Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the May 12, 2003, and the June 16, 2003, by-elections
The candidates and by-election results
The deadline for nominating candidates was 2:00 p.m. on April 21 for the May 12 by-election, and 2:00 p.m. on May 26 for the June 16 by-elections. The candidates had until 5:00 p.m. that same day to withdraw or make corrections to the name, address or occupation they set out on the nomination papers.
We posted candidates' names on our Web site as they were confirmed, and posted the official lists once nominations closed. We also transmitted the lists of official candidates to Canadian diplomatic missions and consular posts through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and to Canadian Forces bases through the Department of National Defence.
On election night, each returning officer's Event Results System was linked to our central computer. As votes were counted locally, the numbers were transmitted to the server in Ottawa for posting on the Web site. Ballots cast at the by-elections under the Special Voting Rules by incarcerated and Canadian Forces electors, and other Canadians voting from outside their ridings, were counted at Elections Canada during the week before election day and on election night.
Table 10 below identifies the political affiliation of each candidate, the number of valid votes obtained by each candidate, and the proportion of valid votes that the candidate received.
|Political affiliation||Valid votes
|Percentage of valid votes
|Sam Dinicol||New Democratic Party||4,703||15.25|
|Ron Gray||Christian Heritage Party||902||2.92|
|Brian Innes||Liberal Party of Canada||9,412||30.52|
|Marian Meinen||Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance1||5,400||17.51|
|Gary Schellenberger*||Progressive Conservative Party of Canada1||10,413||33.77|
|Political affiliation||Valid votes obtained||Percentage of valid votes
|Yonnel Bonaventure||The Green Party of Canada||254||1.07|
|Philippe Bouchard||Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance1||220||0.93|
|Louise Foisy||New Democratic Party||987||4.18|
|Maxime Fréchette||Bloc Québécois||8,274||35.09|
|Christian Jobin*||Liberal Party of Canada||13,115||55.63|
|Benjamin Kasapoglu||Marijuana Party||186||0.78|
|Yohan Nolet||Progressive Conservative Party of Canada1||537||2.27|
|Political affiliation||Valid votes obtained
||Percentage of valid votes
|Gilbert Barrette*||Liberal Party of Canada||10,195||57.00|
|Rachel Lord||Progressive Conservative Party of Canada1||733||4.09|
|Clarence Marshall||Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance1||82||0.45|
|Sylvain Sauvageau||Bloc Québécois||6,287||35.15|
|Dennis Shushack||New Democratic Party||587||3.28|
1 After these by-elections were held, the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada merged to form the Conservative Party of Canada. The Conservative Party of Canada was registered by the Chief Electoral Officer on December 7, 2003.
* Elected candidate
Party standings after the by-elections
Table 11 shows the House of Commons representation, by province, based on the political affiliation of members, on December 31, 2003. On that date, three seats remained vacant in the House of Commons: those of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien (Saint-Maurice) and the Honourable Allan Rock (Etobicoke Centre), who both resigned on December 12, 2003, and that of the Honourable Mac Harb (Ottawa Centre), who resigned on September 8, 2003. By December 31, 2003, the Governor in Council had not yet decided on a date for a by-election.
|Prince Edward Island||4||4|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||4||3||7|
1 The Conservative Party of Canada was registered
by the Chief Electoral Officer on December 7, 2003. This party
results from the merging of the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance and
the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
Source: House of Commons, Library of Parliament (www.parl.gc.ca)