Ottawa—Vanier (provincial electoral district)

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Coordinates: 45°26′N 75°39′W / 45.433°N 75.650°W / 45.433; -75.650

Ottawa—Vanier
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Ottawa-ottawavanier.PNG
Ottawa—Vanier in relation to other Ottawa electoral districts
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
Madeleine Meilleur
Liberal
District created 1908
First contested 1908
Last contested 2014
Demographics
Population (2006) 101,611
Electors (2007) 77,318
Area (km²) 39
Pop. density (per km²) 2,605.4
Census divisions Ottawa
Census subdivisions Ottawa
For the Ottawa—Vanier federal electoral district, please see Ottawa—Vanier.

Ottawa—Vanier (formerly known as Ottawa East) is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1908.

It is composed of the eastern part of downtown Ottawa.

The riding is represented in the Legislative Assembly by Liberal Madeleine Meilleur. She defeated Conservative Bruce Poulin, who was acclaimed as the Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate for Ottawa-Vanier for the October 10, 2007 provincial election.

The riding, with a large Franco-Ontarian population in Vanier, Overbrook, Lower Town, and in adjoining neighbourhoods, has been one of the most solidly Liberal in the country in recent years, having elected Liberals both federally and provincially in every election since 1971.

A sizable minority of the riding is in the former city of Vanier, which was merged with Ottawa in 2000. Vanier has long been home to much of Ottawa's francophone population, but between 1992 and 2001, the size of this linguistic group has fallen by almost 50%. Since 2003, the population of the entire riding has fallen by almost 10% at a time when the rest of the nation's capital increased by approximately 5.2%. The riding now has the second oldest population in Ottawa.

In many ways the riding which used to be known as a French riding with an English face has become a largely English-speaking riding (65%) with a French face. The riding also contains the wealthiest part of Ottawa, Rockcliffe Park, which gives some support to the Progressive Conservatives, but also to the Liberals. The neighbourhoods with higher proportions of anglophone residents, including Sandy Hill and New Edinburgh also tend to vote Liberal, but with significant support for the Ontario New Democratic Party. The riding is characterized by below average voter turn-out and an annual loss of approximately 1% in voter support for the provincial Liberals since 1987 thereby reducing their support from approximately 74% to 50% (1987–2007).

Geography[edit]

In 2003, it was redefined as the part of the City of Ottawa east and north of a line running south along the Rideau Canal from the interprovincial boundary to Mann Avenue, northeast to Nicholas Street, southeast to Highway No. 417, and east to the abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway to the hydroelectric transmission line, north to Innes Road, northeast to Blair Road, northwest to Montreal Road, east and northeast to Regional Road No. 174, northeast to Green's Creek, north to the Ottawa River.

History[edit]

The provincial electoral district was created in 1908 as "Ottawa East". The name was changed to "Ottawa—Vanier" in 1999.

Members of the Legislative Assembly/Members of Provincial Parliament1[edit]

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

Assembly Years Member Party
Riding created — Ottawa East
12th  1908 − 1911     Donald McDougal Liberal
13th  1911 − 1914     Napoléon Champagne Conservative
14th  1914 − 1919     Joseph Pinard Liberal
15th  1919 − 1923
16th  1923 − 1926
 1926 − 1926     Independent-Liberal
17th  1926 − 1929
18th  1929 − 1934     Louis Côté Conservative
19th  1934 − 1937     Paul Leduc Liberal
20th  1937 − 1940
 1940 − 1943 Robert Laurier
21st  1943 − 1945
22nd  1945 − 1948 Aurele Chartrand
23rd  1948 − 1951
24th  1951 − 1955
25th  1955 − 1959     Jules Morin Progressive Conservative
26th  1959 − 1963
27th  1963 − 1967
28th  1967 − 1971
29th  1971 − 1975     Albert Roy Liberal
30th  1975 − 1977
31st  1977 − 1981
32nd  1981 − 1985
33rd  1985 − 1987 Bernard Grandmaître
34th  1987 − 1990
35th  1990 − 1995
36th  1995 − 1999
Riding renamed — Ottawa—Vanier
37th  1999 − 2001     Claudette Boyer Liberal
 2001 − 2003     Independent
38th  2003 − 2007     Madeleine Meilleur Liberal
39th  2007 − 2011
40th  2011 − 2014
41st  2014 − Present

1 In 1938, the title of members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario was changed from "Members of the Legislative Assembly" (MLAs) to "Members of Provincial Parliament" (MPPs).

