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 DISTRICT: Sydney-Victoria
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Mark Eyking LIB 19372 52.13% X
John Hugh Edwards NDP 10298 27.71%
Howie MacDonald CON 5897 15.87%
Chris Milburn GRN 855 2.3%
Cathy Th´┐Żriault MP 474 1.28%
B. Chris Gallant IND 264 0.71%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 193 of 193 polls reporting


021 Sydney-Victoria

2004 Candidates

NDP: John Hugh Edwards
LIB: Mark Eyking (Incumbent)
IND: B. Chris Gallant
CON: Howie MacDonald
GRN: Chris Milburn
MP: Cathy Thériault

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This riding is located on the north shore of Cape Breton Island and stretches from Bras d'Or Lake in the southwest to Cabot Strait and St. Paul Island in the northeast. Sydney is the largest centre, along with North Sydney, Sydney Mines and New Waterford. There are also two native reserves, Eskasoni and Wagmatcook.

Although most people work in manufacturing industries, tourism is important, with Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the scenic Cabot Trail located in the north of the riding. Tourism also supports other service industries.

According to the 2001 census, the francophone population is 2.48 per cent, while 4.5 per cent of residents are aboriginal. Total immigrant population is just under two per cent. Average family income is $44,031 and there is an unemployment rate of 20.9 per cent.

In the 2004 redistribution, most of the riding was unchanged but four per cent of Bras d'Or-Cape Breton was added in the south. The riding was created in the 1996 redistribution from all of Cape Breton-The Sydneys, 22 per cent of Cape Breton-East Richmond and six per cent of Cape Breton Highlands-Canso.

Population: 79,325

Political History
In 2000, Liberal Mark Eyking defeated New Democrat Peter Mancini. Mancini had won the 1997 election.

The former ridings of Cape Breton North and Victoria were Liberal from 1935 to 1953. PC Robert Muir was MP from 1957 to 1974. Liberal Russell MacLellan won in 1979, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1993.

1968, 1972, 1974 - PC
1979-1993 - LIB
1997 - NDP
2000 - LIB


Candidate Profiles

Mark Eyking

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: August 30, 1960
Age: 43

Education: Obtained his Agriculture Business Diploma from the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and has taken ongoing courses at the University of California at Davis.
Career Background:
He and his family run one of the largest farming operations in Nova Scotia. He markets his produce throughout Atlantic Canada, the United States and Europe and has been on several trade missions to the Caribbean and Iceland. In 1997, he was contracted to demonstrate growing and greenhouse construction techniques in Panama.
Community Involvement:
In 1997, he was instrumental in establishing the Bras d'Or Farmer's Cooperative. He is a Past President of the St. Joseph Parish Council and the Millville Community Centre. Other involvements have included: the board of Talbot House, the Nova Scotia Horticultural Society, where he was Vice President, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and Marine Atlantic. He also serves as community liaison on the Point Aconi Power Plant Project.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Pamela
Children: 4

Political History
Federal: Elected in Sydney-Victoria in 2000

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former Vice-Chair/Chair: Subcommittee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Former Member: Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Citizenship and Immigration; Member: Agriculture and Agri-Food
Caucus: Member of the Liberal Rural Caucus. Was Member of Caucus Task Force on Future Opportunities in Agriculture.
Office Address:
500 Kings Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia
(902) 567-6275
Capital Address:
Room 485 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
(613) 995-6459

Howie MacDonald

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Career Background:
An accomplished musician, he has had a successful career as a performer. In addition to his 10 solo albums, he has recorded music with J.P Cormier, Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Dave MacIsaac, The Rankin Family, and many others. He has also toured extensively with the well known Rankin Family for more than 10 years. His music has even appeared in several major motion pictures. He has also become known in the comedy industry. He appeared in the Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Nancy White's Joke Box (on CBC), The Canadian Loonie (Drayton, Ontario), and in his show Howie's Celtic Brew.

John Hugh Edwards

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree:
Career Background: Works for St. Francis Xavier University's extension department.

Political History
Party: Longtime party volunteer and past president of the riding association. He also co-chaired Helen MacDonald's provincial NDP leadership campaign in 2001.

Chris Milburn

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Age: 34
Birthplace: Sydney

University Degree: Yes
Education: Graduated from Medical School at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario.
Career Background: He is a physician with the Emergency Unit at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. He is also very active in preventative medicine.
Community Involvement:
He purchased the historic site of the old City Hospital where he plans to create a "green" neighbourhood, mixing housing, shops and green space. He is also a member of the new Cape Breton Vegetarian Association, which he co-founded with his brother. Additionally, he serves as president of Velo Cape Breton and is one of the original dozen members of ADAPT.

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Kingston and the Islands in 2000

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address:
(902) 567-4166

B. Chris Gallant

Party: Independent

Cathy Thériault

Party: Marijuana Party


# #
 Overall Election Results (2004)
Party Elected Leading Total Vote Share
LIB 135 0 135 36.71%
CON 99 0 99 29.61%
BQ 54 0 54 12.40%
NDP 19 0 19 15.69%
NA 1 0 1 .13%
OTH 0 0 0 5.47%
 Last Update June 29, 5:39:26 AM EDT


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