Wikipedia:WikiProject Electoral districts in Canada

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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to Electoral districts in Canada. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

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Wikipedia can become the most comprehensive source for federal voting history and electoral district information anywhere. Currently relevant information is scattered throughout a variety of sources on government, media, educational and political-oriented websites, as well as at Elections Canada.

Extracting and sorting information from these sources and integrating it into Wikipedia in an easy-to-understand layout can be achieved with the collective efforts of editors familiar with the subject. Specifically, this effort needs editors who understand Wikipedia, government, and voting; those who can design efficient and aesthetically-pleasing pages; those who can manipulate Wikipedia code to present these designs in an easy-to-edit code; those who can find, use, and reference sources of information (on the internet and in print); those who are familiar with the details and local issues of specific electoral districts; and those who can oversee the integration of information into hundreds of articles.

The electoral district articles have already been created and stubbed. Many have already been developed, to varying degrees, but none are complete. This is not an exercise in dumping as much info into an article as possible. It is about quality; making it comprehensive yet easy-to-understand. The reader should be able to understand what it is and what it is about with just a glance, get a better understanding after reading it and even more details after further analysis. The articles are at a stage now where there are options and alternatives to choose. What sections are essential? What information is relevant? What layout should be used?

Below are links to pages that deal with proposed section headings and layouts. In each page there will be a debate on what information should be presented, how it should be presented, and even if that section should exist. This is consensus-building so if you support an idea please say so. However, it is not a vote wherein the majority rules, rather the best arguments will win. Ideas need to be accompanied by clear, direct arguments. There are hundreds of districts, so please pick one and provide an example of your idea. Following this fragmented discussion a proto-type article will be created and put through Peer Review process: first on the Wikipedia:Canadian wikipedians' notice board, then a second prototype on the Wikipedia-wide peer review.


The following pages are intended for discussion primarily on federal electoral districts. By and large federal and provincial pages should be able to share a common format, however some provinces may have unique circumstances (i.e. referendum results in Quebec, Senate nominee election results in Alberta). Should you wish to discuss a unique provincial electoral district issue, please create a subpage under the relevant section below so as to not confuse the overall picture in the discussions.


A proposal to negotiate from.


Please add your comments to one of the following debates. If you create a new page please list it here.

/Naming conventions

As with any article, the most simple name is ideal. In the case that the name of a riding is not shared with any other riding or place, then the name should simply be that. For example: Tobique-Mactaquac. However, when there are districts with the same name in several provinces, or in the same province on both the provincial and federal level or, in some cases, on both levels of government in more than one province, the naming scheme can become complicated and therefore inconsistent. As a results, it is ideal to develop a common naming convention which takes into account as many possible situations to ensure consistency.

Some federal and provincial Ontario ridings entirely overlap. Should there be one article for each or one article for both?

/Page layout

What order should the sections be listed? Where should the map be placed? Can there be an infobox or template?


Is an infobox a plausible idea? Can there be an infobox that is relevant to every province? Should different provinces have different infoboxes?

  • I think an infobox is necessary, both for historical ridings as for current ones; one boxframe should be "status" with either "defunct" as an entry, with dates, or "currently represented by Joe Blow (Tory/Grit/NDP/whatever). Also a riding map, and in cases where the boundary has been mutated the colour-scheme on the map should maybe be able to reflect the gerrymandered bits accurately (this means overlaying two different maps in order to produce a new one with both boundaries and the respective areas coloured in).Skookum1 05:50, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
  • Agree with infobox as stated by Skookum1; should also include riding population total --Yannick 03:24, 25 January 2006 (UTC)


Do the principles of 'equal time' apply to current electoral district articles?

  • No; because some ridings are unremarkable (perhaps) in their politics, and an MP from one party might not have as much to be said about as an MP from another party. Wikipedia is not electoral material; it is information, pure and simple.Skookum1 05:50, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Proposed sections[edit]

These sections originated stubs left behind by an editor a long time. They may be renamed, removed, or supplemented. Please add your comments to one of the following debates. If you create a new page please list it here.


