Nickel Belt (provincial electoral district)

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Nickel Belt
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
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Nickel Belt in relation to other electoral districts in Northern Ontario
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
France Gélinas
New Democratic
First contested 1955
Last contested 2014
Demographics
Population (2001) 79,661
Electors (2007) 58,293
Area (km²) 25,504
Pop. density (per km²) 3.1
Census divisions Sudbury District, Greater Sudbury
Census subdivisions Markstay-Warren, St. Charles, Killarney

Nickel Belt is a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of Ontario. It elects one member to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The district is located in Northern Ontario and includes much of the eastern and southern parts of the District of Sudbury, as well as most of Greater Sudbury outside of the city's urban core. Communities include Lively, Onaping, Levack, Dowling, Chelmsford, Naughton, Azilda, Coniston, Wahnapitae, Garson, Val Caron, Val Thérèse, Hanmer and Capreol.

Boundary redistribution[edit]

Prior to redistribution in 1998, the district included all of Sudbury District except the southeastern portion, as well as the western half of what was then the Regional Municipality of Sudbury (Walden, Rayside-Balfour and Onaping Falls). The eastern half of the current Nickel Belt comprised the separate district of Sudbury East.

In 1998, Ontario was divided into the same electoral districts as those used for federal electoral purposes. They were redistributed whenever a readjustment took place at the federal level. This change resulted in Sudbury East being reabsorbed back into Nickel Belt.

In 2005, legislation was passed by the Legislature to divide Ontario into 107 electoral districts, beginning with the next provincial election in 2007. The eleven northern electoral districts, including Nickel Belt, are those defined for federal purposes in 1996, based on the 1991 census (except for a minor boundary adjustment). The 96 southern electoral districts are those defined for federal electoral purposes in 2003, based on the 2001 census. Without this legislation, the number of electoral districts in northern Ontario would have been reduced from eleven to ten.[1]

This change primarily affects the Walden area, which is part of the Sudbury riding federally but remains in Nickel Belt provincially, and the West Nipissing area, which is part of Nickel Belt federally but remains in Nipissing provincially.

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Nickel Belt
Assembly Years Member Party
Riding created
25th  1955 − 1959     Rhéal Bélisle Progressive Conservative
26th  1959 − 1963
27th  1963 − 1967     Gaston Demers Progressive Conservative
28th  1967 − 1971
29th  1971 − 1975     Floyd Laughren New Democratic
30th  1975 − 1977
31st  1977 − 1981
32nd  1981 − 1985
33rd  1985 − 1987
34th  1987 − 1990
35th  1990 − 1995
36th  1995 − 1998
 1998 − 1999     Blain Morin New Democratic
37th  1999 − 2003     Shelley Martel New Democratic
38th  2003 − 2007
39th  2007 − 2011     France Gélinas New Democratic
40th  2011 − 2014
41st  2014 − Present

Election results since 1977[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic France Gélinas 19,941 62.66 +7.77
Liberal James Tregonning 6,977 21.92 -2.33
Progressive Conservative Marck Blay 3,782 11.88 -6.47
Green Heather K. Dahlstrom 1,123 3.53 +1.03
Total valid votes 31,823 100.00
New Democratic hold Swing +5.05
Source: Elections Ontario[2]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic France Gélinas 16,876 54.89 +8.26
Liberal Tony Ryma 7,434 24.25 -13.79
Progressive Conservative Paula Peroni 5,625 18.35 +8.29
Green Stephanie-Lynn Russell 770 2.50 -1.72
Total valid votes 30,762 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 96 0.31
Turnout 30,858 49.55
Eligible voters 62,276
New Democratic hold Swing +11.03
Source: Elections Ontario[3]
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic France Gélinas 15,126 46.63 +0.11
Liberal Ron Dupuis 12,341 38.04 -0.60
Progressive Conservative Renée Germain 3,264 10.06 -3.43
Green Fred Twilley 1,368 4.22 +2.87
Family Coalition Richard St-Denis 341 1.05
Total valid votes 32,440 100.00
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Shelley Martel 16,567 46.52 +4.57
Liberal Alex McCauley 13,759 38.64 +9.89
Progressive Conservative Dave Kilgour 4,804 13.49 -15.81
Green Robert Nevin 479 1.35
Total valid votes 35,609 100.00
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Shelley Martel 14,833 41.95 +1.08
Progressive Conservative Gerry Courtemanche 10,359 29.30 -1.51
Liberal Ron Dupuis 10,165 28.75 +0.43
Total valid votes 35,357 100.00
Ontario provincial by-election, October 1998, resignation of Floyd Laughren
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Blain Morin 5,537 40.88 -5.66
Progressive Conservative Gerry Courtemanche 4,173 30.81 +11.60
Liberal Frank Madigan 3,836 28.32 -3.93
Total valid votes 13,546 100.00
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Floyd Laughren 8,007 46.54 -12.00
Liberal Betty Rheaume 5,549 32.25 +12.98
Progressive Conservative Frank Deburger 3,305 19.21 +13.51
Independent Michel Chartrand 225 1.31
Natural Law Grace Tancock 119 0.69
Total valid votes 17,205 100.00
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Floyd Laughren 9,925 58.54 +0.33
Liberal Betty Rheaume 3,267 19.27 -3.56
Confederation of Regions Gren Rogers 2,796 16.49
Progressive Conservative Paul Demers 967 5.70 -13.26
Total valid votes 16,955 100.00
Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Floyd Laughren 9,849 58.21 +5.84
Liberal Leo Pevato 3,863 22.83 +9.58
Progressive Conservative Evelyn Dutrisac 3,208 18.96 -15.31
Total valid votes 16,920 100.00
Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Floyd Laughren 8,912 52.37 -2.48
Progressive Conservative Evelyn Dutrisac 5,849 34.37 +21.94
Liberal Trudy Bolduc 2,255 13.25 -19.47
Total valid votes 17,016 100.00
Ontario general election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Floyd Laughren 8,451 54.85 -2.60
Liberal Elmer Sopha 5,041 32.72 +14.12
Progressive Conservative Andre Lalande 1,915 12.43 -11.52
Total valid votes 15,407 100.00
Ontario general election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Floyd Laughren 9,410 57.45
Progressive Conservative Marty McAllister 3,923 23.95
Liberal Paul Adam 3,046 18.60
Total valid votes 16,379 100.00

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 21,313 68.9
Mixed member proportional 9,609 31.1
Total valid votes 30,912 100.0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Elections Ontario web site, “New Electoral Boundaries”
  2. ^ Elections Ontario (2014). "General Election Results by District 056, NIckel Belt". Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Elections Ontario (2011). "Official return from the records / Rapports des registres officiels - Nickel Belt". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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