ONTARIO ELECTION 2022: Ottawa West-Nepean Riding Profile

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This is a riding where anything can happen, judging by election history and the current political landscape.

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Quick Facts About the Riding of Ottawa West-Nepean

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  • Population: 111,835
  • Density 1,270 per square kilometer
  • Median total household income in 2015: $67,660 (2016 census)
  • Median age: 41.9 (2016 census)
  • Constituency area: 88 square kilometers
  • Distribution of official languages ​​(2016 census): English: 88%; French: 8.1%; English and French: 2.2%; Neither French nor English: 1.8%

Geography of the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean

Ottawa West-Nepean covers an area of ​​northwest Ottawa between Kanata and the outskirts of the central core. It is a largely urban constituency, with rural and riverside communities on the western edge in the Shirley’s Bay area.

Provincial Highway 417 crosses the riding between Kirkwood Avenue and March Road. The constituency is home to the Queensway Carleton Hospital on Baseline Road.

According to 2016 census data for the federal riding of Ottawa West-Nepean, 27% of the population has a mother tongue that is not one of the two official languages. About 29% of the riding’s population is made up of visible minorities, according to census data.

(Provincial riding boundaries in southern Ontario have matched federal riding boundaries since the 2018 Ontario election).

The constituency’s communities are diverse when assessed on the Ottawa Neighborhood Study’s Socio-Economic Index, which provides a rating between one and five, with one being the most advantaged. Crystal Bay-Lakeview Park is in the high end with a rating of two, but several communities have a rating of five, including Carlington, Whitehaven-Queensway Terrace North, Britannia Village, and Bayshore-Belltown. Most of the other communities in the riding have ratings of three or four.

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What is the recent electoral history of this riding?

This is a riding where anything can happen, judging by election history and the current political landscape.

Progressive Conservative Jeremy Roberts won the NDP’s Chandra Pasma in the 2018 provincial election, with just 175 votes separating them. Liberal Bob Chiarelli was also in the running as he tried to hold on to his seat, but he finished 1,780 votes behind Roberts in an election that resulted in a PC majority government.

Chiarelli held the Ottawa West-Nepean seat for the Liberals between 2010 and 2018, with some close contests along the way. Prior to Chiarelli, the provincial constituency was represented by Liberal Jim Watson until he resigned to run for mayor in 2010. Watson won the seat away from PC’s Gary Guzzo in 1999.

Until 2018, the PCs and Liberals were battling for the constituency, with the NDP finishing far behind. The 2018 provincial election, which saw a 57% turnout in Ottawa West-Nepean, suddenly propelled the NDP into the race. The NDP’s momentum in the region could continue until the 2022 election.

Federally, the region is held by Liberal MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, Anita Vandenbeld.

Municipally, much of the constituency includes the county-owned Bay Ward. Theresa Kavanagh, who has strong ties to the federal NDP. The provincial constituency also includes chunks of the College Ward, represented by the county. Rick Chiarelli and Knoxdale-Merivale Ward, represented by council. Keith Egli.

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Who are the candidates running in the Ottawa West-Nepean horse riding?

Jeremy Roberts is the Progressive Conservative incumbent, who is seeking to win his second consecutive election after the nail-biter in 2018. Roberts served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister for Children, Community and Social Services. His inspiration during his time in politics was his younger brother, who has autism.

Chandra Pasma is back to represent the NDP, hoping to bolster the party’s influence in the Ottawa area, which has only one NDP MP (Joel Harden of Ottawa Centre) in the approach of the elections. Pasma is a CUPE researcher, activist and former political adviser to the federal NDP.

Sam Bhalesar, a federal public service adviser and community volunteer, is the Liberal candidate. She is a long-time volunteer for the party. This is her first time running for the Ottawa West-Nepean seat, but she has electoral experience as a Liberal candidate in the 2003 Manitoba election.

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