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By-elections November 25, 2013 – Official Voting Results

Nomination of candidates

The candidates in the by-elections had until 2:00 p.m. on November 4, 2013, to file their nomination papers in accordance with the date published in the Notice of Election by the returning officers.

In Bourassa, six registered parties nominated candidates: the Bloc Québécois, the Conservative Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Rhinoceros Party. There were no independent candidates. None of the candidates withdrew during the period in which this was permitted.

In Brandon–Souris, five registered parties nominated candidates: the Conservative Party of Canada, the Green Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada, the Libertarian 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 Provencher, four registered parties nominated candidates: 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 Toronto Centre, 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 Online Party of Canada and the Progressive Canadian Party. There were four independent candidates. None of the candidates withdrew during the period in which this was permitted.

Registered electors

For the November 2013 by-elections, there were 69,191 names on the preliminary lists of electors in Bourassa; 61,665 in Brandon–Souris; 66,546 in Provencher; and 91,711 in Toronto Centre. The lists were produced from information in the National Register of Electors. During the revision period, which extended from October 23 until November 29, 2013, 1,575 electors were registered in Bourassa. In Brandon–Souris, 2,328 were registered; in Provencher, 2,108 were registered; and in Toronto Centre, 2,630 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 69,395 in Bourassa; 62,619 in Brandon–Souris; 67,439 in Provencher; and 92,780 in Toronto Centre.

The final lists included the names of electors who registered on election day, some of whom had changed addresses. In Bourassa, 277 electors registered on election day, while 2,226 registered in Brandon–Souris, 2,043 registered in Provencher and 2,067 registered in Toronto Centre.

Polling stations

On election day, the ordinary polling stations were open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Bourassa and Toronto Centre; and from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Central Time) in Brandon–Souris and Provencher.

The returning officer in Bourassa set up 191 ordinary polling stations, 186 of which were stationary. In Brandon–Souris, there were 194 ordinary polling stations, 185 of which were stationary. In Provencher, there were 181 ordinary polling stations, 173 of which were stationary. In Toronto Centre, there were 253 ordinary polling stations, 251 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 2013 by-election in Bourassa, 5 mobile polling stations were established and served 720 electors. In Brandon–Souris, 9 mobile polling stations served 1,066 electors. In Provencher, 8 mobile polling stations served 1,204 electors. In Toronto Centre, 2 mobile polling stations served 279 electors.

The returning officer is required to set up advance polling stations to collect the votes of electors who cannot or do not wish to go to their ordinary polling stations on election day. The electoral district of Bourassa had 11 advance polling stations, while Brandon–Souris had 13, Provencher had 12 and Toronto Centre had 13. All the advance polling stations were open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time) on November 15, 16 and 18.

Voter turnout

A total of 18,633 electors cast a ballot in the by-election in Bourassa, a participation rate of 26.9%. Of these electors, 16,080 (or 86.3%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

In Brandon–Souris, 27,743 electors cast a ballot in the by-election, a participation rate of 44.3%. Of these electors, 24,814 (or 89.4%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

In Provencher, 22,553 electors cast a ballot in the by-election, a participation rate of 33.4%. Of these electors, 20,144 (or 89.3%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

In Toronto Centre, 34,998 electors cast a ballot in the by-election, a participation rate of 37.7%. Of these electors, 29,059 (or 83.0%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

Table 2
Number of ballots cast, by voting method
Voting method Bourassa Brandon–Souris Provencher Toronto Centre
No. % No. % No. % No. %
Ordinary polling stations 16,080 86.3 24,814 89.4 20,144 89.3 29,059 83.0
Advance polling stations 2,208 11.8 2,421 8.7 2,238 9.9 5,426 15.5
Special Voting Rules Group 1* 4 0.0 18 0.1 5 0.0 15 0.0
Special Voting Rules Group 2** 341 1.8 490 1.8 166 0.7 498 1.4
Total 18,633 100*** 27,743 100 22,553 100*** 34,998 100***

*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 2013 by-elections, the Liberal Party of Canada candidate, Emmanuel Dubourg, was declared elected in Bourassa once the validation of results was completed. The Conservative Party of Canada candidate, Larry Maguire, was declared elected in Brandon–Souris after the validation of results. In Provencher, the Conservative Party of Canada candidate, Ted Falk, was declared elected after the validation of results. In Toronto Centre, the Liberal Party of Canada candidate, Chrystia Freeland, was declared elected after the validation of results.

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

Conservative Party of Canada 162
New Democratic Party 100
Liberal Party of Canada 36
Bloc Québécois 4
Green Party of Canada 1
Independent 4
Vacant 1
Total 308