Niagara Falls (electoral district)

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Niagara Falls
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Niagara Falls, riding.png
Niagara Falls in relation to southern Ontario ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Rob Nicholson
Conservative
District created 1952
First contested 1953
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 128,357
Electors (2011) 94,676
Area (km²)[2] 508.78
Pop. density (per km²) 252.3
Census divisions Niagara
Census subdivisions Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Falls is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1953.

It consists of the city of Niagara Falls and the towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

The riding was created in 1952 from parts of Erie—Lincoln and Welland ridings. It consisted initially of the townships of Stamford, Willoughby and Bertie, the city of Niagara Falls, and the towns of Fort Erie, Chippawa and Crystal Beach in the county of Welland. In 1966, the towns of Fort Erie, Chippawa and Crystal Beach and the township of Stamford were excluded from the riding.

In 1976, the riding was redefined to consist of the City of Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. In 1996, the riding was expanded to include the part of the City of Thorold lying east of the Welland Canal. In 2004 the western boundary of the riding was moved east from the Welland Canal to the Thorold town line, while the southern boundary was extended south to Lake Erie. This change excluded the town of Thorold and included all of the town of Fort Erie.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2011 Census

Ethnic groups: 89.5% White, 2.4% Aboriginal, 1.9% Black, 1.3% Chinese, 1.2% Filipino, 1.0% South Asian
Languages: 82.3% English, 3.8% Italian, 2.4% French, 1.9% German, 1.1% Chinese, 1.0% Spanish
Religions: 74.2% Christian (35.5% Catholic, 9.2% Anglican, 7.3% United Church, 3.4% Presbyterian, 2.2% Lutheran, 1.8% Christian Orthodox, 1.6% Pentecostal, 1.6% Baptist, 11.7% Other Christian), 1.1% Muslim, 23.2% None.
Median income: $27,796 (2010)[3]
Average income: $35,758 (2010) [4]

Federal riding associations[edit]

Riding associations are the local branches of the national political parties:

Party Association Name CEO HQ Address HQ City
     Christian Heritage Party of Canada CHP Niagara Falls Andy Langendoen 3562 Garner Road Niagara Falls
     Conservative Party of Canada Niagara Falls Conservative Association Barbara Ruth Greenwood 4322 Kilman Place Niagara Falls
Green Niagara Falls Federal Green Party Association Karen Lynn Fraser 4756 Saint Lawrence Avenue Niagara Falls
     Liberal Party of Canada Niagara Falls Federal Liberal Association Alex MacGregor PO BOX 618 Crystal Beach
     New Democratic Party Niagara Falls Federal NDP Riding Association Sharon Shearing 6457 Delta Drive Niagara Falls

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Niagara Falls
Riding created from Erie—Lincoln and Welland
22nd  1953 − 1957     William Houck Liberal
23rd  1957 − 1958
24th  1958 − 1960
 1960 − 1962     Judy LaMarsh Liberal
25th  1962 − 1963
26th  1963 − 1965
27th  1965 − 1968
28th  1968 − 1972     Joe Greene Liberal
29th  1972 − 1974     Joe Hueglin Progressive Conservative
30th  1974 − 1979     Roger Carl Young Liberal
31st  1979 − 1980     Jake Froese Progressive Conservative
32nd  1980 − 1984     Al MacBain Liberal
33rd  1984 − 1988     Rob Nicholson Progressive Conservative
34th  1988 − 1993
35th  1993 − 1997     Gary Pillitteri Liberal
36th  1997 − 2000
37th  2000 − 2004
38th  2004 − 2006     Rob Nicholson Conservative
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

The current member of parliament for Niagara Falls is Rob Nicholson, who was first elected in 1984. Nicholson lost his seat in 1993, but was re-elected in 2004. Nicholson currently sits as the Minister of National Defence in Prime Minister Harper's Cabinet.

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rob Nicholson 28,748 53.26 +6.56
New Democratic Heather Kelley 12,681 23.49 +5.63
Liberal Bev Hodgson 10,206 18.91 -8.00
Green Shawn Willick 2,086 3.86 -4.61
Christian Heritage Harold Jonker 259 0.5% +0.48
Total valid votes 53,980 100.00
Total rejected ballots 264 0.49 -0.01
Turnout 54,244 56.90 +2.30
Eligible voters 95,326
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rob Nicholson 24,016 46.70% +6.3% $77,050
Liberal Joyce Morocco 13,867 26.96% -7.5% $89,565
New Democratic Eric Gillespie 9,186 17.86% -3.1% $18,513
Green Shawn Willick 4,356 8.47% +4.4% $7,974
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,425 99.5% $94,533
Total rejected ballots 264 0.5%
Turnout 51,689 54.60%
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Rob Nicholson 23,489 40.4% +1.7%
Liberal Gary Burroughs 20,099 34.5% -2.0%
New Democratic Wayne Gates 12,214 21.0% +0.2%
Green Kay Green 2,402 4.1% +0.1%
Total valid votes 58,204 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Rob Nicholson 19,882 38.7% -7.7%
Liberal Victor Pietrangelo 18,745 36.5% -9.4%
New Democratic Wayne Gates 10,680 20.8% +14.7%
Green Ted Mousseau 2,071 4.0% +2.7%
Total valid votes 51,378 100.0%

