Thornhill (electoral district)

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Thornhill
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
Thornhill, riding.png
Thornhill in relation to the other Toronto ridings
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Peter Kent
Conservative
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 140,265
Electors (2011) 96,209
Area (km²)[2] 75.73
Pop. density (per km²) 1,852.2
Census divisions York
Census subdivisions Markham, Vaughan
Map of Thornhill riding

Thornhill is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1997.

It covers the community of Thornhill, which is made up of portions of Vaughan and Markham, and was created in 1996 from parts of Markham—Whitchurch—Stouffville and York North ridings.

It consists of the part of the city of Vaughan that is east of Highway 400 and south of Rutherford Road, and the part of the city of Markham west of Highway 404.

It is one of only two ridings in Canada with a Jewish plurality (the other being Mount Royal in Quebec). 32.8% of the population is Jewish, the highest in Canada.[3] The Thornhill riding also has the highest percentage of Russians (12.9%) of all Canadian ridings (implying the presence of a strong community of Russian Jews[4]).

The Thornhill riding has the highest percentage of population with an educational attainment of "University certificate or diploma above bachelor level" (i.e. above-bachelor-level certificate or diploma other than doctorate, master, or medicine etc. degrees) with 5.0%.[5]

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2011 Census

Ethnic groups: 62.9% White, 12.6% Chinese, 6.7% South Asian, 4.2% West Asian, 3.9% Filipino, 3.6% Korean, 1.8% Black, 1.0% Southeast Asian
Languages: 48.9% English, 10.6% Russian, 10.5% Chinese, 4.0% Persian (Farsi), 3.2% Korean, 3.1% Hebrew, 2.5% Italian, 2.2% Tagalog, 1.6% Spanish 1.3% French, 1.1% Romanian
Religions: 37.9% Christian (18.5% Catholic, 5.7% Christian Orthodox, 2.0% Presbyterian, 1.8% Anglican, 1.6% United Church, 1.1% Baptist, 7.3% Other Christian), 32.8% Jewish, 5.3% Muslim, 3.1% Hindu, 2.1% Buddhist, 17.8% None.
Median income: $31,262 (2010)[6]
Average income: $47,947 (2010) [7]

Members of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following members of the Canadian House of Commons:

Parliament Years Member Party
Thornhill
Riding created from Markham—Whitchurch—Stouffville
and York North
36th  1997 − 2000     Elinor Caplan Liberal
37th  2000 − 2004
38th  2004 − 2006     Susan Kadis Liberal
39th  2006 − 2008
40th  2008 − 2011     Peter Kent Conservative
41st  2011 − Present

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Peter Kent 36,629 61.38 +12.37
Liberal Karen Mock 14,125 23.67 -15.76
New Democratic Simon Strelchik 7,141 11.97 +5.35
Green Norbert Koehl 1,562 2.62 -2.32
Animal Alliance Liz White 215 0.36
Total valid votes/Expense limit 59,672 100.00
Total rejected ballots 275 0.46
Turnout 59,947 60.98
Eligible voters 98,312
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Peter Kent 26,660 49.01 +15.30 $91,400
Liberal Susan Kadis 21,448 39.43 -13.67 $62,484
New Democratic Simon Strelchik 3,601 6.62 -1.19 $4,835
Green Norbert Koehl 2,686 4.94 +1.51 $7,314
Total valid votes/Expense limit 54,395 100.00 $95,547
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Susan Kadis 29,934 53.10 -1.48
Conservative Anthony Reale 19,005 33.71 -0.75
New Democratic Simon Strelchik 4,405 7.81 +0.83
Green Lloyd Helferty 1,934 3.43 +0.35
Progressive Canadian Mark Abramowitz 1,094 1.94
Total valid votes 56,372 100.00

Source: CBC Ridings Results

Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Susan Kadis 28,709 54.58 -10.01
Conservative Josh Cooper 18,125 34.46 +3.58
New Democratic Rick Morelli 3,671 6.98 +3.05
Green Lloyd Helferty 1,622 3.08
Independent Benjamin Fitzerman 241 0.46
Independent Simion Iron 233 0.44
Total valid votes 52,601 100.00

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 Elinor Caplan 27,152 64.59 +5.59
Alliance Robert Goldin 6,643 15.80 +7.91
Progressive Conservative Lou Watson 6,338 15.08 -11.31
New Democratic Nathan Rotman 1,653 3.93 -0.67
Canadian Action Art Jaszczyk 254 0.60
Total valid votes 42,040 100.00

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

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Elinor Caplan 25,747 59.00
Progressive Conservative Bill Fisch 11,517 26.39
Reform Aurel David 3,441 7.89
New Democratic Helen Breslauer 2,008 4.60
Independent Rick Levine 303 0.69
Natural Law Linda Martin 261 0.60
Independent Sid Soban 238 0.55
Independent Shel Bergson 124 0.28
Total valid votes 43,639 100.00

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Coordinates: 43°48′40″N 79°25′25″W / 43.8112°N 79.4236°W / 43.8112; -79.4236