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Encyclopedia > Ottawa Centre (provincial electoral district)
Ottawa Centre
Electoral district

Ottawa Centre shown within the Ottawa area
MPP Richard Patten (1995-)
Party Liberal (1995-)
Province Ontario
Census division(s) Ottawa
Census subdivision(s) Ottawa
Ottawa city wards Capital, Kitchissippi, River, Somerset
Provincial district created

Ottawa Centre is an urban provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1968. While the riding's boundaries (mainly to the south and west as the north and east borders have remained the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal, respectively) have changed over the years to account for population changes, the riding has always comprised the central areas of Ottawa, the nation's capital. An electoral district is a geographically-based constituency upon which Canadas representative democracy is based. ... This is page shows results of Canadian federal elections in the Ottawa, Ontario area. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Richard Patten (born May 13, 1942 in Montreal, Quebec) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... A political party is an organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a center-right provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total... Outline map of Canadas Census Divisions in 2001 Note: This page refers only to subdivisions in Canada. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Established 1850 as Bytown City Mayor Bob Chiarelli Governing body Ottawa City Council MPs / MPPs Members of Parliament (MPs) Mauril Bélanger (LPC), Paul Dewar (NDP), John Baird (CPC), Royal Galipeau (CPC), David McGuinty (LPC),Pierre Lemieux (CPC... Census subdivision is a Canadian political region organized by Statistics Canada and determined by the provinces. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Established 1850 as Bytown City Mayor Bob Chiarelli Governing body Ottawa City Council MPs / MPPs Members of Parliament (MPs) Mauril Bélanger (LPC), Paul Dewar (NDP), John Baird (CPC), Royal Galipeau (CPC), David McGuinty (LPC),Pierre Lemieux (CPC... Ottawa City Hall. ... An electoral district is a geographically-based constituency upon which Canadas representative democracy is based. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Established 1850 as Bytown City Mayor Bob Chiarelli Governing body Ottawa City Council MPs / MPPs Members of Parliament (MPs) Mauril Bélanger (LPC), Paul Dewar (NDP), John Baird (CPC), Royal Galipeau (CPC), David McGuinty (LPC),Pierre Lemieux (CPC...

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History

Ottawa Centre, which currently has the same boundaries as the federal riding of Ottawa Centre, is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario by Ontario Liberal Richard Patten. The provincial riding has been won by the NDP seven times (1971, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1984 by-election, 1985 and 1990) and by the Liberals five times (1968, 1987, 1995, 1999 and 2003) but never by the Conservatives nor any other party. Ottawa Centre is an urban federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1968, and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1968. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a center-right provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Richard Patten (born May 13, 1942 in Montreal, Quebec) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


Geography

The riding covers most of downtown Ottawa, including the Parliament Buildings. From the historic Rideau Canal, the riding stretches west encompassing the neighbourhoods of Downtown, Centretown (Centretown West which includes Little Italy is usually considered a distinct neighbourhorhood), Lebreton Flats, Mechanicsville, Hintonburg and Westboro. The riding encompasses additional neighbourhoods south of downtown, including The Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Lees Avenue, Old Ottawa East and others. In the British Isles since Anglo-Saxon times, a riding is traditionally a sub-division (especially in three) of a county, in Australia analogous. ... Motto: Advance Ottawa/Ottawa en avant Coordinates: Country Canada Province Ontario County Established 1850 as Bytown City Mayor Bob Chiarelli Governing body Ottawa City Council MPs / MPPs Members of Parliament (MPs) Mauril Bélanger (LPC), Paul Dewar (NDP), John Baird (CPC), Royal Galipeau (CPC), David McGuinty (LPC),Pierre Lemieux (CPC... The Parliament of Canada (in French: le Parlement du Canada) is Canadas legislative branch, seated at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. ... The Locks in Summer The Rideau Canal, also known as the Rideau Waterway, connects the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the Ottawa River to the city of Kingston, Ontario on Lake Ontario. ... Downtown Ottawa is the central area of Ottawa, Canada. ... Centretown is a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada. ... Centretown West is a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada. ... Little Italy is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, situated in Centretown and the cultural center of Ottawas Italian community. ... Lebreton Flats is a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada undergoing redevelopment by the National Capital Commission which had earlier expropriated the land in 1965 as part of the Greber Plan. ... Mechanicsville is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada. ... Hintonburg is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada. ... Westboro is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada often referred to as Westboro Village. ... The Glebe is a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ... Old Ottawa South is a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada. ... Lees Avenue is both a road and a neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada. ... Ottawa East re-directs here, for the now re-named electoral district see Ottawa—Vanier Old Ottawa East or just Ottawa East is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada. ...


