2020 Toronto Centre federal by-election
A by-election was held in the federal riding of Toronto Centre in Ontario on October 26, 2020, following the resignation of incumbent Liberal MP and Minister of Finance Bill Morneau. After 5 years in Parliament, and as many years as finance minister, Morneau resigned both positions on August 17, 2020, to seek the position of secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in the wake of the WE Charity scandal.
Riding of Toronto Centre
|Turnout||30.96% ( 35.12pp)|
The seat was held for the Liberals by journalist Marci Ien on a much reduced majority, as a result of the scandal and a strong campaign fought by Annamie Paul, the new Leader of the Green Party. The Greens finished with a historic high share of the vote in the riding.
Toronto Centre is an urban constituency at the centre of Toronto. The constituency covers the heart of Downtown Toronto and contains diverse areas such as Regent Park, St. James Town, Cabbagetown, and Church and Wellesley.
The riding also contains Ryerson University, The Toronto Eaton Centre and part of the city's financial district (the east side of Bay Street). Toronto Centre is the geographically smallest and has the highest population density of any riding in Canada.
Bill Morneau became the MP for Toronto Centre at the 2015 election, and immediately joined the 29th Canadian Ministry as Minister of Finance under Justin Trudeau. He was re-elected with a marginally increased majority in 2019.
The Greens nominated newly elected leader Annamie Paul, who previously ran in the riding for the Greens in the 2019 election. At the time of her nomination, Paul was a candidate in the party's leadership election, and received the party's permission to run in the byelection.
Perennial candidate Dwayne Cappelletti registered as a candidate for Free Party Canada, the final requirement for becoming a registered political party.
Rhinoceros Party leader Sébastien CoRhino announced via Twitter that the party had a candidate in Toronto Centre and was looking for one in York Centre. The declared candidate for Toronto Centre, Sean Carson, did not appear on the list of confirmed candidates after the registration deadline.
The Speaker's warrant regarding the vacancy was received on August 24, 2020; under the Parliament of Canada Act the writ for a by-election had to be dropped no later than February 20, 2021, 180 days after the Chief Electoral Officer was officially notified of the vacancy via a warrant issued by the Speaker. Under the Canada Elections Act, the minimum length of a campaign is 36 days between dropping the writ and election day.
|Toronto CentreCanadian federal by-election, October 26, 2020: |
Resignation of Bill Morneau
|New Democratic||Brian Chang||4,280||17.0||-5.3||$71,222|
|Conservative||Benjamin Gauri Sharma||1,435||5.7||-6.4||$0|
|Free Party Canada||Dwayne Cappelletti||76||0.3||–||$1,570|
|No affiliation||Above Znoneofthe||56||0.2||–||$0|
|Total valid votes||25,205||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||118||0.5||-0.2|
|Electors on lists||81,861|
Note: Candidates' names are as registered with Elections Canada.
|2019 Canadian federal election: Toronto Centre|
|New Democratic||Brian Chang||12,142||22.27||-4.34||$58,656.81|
|Animal Protection||Rob Lewin||182||0.33||–||$2,171.71|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||54,512||99.30||–||$107,308.65|
|Total rejected ballots||384||0.70||+0.18|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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