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 DISTRICT: Ajax-Pickering
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Mark Holland LIB 21706 49.77% X
Ren´┐Ż Soetens CON 14666 33.63%
Kevin Modeste NDP 5286 12.12%
Karen MacDonald GRN 1951 4.47%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 191 of 191 polls reporting


108 Ajax-Pickering

2004 Candidates

LIB: Mark Holland
GRN: Karen MacDonald
NDP: Kevin Modeste
CON: Rene Soetens

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This new Southern Ontario riding was created for the 2004 election because of rapidly growing population in the region.

The riding runs from Lake Ontario in the southeast to Uxbridge-Pickering Townline in the north; between Lake Ridge Road in the east to Markham-Pickering Townline in the west. It contains the town of Ajax and part of Pickering lying northeast of Finch Avenue, Valley Farm Road, Highway 401 and Brock Road.

Manufacturing and retail trade are the major industries. Ajax and Pickering are also home to many commuters who work in Toronto.

More than one-quarter of the population are immigrants, though the population is predominantly English-speaking. The average family income is $83,370 and unemployment is 5.4 per cent.

The riding was created in 2004 by combining parts of the former ridings of Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge and Whitby-Ajax.

Population: 100,248

Political History

Both Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge and Whitby-Ajax voted Liberal in 2000. The sitting MPs are Dan McTeague in Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge and Judi Longfield in Whitby-Ajax.

Ajax-Pickering was a solid PC riding from 1952-1968 and also voted PC throughout the 1980s. PC candidate Rene Soetens defeated Liberal John Roberts in 1988.


Candidate Profiles

Mark Holland

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Pickering

University Degree: Yes
Graduate of the University of Toronto and various courses from the Canadian Securities Institute.
Career Background:
Has worked with both RBC Dominion Securities and CIBC as an investment and financial advisor. Worked with Member of Parliament, Dan McTeague and with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Municipal Involvement: Chair of Waterfront Coordinating Committee, chair of Pickering Winterfest, on board of directors of Veridian Corporation, executive member of Durham West Centre for the Arts, member of the Canadian Association of Nuclear Host communities. Currently serves on the Finance and Administration Committee for the Region of Durham and the Durham Regional Police Services Board. Past municipal memberships: Greater Toronto Area Taskforce on OMB Reform, Region of Durham Strategic Planning Steering committee, chair of Pickering finance committee, founder and chair of Millennium Waterfront Trail ad hoc committee, Social Development Council of Ajax-Pickering, Pickering Public Library Board, Pickering audit committee, Pickering personal committee, Committee of Adjustment, vice-chair of Ajax-Pickering Block Parents, Business Advisory Centre of Durham, chair of Youth Partnership Initiative.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Aerlyn
Children: 3

Political History
Municipal: Councillor with Region of Durham and City of Pickering. Currently Mayor of Pickering.

Rene Soetens

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: September 7, 1948
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Holland

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Atkinson College of York University - 1967.
Profession: Business person
Career Background: Sales representative for Lasco Steel, Whitby (1967 - 1988).

Political History
Party: Vice president, Riding Association (1981 - 1988). President, Federal Riding Association (1983 - 1988). Campaign manager for Ashe, Ontario provincial election (1987).
Municipal: Municipal councillor, Town of Ajax (1980 - 1988).
Federal: Elected in Ontario riding (1988). Defeated (1993).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Finance, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, Subcommittee on Tax Matters, chair of Subcommittee on Regulations and Competitiveness.
Caucus: Ontario caucus chair (1990).

Karen MacDonald

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Scarborough-Rouge River (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-427-3771.

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 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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