Sylvia Sutherland

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Sylvia Sutherland
Mayor of Peterborough
In office
1986–1991
In office
1998–2006
Personal details
Profession Broadcaster

Sylvia Sutherland is a former Canadian politician, who was mayor of Peterborough, Ontario from 1986–1991 and 1998-2006.[1]

Sutherland has a diploma in journalism from the Ryerson Institute of Technology, a BA (Hons) in history from Trent University, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Reading.[2]

She ran as the Liberal candidate against Progressive Conservative MP Bill Domm in the federal election of 1980, losing by 2,215 votes.[3] Sutherland was also a Liberal candidate for Member of Provincial Parliament in the 1995 provincial election. She lost to Progressive Conservative candidate Gary Stewart.[4]

In March 2007, she was appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board for a 5-year term.[5]

On April 5th 2010 Sutherland hit a passenger van killing the female passenger, Min-Hua Shao. Sutherland was convicted on Tuesday August 10th 2010 of driving through a stop sign. Sutherland was fined $500, and donated $500 to a charity selected by the victim's family. [6]

Electoral record[edit]

2003 Peterborough municipal election, Mayor of Peterboroughedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Sylvia Sutherland 11,194 39.70
Doug Peacock 10,522 37.32
Paul Ayotte 5,155 18.28
Margeree Edwards 1,326 4.70
Total valid votes 28,197 100.00


2000 Peterborough municipal election, Mayor of Peterboroughedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Sylvia Sutherland 15,962 59.21
Len Vass 9,933 36.84
Jeff Ruhl 813 3.02
Kenneth T. Burgess 252 0.93
Total valid votes 26,960 100.00


Ontario general election, 1995: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Gary Stewart 22,735 52.66 $45,102
Liberal Sylvia Sutherland 10,326 23.92 $42,101
New Democratic Jenny Carter 7,581 17.56 $26,275
Family Coalition Paul Morgan 2,064 4.78 $12,225
Libertarian Vic Watts 251 0.58 $1,047
Natural Law Peter Leggat 213 0.49 $0
Total valid votes 43,170 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 329
Turnout 43,499 66.23
Electors on the lists 65,678


Canadian federal election, 1980: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     Progressive Conservative Bill Domm 19,417 40.25
Liberal Sylvia Sutherland 17,202 35.66
New Democratic Paul Rexe 10,776 22.34
Libertarian Sally Hayes 469 0.97
Rhinoceros Mark Elson 243 0.50
     Independent Robert J. Norris 69 0.14
Marxist–Leninist Richard Anthony 67 0.14
Total valid votes 48,243 100.00
Total rejected ballots 116
Turnout 48,359 73.16
Electors on the lists 66,097

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