Mississauga South (provincial electoral district)

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Mississauga South (provincial electoral district)
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Mississauga South.png
Mississauga South in relation to the other Toronto area ridings
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
Charles Sousa
Liberal
First contested 1975
Last contested 2014
Demographics
Population (2011) 112,583
Electors (2011) 77,479
Area (km²) 61
Pop. density (per km²) 1,845.6
Census divisions Peel
Census subdivisions Mississauga
Map of Mississauga South
Provincial election results, 1977-2007

Mississauga South is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1975.

It includes the neighbourhoods of Cawthra, Sheridan Heights, Park Royal, Clarkson, Rattray Park Estates, Lorne Park, Lorne Park Estates, Port Credit, Applewood Acres, Lakeview and Orchard Heights. It has a population of 113,003 and an area of 61 km2.

In 2003, it was defined to consist of the part of the City of Mississauga lying southeast of a line drawn from northeast to southwest along the Queensway to the Credit River, west along the Credit River, and southwest along Dundas Street West to the southwestern city limit.

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

Mississauga South
Assembly Years Member Party
Riding created
30th  1975 − 1977     Douglas Kennedy Progressive Conservative
31st  1977 − 1981
32nd  1981 − 1985
33rd  1985 − 1987     Margaret Marland Progressive Conservative
34th  1987 − 1990
35th  1990 − 1995
36th  1995 − 1999
37th  1999 − 2003
38th  2003 − 2007     Tim Peterson Liberal
 2007 − 2007     Independent
 2007 − 2007     Progressive Conservative
39th  2007 − 2011     Charles Sousa Liberal
40th  2011 − 2014
41st  2014 − Present

Electoral history[edit]

Once one of the strongest bastions of PC support in the province (winning 61% of the vote as recently as 1999), and certainly in the Toronto area, Mississauga South provincially has become more and more Liberal in last election cycles, which can be attributed to the demographics of Mississauga South changing, with more socially-liberal-minded young families moving from Toronto into the area, and increasing ethnic populations which are usually Liberal friendly. Prior to Tim Peterson's very narrow upset victory in 2003 (despite a Liberal landslide province-wide, most pundits had predicted PC incumbent Margaret Marland would hold on to the seat), the area had not voted Liberal provincially since Confederation, and the PCs generally held the riding fairly easily (with some exceptions such as the 1987 election, which the PCs won by less than 1000 votes). The riding was one of the most watched in the 2007 election, as it was expected to be one of the closest races in the province. The voters, however, differed from expectations, handing Liberal Charles Sousa a more than 5000-vote victory, as the PC vote fell almost 9% from 2003, which many[who?] viewed as a rejection of the automatic installing of floor-crossing Tim Peterson as the PC candidate. The Liberals and particularly the Green Party received the benefit of angry PC voters, seeing a 3% and a 6% rise in voting percentage, respectively.

Voters also rejected the proposal to change Ontario's electoral system from first past the post (FPTP) to mixed member proportional (MMP) in the 2007 electoral reform referendum. The status quo FPTP received 65% of the vote. Given the margin and the parties' and the candidates' positions on MMP (Peterson and the PCs against, Sousa undecided and the Liberals neutral, Cole and the NDP in favour, and Johnson and the Greens in favour), it appears that the vast majority of NDP/Green voters voted in favour of MMP, the vast majority of PC voters for FPTP, and the majority of Liberals for FPTP, with a sizeable minority voting for MMP.

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Charles Sousa 22,192 50.72 +0.01
Progressive Conservative Effie Triantafilopoulos 14,544 33.24 -2.85
New Democratic Boris Rosolak 4,644 10.61 +0.55
Green Lloyd Jones 1,423 3.25 +1.11
None of the Above Andrew Weber 596 1.36
Libertarian James Judson 355 0.81
Total valid votes 43,754 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +1.43
Source: Elections Ontario[1]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Charles Sousa 20,375 50.71 +3.92
Progressive Conservative Geoff Janoscik 14,499 36.09 +1.69
New Democratic Anju Sikka 4,044 10.06 +0.93
Green Cory Mogk 860 2.14 -6.7
Freedom Mark Harris 236 0.59  
Vegan Environmental Paul Figueiras 165 0.41  
Total valid votes 40,179 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 178 0.44
Turnout 40,357 51.25
Eligible voters 78,746
Liberal hold Swing +1.12
Source: Elections Ontario[2]
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Charles Sousa 19,195 46.79 +2.99
Progressive Conservative Tim Peterson 14,114 34.40 -8.8
New Democratic Ken Cole 3,745 9.13 -0.05
Green David Johnston 3,627 8.84 +6.43
Family Coalition Samantha Toteda 345 0.84 -0.57
Total valid votes 41,026 100.0
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Tim Peterson 17,211 43.80 +12.32
Progressive Conservative Margaret Marland 16,977 43.20 -18.07
New Democratic Ken Cole 3,606 9.18 +3.3
Green Pamela Murray 949 2.41  
Family Coalition Alfred Zawadzki 555 1.41  
Total valid votes 39,298 100.0%
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Margaret Marland 23,890 61.27 -8.49
Liberal Ieva Martin 12,275 31.48 +14.73
New Democratic Ken Cole 2,293 5.88 -4.02
Independent Tim Sullivan 535 1.37  
Total valid votes 38,993 100.0
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Margaret Marland 23,116 69.76 +17.31
Liberal Ieva Martin 5,551 16.75 -3.54
New Democratic David Messanger 3,282 9.90 -13.31
Natural Law Scott Kay 334 1.01  
Independent Adrian Earl Crewson 309 0.93  
Independent Wolfgang G. Mueller 287 0.87  
Green Matthew Wood 256 0.77 -3.28
Total valid votes 33,135 100.0
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Margaret Marland 17,126 52.45 +10.21
New Democratic Sue Craig 7,579 23.21 +8.04
Liberal Donna Scott 6,624 20.29 -20.13
Green Scott McWhinnie 1,323 4.05  
Total valid votes 32,652 100.0
Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Margaret Marland 13,854 42.24 -2.34
Liberal Claudette Mackay-Lassonde 13,255 40.42 +1.13
New Democratic Barry Stevens 4,976 15.17 -0.96
Freedom Chris Balabanian 712 2.17  
Total valid votes 32,797 100.0
Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Margaret Marland 13,186 44.58 -11.05
Liberal Carolynne Siller 11,623 39.29 +11.12
New Democratic Barry Stevens 4,770 16.13 -0.07
Total valid votes 29,579 100.0
Ontario general election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Douglas Kennedy 14,165 55.63 +7.72
Liberal Basil Gerol 7,172 28.17 +1.39
New Democratic Neil Davis 4,126 16.20 -9.11
Total valid votes 25,463 100.0
Ontario general election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Douglas Kennedy 13,622 47.91
Liberal Mike Garvey 7,616 26.78
New Democratic Ted Humphreys 7,196 25.31
Total valid votes 28,434 100.0

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 26,121 65.1
Mixed member proportional 13,985 34.9
Total valid votes 40,106 100.0

Sources[edit]

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