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Canadian Election Results

Examine the detailed  results of the 20042000 and 1997 elections, which are available with the results broken down by province as well.

Compare the summary results of 37 general elections held between 1867 to 2006 with each party's share of the votes and seats, as well as the number of candidates and overall voter turnout.

For a background to the 2006 election you can view and the standings of the political parties in Parliament at the time it was dissolved in late November 2005.

The Parliament of Canada site provides the results of all by-elections held since 1867, as well as a chronology of MPs who crossed the floor to either sit as an independent or to join another party's caucus since 1940.  The growth in the number of women running as candidates can be seen by party and their success in getting elected for all the elections held since 1921. 

See the table of voter turnout since 1867 to compare the rate of citizen participation in federal elections and national referenda.

The Canada Elections Act bars anyone from "transmitting" election results before the polls have closed where they are resident. A resident of British Columbia, Paul Bryan, was prosecuted for publishing the results from 2000 federal elections from Atlantic Canada at his web site www.electionresultscanada.com before the pools had closed elsewhere in the country.  However, in 2003 he successfully appealed his initial conviction, but the BC Appeal Court overturned the acquittal in 2005..

Some highlights from the Library of Parliament's Election Trivia page:

Contested elections were fairly sporadic in the early days of Canada's Confederation. Since 1867, 622 candidates won by acclamation - including Joseph-Aldéric Ouimet (1848-1916) who has the enviable record of having been acclaimed 5 times!

Since 1867 11 candidates have won by a single vote. On two other occasions (1896 & 1963), an election-day tie in votes required the Returning Officer to case the deciding vote. The most recent candidate to win by a single vote was Paul Martineau running in  Pontiac-Témiscamingue, Qué, in the 1963 election, who won when the Returning Office had to cast a ballot.

 

 

I welcome any feedback and suggestions for fresh material to add to this site -

Andrew Heard
Political Science Department  --  Simon Fraser university