Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

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Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River
Saskatchewan electoral district
Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River 2013 Riding.png
Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River in relation to other Saskatchewan federal electoral districts as of the 2013 Representation Order.
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Georgina Jolibois
New Democratic
District created 1996
First contested 1997
Last contested 2015
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2011)[1] 69,471
Electors (2015) 43,128
Area (km²)[2] 342,903
Pop. density (per km²) 0.2
Census divisions Division No. 14, Division No. 15, Division No. 16, Division No. 17, Division No. 18
Census subdivisions Meadow Lake, La Ronge, Meadow Lake No. 588, La Loche

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River (French: Desnethé—Missinippi—Rivière Churchill; formerly known as Churchill River) is a federal electoral district in Saskatchewan, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1997.

Geography[edit]

This is a rural riding located in northern Saskatchewan.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2011 Census; 2013 representation[3][4]

Ethnic groups: 70.6% Aboriginal, 28.7% White
Languages: 64.6% English, 21.3% Cree, 10.8% Dene, 1.3% French
Religions: 76.8% Christian (41.5% Catholic, 18.5% Anglican, 4.1% United Church, 2.5% Lutheran, 1.6% Pentecostal, 8.5% Other), 2.7% Traditional Aboriginal Spirituality, 20.4% No religion
Median income (2010): $18,910
Average income (2010): $28,554

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River boasts the following demographic records:

  • Highest % of people of the Métis aboriginal group (16.4%)[5]
  • Highest % of people of Métis ethnic origin (12.0%)[6]
  • Highest % of people with Dene as their mother tongue (10.5%)[7]

History[edit]

The electoral district was created as "Churchill River" in 1996 from Prince Albert—Churchill River, Mackenzie and The Battlefords—Meadow Lake ridings.

In 2004, it was renamed "Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River".

This riding lost territory to Prince Albert and a fraction to Yorkton—Melville, and gained a fraction of territory from Prince Albert during the 2012 electoral redistribution.

2006 election controversy[edit]

In the 2006 federal election, Liberal candidate Gary Merasty defeated incumbent Conservative MP Jeremy Harrison by a slim margin of 68 votes after trailing much of the election night, despite Harrison's vote increasing several points. Merasty's win raised issues of questionable tactics to increase voter turnout.[8] However, an investigation conducted by Elections Canada determined that no wrongdoing had taken place.[9]

2015 election recount[edit]

In the 2015 federal election, New Democrat candidate Georgina Jolibois defeated the Liberal candidate, Lawrence Joseph, by a narrow margin of 71 votes. Joseph requested a judicial recount of the votes.[10]

Members of Parliament[edit]

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

Parliament Years Member Party
Churchill River
Riding created from Prince Albert—Churchill River, Mackenzie
and The Battlefords—Meadow Lake
36th  1997–2000     Rick Laliberte New Democratic
 2000–2000     Liberal
37th  2000–2004
Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River
38th  2004–2006     Jeremy Harrison Conservative
39th  2006–2007     Gary Merasty Liberal
 2008–2008     Rob Clarke Conservative
40th  2008–2011
41st  2011–2015
42nd  2015–Present     Georgina Jolibois New Democratic

Election results[edit]

