Abbotsford (electoral district)

Conservative Party of Canada Liberal Party of Canada Ed Fast
Abbotsford
British Columbia electoral district
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Abbotsford federal electoral district
Federal electoral district
LegislatureHouse of Commons
MP
 
 
 
Ed Fast
Conservative
District created2003
First contested2004
Last contested2019
District webpageprofile, map
Demographics
Population (2016)[1][2]101,814
Electors (2019)74,814
Area (km²)[1]176
Pop. density (per km²)578.5
Census divisionsFraser Valley
Census subdivisionsAbbotsford, Fraser Valley H Electoral Area, Matsqui Main 2, Upper Sumas 6

Abbotsford is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2004.

Demographics

Ethnic groups in Abbotsford (2016)
Source: [1]
Population %
Ethnic group European 67,010 67.4%
South Asian 17,005 17.1%
Aboriginal 6,160 6.2%
Chinese 1,775 1.8%
Korean 1,195 1.2%
Filipino 1,215 1.2%
Black 1,135 1.1%
Southeast Asian 955 1%
Latin American 910 0.9%
Japanese 365 0.4%
Arab 325 0.3%
West Asian 155 0.2%
Multiple minorities 575 0.6%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 145 0.1%
Total population 101,814 100%

The riding has the lowest proportion of Catholics in Canada, with just 10.6% of the population adhering to Catholicism.,[3] as well as the highest proportion (9.8%) of "Christian, not included elsewhere" (non-Protestant, non-Catholic, non-Orthodox).[4][5] 12.2% of its population claim Dutch ethnic origin, the highest such figure for any Canadian federal riding.[6]

Geography

As of the 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution, the district includes the southeastern portion of the City of Abbotsford and the Upper Sumas 6 Indian reserve.[7]

History

The electoral district was created in 2003. 56.1% of the riding was taken from Fraser Valley riding, and 43.9% from Langley—Abbotsford.

The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of Abbotsford should be adjusted, and a modified electoral district of the same name will be contested in future elections.[8] The redefined Abbotsford loses portions of its current territory in the north and west to the new districts of Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon and Langley—Aldergrove. These new boundaries were legally defined in the 2013 representation order, which came into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015.[9]

The 2015 Canadian general election marked the first time a Conservative candidate was elected in Abbotsford with less than 50% of the popular vote.

Members of Parliament

This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Abbotsford
Riding created from Fraser Valley and Langley—Abbotsford
38th  2004–2006     Randy White Conservative
39th  2006–2008 Ed Fast
40th  2008–2011
41st  2011–2015
42nd  2015–2019
43rd  2019–present

Current Member of Parliament

Abbotsford's MP is Ed Fast. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and was first elected in the 2006 election. He is a former Abbotsford city councillor and has worked as a lawyer, having earned a law degree at University of British Columbia. During the 40th Parliament, since January 2009, he was the chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and a member of the Liaison Committee.

Election results

Graph of election results in Abbotsford (minor parties that never got 2% of the vote or didn't run consistently are omitted)
2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 25,162 51.4 +3.13 $70,532.49
Liberal Seamus Heffernan 10,560 21.6 -11.46 $22,436.34
New Democratic Madeleine Sauve 8,257 16.9 +3.29 none listed
Green Stephen Fowler 3,702 7.6 +3.32 $575.00
People's Locke Duncan 985 2.0 $4,252.19
Christian Heritage Aeriol Alderking 270 0.6 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,936 100.0
Total rejected ballots 403
Turnout 49,339 65.9
Eligible voters 74,814
Conservative hold Swing +7.29
Source: Elections Canada[10][11]
2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 23,229 48.27 -18.61 $76,055.10
Liberal Peter Njenga 15,777 32.78 +24.08 $14,078.53
New Democratic Jen Martel 6,593 13.70 -5.54 $11,592.31
Green Stephen Fowler 2,416 5.02 +0.37 $2,578.52
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 109 0.23 -0.30
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,124 100.00   $202,055.26
Total rejected ballots 202 0.42
Turnout 48,326 69.74
Eligible voters 69,299
Conservative hold Swing -21.35
Source: Elections Canada[12][13][14]
2011 federal election redistributed results[15]
Party Vote %
  Conservative 25,060 66.88
  New Democratic 7,209 19.24
  Liberal 3,260 8.70
  Green 1,744 4.65
  Marxist-Leninist 196 0.52
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ed Fast 32,493 65.02 +1.70
New Democratic David Murray 10,089 20.19 +6.97
Liberal Madeleine Hardin 4,968 9.94 -6.34
Green Daniel Bryce 2,138 4.28 -2.17
Marxist–Leninist David MacKay 286 0.57
Total valid votes 49,974 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 225 0.45 -0.07
Turnout 50,199 59.67 +1
Conservative hold Swing -2.64


2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 30,853 63.32 +0.05 $79,097
Liberal Lionel Traverse 7,933 16.28 +3.61 $63,013
New Democratic Bonnie Rai 6,444 13.22 -3.75 $4,907
Green Karen Durant 3,141 6.45 +0.64 $833
Marijuana Tim Felger 358 0.73 +0.03
Total valid votes/Expense limit 48,729 100.0     $86,855
Total rejected ballots 256 0.52 +0.13
Turnout 48,985 59 -2
Conservative hold Swing -1.78


2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Ed Fast 29,825 63.27 +1.90 $68,269
New Democratic Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson 8,004 16.97 +3.34 $6,955
Liberal David Oliver 5,976 12.67 -7.27 $22,258
Green Stephanie Ashley-Pryce 2,740 5.81 +2.93
Marijuana Tim Felger 334 0.70 -0.13
Canadian Action Richard Gebert 173 0.36 $80
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 86 0.18 +0.08
Total valid votes 47,138 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 183 0.39
Turnout 47,321 60.69
Conservative hold Swing -0.72
David Oliver was registered as the Liberal candidate, but lost the support of the Liberal Party, and would not have sat with the Liberal caucus had he been he be elected until cleared of allegations made by the NDP candidate.
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Randy White 29,587 61.37 -14.8 $66,946
Liberal Moe Gill 9,617 19.94 +2.3 $41,240
New Democratic Scott Fast 6,575 13.63 +9.7 $7,584
Green Karl Hann 1,389 2.88 $539
Christian Heritage Harold J. Ludwig 585 1.21 $2,075
Marijuana Tim Felger 404 0.83 $9,999
Marxist–Leninist David S. MacKay 51 0.10
Total valid votes 48,208 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 182 0.38
Turnout 48,390 64.57
Conservative notional hold Swing -9
Change based on redistributed results. Conservative change based on combined total of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party.

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