Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke is a federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1979, and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1999.
It is currently represented by Cheryl Gallant of the Conservative Party at the federal level, and John Yakabuski of the Progressive Conservative Party at the provincial level.
The population of the riding in 2006 was 98,803.
Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke includes all of Renfrew County and a small section of Nipissing District around Algonquin Provincial Park.
The largest community in the riding is the city of Pembroke; other communities include Arnprior, Barry's Bay, Chalk River, Cobden, Deep River, Eganville, Killaloe, Petawawa and Renfrew.
Until recently, the riding was a Liberal stronghold both federally and provincially; however, a growing agricultural and religious base has turned this into one of the most conservative areas in Ontario. It was the only riding the Liberals had and lost in the 2003 provincial election.
It consists of
- the County of Renfrew; and
- the part of the Territorial District of Nipissing lying south and east of and including the townships of Deacon, Lister, Anglin, Dickson, Preston and Airy.
Most of the riding is fairly Conservative. In the 2006 election, Deep River
was the only significant community which voted Liberal. Pikwakanagan
, a first nations reserve, also voted Liberal, and the Township of Wylie
had a tie vote. A small handful of polls in Pembroke
voted Liberal, but most of the city voted Conservative.
Federal electoral district
Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke was created in 1976 from parts of Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, Lanark—Renfrew—Carleton and Renfrew North—Nipissing East ridings.
It consisted of the County of Renfrew, excluding the Townships of Bagot and Blythfield and McNab, and the part of the Territorial District of Nipissing including and lying easterly of the Townships of Mattawan, Papineau, Cameron, Deacon, Anglin, Dickson, Preston, Airy and Sabine.
The electoral district was abolished in 1987 when it was redistributed into Renfrew riding. In 1989, Renfrew riding was renamed "Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke".
The new riding consisted of the County of Renfrew, and the part of the Territorial District of Nipissing lying east of and including the townships of Deacon and Lister, and east of but excluding the townships of Freswick, Bower and Sproule, and east of and including the townships of Airy and Sabine.
In 1996, the Nipissing part was redefined as being the part of the district lying east of and including the townships of Deacon and Lister, east of and exlcuding the townships of Freswick, Bower, Sproule and Nightingale, and east of and including the Township of Sabine.
In 2003, it was given its current boundaries as described above.
Members of Parliament
This riding has elected the following Members of Parliament:
- Len Hopkins, Liberal (1979-1997)
- Hec Clouthier, Liberal (1997-2000)
- Cheryl Gallant, Canadian Alliance/Conservative (2000-present)
Provincial electoral district
The provincial electoral district was created in 1999 when provincial ridings were defined to have the same borders as federal ridings.
Members of Provincial Parliament
This riding has elected the following members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
- Sean Conway, Liberal (1999-2003)
- John Yakabuski, Progressive Conservative (2003-present)
Federal election results
Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, 1993 - present
Renfrew, 1988 - 1993
Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, 1979 - 1988
Provincial election results
|Thane C. Heins
Local media coverage of 2006 election