Niagara Centre (provincial electoral district)

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Niagara Centre
Ontario electoral district
Niagara Centre 2015.svg
Niagara Centre in relation to southern Ontario ridings
Provincial electoral district
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
MPP
 
 
 
Jeff Burch
New Democratic
District created 2006
First contested 2007
Last contested 2018
Demographics
Population (2006) 112,875
Electors (2011) 86,257
Area (km²) 583
Pop. density (per km²) 193.6
Census divisions Niagara
Census subdivisions Welland, Thorold, Port Colborne, St. Catharines

Niagara Centre (formerly Welland) is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, represented from 1867 until 1977 and again since 2007 (under different boundaries) in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario . Its population in 2006 was 112,875.

A new riding of Niagara Centre was created before the 1999 election from small parts of the Lincoln and St. Catharines—Brock ridings, and almost all of the Welland—Thorold riding. The current electoral district was created in 2003: 74.9% of the riding came from Niagara Centre riding, 22.5% from Erie—Lincoln and 2.7% from Niagara Falls riding. The name was changed to Welland during redistricting in 2006. In 2018, the name was changed back to Niagara Centre.

Geography[edit]

The pre-2018 Welland riding consisted of the cities of Welland, Thorold, Port Colborne, and the part of the City of St. Catharines lying south of a line drawn from the western city limit east along St. Paul Street West, northeast along St. Paul Crescent, east and south along Twelve Mile Creek, and east along Glendale Avenue to the eastern city limit.[1]

Members of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Assembly Years Member Party
Welland
1st  1867–1871     William Beatty Liberal
2nd  1871–1874 James Currie
3rd  1875–1879
4th  1879–1883 Daniel Near
5th  1883–1886 James E. Morin
6th  1886–1890
7th  1890–1894     William McCleary Conservative
8th  1894–1898     William Manley German Liberal
9th  1898–1900
 1900–1902 John Franklin Gross
10th  1902–1904
11th  1905–1908     Evan Eugene Fraser Conservative
12th  1908–1911
13th  1911–1914
14th  1914–1919 Donald Sharpe
15th  1919–1923     Robert Cooper Liberal
16th  1923–1926     Marshall Vaughan Conservative
17th  1926–1929
18th  1929–1934
19th  1934–1937     Edward James Anderson Liberal
20th  1937–1943
21st  1943–1945     Howard Elis Brown Co-operative Commonwealth
22nd  1945–1948     Thomas Henry Lewis Progressive Conservative
23rd  1948–1951     Harold William Walker Liberal
24th  1951–1955     Ellis Morningstar Progressive Conservative
25th  1955–1959
26th  1959–1963
27th  1963–1967
28th  1967–1971
29th  1971–1975
30th  1975–1977     Mel Swart New Democratic
Welland—Thorold
31st  1977–1981     Mel Swart New Democratic
32nd  1981–1985
33rd  1985–1987
34th  1987–1988
 1988–1990 Peter Kormos
35th  1990–1995
36th  1995–1999
Niagara Centre
Created from Welland—Thorold, Lincoln and St. Catharines—Brock
37th  1999–2003     Peter Kormos New Democratic
38th  2003–2007
Welland
39th  2007–2011     Peter Kormos New Democratic
40th  2011–2014 Cindy Forster
41st  2014–2018
Niagara Centre
42nd  2018–Present     Jeff Burch New Democratic

Election results[edit]

Niagara Centre, 2018–[edit]

Ontario general election, 2018
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Jeff Burch 21,618 44.25 −2.47
Progressive Conservative April Jeffs 18,333 37.53 +9.11
Liberal Benoit Mercier 5,759 11.79 −7.96
Green Joe Dias 1,803 3.69 −0.42
None of the Above Joe Crawford 623 1.28
Libertarian Patrick Pietruszko 368 0.75 −0.24
Independent Steve Soos 217 0.44
The People Dario Smagata-Bryan 133 0.27
Total valid votes 48,854 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[1]

Welland, 2007–2018[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Cindy Forster 21,281 46.72 +2.06
Progressive Conservative Frank Campion 12,947 28.42 -3.71
Liberal Benoit Mercier 8,997 19.75 -0.01
Green Donna Cridland 1,874 4.11 +1.81
Libertarian Andrea J. Murik 450 0.99 -0.16
Total valid votes 45,549 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +2.88
Source: Elections Ontario[2]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Cindy Forster 19,527 44.66 -9.28
Progressive Conservative Domenic Ursini 14,048 32.13 +13.25
Liberal Benoit Mercier 8,638 19.76 -3.15
Green Donna Cridland 1,005 2.30 -1.94
Libertarian Donna-Lynne Hamilton 505 1.15  
Total valid votes 43,723 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 248 0.56
Turnout 43,971 51.64
Eligible voters 85,141
New Democratic hold Swing -11.27
Source: Elections Ontario[3]
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Peter Kormos 24,908 53.94
Liberal John Mastroianni 10,579 22.91
Progressive Conservative Ron Bodner 8,719 18.88
Green Mark Grenier 1,973 4.27
Total valid votes 46,179 100.0

Niagara Centre, 1999–2007[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Peter Kormos 23,289 49.64 +5.21
Liberal Henry D'angela 12,526 26.7 +7.31
Progressive Conservative Ann D. Gronski 10,336 22.03 -12.97
Green Jordan McArthur 768 1.64
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Peter Kormos 21856 44.43
Progressive Conservative Frank Sheehan 17217 35
Liberal Maurice Charbonneau 9539 19.39
Natural Law Margaret Larrass 382 0.78
Independent Lank Makuloluwa 198 0.4

2007 electoral reform referendum[edit]

Ontario electoral reform referendum, 2007
Side Votes %
First Past the Post 26,925 60.1
Mixed member proportional 17,859 39.9
Total valid votes 44,784 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Candidate Search". Elections Ontario. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "General Election Results by District, 098 Welland". Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Elections Ontario (2011). "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Welland" (PDF). Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°00′32″N 79°16′48″W / 43.009°N 79.280°W / 43.009; -79.280