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 % ∆%
Liberal Gary Pillitteri 17,907 45.9% +7.6%
Alliance Mel Grunstein 11,999 30.8% +4.2%
Progressive Conservative Tony Baldinelli 6,077 15.6% -8.4%
New Democratic Ed Booker 2,356 6.0% -3.8%
Green Clara Tarnoy 501 1.3% +0.4%
Natural Law William Norman Amos 155 0.4% 0.0%
Total valid votes 38,995 100.0%

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

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gary Pillitteri 15,868 38.4% -8.7%
Reform Mel Grunstein 10,986 26.6% +1.6%
Progressive Conservative Rob Nicholson 9,935 24.0% +1.7%
New Democratic John Cowan 4,052 9.8% +6.4%
Green Alexander Rados 374 0.9% +0.3%
Natural Law Bill Amos 154 0.4% 0.0%
Total valid votes 41,369 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Gary Pillitteri 20,542 47.1% +12.1%
Reform Mel Grunstein 10,890 25.0%
Progressive Conservative Rob Nicholson 9,719 22.3% -17.2%
New Democratic Steve Leonard 1,470 3.4% -18.0%
National John Cowan 513 1.2%
Green John Bruce McBurney 258 0.6%
Natural Law Bill Amos 166 0.4%
Abolitionist Ted Wiwchar 82 0.2%
Total valid votes 43,640 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Rob Nicholson 17,077 39.5% -15.6%
Liberal Gary Pillitteri 15,137 35.0% +15.2%
New Democratic Dick Harrington 9,232 21.3% -2.4%
Christian Heritage Bill Andres 1,713 4.0%
Commonwealth of Canada Jean-Claude Souvray 97 0.2%
Total valid votes 43,256 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Rob Nicholson 22,852 55.1% +18.2%
New Democratic Richard Harrington 9,863 23.8% +2.6%
Liberal Al MacBain 8,219 19.8% -21.3%
Green Robert G. Scott 352 0.8%
Social Credit Earl G. Erb 177 0.4% -0.1%
Total valid votes 41,463 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Al MacBain 15,871 41.1% +2.6%
Progressive Conservative Jake Froese 14,251 36.9% -5.0%
New Democratic John A. Dawson 8,167 21.2% +2.0%
Social Credit Bruce Arnold 221 0.6%
Marxist–Leninist David Wiwcharyk 61 0.2% -0.2%
Total valid votes 38,571 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Jake Froese 16,916 41.9% +10.3%
Liberal Roger Carl Young 15,545 38.5% -14.7%
New Democratic John Dawson 7,757 19.2% +4.7%
Marxist–Leninist David Wiwcharyk 135 0.3%
Total valid votes 40,353 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Roger Carl Young 20,618 53.3% 14.5%
Progressive Conservative Joe Hueglin 12,225 31.6% -9.0%
New Democratic Pat Piccirillo 5,607 14.5% -5.4%
Social Credit George Olesevich 254 0.7% 0.0%
Total valid votes 38,704 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Joe Hueglin 15,701 40.6% +8.7%
Liberal Tom Jamieson 14,978 38.7% -12.0%
New Democratic Ray Wilson 7,705 19.9% +2.6%
Social Credit George Olesevich 270 0.7%
Total valid votes 38,654 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal John James Greene 17,183 50.7% -9.4%
Progressive Conservative Bob Rolls 10,825 32.0% +6.8%
New Democratic Ray Wilson 5,861 17.3% +6.0%
Total valid votes 33,869 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Judy LaMarsh 17,794 60.1% +0.0%
Progressive Conservative Jean Douglas 7,442 25.1% -3.3%
New Democratic Ronald C. Seebach 3,361 11.4% -0.1%
Independent PC John G. Graaskamp 657 2.2%
Social Credit Arthur David Brooker 346 1.2%
Total valid votes 29,600 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1963
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Judy LaMarsh 18,749 60.2% +0.5%
Progressive Conservative Jean Douglas 8,863 28.4% +3.3%
New Democratic Bill Johnson 3,555 11.4% -0.6%
Total valid votes 31,167 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Judy LaMarsh 18,500 59.7% +12.3%
Progressive Conservative Jean Douglas 7,795 25.2% -4.1%
New Democratic Bill Johnson 3,713 12.0% -11.4%
Social Credit Vito Antonio 985 3.2%
Total valid votes 30,993 100.0%
Canadian federal by-election, 31 October 1960
On Mr. Houck's death (5 May 1960)
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Judy LaMarsh 13,428 47.3% +1.6%
Progressive Conservative Keith Lougheed 8,309 29.3% -14.8%
New Democratic Edward E. Mitchelson (as New Party) 6,627 23.4% +13.2%
Total valid votes 28,364 100.0%

Note: NDP vote is compared to CCF vote in 1958 election.

Canadian federal election, 1958
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal William Houck 14,025 45.8% -8.2%
Progressive Conservative Robert H. Hamilton 13,504 44.1% -2.0%
Co-operative Commonwealth Edward F. Twocock 3,115 10.2%
Total valid votes 30,644 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1957
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal William Houck 12,706 54.0% -5.8%
Progressive Conservative Robert H. Hamilton 10,845 46.0% +18.1%
Total valid votes 23,551 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1953
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal William Houck 13,400 59.7%
Progressive Conservative Winnifred Margaret Stokes 6,264 27.9%
Co-operative Commonwealth Joseph Bacon 2,605 11.6%
Independent Henry Speakman 167 0.7%
Total valid votes 22,436 100.0%

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