Party support varies between different parts of the riding. The consistently best areas for the NDP are Old Ottawa South, The Glebe, and Centretown. Old Ottawa South and The Glebe are also the main Green party areas. The far south and west of the riding around Hog's Back and Carlingwood Park, the large homes near the Civic Hospital, the expensive homes and apartments by the Rideau Canal, and the more expensive downtown condos are the most strongly Liberal and Conservative areas. The major swing areas are the western portions of the riding such as Hintonburg and Westboro. While traditionally Liberal, these areas were won by both Broadbent and Dewar, winning the seat for the NDP. The Hogs Back is the name given to that part of the North Downs in Surrey between Farnham, Surrey in the west and Guildford in the east. ... Hintonburg is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada. ... Westboro is a neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada often referred to as Westboro Village. ...


Many public sector workers live in the riding. The northern part of the riding contains many government office buildings, including Parliament Hill. The riding also includes Carleton University and Saint Paul University's campuses and residences. Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada Parliament Hill, (French Colline du Parlement), -The Hill for locals- is a scenic location on the banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Canada. ... Carleton University is a co-educational, international university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ... Saint Paul University (French: Université Saint Paul) is a federated Catholic university of the University of Ottawa, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ...


Members of Provincial Parliament

# Name Took office Left office Party
1. Harold MacKenzie October 17, 1968 September 13, 1971 Liberal
2. Michael Cassidy October 21, 1971 March 25, 1985 New Democratic Party
3. Evelyn Gigantes May 2, 1985 July 31, 1987 New Democratic Party
4. Richard Patten September 10, 1987 July 30, 1990 Liberal
5. Evelyn Gigantes September 6, 1990 April 28, 1995 New Democratic Party
6. Richard Patten June 8, 1995 in office Liberal

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Election results

The district was created before the 1968 election. Prior to the 1999 election, the provincial district did not have the same borders as the federal district.


Results since 1977

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     Liberal Richard Patten 22,295 45.1 +6.9
     New Democrat Jeff Atkinson 11,362 23.0 -2.5
     Progressive Conservative Joe Varner 11,217 22.7 -10.0
     Green Chris Bradshaw 3,821 7.7 +5.1
     Communist Stuart Ryan 306 0.6 +0.2
     Freedom Matt Szymanowicz 218 0.4
     Independent Fakhry Guirguis 214 0.4
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     Liberal Richard Patten 17,956 38.2 -1.1
     Progressive Conservative Ray Kostuch 15,403 32.7 +9.1
     New Democrat Elisabeth Arnold 11,977 25.5 -7.7
     Green Chris Bradshaw 1,231 2.6 +1.4
     Communist Marvin Glass 174 0.4 -0.3
     Natural Law Wayne Foster 170 0.4 -0.9
     Independent Mistahi Corkill 132 0.3
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     Liberal Richard Patten 11,150 39.3 +1.0
     New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes 9,438 33.2 -14.5
     Progressive Conservative Chris Thompson 6,715 23.6 +14.7
     Natural Law Ron Parker 365 1.3
     Green Andrew Van Iterson 349 1.2 -0.7
     Communist Malek Khouri 210 0.7
     Independent John C. Turmel 173 0.6 +0.1
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes 14,522 47.7 +7.6
     Liberal Richard Patten 11,656 38.3 -8.9
     Progressive Conservative Alex Burney 2,723 8.9 -1.8
     Family Coalition John Gray 809 2.7
     Green Bill Hipwell 576 1.9
     Independent John C. Turmel 160 0.5 -1.5
Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     Liberal Richard Patten 13,867 47.2 +21.2
     New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes 11,780 40.1 -3.4
     Progressive Conservative Greg Vezina 3,159 10.7 -18.6
     Independent John C. Turmel 598 2.0 +0.7
Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes 11,890 43.5 +1.7
     Progressive Conservative Graham Bird 8,005 29.3 -0.7
     Liberal Pat Legris 7,103 26.0 -0.6
     Independent John C. Turmel 364 1.3 +0.8
By-election: December 13, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes 8,165 41.8 +5.0
     Progressive Conservative Graham Bird 5,870 30.0 -4.4
     Liberal Lowell Green 5,202 26.6 +7.0
     Green Greg Vezina 130 0.7
     Independent Ray Joseph Cormier 94 0.5
     Independent John C. Turmel 90 0.5 -0.6
Ontario general election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Michael Cassidy 9,316 36.8 -4.8
     Progressive Conservative David Small 8,717 34.4 +2.2
     Liberal Karl Feige 6,926 19.6 -5.3
     Independent John C. Turmel 376 1.1
Ontario general election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Michael Cassidy 10,626 41.6
     Progressive Conservative Brian Cameron 8,223 32.2
     Liberal Ian Kimmerly 6,358 24.9
     Communist Marvin Glass 360 1.4

 
 

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