Huron—Bruce (provincial electoral district)

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Huron—Bruce
Ontario electoral district
Huron-Bruce.png
Huron—Bruce in relation to southern Ontario ridings
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
Lisa Thompson
Progressive Conservative
District created 1952
First contested 1953
Last contested 2018
Demographics
Population (2006) 104,313
Electors (2011) 76,964
Area (km²) 5,896
Pop. density (per km²) 17.7
Census divisions Bruce, Huron
Census subdivisions Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Bluewater, Brockton, Central Huron, Howick, Huron East, Goderich, Huron-Kinloss, Kincardine, Morris-Turnberry, North Huron, Saugeen Shores, South Bruce, South Huron

Huron—Bruce (formerly known as Huron and Huron—Middlesex) is a provincial riding in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1987. It was known as Huron from 1987 to 1999.

On March 22, 1940, the Liberal member, Charles Robertson, died while in office. Premier Mitchell Hepburn (and later, Daniel Conant) refused to call a by-election for three years citing wartime considerations. He said the electorate was "sick and tired of elections."[1] CCF leader Ted Jolliffe opposed Hepburn's choice and took the government to court over the delayed by-election. The Ontario Court of Appeal sided with the government on the issue. Jolliffe said that he would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court but no further action was taken before the 1943 election was called.[2]

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Assembly Years Member Party
Huron—Bruce
Riding created
19th  1934–1937     Charles Robertson[note 1] Liberal
20th  1937–1940
21st  1943–1945     John William Hanna Progressive Conservative
22nd  1945–1948
23rd  1948–1951
24th  1951–1955
25th  1955–1959
26th  1959–1962
 1962–1963     Murray Gaunt Liberal
27th  1963–1967
28th  1967–1971
29th  1971–1975
30th  1975–1977
31st  1977–1981
32nd  1981–1985     Murray Elston Liberal
33rd  1985–1987
Huron
34th  1987–1990     John Riddell Liberal
35th  1990–1995     Paul Klopp New Democratic
36th  1995–1999     Helen Johns Progressive Conservative
Huron—Bruce
37th  1999–2003     Helen Johns Progressive Conservative
38th  2003–2007     Carol Mitchell Liberal
39th  2007–2011
40th  2011–2014     Lisa Thompson Progressive Conservative
41st  2014–2018
42nd  2018–Present

Before 1987, there were two districts: Huron—Bruce and Huron—Middlesex:

Huron—Middlesex[edit]

Huron—Middlesex was known as Huron before 1975.

  1. James Simpson Ballantyne, Liberal (1934–1943)
  2. Robert Hobbes Taylor, Progressive Conservative (1943–1947)
  3. Thomas Pryde, Progressive Conservative (1948–1958)
  4. Charles MacNaughton, Progressive Conservative (1958–1973)
  5. John Riddell, Liberal (1973–1987)

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2018
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson 27,646 52.36
New Democratic Jan Johnstone 15,326 29.03
Liberal Don Matheson 7,356 13.93
Green Nicholas Wendler 1,804 3.42
Libertarian Ron Stephens 399 0.76
Alliance Gerrie Huenemoerder 271 0.51
Total valid votes 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[3]
Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson 18,512 39.01 −3.72
Liberal Colleen Schenk 14,647 30.86 −1.89
New Democratic Jan Johnstone 10,843 22.85 +2.00
Green Adam Werstine 1,651 3.48 +1.76
Family Coalition Andrew Zettel 1,353 2.85 +1.38
Libertarian Max Maister 323 0.68
Equal Parenting Dennis Valenta 128 0.27
Total valid votes 47,457 100.00 + 1.20
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 765 1.59 +1.31
Turnout 48,222 59.96 +0.73
Eligible voters 80,428   +5.85
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −0.92
Source(s)
Elections Ontario (2014). "Official Returns from the Records, 034 Huron-Bruce" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson 19,138 42.76 +12.22 $ 81,890.60
Liberal Carol Mitchell 14,659 32.75 −13.20 79,935.51
New Democratic Grant Robertson 9,329 20.85 +7.53 32,102.53
Green Patrick Main 772 1.72 −4.81 881.40
Family Coalition Christine Schnurr 656 1.47 −0.85 14,592.60
Independent Dennis Valenta 200 0.45 −0.44 0.00
Total valid votes / Expense limit 44,754 100.0   +0.46 $ 90,268.64
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 172 0.38 −0.09
Turnout 44,926 59.23 −0.57
Eligible voters 75,853   +1.35
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +12.71
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Carol Mitchell 20,469 45.95 +0.16 $ 49,205.00
Progressive Conservative Rob Morley 13,606 30.54 −7.69 72,311.76
New Democratic Paul Klopp 5,932 13.32 +1.86 20,183.39
Green Victoria Serda 2,911 6.53 +4.38 7,787.36
Family Coalition Dave Joslin 1,035 2.32 +0.24 8,064.77
Independent Dennis Valenta 393 0.88   9,887.73
Independent Ronald John Stephens 202 0.45   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,548 100.0   +2.62 $ 80,832.60
Total rejected ballots 209 0.47 −0.02
Turnout 44,757 59.80 −6.66
Eligible voters 74,845   +14.03
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Carol Mitchell 19,879 45.79 +3.96 $ 43,587.07
Progressive Conservative Helen Johns 16,594 38.23 −7.53 68,667.03
New Democratic Grant I. Robertson 4,973 11.46 +2.33 18,246.88
Green Shelley Hannah 934 2.15   3,146.98
Family Coalition Dave Joslin 902 2.08 −1.21 7,273.45
Freedom Robert Sabharwal 127 0.29   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,409 100.0   −4.39 $ 63,013.44
Total rejected ballots 212 0.49 −0.80
Turnout 43,621 66.46 −0.32
Eligible voters 65,639   −4.70
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Helen Johns 20,772 45.75 $ 60,434.00
Liberal Ross Lamont 18,993 41.83 36,010.47
New Democratic Tony McQuail 4,142 9.12 19,753.75
Family Coalition Linda Freiburger 1,494 3.29 6,769.68
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,401 100.0   $ 66,118.08
Total rejected ballots 591 1.29
Turnout 45,992 66.78
Eligible voters 68,873

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 30,831 71.5
Mixed member proportional 12,312 28.5
Total valid votes 43,143 100.0

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson died on March 22, 1940. The riding remained vacant until the 1943 election. Premier Hepburn refused to call a by-election citing wartime considerations despite legal challenges by opposition parties.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Hepburn Firm, Will Not Call By-elections: Says Government Not to Be Represented at Osgoode Hall Hearing". The Globe and Mail. May 21, 1942. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "By Elections Action Asked". The Globe and Mail. November 3, 1942. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "Candidate Search". Elections Ontario. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°00′N 81°24′W / 44.0°N 81.4°W / 44.0; -81.4