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Guelph
Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario electoral district
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Guelph in relation to other Ontario electoral districts

Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
MP       Frank Valeriote
Liberal
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2008
District webpage profile, map
Demographics
Population (2006) 114,943
Electors (2006) 87,410
Area (km²) 92
Pop. density (per km²) 1,249.4
Census divisions Wellington
Census subdivisions Guelph
For the provincial electoral district, see Guelph (provincial electoral district).

Guelph is a federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that was represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1979 to 1988 and has been since 2004.

The riding's parliamentary seat is currently held by Liberal MP Frank Valeriote.

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History

Guelph riding was created in 1976 from parts of Halton—Wentworth, Wellington and Wellington—Grey ridings. It consisted initially of the Townships of Eramosa, Guelph, Pilkington and Puslinch and the City of Guelph in the County of Wellington.

The electoral district was abolished in 1987 when it was merged into Guelph—Wellington riding.

In 2003, Guelph riding was created again from parts of Guelph—Wellington. The new riding consists of the City of Guelph.

Demographics

According to the Canada 2001 Census
  • Ethnic groups: 87.7% White, 2.7% Chinese, 2.6% South Asian, 1.3% Southeast Asian, 1.3% Black, 1.1% Filipino
  • Languages: 80.1% English, 1.5% French, 17.4% Others
  • Religions: 37.7% Protestant, 31.5% Catholic, 3.1% Other Christian, 1.6% Buddhist, 1.6% Muslim, 1.2% Christian Orthodox, 20.8% No religion
  • Average income: $32,405

Members of Parliament

This riding has elected the following member of the Canadian House of Commons:

Parliament Years Member Party
38th 2004-2006     Brenda Chamberlain Liberal
39th 2006-2008
40th 2008-present     Frank Valeriote Liberal

Federal election results

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2004-present

The call for a federal election to be held on October 14, 2008 occurred when Guelph was already in the throes of a by-election scheduled for September 8, which was intended to replace retiring Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlain. As a result of this, the by-election was cancelled, and the four major candidates running opted to represent their parties again in the federal election. They included: Frank Valeriote, a local lawyer with thorough community experience who had garnered the Liberal nomination in an upset over regionally popular Marva Wisdom; Gloria Kovach, a city councillor and former President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities who was controversially handed the Conservative nomination after incument nominee Brent Barr was oustered; Tom King, a renowned author and Native rights activist who received several high-profile endorsements after his NDP nomination; and Mike Nagy, a long-time Green Party spokesperson.

Initially in Guelph, optimism ran high that either the NDP, Green Party, or Conservative Party could procure the seat, as many felt that the nominees might benefit from the relative unpopularity of Stéphane Dion's Liberals and the gaffes made by prior Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlain, who had failed to show up to a number of Parliamentary votes and retired before the end of her term in office. Ultimately, however, Frank Valeriote was able to narrowly garner the seat over star candidate Gloria Kovach, who lost by around three percent and decreased the margin of defeat for her party. Noteworthy, too, was the increase in the electoral returns of the Green Party, who managed to fare better than the federal NDP in Guelph for the first time, finishing with twenty-one percent of the vote - almost three times what they had received in the 2006 election.

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Liberal Frank Valeriote 18,974 32.22% -6.17% $89,899
     Conservative Gloria Kovach 17,186 29.18% -0.57% $63,415
     Green Mike Nagy 12,454 21.15% +12.43% $77,007
     New Democrat Tom King 9,713 16.49% -5.51% $60,480
     Marijuana Kornelis Kleverling 166 0.28% * $0
     Libertarian Philip Bender 159 0.27% * $20
     Communist Drew Garvie 77 0.13% -0.05% $373
     Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 73 0.12% * $5,039
     Independent John C. Turmel 58 0.10% * $0
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 29 0.05% -0.02% $0
Total valid votes/Expense limit 58,889 100% $92,108
Total rejected ballots 191
Turnout  %
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 23,662 38.39% -6.22%
     Conservative Brent Barr 18,342 29.75% +3.64%
     New Democrat Phil Allt 13,566 22.00% +1.97%
     Green Mike Nagy 5,376 8.72% +1.37%
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 538 0.87% -0.33%
     Communist Scott Gilbert 111 0.18% -
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 45 0.07% -0.05%
Total valid votes 61,640 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 23,442 44.61% -4.50%
     Conservative Jon Dearden 13,721 26.11% -10.72%
     New Democrat Phil Allt 10,527 20.03% +8.82%
     Green Mike Nagy 3,866 7.35% N/A
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 634 1.20% -
     Marijuana Lyne Rivard 291 0.55% -
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 66 0.125 N/A
Total valid votes 52,547 100.0%

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

1988-2003

The riding was part of the riding known as Guelph—Wellington from 1988 to 2003. It was created in 1987 to include parts of Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe electoral districts.

