Northumberland—Quinte West

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Northumberland—Quinte West
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
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Northumberland—Quinte West in relation to southern Ontario ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Rick Norlock
Conservative
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 125,261
Electors (2011) 93,620
Area (km²)[2] 2,404.45
Pop. density (per km²) 52.1
Census divisions Durham
Census subdivisions Quinte West, Northumberland

Northumberland—Quinte West is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 2004. Its population in 2001 was 118,906. For the 2015 federal election, it will be succeeded by the electoral district of Northumberland—Peterborough South.

Geography[edit]

The district includes the County of Northumberland and the City of Quinte West.

History[edit]

The electoral district was created in 2003: 86.1% of the riding came from Northumberland riding and 13.9% from Prince Edward—Hastings riding.

Federal Electoral Redistribution[edit]

Following the passage of Bill C-20, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867, The Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, and the Canada Elections Act on December 16, 2011, an additional 30 seats will be added to the Canadian House of Commons.

The boundary changes first proposed for Northumberland—Quinte West would have seen significant changes to the riding. The County of Northumberland, while still composing a majority of the riding, would not be reflected in the name. Instead, the new electoral boundary would be called Prince Edward - Quinte West. Furthermore, the town of Coburg, township of Hamilton, and municipality of Port Hope would no longer be represented by the electoral boundary, instead composing the new riding of Kawartha Lakes-Port Hope-Cobourg. Under the proposed riding changes, Northumberland County would have been split into two separate ridings. The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario defined the proposed boundaries of Prince Edward - Quinte West as consisting of:[3]

  • the City of Prince Edward;
  • the City of Quinte West; and
  • the County of Northumberland, excepting: the Township of Hamilton; the Town of Cobourg; the Municipality of Port Hope.

The proposed boundary changes would also have reduced the overall population of the riding. The current electoral boundary of Northumberland—Quinte West has a population of 125, 261 people whereas the proposed boundary of Prince Edward-Quinte West would have a population of 105, 035.[4]

The elimination of the word “Northumberland” in the proposed boundary changes was the source of heavy criticism. Critics argue that the division of Northumberland county into two distinct political districts as well as the loss of the county’s name in the riding title would have significant negative impacts on the community. “The proposed changes will have significant negative impacts on the future prosperity of Northumberland County by eliminating the name Northumberland completely from the electoral map,” Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan said in an interview with Northumberland Today.[5] Furthermore, Bill Pyatt, CAO of Northumberland County Council, said the proposed boundary changes to area electoral districts "will have significant negative impacts on the future prosperity of Northumberland County."[6]

Widespread dissatisfaction with the proposed boundaries caused the online petition 1NORTHUMBERLAND to circulate in an attempt to keep Northumberland in the name and united under one electoral district. As of November 14, the petition had the support of 800 households in the riding, representing about 2,000 people.[7] The petition was submitted to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario held a public hearing on November 12, 2012 to receive input on the proposed boundary changes. Member of Parliament for Northumberland—Quinte West, Rick Norlock, Cramahae Township Mayor Marc Coombs, Former MPP Lou Rinaldi, and past president of the Northumberland Federation of Agriculture, Paul Burnham all spoke against the commission's proposed boundary changes.[8]

Northumberland County Council CAO, Bill Pyatt, presented two alternatives to the commission’s boundary proposal. The first alternative would see Northumberland County join the Township of Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan and Clarington’s Ward 4 to create the riding of Northumberland-Pine Ridge with and approximate population of 107,000. The second alternative would see Northumberland and the Townships of Asphodel-Norwood, Otonabee-South Monaghan and Cavan-Millbrook-North Monaghan become the riding of Northumberland-South Peterborough, with an approximate population 106,000. It was believed that the population figures would be in line with Commission’s goal to reduce riding populations.[9]

The Commission accepted these criticisms and restored Northumberland County's riding as Northumberland—Pine Ridge.

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Northumberland—Quinte West
Riding created from Northumberland and Prince Edward—Hastings
38th  2004 − 2006     Paul Macklin Liberal
39th  2006 − 2008     Rick Norlock Conservative
40th  2008 − 2011
41st  2011 − Present

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rick Norlock 32,853 53.83 +5.11
Liberal Kim Rudd 12,822 21.01 -7.59
New Democratic Russ Christianson 12,626 20.69 +6.17
Green Ralph Torrie 2,733 4.48 -3.70
Total valid votes/Expense limit 61,034 100.00
Total rejected ballots 184 0.30 -0.03
Turnout 61,218 64.64
Eligible voters 94,701
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rick Norlock 27,615 48.71 +7.50 $84,880
Liberal Paul Macklin 16,209 28.59 -7.41 $83,766
New Democratic Russ Christianson 8,230 14.52 -3.56 $20,947
Green Ralph Torrie 4,633 8.17 +3.47 $34,300
Total valid votes/Expense limit 56,687 100.00 $93,766
Total rejected ballots 186 0.33
Turnout 56,873
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Rick Norlock 25,833 41.21 +1.91
Liberal Paul Macklin 22,566 36.00 -3.85
New Democratic Russ Christianson 11,334 18.08 +2.47
Green Pat Lawson 2,946 4.70 -0.53
Total valid votes 62,679 100.00
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Paul Macklin 22,989 39.85
Conservative Doug Galt 22,676 39.31
New Democratic Russ Christianson 9,007 15.61
Green Steven Haylestrom 3,016 5.23
Total valid votes 57,688 100.00

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stastistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ Stastistics Canada: 2012
  3. ^ "Prince Edward—Quinte West – Proposed Boundaries". Redistribution Federal Electoral Districts. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Prince Edward—Quinte West – Proposed Boundaries". Redistribution Federal Electoral Districts. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Online vote supports 1Northumberland". Northumberland Today. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Northumberland proposes two options for riding changes". Northumberland News. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Commission hears arguments to save Northumberland boundaries". Northumberland News. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Commission hears arguments to save Northumberland boundaries". Northumberland News. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Northumberland proposes two options for riding changes". Northumberland News. Retrieved 15 December 2012.