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, 2004–present[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Georgina Jolibois 10,319 34.15 -11.23
Liberal Lawrence Joseph 10,237 33.88 +28.62
Conservative Rob Clarke 9,105 30.14 -16.75
Green Warren Koch 552 1.83 -0.64
Total valid votes/Expense limit 30,213 100.00   $227,329.67
Total rejected ballots 91 0.30
Turnout 30,304 68.38
Eligible voters 44,320
New Democratic gain from Conservative Swing +2.76
These results were subject to a judicial recount and modified from the validated results in accordance with the Judge's rulings. The margin of Georgina Jolibois over Lawrence Joseph increased from 71 votes to 82 votes as a result of the recount.[11]
Source: Elections Canada[12][13]
2011 federal election redistributed results[14]
Party Vote  %
  Conservative 9,767 46.88
  New Democratic 9,454 45.38
  Liberal 1,097 5.27
  Green 514 2.47
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rob Clarke 10,509 47.93 +1.26 $74,871
New Democratic Lawrence Joseph 9,715 44.30 +26.53 $74,655
Liberal Gabe Lafond 1,144 5.22 -25.06 $57,456
Green George Morin 560 2.55 -1.27 $4
Total valid votes/Expense limit 21,928 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 95 0.43 -0.11
Turnout 22,023 52.43 +7.68
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Rob Clarke 8,964 46.67 -1.16 $81,066
Liberal David Orchard 5,816 30.28 -1.30 $88,314
New Democratic Brian Morin 3,414 17.77 +0.24 $1,459
Green George Morin 733 3.82 +0.75 $1,387
First Peoples National Rob Ballantyne 282 1.47
Total valid votes/Expense limit 19,209 100.00   $90,390
Total rejected ballots 105 0.54 +0.19
Turnout 19,314 44.75 +20.03
Conservative hold Swing -1.1
By-election on March 17, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Clarke 4,992 47.83 +6.74
Liberal Joan Beatty 3,296 31.58 -9.79
New Democratic Brian Morin 1,830 17.53 +2.16
Green Robin Orr 320 3.07 +0.90
Total valid votes 10,438 100.00
Total rejected ballots 37 0.35 -0.01
Turnout 10,475 24.72 -33.71
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -8.3
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Gary Merasty 10,191 41.37 +11.50 $69,229
Conservative (x)Jeremy Harrison 10,124 41.09 +3.70 $78,578
New Democratic Anita Jackson 3,787 15.37 -4.72 $43,976
Green John McDonald 534 2.17 -0.60 $128
Total valid votes 24,636 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 88 0.36 -0.03
Turnout 24,724 58.43 +11.02
     Liberal gain from Conservative Swing -3.9
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jeremy Harrison 7,279 37.39 +1.62 $27,194
Liberal Al Ducharme 5,815 29.87 -11.94 $52,686
New Democratic Earl Cook 3,910 20.09 -1.72 $9,005
Independent (x)Rick Laliberte 1,923 9.88 -31.93
Green Marcella Gall 539 2.77
Total valid votes 19,466 100.00 
Total rejected ballots 76 0.39 -0.01
Turnout 19,542 47.41 -12.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -6.8

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in the 2000 election.

Churchill River, 1997–2004[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal (x)Rick Laliberte 9,856 41.81 +13.41 $39,223
Alliance Kerry Peterson 7,679 32.57 +0.59 $62,019
New Democratic Ray Funk 5,141 21.81 -12.72 $48,853
Progressive Conservative David J. Rogers 755 3.20 -1.90
Canadian Action Brendan Cross 143 0.61 $1,398
Total valid votes 23,574 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 95 0.40 -0.09
Turnout 23,669 59.5 +2.3
     Liberal gain from New Democrat Swing -13.1

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

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Rick Laliberte 7,288 34.53 $41,198
Reform Daryl Wiberg 6,750 31.98 $25,132
Liberal Roy Bird 5,994 28.40 $40,104
Progressive Conservative Bert Provost 1,077 5.10 $79
Total valid votes 21,109 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 105 0.49
Turnout 21,214 57.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Canada: 2012
  2. ^ Statistics Canada: 2012
  3. ^ http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=FED2013&Code1=47003&Data=Count&SearchText=Desnethe&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&A1=All&B1=All&Custom=&TABID=1
  4. ^ http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=FED2013&Code1=47003&Data=Count&SearchText=Desnethe&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&A1=All&B1=All&Custom=&TABID=1#tabs2
  5. ^ "Aboriginal Identity (8), Sex (3) and Age Groups (12) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories and Federal Electoral Districts (2003 Representation Order), 2006 Census - 20% Sample Data". 2.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ "2Profile of Ethnic Origin and Visible Minorities for Canada, Provinces, Territories and Federal Electoral Districts (2003 Representation Order), 2006 Census". 2.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  7. ^ "2011 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations | Detailed Mother Tongue (232), Knowledge of Official Languages (5), Age Groups (17A) and Sex (3) for the Population Excluding Institutional Residents of Canada, Provinces, Territories and Federal Electoral Districts (2003 Representation Order), 2011 Census". 2.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Chief responds to TV-for-votes allegation". CBC News. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Commissioner of Canada Elections Finds No Wrongdoing in Federal Vote Held in Riding of Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River, Saskatchewan". Elections Canada. 2006-10-26. Archived from the original on 2007-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Judicial recount to be held in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River". CBC News. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  11. ^ "NDP candidate wins Saskatchewan riding after recount: Elections Canada". CTV News. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, 30 September 2015
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  14. ^ Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections

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