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By-election November 26, 2012 – Official Voting Results

November 26, 2012, by-elections

Introduction

This first section of the Chief Electoral Officer's report on the federal by-elections held on
November 26, 2012, 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 more 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.

Further information on the November 2012 by-elections will appear in a report to be published in March 2013, covering the administration of all by-elections held in 2012. That report will be available at www.elections.ca.

Calling the by-elections

On June 6, 2012, Lee Richardson, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Richardson was a member of Parliament for almost 13 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Calgary Centre was accordingly issued on October 21, 2012.

On July 31, 2012, the Honourable Bev Oda, Conservative Member of Parliament for Durham, resigned, leaving her seat in the House of Commons vacant. Ms. Oda was a member of Parliament for over 8 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Durham was accordingly issued on October 21, 2012.

On August 31, 2012, Denise Savoie, the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Victoria, resigned, leaving her seat in the House of Commons vacant. Ms. Savoie was a member of Parliament for over 6 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Victoria was accordingly issued on October 21, 2012.

The seat distribution in the House of Commons on October 21 was: Conservative Party of Canada – 163 seats; New Democratic Party – 100 seats; Liberal Party of Canada – 35 seats; Bloc Québécois – 4 seats; Green Party of Canada – 1 seat; Independent – 2 seats; and vacant – 3 seats.

Electoral districts

The boundaries of the electoral districts of Calgary Centre, Durham and Victoria were the same as those in effect during the 2011 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
Calgary Centre Kevin Allen Art Administrator Calgary
Durham Ralph Werry Celebrant Durham
Victoria Robert George Retired Victoria

Calgary Centre
Population based on the 2006 Census: 124,197

Calgary Centre

Durham
Population based on the 2006 Census: 118,500

Durham

Victoria
Population based on the 2006 Census: 108,771

Victoria