Guelph—Wellington initially consisted of the City of Guelph, the Village of Erin, and the townships of Eramosa, Erin, Guelph, Pilkington and Puslinch in the County of Wellington.

In 1996, the riding was re-defined to consist of the City of Guelph and the townships of Eramosa, Guelph and Puslinch before being abolished in 2003, and split into the current electoral district and Wellington—Halton Hills electoral district.

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 26,440 48.2% +0.5%
     Canadian Alliance Max Layton 11,026 20.1% +2.8%
     Progressive Conservative Marie Adsett 10,188 18.6% -2.7%
     New Democrat Edward Pickersgill 5,671 10.3% -0.1%
     Green Bill Hulet 989 1.8% +0.7%
     Independent Gord Tuscott 275 0.5%
     Canadian Action Sharon Tanti 207 0.4%
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 70 0.1% -0.2%
Total valid votes 54,866 100.0%

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 25,004 47.7% +8.7%
     Progressive Conservative Dick Stewart 11,160 21.3% +0.7%
     Reform Lyle McNair 9,054 17.3% -7.5%
     New Democrat Elaine Rogala 5,456 10.4% +5.8%
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 972 1.9%
     Green Frank Marchetti 589 1.1% +0.6%
     Marxist-Leninist Elaine Couto 146 0.3%
Total valid votes 52,381 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Brenda Chamberlain 24,692 39.0% +7.1%
     Reform Gerry Organ 15,721 24.8%
     Progressive Conservative Bill Scott 13,072 20.6% -22.6%
     Independent Frank Maine 3,494 5.5%
     New Democrat Alex Michalos 2,952 4.7% -14.9%
     National Maggie Laidlaw 2,334 3.7%
     Green Simon C. Francis 322 0.5% -0.5%
     Natural Law David W. Mitchell 258 0.4%
     Libertarian Tom Bradburn 250 0.4% -0.1%
     Canada Party John H. Long 110 0.2%
     Independent Di Anna Carlo 78 0.1%
     Abolitionist Andrew Tait 21 0.0%
Total valid votes 63,304 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Progressive Conservative Bill Winegard 25,721 43.2% -6.7%
     Liberal Frank Gauthier 19,002 31.9% +2.7%
     New Democrat Alex Michalos 11,623 19.5% +0.1%
     Christian Heritage Peter Ellis 1,978 3.3%
     Green Bill Hulet 581 1.0%
     Libertarian Michael J. Orr 298 0.5% -0.2%
     Rhino Marty Williams 240 0.4%
     Independent Joanne Bruce 80 0.1%
Total valid votes 59,523 100.0%

1979-1984

Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Progressive Conservative Bill Winegard 23,484 49.9% +12.4%
     Liberal Jim Schroder 13,757 29.2% -10.0%
     New Democrat Jim Robinson 9,153 19.5% -2.7%
     Rhino Susie Mew Catty 343 0.7% +0.1%
     Libertarian Walter A. Tucker 314 0.7% +0.4%
Total valid votes 47,051 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Jim Schroder 17,268 39.2% +1.7%
     Progressive Conservative Albert Fish 16,539 37.6% -4.4%
     New Democrat Jim Finamore 9,765 22.2% +2.4%
     Rhino Steve Thorning 272 0.6%
     Libertarian Brian Seymour 103 0.2% 0.0%
     Marxist-Leninist Robert A. Cruise 53 0.1% 0.0%
     Communist Alan Pickersgill 45 0.1% 0.0%
Total valid votes 44,045 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 1979
Party Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Albert Fish 18,149 42.0%
     Liberal Frank W. Maine 16,203 37.5%
     New Democrat Jim Finamore 8,535 19.7%
     Independent Joe Barabas 190 0.4%
     Libertarian Brian Seymour 90 0.2%
     Marxist-Leninist Robert Cruise 45 0.1%
     Communist Alan G. Pickersgill 39 0.1%
Total valid votes 43,251 100.0%

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