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Seven Highs and Lows in Canadian Electoral History*

Extracted from The Book Of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information by David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, Ira Basen & Jane Farrow. Canadian Edition Copyright © 2005 Ira Basen and Jane Farrow. Reprinted by permission of Knopf Canada.

1. Highest number of election victories - 13
Both John Diefenbaker and Herb Gray were elected to Parliament thirteen times. Diefenbaker also lost twice.

2. Highest number of election defeats (without ever winning) - 22
This dubious distinction belongs to John C. Turmel (also known as Jean Turmel), who lost seven general elections and fifteen by-elections running as an independent candidate between 1979 and 2000. H. Georges Grenier, of "Esprit Social", and two Communist candidates, William Kashtan and William C. Ross hold the record for losing in nine general elections.

3. Highest voter turn-out in a general election - 93.91%
The politically active voters in the Quebec riding of Iles-de-la-Madeleine set this record in the general election of 1965. They broke their own record of 93.69% that they had set in 1949.

4. Lowest voter turn-out in a general election - 23.71%
The voters of Toronto South set this record for apathy in the general election of 1921.

5. Lowest number of candidates running in a single constituency - 1
Over the years, several candidates have won federal seats by acclamation. But the last one to do it in a general election was a Liberal, Chelsey William Carter, who was all alone in the Newfoundland riding of Burin-Burgeo in 1957.

6. Highest number of candidates running in a single constituency - 13
The general election of 1993 saw the city of Vancouver caught up in an electoral frenzy. Three of the city's ridings, Vancouver East, Centre, and Quadra, each had thirteen candidates vying for the big prize. The Liberals wound up prevailing in all three ridings. One of the defeated candidates was Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who lost her seat in Vancouver Quadra.

7. Margins of victory in recent general elections

Highest
  • 2000- Irwin Cotler (L) Mont -Royal - 81.24% of all votes cast
  • 1997- Derek Lee (L) - Scarborough -Rouge River - 74.80%
  • 1993- Sheila Finestone (L) - Mont-Royal - 82.94%
  • 1988- Brian Mulroney (PC) - Charlevoix - 80.04%
Lowest
  • 2000- Larry Bagnell (L) - Yukon - 32.48% of all votes cast
  • 1997- Howard Hilstrom (Reform) - Selkirk-Interlake - 28.30%
  • 1993- Paul E. Forseth (Reform) - New Westminster-Burnaby - 29.33%
  • 1998- Thomas Suluk (PC) - Nunatsiaq - 32.49%
*Source: Centre for Election Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo

 


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Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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