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 21,945 55.65 +4.14
Progressive Conservative Martin Forget 8,799 22.31 -1.13
New Democratic Hervé Ngamby 5,216 13.23 -6.37
Green Dave Bagler 3,147 7.98 +3.47
Libertarian Phillip Richard 330 0.84
Total valid votes 39,437 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +2.64
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 19,619 51.51 +0.55 $ 52,761.46
Progressive Conservative Fred Sherman 8,929 23.44 +1.14 46,634.99
New Democratic Paul Étienne Laliberté-Tipple 7,466 19.60 +4.89 26,579.32
Green Dave Bagler 1,719 4.51 -5.93 28,290.65
Family Coalition Emmanuel Houle 352 0.92 -0.04 3,081.81
Total valid votes / Expense limit 38,085 100.00 -7.37 $ 97,305.11
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 161 0.42 -0.24
Turnout 38,246 46.81 -4.68
Eligible voters 81,712   +1.66
Liberal hold Swing -0.30
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 20,954 50.96 -2.57 $ 67,322.66
Progressive Conservative Bruce Poulin 9,169 22.30 -3.94 46,691.00
New Democratic Ric Dagenais 6,049 14.71 -0.99 38,228.43
Green Leonard Poole 4,293 10.44 +5.92 10,062.52
Family Coalition Frank Cioppa 396 0.96   1,599.17
Independent Robert Larter 255 0.62   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,116 100.0   -0.80 $ 86,807.16
Total rejected ballots 274 0.66 -0.29
Turnout 41,390 51.49 +0.69
Eligible voters 80,377   -2.43
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur 22,188 53.53 +0.50 $ 56,519.01
Progressive Conservative Maurice Lamirande 10,878 26.24 -5.57 25,275.00
New Democratic Joseph Zebrowski 6,507 15.70 +5.19 21,295.58
Green Raphael Thierrin 1,876 4.53 +2.12 591.94
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,449 100.0   +4.62 $ 79,080.96
Total rejected ballots 399 0.95 -0.04
Turnout 41,848 50.80 +1.68
Eligible voters 82,376   +1.12
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Claudette Boyer 21,009 53.03 -3.91 $ 29,251.18
Progressive Conservative Maurice Lamirande 12,605 31.81 +10.64 26,664.80
New Democratic David Gagnon 4,163 10.51 -8.49 19,834.85
Green Richard Briggs 953 2.41 +1.09 0.00
Natural Law Pierrette Blondin 580 1.46 +0.43 0.00
Independent Kevin Corkill 310 0.78   49.11
Total valid votes/Expense limit 39,620 100.0   +56.27 $ 78,205.44
Total rejected ballots 395 0.99 -0.30
Turnout 40,015 49.12 -4.09
Eligible voters 81,464   +68.76


Ontario general election, 1995: Ottawa East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Bernard Grandmaître 14,436 56.94 -5.47 $ 19,824.52
Progressive Conservative Cynthia Bled 5,368 21.17 +12.77 28,483.15
New Democratic David Dyment 4,818 19.00 -4.28 17,425.03
Green Larry Tyldsley 335 1.32 -1.44 524.72
Natural Law Robert Mayer 261 1.03   0.00
Independent Steven White 136 0.54   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 25,354 100.0   -3.30 $ 45,818.00
Total rejected ballots 331 1.29
Turnout 25,685 53.21
Eligible voters 48,272
Ontario general election, 1990: Ottawa East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Bernard Grandmaître 16,363 62.41 -11.85
New Democratic Lori Lucier 6,103 23.28 +7.08
Progressive Conservative Diana Morin 2,203 8.40 -1.14
Family Coalition Richard Hudon 826 3.15  
Green Frank de Jong 723 2.76  
Total valid votes 26,218 100.0   +2.69
Ontario general election, 1987: Ottawa East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Bernard Grandmaître 18,959 74.26 +5.86
New Democratic Alex Connelly 4,137 16.20 -2.40
Progressive Conservative Corinne Price 2,435 9.54 -1.03
Total valid votes 25,531 100.0   +19.60
Ontario general election, 1985: Ottawa East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Bernard Grandmaître 14,601 68.40 +0.03
New Democratic Kathryn Barnard 3,971 18.60 +5.1
Progressive Conservative Paul St. Georges 2,257 10.57 -6.48
Independent Serge Girard 518 2.43 +1.35
Total valid votes 21,347 100.0   +88.23
Ontario provincial by-election, December 13, 1984: Ottawa East
Resignation of Albert J. Roy
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Bernard Grandmaître 7,754 68.37 -0.85
Progressive Conservative Richard Boudreau 1,934 17.05 -3.58
New Democratic Jean Gilbert 1,531 13.50 +4.22
Independent Serge Girard 122 1.08 +0.21
Total valid votes 11,341 100.0   -44.74
Ontario general election, 1981: Ottawa East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Albert J. Roy 14,207 69.22 +1.78
Progressive Conservative Omar Deslauriers 4,235 20.63 +3.39
New Democratic Danielle Page 1,905 9.28 -6.04
Independent Serge Girard 177 0.86  
Total valid votes 20,524 100.0   -12.75
Ontario general election, 1977: Ottawa East
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Albert J. Roy 15,864 67.44
Progressive Conservative Gisele Lalonde 4,055 17.24
New Democratic Robert Choquette 3,605 15.32
Total valid votes 23,524 100.0  

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 24,562 61.12
Mixed Member Proportional 15,624 38.88
Total 40,186

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