Topsail (electoral district)

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Topsail
Newfoundland and Labrador electoral district
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Topsail in relation to other districts in St. John's
Defunct provincial electoral district
Legislature Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
District created 1995
First contested 1996
Last contested 2011
Demographics
Population (2006) 12,011
Electors (2011) 11,080

Topsail is a provincial electoral district for the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. As of 2011, there are 11,080 eligible voters living in the district.[1]

Topsail lies on eastern shore of Conception Bay and includes parts of the city of Mount Pearl and the towns of Conception Bay South and Paradise. The residential mix is suburban and sometimes rural, although many residents commute to St. John's.

Topsail was created in a 1995 redistribution, incorporating much of Conception Bay South.

The 2007 redistribution changed the district significantly. Fifty-four per cent of it was retained, 32 per cent moved to Conception Bay South, 10 per cent moved to Mount Pearl North and four per cent shifted to Conception Bay East-Bell Island. The district also gained 16 per cent of both Waterford Valley and Conception Bay East-Bell Island. (CBC Electoral District Profile)

The district was represented by Liberal Ralph Wiseman, from 1999 till 2003. Wiseman was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Elizabeth Marshall in the 2003 general election, Marshall was re-elected in 2007 garnering 83% of the vote. In January 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Marshall to the Canadian Senate.

In the by-election held on March 16, 2010 Progressive Conservative candidate Paul Davis held on to the seat for the governing Tories, winning over 81% of the vote.[2][3]

Members of the House of Assembly[edit]

The district has elected the following Members of the House of Assembly:

  Member Party Term
  Paul Davis Progressive Conservative 2010–2015
  Elizabeth Marshall Progressive Conservative 2003-2010
  Ralph Wiseman Liberal 1996-2003
  Pat Cowan Liberal 1989-1996
  John Butt Progressive Conservative 1979-1989

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Election results[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Paul Davis 3,860 68.35
     NDP Brian Nolan 1,507 26.69
Liberal Nic Reid 280 4.96
By-Election - March 16, 2010 On the Senate appointment of Elizabeth Marshall, January 29, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Paul Davis 2,737 81.42 -1.62
     NDP Brian Nolan 374 11.16 +2.91
Liberal Shane Kennedy 238 7.10 -1.61
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Marshall 4,892 83.04
Liberal Cynthia Layden-Barron 513 8.71
     NDP Kyle Rees 486 8.25
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Marshall 5354 65.45
Liberal Ralph Wiseman 2,354 28.78
     NDP Mike Kehoe 472 5.77
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Ralph Wiseman 3,381
Progressive Conservative Rick Fifield 2,533
     NDP Mary Snow 568

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