Ontario provincial by-elections, 2007

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By-elections were held on February 8, 2007, in Ontario, Canada, to fill three vacancies in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. By-elections were held in three electoral districts (ridings): Burlington, Markham and York South–Weston.[1]
The by-elections resulted in York South-Weston being taken by the NDP from the Liberals, Burlington remaining Progressive Conservative and Markham being retained by the Liberals.

Since this was a by-election of the 38th Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the ridings used the same boundaries as the 2003 general election. The subsequent October 10, 2007 general election were run on new electoral district boundaries, mostly following the new federal boundaries that were in place for the 2004 and 2006 federal elections.[2]

Burlington electoral district[edit]

The Burlington by-election was called following the resignation of Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Cam Jackson. He resigned to make a successful run in Burlington's 2006 mayoralty election.[3] .

Information about candidates and parties[4]


Ontario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007: Burlington
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Joyce Savoline 11,143 49.0% +2.8
Liberal Joan Lougheed 9,365 41.2% −1.0
New Democratic Cory Judson 1,310 5.8% −1.4
Green Frank de Jong 734 3.2% 0.9
Freedom Barry Spruce 106 0.5%
Independent John Turmel 90 0.4%

Markham electoral district[edit]

The Markham by-election was called following the resignation of Liberal MPP Tony Wong. He resigned to make a successful run for one of the four York Region councillor seats in Markham's 2006 municipal election.[5]

Information about candidates and parties[6]


Ontario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007: Markham
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Chan 9,080 49.32% −2.38
Progressive Conservative Alex Yuan 6,420 34.87% −5.46
New Democratic Janice Hagan 1,492 8.10% +3.02
Green Bernadette Manning 999 5.43% +3.87
Freedom Cathy McKeever 159 0.86%
Family Coalition Patrick Redmond 135 0.73% −0.59
Libertarian Jay Miller 126 0.69%
Total valid votes 18,411 100.00
Liberal hold Swing +1.25

York South–Weston electoral district[edit]

The York South–Weston by-election was called following the resignation of Liberal MPP Joe Cordiano. He stated the reason for his resignation was the need to spend more time with his family.[7]

Information about candidates and parties.[8]


Ontario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007: York South—Weston
Resignation of Joseph Cordiano
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Paul Ferreira 8,146 43.33 +24.04
Liberal Laura Albanese 7,831 41.44 −20.12
Progressive Conservative Pina Martino 1,917 10.27 −4.96
Green Mir Kamal 263 1.39 −1.06
Independent Kevin Clarke 220 1.16  
Independent Mohammed Choudhary 142 0.75  
Family Coalition Mariangela Sanabria 134 0.74 −0.73
Libertarian Nunzio Venuto 101 0.52  
Freedom Wayne Simmons 77 0.41
Total valid votes 18,897 100.0
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 146 0.77
Turnout 18,977 28.62
Eligible voters 66,308
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +22.08

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Current By-elections" (Press release). Ontario Government, Elections Ontario. January 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  2. ^ "New electoral boundaries". Elections Ontario, Government of Ontario. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  3. ^ Nolan, Daniel (2007-01-11). "Burlington byelection bout: Joan Lougheed vs. The Joyce". Hamilton Spectator newspaper. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  4. ^ Elections Ontario, Unofficial results [Burlington]. 260 of 260 polls reporting. Accessed February 8, 2007.
  5. ^ Grech, Caroline Grech (December 13, 2006). "No call, but parties still prepping for Markham byelection". York Region.Com. Retrieved 2007-01-19. [dead link]
  6. ^ Elections Ontario, Unofficial results [Markham]. 295 of 295 polls reporting. Accessed February 8, 2007.
  7. ^ Kim, Clark (2007-01-04). "Three parties wait for byelection to be called in York South-Weston". The Guardian (York). p. 1. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  8. ^ Elections Ontario, Unofficial results [York South-Weston]. 216 of 216 polls reporting. Accessed February 8, 2007.

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