Kitchener—Waterloo (electoral district)
|Ontario electoral district|
Kitchener—Waterloo in relation to southern Ontario ridings
|Federal electoral district|
|Legislature||House of Commons|
|District webpage||profile, map|
|Pop. density (per km²)||1,532.2|
|Census subdivisions||Waterloo, Kitchener|
It consisted initially of the City of Waterloo and the part of the City of Kitchener lying north of a line drawn from west to east along Highland Road West, Lawrence Avenue and Victoria Street.
In 2003, the Kitchener part of the riding was redefined to be the part of the city lying north of a line drawn from west to east along Highland Road West, Fischer Hallman Road and the Canadian National Railway situated north of Shadeland Crescent.
2012 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts
Following the 2011 Census and a Canadian Parliament decision to increase the number of Federal electoral districts from 308 to 338, Elections Canada conducted a redistribution exercise beginning in 2012 that was concluded on October 1, 2013. As a result of the redistribution exercise, the Kitchener-Waterloo district has been replaced with a new Waterloo district .
The portion of the Kitchener-Waterloo district south of the municipal boundary between the City of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener lying westerly of the Conestoga Parkway and easterly of Fischer-Hallman Road has been assigned to a redefined Kitchener Centre district. The portion of the Kitchener-Waterloo district south of the municipal boundary between the City of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener lying westerly of Fischer-Hallman Road has been assigned to a redefined Kitchener-Conestoga district.
These changes will be in effect for the 2015 Federal election.
Member of Parliament
Kitchener—Waterloo elected Liberal Andrew Telegdi in 1997, who had represented Waterloo since 1993. Telegdi enjoyed strong support among the German population in the region due to his stance on the Helmut Oberlander case. He was also known as a maverick, which made him unfavourable among some members of his own party, including Warren Kinsella for some stances he took against.
Telegdi was reelected by big margins in 2000 and 2004 along with the Liberals with a majority and minority government respectively. However in 2006 the Conservative Party of Canada led by Stephen Harper ousted the governing Liberals by winning a minority government. Despite the party's loss, Telegdi continued to enjoy immense support in his riding, fending off the Conservative challenger Ajmer Mandur by over 12000 votes.
In the 2008 federal election campaign, the riding was seen as one of the safest Liberal seats in the country after Telegdi's huge wins in previous elections. However, this time Telegdi faced a challenge from Conservative Peter Braid, a former staffer for Telegdi's predecessor, Progressive Conservative Walter McLean, and a rookie politician, businessman, and father of two who campaigned on a theme of change and effective representation. Complacency from Telegdi's campaign along with hard work by Braid's campaign, his appeal to a wide range of voters including those in the suburbs, endorsement from popular local MPP Elizabeth Witmer, increased support for the local Green and NDP candidates, and a nation-wide surge for Harper's Conservatives combined to give Braid a narrow nail-biting victory of 73 votes on election night. The margin of victory was reduced to 48 votes following validation, which triggered an automatic recount. The result of the judicial recount was released on October 31, 2008, when it was announced that Braid was the victor by a mere 17 votes, the closest race in the country. Telegdi challenged Braid again in the 2011 elections, but after Braid retained his seat despite a more active Liberal campaign, Telegdi announced his retirement from politics.
Riding created from Kitchener Centre and Waterloo
|36th||1997 − 2000||Andrew Telegdi||Liberal|
|37th||2000 − 2004|
|38th||2004 − 2006|
|39th||2006 − 2008|
|40th||2008 − 2011||Peter Braid||Conservative|
|41st||2011 − Present|
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Bill Brown||10,606||16.03||+1.31||$21,334.44|
|Pirate||Steven Bradley Scott||245||0.37||–||–|
|Marxist–Leninist||Julian Ichim||66||0.10||–||none listed|
|Total valid votes||66,183||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||216||0.33||-0.05|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Cindy Jacobsen||8,915||14.72||-3.16||$34,713|
|Canadian Action||Kyle Huntingdon||105||0.17||–||$203|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||60,534||100.00||$95,412|
|Total rejected ballots||229||0.38||–|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Edwin Laryea||11,889||17.88||+1.9|
|Total valid votes||66,457||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||240||0.38|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Edwin Laryea||9,267||15.9||+7.8|
|Christian Heritage||Frank Ellis||379||0.7|
|Total valid votes||58,217||100.0|
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|Progressive Conservative||Brian Bourke||8,601||16.0||-6.1|
|New Democratic||Richard Walsh-Bowers||4,397||8.2||-0.8|
|Canadian Action||Robert E. Cormier||273||0.5||0.0|
|Total valid votes||53,885||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||Lynne Woolstencroft||11,613||22.1|
|New Democratic||Ted Martin||4,725||9.0|
|Canadian Action||Monte Dennis||260||0.5|
|Total valid votes||52,629||100.0|
- "(Code 35039) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
- Federal riding history from the Library of Parliament
- 2011 results from Elections Canada
- Elections Canada electoral districts database (Kitchener—Waterloo)
- Campaign expense data from Elections Canada
- Statistics Canada: 2012
- Elections Canada. "Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Ontario". Retrieved 2013-07-31.
- "Divided loyalties: How Waterloo Region turned Tory blue". Waterloo Region Record. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- Monteiro, Liz; Frances Barrick (2008-10-15). "Kitchener-Waterloo: Braid upsets Telegdi in tight, back-and-forth race". Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- The Canadian Press (18 October 2008). "Automatic Judicial Recount In Kitchener-Waterloo". CityNews. Retrieved 2008-10-20.
- Kitchener-Waterloo NDP Federal Electoral District Association
- Waterloo Federal Liberal Electoral District Association
- Waterloo Conservative Electoral District Association
- Green Party of Canada - Kitchener-Waterloo