Ottawa - Vanier (065)
This Ottawa riding includes all of the former city of Vanier and has a large francophone population, with 33 per cent of the total listing French as the mother tongue in the 1996 census.
The riding extends out from the Vanier city limits to Nicholas Street and the Queensway in the northeast, and encompasses part of the affluent Rockcliffe Park in the northwest. It also stretches into part of the former city of Gloucester to the east, and to the Ottawa city limits in the south.
The University of Ottawa is located within this riding, which may account for the high rate of mobility: 54 per cent of residents here moved between 1991 and 1996.
As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new riding of Ottawa-Vanier combined 33 per cent of Carleton East and virtually all of Ottawa East.
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Tory Jules Morin was elected in Ottawa East in 1955, 1959 and 1967, but lost in 1963. He would be the last Tory elected in this riding.
Liberal Albert Roy won in 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1981, then resigned for an unsuccessful federal run. In a 1984 byelection, Liberal Bernard Grandmaître defeated Tory Richard Boudreau. Grandmaître was re-elected in the next four elections, but stepped down prior to the 1999 vote in the new Ottawa-Vanier riding.
Liberal Claudette Boyer won this seat in 1999, but held it very briefly. That same year, she pleaded guilty to an obstruction of justice charge stemming from an incident where her husband accidentally struck Grandmaître's son with a van and Boyer tried to convince others to accept blame for the mishap. Boyer was suspended from the Liberal caucus for six months in 2000.
Liberal Madeleine Meilleur proved to be a capable replacement, beating Maurice Lamirande by almost 13,000 votes in 2003. She has held several portfolios under Dalton McGuinty: minister of community and social services, minister responsible for Ontarians with disabilities and minister responsible for francophone affairs.
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