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References[edit]

This is a list of resources to draw information from. Ideally, the information used should be referenced to the most authoritative sources possible, preferably online. Please add your comments below the appropriate resource. Is anyone willing to research how to cite sources?

Library of Parliament

Elections Canada

Gives official results, voter turnout, expenditures but is a very difficult website to link to. For example, the individual districts cannot be linked to for the 1997 finances, 2004 finances. Election finance statements can only be found in print at major libraries.

Statistics Canada

Gives all 2001 census data as profiles for the electoral districts that existed between 1996 and today.
Gives 1996 census data as profiles for the electoral districts that existed between 1996 and 2003.
  • Previous census data may only be available in print form at Depository libraries across Canada.
    • For 1991 Census data and the 1987 Rep order, the following Statistics Canada publications can be consulted:
      • Catalogue # 93-502 has population and dwelling counts for Federal electoral districts (1986 & 1991).
      • Catalogue # 93-533 & 93-534 (two volumes) have profiles (detailed data) of each district.

Simon Fraser University

http://www.sfu.ca/~aheard/elections/laws.html

  • Comprehensive collection of federal election related info.

Libraries and Archives Canada

order of elections and by-elections....shouldn't it be most recent first, working backwards?[edit]

I just noticed on the Vancouver-Point Grey page that things are in oldest-to-newest order.......for usability wouldn't it be better the other way around? I know when I started the historical ridings pages I automatically went at it from the first results as the first table, but now I see, when a riding's been in a dozen or more elections, that's cumbersome and it's not the old elections people are coming to look at......Discuss? On that page it's problematic because there's a break, too.....not in that case, but sometimes that's the fault of those mergists who went around merging ridings even when they didn't have the same names/boundaries.Skookum1 (talk) 15:27, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, it would be nice to have the newest at the top. But I've learned from FL reviews that everything has to be in cronological order everywhere, all the time. 117Avenue (talk) 03:56, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Hm, well maybe we could at least put something at the top, or in the infobox, that's "most recent election" then....Skookum1 (talk) 04:13, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
And that page (Point Grey) needs to be re-ordered then, there's two election results sections, 1993-2013 and then 1933-1991 or whatever......if that rule applies, then shouldn't all of that first section be moved to the bottom?Skookum1 (talk) 04:16, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
The infobox is all current information, namely MLA and last contested. 117Avenue (talk) 04:29, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
so the 1993-2013 tables should be moved south?Skookum1 (talk) 04:51, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
I prefer them in chronological order; it's what we do with most lists, and it seems to me the natural order you would put historical events in an encyclopedia article. That said, I do agree that most people coming to a riding page would be looking for the most recent election result. We already have the incumbent MP/MLA in the infobox, so Skookum, what else do you think we should add at the top of the page? —Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 05:24, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
How 'bout a hatnote type statement indicating the chronological order and directing people down the page for the recent ones; or section headings in the ToC for each decade or pair of decades or whatever division seems viable.Skookum1 (talk) 05:48, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
I like the idea of using section headings and the ToC to direct people to the most recent election. We wouldn't really need a rule about where to add section breaks. If a riding has three elections each with a couple paragraphs, then each one can have a heading. If there are 40 elections, we could break them up by decade, or by logical groupings, like "post-war" or "pre-Mulroney", or whatever makes sense for that article. —Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 03:08, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Typically electoral boundaries change every couple of elections right? Can this be used? 117Avenue (talk) 04:55, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
If the riding names stay the same, it's fine, though a preface to each table when boundary changes have taken place since the prior election should be noted. This also complicates the instances where eager-beavers have merged various historical and different-name/different-boundary articles into one article......will have to think about which those were, but all were ill-advised.Skookum1 (talk) 05:47, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Beauharnois[edit]

I've posted a query on Talk:Beauharnois (electoral district), but upon reflection, that page wouldn't be on the watchlist of dozens of editors. Can I thus please draw attention to my query here? Schwede66 21:56, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

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