The first thing people see. What should be mentioned? What is essential?


Lots of census data out there, but what is relevant? and how can it be best presented?


What are the implications of where the borders were drawn? What features should the maps illustrate?


The origin and fate of an electoral district as expressed through Representation Orders.

/History/Members of Parliament
Chronology of Members of Parliament


Proposal for a combined Geography and History section.

  • Hmm. See notes below re table.Skookum1 05:54, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

/Member of Parliament

For current electoral districts, who represents them and what are they doing?

/Election results

The meat of the article. What kind of table is the best? What data should the table show?


How to encourage further reading without overwhelming, what to present in external links and how to properly reference material.

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If you wish to help out, leave your signature here. It would also be nice to know your riding, although that is optional.


  1. To create articles on all current and historical electoral districts in Canada, including federal districts and districts in the provinces and territories of Canada.
  2. To develop common standards and formats for pages on Canadian electoral districts


  1. Cleaning up Former British Columbia Provincial Electoral Districts as well as Current BC Ridings. Election boxes are set up poorly, with the winner's name in bold, missing information and infoboxes, etc. (Examples for clean up: Rossland-Trail, Prince Rupert, Skeena)
  2. Developing a specific electoral results box for provincial ridings/elections (the CanElec templates, specifically CanElec4, are usually for federal elections/by-elections)


All federal riding article now have election results tables for general elections and by-elections for the period 1867-2009. There is still much work to be done to improve these for anyone who is interested:

  1. The results for former ridings are generally shown in the "CanElec1" format illustrated above. This means that they could be expanded to include % of popular vote, % change since previous election, and campaign expenditures for recent elections.
  2. The results for current ridings are generally shown in the "CanElec4" or "CanElec2" formats illustrated above. Those that are in the CanElec4 format could be expanded to campaign expenditures for recent elections.
  3. The candidates' names are often shown in the "LASTNAME, Firstname" format. I think that most people would agree that the "Firstname Lastname" format would be preferable.
  4. Links could be added to candidates' names where articles exist. It is not a good idea to link all names without regard to whether or not articles exist because that leads to misdirection, either now or in the future, to article about other people who have the same name as the candidate. My favourite example is when someone linked the names of all of the minor candidates in a Toronto mayoral election. One of the links took the reader to the Kevin Richardson article. This sort of mislinking makes Wikipedia look bad.

Ground Zero | t 13:08, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

A new set of Electoral Districts has been created for the province of Manitoba for the next election. There needs to be an overhaul of the Electoral Districts in Manitoba before the next provincial election. That election will likely take place in 2011. -- (talk) 21:58, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

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Riding of the Month[edit]

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Note that {{Infobox Canada electoral district}} has subsumed all functionality of other riding templates, but the others are currently still in use in many articles.

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{{CanRiding|ID = 110|name = Cape Breton South (1903–1914)}}

Provinces/Territories for which {{CanRiding}} has been applied to all current and defunct federal electoral districts:

{{Canada macroriding}}

Category:Canada riding templates

As an example:




Wikipedia articles on Electoral districts in Canada[edit]

Wikipedia surveys[edit]

WikiProject Deletion sorting[edit]

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Em-dash use[edit]

