Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey (provincial electoral district)

Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey is a former provincial electoral district in southwestern Ontario, Canada that elected one Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It was created in 1999 from Wellington, Grey and Dufferin—Peel. It was abolished in 2007 into Dufferin—Caledon, Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, Perth—Wellington and Wellington—Halton Hills ridings.

The riding included all of Dufferin County plus the municipalities of Caledon, Erin, West Luther Township, Arthur, Southgate and Mount Forest.

The provincial riding of Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey was created when the Harris government passed a bill reducing the number of ridings electing Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in the Legislative Assembly so that they were the same as the number of federal Members of Parliament from Ontario.

David Tilson of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario was elected from the riding in the 1999 provincial election. In April 2002, Tilson resigned his seat in order to give the newly elected party leader and Premier of Ontario, Ernie Eves, an opportunity to enter the provincial legislature through a by-election. Eves won the by-election and retained his seat in the subsequent 2003 election although his government was defeated.

Eves subsequently resigned as party leader and, on January 31, 2005, he resigned his seat in order to give his successor, John Tory the opportunity to enter the legislature through a by-election.

The by-election was held on March 17, 2005. Tory was the Progressive Conservative candidate against Bob Duncanson for the Ontario Liberal Party, Lynda McDougall for the Ontario New Democratic Party, Frank de Jong who was leader of the Green Party of Ontario as well as the party's candidate, and independent Representative candidate William Cook. Tory won, with 56.3% of the vote.

Members of Provincial ParliamentEdit

  1. David Tilson, Progressive Conservative (1999–2002)
  2. Ernie Eves, Progressive Conservative (2002–2005)
  3. John Tory, Progressive Conservative (2005–2007)

Election resultsEdit

2005 by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative John Tory 15,610 56.3 -
Liberal Bob Duncanson 4,625 16.7 -
New Democratic Lynda McDougall 3,881 14.0
Green Frank de Jong 2,767 10.0
Family Coalition Paul Micelli 479 1.7 -
Independent William Cook 163 0.6 -
Libertarian Philip Bender 135 0.5 -
Independent John Turmel 85 0.3 -
2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves 29,222 56.64 -8.12
Liberal Dan Yake 14,859 28.8 -0.03
Green Frank De Jong 3,161 6.13 3.68
New Democratic Mitchel Healey 3,148 6.1 +2.13
Family Coalition Dave Davies 1,202 2.33
2002 by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Ernie Eves 15,288 46.59
Liberal Josh Matlow 11,728 35.74
New Democratic Doug Wilcox 2,633 8.02
Green Richard Procter 2,017 6.15
Family Coalition Dave Davies 1,025 3.12
Independent John Turmel 120 0.37
1999 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 30,532 64.76
Liberal Steve White 13,591 28.83
New Democratic Noel Duignan 1,871 3.97
Green Richard Procter 1,156 2.45
Total valid votes/ 47,150 100.00
Total rejected ballots 342
Turnout 49,492 58.6