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By-elections November 25, 2013 – Official Voting Results

November 25, 2013, by-elections

Introduction

This first section of the Chief Electoral Officer's report on the federal by-elections held on November 25, 2013, describes the circumstances leading to the calling of the four 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 2013 by-elections will appear in a report to be published in March 2014, covering the administration of all by-elections held in 2013. That report will be available at www.elections.ca.

Calling the by-elections

On June 2, 2013, the Honourable Denis Coderre, Liberal Member of Parliament for Bourassa, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Coderre was a member of Parliament for 16 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Bourassa was accordingly issued on October 20, 2013.

On August 31, 2013, Merv Tweed, Conservative Member of Parliament for Brandon–Souris, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Tweed was a member of Parliament for over nine years. A writ ordering a by-election in Brandon–Souris was accordingly issued on October 20, 2013.

On July 9, 2013, the Honourable Vic Toews, Conservative Member of Parliament for Provencher, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Toews was a member of Parliament for over 12 years. A writ ordering a by-election in Provencher was accordingly issued on October 20, 2013.

On July 31, 2013, the Honourable Bob Rae, Liberal Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Rae was a member of Parliament for over eight years. A writ ordering a by-election in Toronto Centre was accordingly issued on October 20, 2013.

The seat distribution in the House of Commons on October 20 was: Conservative Party of Canada – 161 seats; New Democratic Party – 100 seats; Liberal Party of Canada – 34 seats; Bloc Québécois – 4 seats; Green Party of Canada – 1 seat; Independent – 4 seats; and vacant – 4 seats.

Electoral districts

The boundaries of the electoral districts of Bourassa, Brandon–Souris, Provencher and Toronto Centre 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
Bourassa Pauline Déry Retired Montréal
Brandon–Souris Kenneth Gordon Knight Retired Brandon
Provencher Brigitte Giesbrecht Homemaker Winnipeg
Toronto Centre T'Hayla Ferguson Acupuncturist Toronto

Bourassa
Population based on the 2006 Census: 100,683

Bourassa

Brandon–Souris
Population based on the 2006 Census: 84,602

Brandon–Souris

Provencher
Population based on the 2006 Census: 87,737

Provencher

Toronto Centre
Population based on the 2006 Census: 121,407

Toronto Centre