Where was your MP born?

MAP: Many of our elected representatives in the House represent their hometowns, but dozens were born outside of their ridings, and even outside the country

We’re all familiar with the riding our Member of Parliament represents—we do live there, after all. But do you know where your MP was born? Many of our elected representatives in the House of Commons represent their hometowns, but dozens were born outside of their ridings, and even outside the country. This map gives you a sense of the Commons’ worldly nature.

MPs are coded by party, and the info bubbles that pop up tell you which riding they represent, when they were born, and their occupations before they took office. Zoom in for a closer look at cities where lots of MPs were born.

Find anything interesting? Comment away. We’ll be watching.




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Where was your MP born?

  1. You have Peter Penashue listed as being born in Newfoundland, but his dot is located in Pennsylvania.

  2. This info is only of importance when Cons want to question the loyalty of Libs or Dips. Their ‘patriotism’, ‘Canadianess’ and so on.

  3. I don’t know this, but I’m going to venture a guess – I think Ryan Leef was born in the province of Ontario, not Ontario, California.

    • I’m going to venture a guess that more people search “Ontario” expecting the city than the province, as SoCal has more people than the entire province.

      Trivia: Ontario, California was so named by George Chaffey, originally of Brockville.

  4. I’d be more interested in a whether they lived in the riding at the time they were first elected. Where people were born isn’t particularly relevant to anything.

    • You don’t have to live in a riding to run in it, or even once you’re elected. I always thought that was rotten.

  5. Wow, it’s surprising how many have been born abroad.

    Four have been born in Punjab, India! That’s almost the number from Newfoundland.

  6. Bruce Stanton, Simcoe north was born in Orillia but not shown. Lisa St Denis, shown to born in Orillia may be older than what is shown.

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