Kitchener—Waterloo (electoral district)

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Kitchener—Waterloo (electoral district)
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Kitchener—Waterloo in relation to southern Ontario ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
Peter Braid
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Population (2011)[1] 130,162
Electors (2011) 97,511
Area (km²)[1] 84.95
Pop. density (per km²) 1,532.2
Census divisions Waterloo
Census subdivisions Waterloo, Kitchener

Kitchener—Waterloo is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1997. Its population in 2006 was 126,742.


The district consists of the City of Waterloo and the northern part of the City of Kitchener.

The electoral district was created in 1996 from parts of Kitchener Centre and Waterloo ridings.

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.

Proposed District Redistribution[edit]

Following the 2011 Census and a Parliamentary decision to increase Federal electoral districts, Elections Canada tabled a proposal to replace the Kitchener-Waterloo district with a new Waterloo district and a reformed Kitchener Centre district.[2] The new Waterloo electoral district will follow the boundaries of the City of Waterloo. The portion of the Kitchener-Waterloo district currently within the City of Kitchener will be assigned to a redefined Kitchener Centre district. If the proposal is approved by Parliament it is expected to take effect for the 2015 Federal election.

Member of Parliament[edit]

KW 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.[3][4] The margin of victory was reduced to 48 votes following validation, which triggered an automatic recount.[5] 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.

Parliament Years Member Party
Kitchener Centre and Waterloo prior to 1996
36th 1997–2000     Andrew Telegdi Liberal
37th 2000–2004
38th 2004–2006
39th 2006–2008
40th 2008–2011     Peter Braid Conservative
41st 2011–present

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Peter Braid 27,039 40.85 +4.79 $90,641.15
Liberal Andrew Telegdi 24,895 37.62 +1.59
New Democratic Bill Brown 10,606 16.03 +1.31 $21,334.44
Green Cathy MacLellan 3,158 4.77 -7.33
Pirate Steven Bradley Scott 245 0.37
Independent Richard Walsh-Bowers 174 0.26
Marxist–Leninist Julian Ichim 66 0.10 none listed
Total valid votes 66,183 100.00
Total rejected ballots 216 0.33 -0.05
Turnout 66,399 70.17 +7.86
Eligible voters 94,624
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp Expenditures
Conservative Peter Braid 21,830 36.06 +7.75 $93,455
Liberal Andrew Telegdi 21,813 36.03 -10.82 $71,443
New Democratic Cindy Jacobsen 8,915 14.72 -3.16 $34,713
Green Cathy MacLellan 7,326 12.10 +5.64 $19,781
Libertarian Jason Cousineau 333 0.55 $0
Independent Mark Corbiere 107 0.17
Communist Ramon Portillo 105 0.17 $373
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
Turnout 60,763 62.31 -8.08
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Andrew Telegdi 31,136 46.85 -1.2
Conservative Ajmer Mandur 18,817 28.31 -1.1
New Democratic Edwin Laryea 11,889 17.88 +1.9
Green Pauline Richards 4,298 6.46 +0.9
Independent Ciprian Mihalcea 173 0.26 -0.4
Marxist–Leninist Julian Ichim 144 0.21
Total valid votes 66,457 100.0
Total rejected ballots 240 0.38
Turnout 66,697 70.39
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Andrew Telegdi 28,015 48.1 -2.2
Conservative Steve Strauss 17,155 29.5 -9.5
New Democratic Edwin Laryea 9,267 15.9 +7.8
Green Pauline Richards 3,277 5.6 +4.1
Christian Heritage Frank Ellis 379 0.7
Independent Ciprian Mihalcea 124 0.2
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Liberal Andrew Telegdi 27,130 50.3 +2.6
Alliance Joshua Doig 12,406 23.0 +3.1
Progressive Conservative Brian Bourke 8,601 16.0 -6.1
New Democratic Richard Walsh-Bowers 4,397 8.2 -0.8
Green Jack MacAulay 809 1.5
Canadian Action Robert E. Cormier 273 0.5 0.0
Marxist–Leninist Christine Nugent 164 0.3 0.0
Independent Frank Ellis 105 0.2
Total valid votes 53,885 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Andrew Telegdi 25,111 47.7
Progressive Conservative Lynne Woolstencroft 11,613 22.1
Reform Mike Connolly 10,502 20.0
New Democratic Ted Martin 4,725 9.0
Independent Steve King 265 0.5
Canadian Action Monte Dennis 260 0.5
Marxist–Leninist Helmut Braun 153 0.3
Total valid votes 52,629 100.0

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Statistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ Elections Canada. "Proposed Boundaries – Ontario". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Divided loyalties: How Waterloo Region turned Tory blue". Waterloo Region Record. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  4. ^ Monteiro, Liz; Frances Barrick (2008-10-15). "Kitchener-Waterloo: Braid upsets Telegdi in tight, back-and-forth race". Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  5. ^ The Canadian Press (18 October 2008). "Automatic Judicial Recount In Kitchener-Waterloo". CityNews. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 

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