ONTARIO ELECTION 2022: Ottawa–Vanier Riding Profile

Through boundary and population changes, Ottawa-Vanier has remained as staunchly liberal as the ridings are at the provincial and federal levels.

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Fast facts

  • Population: 111,510 (based on 2016 census data)
  • Density: 2,852 inhabitants per km²
  • Median household income: $61,273, before taxes, in 2015
  • Median age: 41.3 years
  • Land area of ​​the constituency: 39 km2
  • Language spoken most often at home: English (62%), French (20.2%), a non-official language (10.5%) and several languages ​​(7.4%)

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Where is Ottawa-Vanier?

Covering much of central and eastern Ottawa, extending to the Greenbelt, the current constituency boundaries roughly run along the Ottawa River to the north, the Rideau Canal to the west, and the Highway 417-174 to the south, plus an irregular section by the highway split that extends beyond Innes Road and includes the Pineview neighborhood, while the eastern boundary of the riding follows Green’s Creek.

Ottawa–Vanier includes a diverse list of urban neighborhoods, from Lowertown and Sandhill in the west to New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe Park, Vanier, Overbrook and other neighborhoods farther east, to Beacon Hill. Within its boundaries are the University of Ottawa, surrounding student neighborhoods and La Cité College, the ByWard Market business and entertainment district, Montfort and Bruyère hospitals, and a long stretch of the river Rideau and the Promenade Sir George-Étienne Cartier corridor. .

What is Ottawa-Vanier’s recent electoral history?

Through boundary and population changes, Ottawa-Vanier has remained as staunchly liberal as the ridings are at the provincial and federal levels. Its last non-liberal deputy was the PC Jules Morin, elected in 1967 and defeated in the following elections.

Incumbent Lucille Collard is the latest in a line of Francophone Liberal women to represent the riding of Queen’s Park. She garnered more than 50% of the vote in a 2020 by-election, following the resignation of Nathalie Des Rosiers to take up a post at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

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Before Des Rosiers – who retained his seat in 2018 by a margin of more than 6,000 votes, as his party was swept from power – the Ottawa–Vanier seat was occupied by Madeleine Meilleur for nearly 13 years.

In their last two trips to the provincial polls, voters have propelled the NDP candidates to the rank of runners-up, supplanting the Progressive Conservatives who have historically won the second most votes in the riding.

Ottawa-Vanier also has a Francophone and female representative at the federal level. Mona Fortier, currently President of the Treasury Board, has been an MP for the riding since 2017.

Who are the candidates running in Ottawa-Vanier?

Given the history of the riding, it would be a major upset for anyone but Collard to end up with the most votes on election night.

A federal lawyer and mother of four children, Collard was also a district school trustee and president of the board of directors of the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario before entering politics.

Collard is her party’s critic for Women’s Issues, Attorney and Solicitor General, Children and Youth, and Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Patrick Mayangi, who speaks four languages ​​fluently and holds a master’s degree from Carleton University, challenges the Liberal in Ottawa-Vanier.

Mayangi has worked in the office of a provincial minister and a federal MP, and was a regional organizer for the PC party, according to his LinkedIn profile. He ran under the blue banner in the 2020 Ottawa-Vanier provincial by-election, as well as the 2019 municipal by-election in Rideau-Rockcliffe.

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Nominated almost a year ago, the young candidate has relied on social media, including video platform TikTok, to showcase his campaign and the people who fueled it.

The Ontario NDP had yet to name a candidate in Ottawa-Vanier as of April 18. The nomination period continues until May 12.

The Green Party of Ontario announced Christian Proulx as their candidate for Ottawa-Vanier in January.

A father and grandfather with a decades-long career in the plumbing and pipework business, and a passionate climate action enthusiast, Proulx was also a Green candidate in Ottawa-Vanier in the federal election last fall. A bilingual Francophone, his volunteer experience extends to hockey coaching and time as a scoutmaster.

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