|March 20th, 2012 by Student Vote||Leave Comments »|
Yesterday, voters in the federal riding of Toronto-Danforth decided who would replace the late Jack Layton as MP. NDP candidate Craig Scott, a law professor and human rights advocate, won 59.4% of the popular vote and will become the next MP of the riding in Toronto’s east-end. Scott’s closest rival, Liberal candidate Grant Gordon, received 28.5% of the popular vote.
The riding has always been held by either the Liberals or NDP. It had represented by the NDP’s Jack Layton since 2004 and, previously, the Liberals had held the seat for sixteen years beginning in 1988. When the riding was established in 1979, it was held by current Liberal leader – but then NDP MP – Bob Rae.
Conservative candidate Andrew Keyes received 5.4% of the vote while Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu of the Greens received 4.7%.
Other candidates included Dorian Baxter of the Progressive Canadian Party, Brian Jedan of the United Party of Canada, Christopher Robert Porter of the Canadian Action Party, John Christopher Recker of the Libertarian Party of Canada, and Independent candidates Leslie Bory, John C. Turmel, and Bahman Yazdanfar, but none received more than 1% of the popular vote.
Of note, three of these candidates also ran in the 2010 Vaughan by-election won Julian Fantino, the current Conservative MP: Dorian Baxter, Leslie Bory and Brian Jedan.
In total, 32,318 ballots were cast for the by-election. This equates to 43.4% of the popular vote; turnout for the 2011 federal election was 61.4%. Compared to the three federal by-elections in 2010, yesterday’s turnout is quite high: Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette turnout was 26.6%, Vaughan turnout was 32.5%, and 30.7% in Winnipeg North. In last May’s election, 65% of Toronto-Danforth voters visited the polls.
In the Student Vote for the 2011 federal election, Toronto-Danforth students elected the NDP’s Layton with 63.4% of the vote. The Liberal candidate, Andrew Lang, received 13.9% of voter support. Click here for the full results.
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