Results

KITCHENER-CONESTOGA
Party Candidate Votes Status
220/220 polls Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 1:49 AM EDT
PC Michael Harris 17,390 Elected
LIB Wayne Wright 15,896
NDP James Villeneuve 10,059
GRN David Weber 3,319
LTN David Schumm 1,041

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Riding profile

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This southern Ontario riding includes both urban and rural areas, including part of the city of Kitchener southwest of Conestoga Parkway and west of Highway 8.

The riding surrounds the Kitchener-Waterloo and Kitchener Centre ridings and contains the townships of Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich.

Following the 1999 redistribution, the new Kitchener-Waterloo riding combined parts of the old ridings of Kitchener, Kitchener-Wilmot and Waterloo North.

The 2007 redistribution created this riding with 75 per cent of Waterloo-Wellington, 17 per cent of Kitchener Centre and seven per cent of Cambridge.

Political history

Progressive Conservative Michael Harris defeated the incumbent Liberal MPP Leeanna Pendergast in the 2011 election by 3,451 votes.

Liberal Leeanna Pendergast beat Progressive Conservative Michael Harris by 1,865 votes in the 2007 election.

John Wintermeyer, the Liberal leader from 1958 to 1963, won the former Waterloo-North riding in 1955 and 1959. Liberal Ed Good served there in 1967, 1971 and 1975, followed by fellow Liberal Herb Epp in 1977, 1981 and 1985.

Tory Elizabeth Witmer won the seat in 1990. She would repeat the victory in 1995 and 1999, holding cabinet posts under Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Witmer was narrowly re-elected in 2003, beating Liberal Sean Strickland by 1,503 votes.

Wellington North, later to become part of Waterloo-Wellington, has been a Tory stronghold since 1951. Current incumbent Tory Ted Arnott was first elected to the Wellington riding in 1990 and 1995. He was re-elected in Waterloo-Wellington in 1999 and 2003.

2011 Provincial Election Results

Party

Candidate

Total votes

%

PC Michael Harris 18,005 44.188
LIB Leeanna Pendergast 14,469 35.50
NDP Mark Cairns 7,167 17.58
GRN Robert Rose 1,116 2.74

 

Demographics

Unemployment Rate
4.6%
Provincial 6.4% National 6.6%
Seniors
10.10%
Provincial 13.56% National 13.71%
Home Owners
26.60%
Provincial 26.61% National 26.92%
Avg Family Income
$94,100
Provincial $90,526 National $82,325
Immigration
19%
Provincial 28% National 20%
Post-Secondary Degree
29.46%
Provincial 33.54% National 33.35%

Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

2014 Candidates

Conservative   Michael Harris
Liberal   Wayne Wright
NDP   James Villeneuve
Green   David Weber
Libertarian    David Schumm