MOST ELECTIONS CONTESTED:

1997 Guinness Book of World Records:
Royalty and government section:
     "Since 1979, independent candidate John C. Turmel ("The Engineer") of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has contested 41 elections at municipal, provincial and federal levels. In 1993, he founded the federal Abolitionist Party of Canada."

     JCT: Until late summer, it looked like the old millennium was going to end with a final record of 48 elections. Then a spate of 4 quick elections and byelections were called in only  11 weeks to surge my millennium record to 52!!! A quite symbolic number for someone reknowned for winning my living as a professional poker and blackjack player. I certainly got to play every card in the deck of electoral opportunities.

LONGEST REIGNING QUEEN:
"The longest reigning queen is HM Queen Elizabeth II. She succeeded to her father's throne on 6 Feb. 1952 on her father's death.

PRIME MINISTERS:
     "The greatest age at which a prime minister has been first appointed is 81, for Morarji Ranchhodji Desai of India in March 1977."

     JCT: I mention our records in my poem at http://www.cyberclass.net/turmel/pomlizas.htm

LONGEST SERVING UK POLITICAL LEADER:
     "Screaming Lord Sutch is the longest-serving political leader in the UK and has been a familiar face on the political scene since 1963. He has contested 39 elections or byelections and lost his deposit every time. Bookmakers William Hill offer shorter odds for Elvis Presley crashing a UFO into the Loch Ness Monster (14 million to one) than for Lord Sutch becoming Prime Minister (15 million to one)."

     JCT: I placed a bet on him while I was in Britain and sadly noted his passing.

 

 

  JOHN C. TURMEL'S CANADIAN ELECTION CAMPAIGNS
No.  Level       Riding                      Yr    Mo   Da
1    Federal     Ottawa West                 1979, May  22
2    Federal     Ottawa Centre               1980, Feb. 20
3    Federal     Frontenac                   1980, Mar. 24
4    Federal     Hamilton West               1980, Sept. 8
5    Municipal   Ottawa                      1980, Nov. 10
6    Provincial  Carleton                    1980, Nov. 20
7    Provincial  Ottawa Centre               1981, Mar. 19
8    Federal     London West                 1981, Apr. 12
9    Federal     Levis                       1981, May  4 
10   Federal     Spadina                     1981, Aug. 17
11   Provincial  Hamilton West               1982, June 17
12   Federal     Broadview-Greenwood         1982, Oct. 12
13   Provincial  York South                  1982, Nov. 4 
14   Municipal   Gloucester Alderman         1982, Nov. 8 
15   Federal     Central Nova                1983, Aug. 29
16   Provincial  Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry   1983, Dec. 15
17   Federal     Beaches                     1984, Sept. 4
18   Provincial  Ottawa Centre               1984, Dec. 13
19   Provincial  Ottawa Centre               1985, May  2 
20   Municipal   Nepean                      1985, Nov. 12
21   Provincial  York East                   1986, Apr. 17
22   Provincial  Cochrane North              1986, Aug. 14
23   Federal     St. Maurice                 1986, Sep. 29
24   Federal     Hamilton Mountain           1987, July 20
25   Provincial  Ottawa Centre               1987, Sep. 10
26   Provincial  London North                1988, Mar. 31
27   Provincial  Welland-Thorold             1988, Nov. 3 
28   Municipal   Ottawa mayor                1988, Nov. 14
29   Federal     Ottawa Centre               1988, Nov. 21
30   Federal     Oshawa Centre               1990, Aug. 13
31   Provincial  Ottawa Centre               1990, Sep. 6 
32   Provincial  York North                  1990, Dec. 10
33   Municipal   Ottawa Regional Chair       1991, Nov. 12
34   Federal     Frontenac                   1993, Oct. 23
35   Provincial  Essex South                 1993, Dec. 2 
36   Provincial  Victoria-Haliburton         1994, Mar. 17
37   Municipal   Ottawa Regional Chair       1994, Nov. 14
38   Federal     Ottawa Vanier               1995, Feb. 13
39   Provincial  Ottawa Centre               1995, June 8
40   Federal     Etobicoke North             1996, Mar. 25
41   Federal     Hamilton East               1996, Jun. 17
42   Federal     Ottawa West                 1997, Jun. 2  
43   Provincial  Ottawa West-Nepean          1997, Sep. 4
44   Municipal   Ottawa Regional Chair       1997, Nov. 10 
45   Federal     Sherbrooke                  1998, Sep. 14
46   Federal     Windsor-St.Clair            1999, Apr. 12
47   Provincial  Ottawa West-Nepean   1999, Jun 3
48   Federal  Hull-Aylmer                      1999, Nov 15 
49   Provincial Ancaster-Dundas           2000, Sep. 7
50   Federal Kings-Hants                        2000, Sep. 11
51   Municipal Ottawa Mayor                2000, Nov. 13
52   Federal Ottawa Ottawa West           2000, Nov. 27


   

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