Results

PERTH-WELLINGTON
Party Candidate Votes Status
202/202 polls Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 1:49 AM EDT
PC Randy Pettapiece 15,996 Elected
LIB Stewart Skinner 13,510
NDP Romayne Smith Fullerton 7,768
GRN Chris Desjardins 2,000
FCP Irma DeVries 789
LTN Scott Marshall 411
IND Matthew Murphy 343
FP Robby Smink 198

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Riding profile

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This largely rural southwestern riding is located just north of London, and has some of the most productive farmland in the province.

The riding runs from Komoka in the south to beyond Listowel in the north. The main centre is the city of Stratford, a tourist destination for its world-famous Shakespearean theatre festival.

As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new Perth-Middlesex riding added more than 25 per cent of Middlesex to the whole of the former Perth riding.

The 2007 redistribution added 18 per cent of Waterloo-Wellington and another eight per cent of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey.

Population: 103,874 (2006 census; an increase of 1.4% since 2001)

Political history

Progressive Conservative Randy Pettapiece narrowly defeated Liberal John Wilkinson by 630 votes in 2011.

Liberal John Wilkinson beat Progressive Conservative John Rutherford by 5,758 votes in the 2007 election. In 2003, Wilkinson ousted Tory Bert Johnson by 1,337 votes.

Johnson, who was first elected in the old Perth riding in 1995, saw off a challenge by Wilkison in 1999 after the redistribution. In Perth, Liberal Hugh Edighoffer held the seat from 1967 to 1990, when the seat went to New Democrat Karen Haslam. Haslam resigned from the cabinet of then-premier Bob Rae in 1993 to protest the government's so-called "social contract" program of spending cuts.

Haslam was defeated by Johnson in 1995.

In the old riding of Middlesex, Conservative Bob Eaton won the seat in 1975, 1977 and 1981. Liberal Doug Reycraft was victorious in 1985 and 1987, but lost to the NDP's Irene Mathyssen in 1990 by just 520 votes. In 1995, the seat went to Tory Bruce Smith.

2011 Provincial Election Results

Party

Candidate

Total votes

%

PC Randy Pettapiece 14,282 40.60%40.60
LIB John Wilkinson 13,652 38.81%38.81
NDP Ellen Papenburg 5,596 15.91.91
GRN Chris Desjardins 877 2.49%2.49
FCP Irma DeVries 611 1.74%1.74
FP Robby Smink 158 0.45%0.45

 

Demographics

Unemployment Rate
3.6%
Provincial 6.4%
National 6.6%
Seniors
15.00%
Provincial 13.56%
National 13.71%
Home Owners
28.56%
Provincial 26.61%
National 26.92%
Avg Family Income
$77,997
Provincial $90,526
National $82,325
Immigration
9%
Provincial 28%
National 20%
Post-Secondary Degree
23.97%
Provincial 33.54%
National 33.35%

Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

2014 Candidates

Conservative   Randy Pettapiece
Liberal   Stewart Skinner
NDP   Romayne Smith Fullerton
Green   Chris Desjardins
Libertarian   Scott Marshall
Freedom Party of Ontario    Robby Smink
Family Coalition Party of Ontario    Irma DeVries
Independent    Matthew Murphy