I noticed that the project is using em-dashes in riding names to differentiate from hyphens internally. I started making changes to en-dashes (which are not hyphens), as the em-dash is used for something else entirely—like brackets, actually—and should not be used in riding names. Someone mentioned that this issue was discussed, but I don't see where, and it is clear that the em-dash is the wrong thing to use here. Comments, please.  OZLAWYER  talk  19:53, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Osgoodelawyer and myself were discussing this on our user pages. There was previously some discussion of this a couple years ago at Talk:List of Canadian federal electoral districts. However, Wikipedia:WikiProject Electoral districts in Canada/Naming conventions says nothing about the issue. Personally I do think the em-dashes should be kept, as this seems to be the official typography as used in hansard. - SimonP 20:07, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
Mmm. I'm with SimonP... while it's slightly weird typography, it is what is used. (Indeed, in situations where an em-dash is unavailable, ridings are often represented with the double hyphen, ie Cariboo--Prince George, which is emphatically a substitution used for em-dashes, not en-dashes.) To be fair, it's not like using an en-dash in such situations is any more grammatically correct (which is in 90% of cases a means of expressing "to", such as 9 pm – 10 pm), and my sense is that it has been adopted as official style on account of whatever dash-using practices are in French Canada, where they hyphenate (or sometimes en-dash?) compound nouns and thus need to keep Notre-Dame-de-la-Grace—Lachine and its ilk happy (The one English case that benefits is Chatham-Kent—Essex). One thing that always bugged me was that it seems to be interchangingly used as a stand-in for "...and..." or in other cases for "...specifically, the subset around..." You've got your Vegreville—Wainrights and Carleton—Mississippi Millses on the one hand and your Toronto—Danforths and Calgary—Nose Hills on the other. Grammar geekery + Political anorakery = Trouble The Tom 20:35, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
Elections Canada appears to use the em dash in its official publications as well, so it's not just a wacky Hansard typesetting tradition. French/Québec riding names have plenty of hyphens in them, but no obvious en dashes, so the reason remains obscure. The official use is the only possible justification for keeping the em dashes, in my view. The en dash is perfectly appropriate for separating hyphenated compound names (though I do see that our article on dashes weasels on this point, claiming objection from "some authorities"). The em dash is not ordinarily used this way, so I'd say that the en dash would, in the absence of official examples, be the correct choice. It'd be interesting to learn the history of its (eccentric) use in riding names. —Eric S. Smith 13:59, 28 August 2006 (UTC)
Just noting in passing that while Elections Canada appears to use the em dash, Elections BC doesn't, so I hope I don't see any hyphenated riding names in BC changed to use the em-dash to "conform to national standards" or whatever....the source uses hyphens in BC's case, don 't know about the other provinces....Skookum1 (talk) 16:01, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Since Elections Canada uses emdashes for the French linguistic reason that the Tom identifies, and, as noted above, double hyphens to stand in for emdashes, who are we to change that? Should we be saying that the Elections Canada policy is wrong, and, for Wikipedia purposes, the names will be changed to use hyphens/endashes instead? It is true that most English-speaking poeple would assume hyphens are used, but I believe that the hypenated versions for the ridings names have all been created as redirects to the correct emdash versions, so we needn't worry about readers not being able to find the articles.

As an example, Montmorency–Charlevoix–Haute-Côte-Nord would become "Montmorency-Charlevoix-Haute-Côte-Nord", which I do not think is an improvement. It is not clear how many parts there are to the name of the riding.

Finally, there are so very many articles -- probably hundreds -- that would have to be moved to implement a new policy, and I think it would be better to spend our time improving the articles than on moving them and fixing links to the new names. That would take a vast amount of time. Ground Zero | t 21:15, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Agree with Ground Zero; and it's worth remembering that a lot of riding articles are nothing more than stubs with only election results, if that; each one has a political history/makeup and various candidates also need writing up (I guess that's in {{PPAC}}); I'm speaking especially of historical ridings, which as some here know I created for all of BC's; I'd imagine there are many left to do in other provinces as well; and there's an election coming; this would be like merging the Elections Office with the political animal of Parliament; two different subject matters/jurisdictions...BTW this is my last day/night on Wiki for a while; life circumstances require it, so have fun......Skookum1 02:06, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Stubs to expand[edit]

I created a couple of stubs (which need expanding) of former Ontario provincial electoral districts, Wellington West and Wellington East, so I could seperate them from the New Zealand electorates of the same name, some of which I had written stubs for Hugo999 (talk) 07:38, 16 December 2009 (UTC)