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By-elections November 29, 2010 – Official Voting Results

November 29, 2010, by-elections in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, Vaughan and Winnipeg North

Introduction

This first section of the Chief Electoral Officer's report on the federal by-elections held on
November 29, 2010, describes the circumstances leading to the calling of the three by-elections, the electoral districts involved and the nomination of candidates. It also presents the numbers of registered electors, the polling stations, the voter turnout rates and the candidates elected.

The second section provides further information on the official voting results and summary data, in table format. The concluding section presents the poll-by-poll results for the electoral districts.

Information on the administration of the November 2010 by-elections will appear in a report to be published in March 2011:

The report will be available at www.elections.ca.

Calling the by-elections

On September 15, 2010, Inky Mark, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Mark was a member of Parliament for over 13 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette was accordingly issued on October 24, 2010.

On September 2, 2010, Maurizio Bevilacqua, the Liberal Member of Parliament for Vaughan, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Bevilacqua was a member of Parliament for over 21 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Vaughan was accordingly issued on October 24, 2010.

On April 30, 2010, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North, resigned, leaving her seat in the House of Commons vacant. Ms. Wasylycia-Leis was a member of Parliament for almost 13 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Winnipeg North was accordingly issued on October 24, 2010.

On October 24, 2010, the seat distribution in the House of Commons was: Conservative Party of Canada – 143 seats; Liberal Party of Canada – 76 seats; Bloc Québécois – 47 seats; New Democratic Party – 36 seats; Independent – 2 seats; and vacant – 4 seats.

Electoral districts

The boundaries of the electoral districts of Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, Vaughan and Winnipeg North were the same as those in effect during the 2008 federal general election. They coincide with the boundaries defined in the Representation Order of 2003, issued in accordance with the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act.

Table 1
Returning officers

Electoral district Name Occupation Place of residence
Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette Ron Clement Self-employed/Travailleur autonome Russell
Vaughan Jill Ann Medley Consultant/Consultante Vaughan
Winnipeg North Erlinda M. Dionisio Health Care Worker/Responsable de la santé Winnipeg

Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette
Population based on the 2006 Census: 75,103

Map - Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette

Vaughan
Population based on the 2006 Census: 154,206

Map - Vaughan

Winnipeg North
Population based on the 2006 Census: 79,366

Winnipeg North

Nomination of candidates

The candidates in the by-elections had until 2:00 p.m. on November 8, 2010, to file their nomination papers in accordance with the date published in the Notice of Election by the returning officers.

In Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, five registered parties nominated candidates: the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. There were no independent candidates. None of the candidates withdrew during the period in which this was permitted.

In Vaughan, seven registered parties nominated candidates: the Conservative Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada, the Libertarian Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party, the Progressive Canadian Party and the United Party of Canada. There was one independent candidate. None of the candidates withdrew during the period in which this was permitted.

In Winnipeg North, seven registered parties nominated candidates: the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, the Communist Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Pirate Party of Canada. There were no independent candidates. None of the candidates withdrew during the period in which this was permitted.

Registered electors

For the November 2010 by-elections, there were 52,682 names on the preliminary lists of electors in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette; 120,606 names on the preliminary lists for Vaughan; and 50,833 names on the preliminary lists for Winnipeg North. The lists were produced from information in the National Register of Electors. During the revision period, which extended from October 27 until November 23, 2010, 2,934 electors were registered in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette. In Vaughan, 549 electors were registered. In Winnipeg North, 1,300 electors were registered. These figures include electors who were already on the lists but had changed addresses.

The names recorded on the final lists of electors (that is, the lists prepared after election day) numbered 53,660 in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette; 121,586 in Vaughan; and 51,686 in Winnipeg North.

The final lists included the names of electors who registered on election day, some of whom had changed addresses. In Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, 864 electors registered on election day, while 1,027 registered in Vaughan and 749 registered in Winnipeg North.

Polling stations

On election day, the ordinary polling stations were open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Central Time) in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette and Winnipeg North; and from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Vaughan.

The returning officer in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette set up 194 ordinary polling stations, 179 of which were stationary. In Vaughan, there were 270 ordinary polling stations, 267 of which were stationary. In Winnipeg North, there were 142 ordinary polling stations, 136 of which were stationary.

In addition, the Act provides for the establishment of mobile polling stations to collect the votes of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in long-term care facilities. These polling stations, which serve polling divisions with at least two institutions, travel from institution to institution and remain open at each place only as long as necessary to enable the electors present to vote. In the November 2010 by-election in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, 15 mobile polling stations were established to serve 1,893 electors. In Vaughan, 3 mobile polling stations were established for 342 electors. In Winnipeg North, 6 mobile polling stations were established for 877 electors.

The returning officer is required to set up advance polling stations to collect the votes of electors who do not wish to go to their ordinary polling stations on election day. The electoral district of Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette had 25 advance polling stations, while Vaughan had 12 and Winnipeg North had 8. All the advance polling stations were open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time) on November 19, 20 and 22.

Voter turnout

A total of 14,283 electors cast a ballot in the by-election in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, a participation rate of 26.6%. Of these electors, 12,811 (or 89.7%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

In Vaughan, 39,516 electors cast a ballot in the by-election, a participation rate of 32.5%. Of these electors, 34,880 (or 88.3%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

In Winnipeg North, 15,856 electors cast a ballot in the by-election, a participation rate of 30.7%. Of these electors, 12,995 (or 82.0%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

Table 2
Number of ballots cast, by voting method

Voting method Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette Vaughan Winnipeg North
No. % No. % No. %
Ordinary polling stations 12,811 89.7 34,880 88.3 12,995 82.0
Advance polling stations 1,306 9.1 4,206 10.6 2,057 13.0
Special Voting Rules – Group 1* 25 0.2 7 0.0 12 0.1
Special Voting Rules – Group 2** 141 1.0 423 1.1 792 5.0
Total 14,283 100 39,516 100 15,856 100***

*Includes Canadian citizens temporarily residing outside Canada, members of the Canadian Forces (except members of the Canadian Forces who voted at the polling station established for the polling division of their place of ordinary residence) and incarcerated electors.

**Includes Canadian citizens residing in Canada who voted by special ballot in or outside their electoral districts.

***Due to rounding, figures do not add up to total shown.

Candidates elected

In the November 2010 by-elections, the Conservative Party of Canada candidate, Robert Sopuck, was declared elected in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette once the validation of results was completed. The Conservative Party of Canada candidate, Julian Fantino, was declared elected in Vaughan once the validation of results was completed. In Winnipeg North, the Liberal Party of Canada candidate, Kevin Lamoureux, was declared elected once the validation of results was completed.

Following these by-elections, the distribution of seats in the House of Commons was:

Conservative Party of Canada 143
Liberal Party of Canada77
Bloc Québécois47
New Democratic Party36
Independent2
Vacant3
Total 308