party, who managed to fare better than the federal NDP in Guelph for the first time, finishing with twenty-one percent of the vote - almost three times what they had received in the 2006 election. In terms of distance from winning position, Guelph was the Green Party's best result in the country in 2008.


Canadian federal election, 2008: Guelph
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Frank Valeriote 18,974 32.22 -6.17 $87,844
Conservative Gloria Kovach 17,186 29.18 -0.58 $63,415
Green Mike Nagy 12,454 21.15 +12.43 $76,344
New Democratic Tom King 9,713 16.49 -5.51 $60,470
     Radical Marijuana Kornelis Klevering 166 0.28 none listed
Libertarian Philip Bender 159 0.27 $0.00
Communist Drew Garvie 77 0.13 -0.05 $374
Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 73 0.12 $5,039
Independent John Turmel 58 0.10 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Manuel Couto 29 0.05 -0.02 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 58,889 100.00
Total rejected ballots 191 0.32 -0.03
Turnout 59,080 64.59 -6.17
Electors on the lists 91,463

2006 general election[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2006: Guelph
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 23,662 38.39 -6.22 $56,158
     Conservative Brent Barr 18,342 29.76 +3.65 $80,104
     New Democratic Party Phil Allt 13,561 22.00 +1.97 $30,173
Green Mike Nagy 5,376 8.72 +1.37 $27,621
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 538 0.87 -0.33 $4,880
     Communist Scott Gilbert 111 0.18 $280
Marxist–Leninist Manuel Couto 45 0.07 -0.05 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 61,635 100.00
Total rejected ballots 215 0.35 -0.22
Turnout 61,850 70.76 +6.58
Electors on the lists 87,410
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

2004 general election[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2004: Guelph
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 23,442 44.61 -3.58 $60,734
     Conservative Jon Dearden 13,721 26.11 -12.57 $61,179
     New Democratic Party Phil Allt 10,527 20.03 +9.67 $27,613
Green Mike Nagy 3,866 7.36 +5.60 $15,304
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 634 1.21 +0.71 $5,059
Marijuana Lyne Rivard 291 0.55 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Manuel Couto 66 0.13 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 52,547 100.00
Total rejected ballots 303 0.57 +0.24
Turnout 52,850 64.18 +3.07
Electors on the lists 82,346
Note: Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative percentages from 2000.
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

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

1988-2003[edit]

The riding was part of the riding known as Guelph—Wellington from 1988 to 2003. It was created in 1987 to include parts of Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe electoral districts.

Guelph—Wellington initially consisted of the City of Guelph, the Village of Erin, and the townships of Eramosa, Erin, Guelph, Pilkington and Puslinch in the County of Wellington.

In 1996, the riding was re-defined to consist of the City of Guelph and the townships of Eramosa, Guelph and Puslinch before being abolished in 2003, and split into the current electoral district and Wellington—Halton Hills electoral district.


Canadian federal election, 2000: Guelph–Wellington
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 26,440 48.19 +0.46 $31,978
     Canadian Alliance Max Layton 11,037 20.12 +2.83 $51,423
     Progressive Conservative Marie Adsett 10,188 18.57 -2.74 $19,049
     New Democratic Party Edward Pickersgill 5,685 10.36 -0.05 $26,212
Green Bill Hulet 966 1.76 +0.64 $201
     N/A (Christian Heritage) Gord Truscott 275 0.50 -1.35 $3,119
     Canadian Action Sharon Tanti 207 0.38 $3,244
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 68 0.12 -0.15 $8
Total valid votes 54,866 100.00
Total rejected ballots 181 0.33 -0.35
Turnout 55,047 61.11 -5.53
Electors on the lists 90,076
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

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


Canadian federal election, 1997: Guelph–Wellington
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 25,004 47.73 +7.70 $37,750
     Progressive Conservative Dick Stewart 11,160 21.31 +0.72 $56,755
     Reform Lyle McNair 9,054 17.28 -6.39 $30,052
     New Democratic Party Elaine Rogala 5,456 10.42 +5.53 $20,301
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 972 1.86 $7,503
Green Frank Marchetti 589 1.12 $5
     Marxist-Leninist Elaine Couto 146 0.28 $0
Total valid votes 52,381 100.00
Total rejected ballots 357 0.68 -0.25
Turnout 52,738 66.64 +0.14
Electors on the lists 79,141
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada. Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution.


Canadian federal election, 1993: Guelph–Wellington
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 24,359 39.24 $42,976
     Reform Gerry Organ 15,483 24.94 $45,760
     Progressive Conservative Bill Scott 12,825 20.66 $57,999
     Non-Affiliated Frank Maine 3,465 5.58 $29,745
     New Democratic Party Alex Michalos 2,904 4.68 $27,092
     National Maggie Laidlaw 2,018 3.25 $6,098
Green Simon C. Francis 318 0.51 $0
     Natural Law David W. Mitchell 255 0.41 $12
     Libertarian Tom Bradburn 247 0.40 $0
Canada Party John H. Long 108 0.17 $600
     N/A (Renewal) Anna Di Carlo 78 0.13 $0
     Abolitionist Andrew Tait 20 0.03 $0
Total valid votes 62,080 100.00
Total rejected ballots 583 0.93
Turnout 62,663 67.20
Electors on the lists 93,250
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Bill Winegard 25,721 43.21 -6.70
Liberal Frank Gauthier 19,002 31.92 +2.69
New Democratic Alex Michalos 11,623 19.53 +0.07
Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 1,978 3.32
Green Bill Hulet 581 0.98
Libertarian Michael J. Orr 298 0.50 -0.17
Rhinoceros Marty Williams 240 0.40 -0.33
Independent Joanne Bruce 80 0.13
Total valid votes 59,523 100.00

1979-1984[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Bill Winegard 23,484 49.91 +12.36
Liberal Jim Schroder 13,757 29.24 -9.97%
New Democratic Jim Robinson 9,153 19.45 -2.72
Rhinoceros Susie Mew Catty 343 0.73 +0.11
Libertarian Walter A. Tucker 314 0.67 +0.43
Total valid votes 47,051 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Jim Schroder 17,268 39.21 +1.74
Progressive Conservative Albert Fish 16,539 37.55 -4.41
New Democratic Jim Finamore 9,765 22.17 +2.44
Rhinoceros Steve Thorning 272 0.62
Libertarian Brian Seymour 103 0.23 0.03
Marxist–Leninist Robert A. Cruise 53 0.12 0.02
Communist Alan Pickersgill 45 0.10 0.01
Total valid votes 44,045 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Albert Fish 18,149 41.96
Liberal Frank W. Maine 16,203 37.46
New Democratic Jim Finamore 8,535 19.73
Independent Joe Barabas 190 0.44
Libertarian Brian Seymour 90 0.21
Marxist–Leninist Robert Cruise 45 0.10
Communist Alan G. Pickersgill 39 0.09
Total valid votes 43,251 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°33′N 80°15′W / 43.550°N 80.250°W / 43.550; -80.250