CollingwoodToday to have live federal and local results for the riding of Simcoe-Gray
Today, Simcoe-Gray voters elected a new Member of Parliament, but the results have yet to be released.
Outgoing Conservative MP Terry Dowdall was seeking re-election after one term. He was elected in 2019, replacing former Tory MP Kellie Leitch, who failed to run in 2019.
Simcoe-Gray has been a Conservative constituency since 2004, when Helena Guergis won a close election in the constituency, garnering 100 votes more than incumbent Liberal MP Paul Bonwick – 22,496 for Guergis and 22,396 for Bonwick.
Bonwick was first elected in 1997 and again in 2000. Bonwick won his first election in 1997 with 17,895 votes and the second with 22,224 votes or 44.8% of the votes cast in Simcoe-Gray.
Following her victory over Bonwick, Guergis was re-elected in 2006 with 49 percent (30,000 votes) of Simcoe-Gray’s vote.
Guergis raced in 2011, but as an independent. She was beaten by Conservative candidate Kellie Leitch who won 49.37 percent (31,784 votes) of the vote. Leitch won again in 2015 with 46.56 percent (30,612 votes) of the local vote.
In the 2019 federal election, Terry Dowdall won 43.5% of the vote (32,812 individual votes) with Liberal Lorne Kenney in second taking 31.7% of the vote (23,925 individual votes).
Green candidate Sherri Jackson finished third in 2019 with 11.4% of the vote (8,589 votes), followed by NDP Ilona Matthews with 11.2% of the vote (8,462 votes).
Other candidates in 2019 included Richard Sommer of the People’s Party of Canada (1,416 votes) and Tony D’Angelo of the Veterans Coalition Party (305 votes).
There were 76,001 ballots cast in Simcoe-Gray in 2019 with 492 rejected ballots for a total of 75,509 valid ballots.
In 2015, there were 65,747 valid votes in the constituency plus 225 rejected ballots.
According to Elections Canada, there are 120,703 voters on the voters list for Simcoe-Gray.
The riding covers 1,950 square kilometers and has a population of 129,944 people according to 2016 census data. The communities included in the riding are New Tecumseth, Collingwood, Essa, Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Adjala-Tosorontio and The Blue Mountains.
Now that the polls are closed, watch Collingwoodtoday.ca/canadavotes2021 for local results of today’s federal election.