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 DISTRICT: Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Brent St. Denis LIB 14276 40.94% X
Carol Hughes NDP 11051 31.7%
Blaine Armstrong CON 8093 23.21%
Lindsay Killen GRN 1449 4.16%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 214 of 214 polls reporting


109 Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing

2004 Candidates
CON: Blaine Armstrong
NDP: Carol Hughes
GRN: Lindsay Killen
LIB: Brent St. Denis

Riding Profile
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This Northern Ontario riding spreads the smallest population in the province over the third-largest land area. There are only 82,340 people in the riding, of whom 32 per cent are francophone and seven per cent are aboriginal.

It stretches from Manitoulin Island in the south to north of Manitouwadge, Hearts and Kapuskasing in the Cochrane district; from Lake Superior in the west to the Nickel Belt and Sudbury ridings in the east. The largest communities are Elliot Lake, Blind River, Spanish River and Espanola.

The riding's economic base is rooted in the service sector, with only three per cent of income now coming from traditional industries such as forestry and fishing. The average household income is $55,347 and unemployment is well above than the national average at more than 11 per cent.

In the 2004 redistribution, parts of the Timmins-James Bay and Nickel Belt ridings were added in the north and east. Algoma riding was established in 1867, and divided into Algoma East and Algoma West in 1903. In 1966, Algoma was re-established. The lines were redrawn in 1996, adding the Timmins-Chapleau and Cochrane-Superior areas to the north.

Population: 82,340

Political History

In 2000, Brent St. Denis was elected for the Liberals, defeating Alliance candidate Ron Swain. It was his second term. This riding has voted Liberal since 1935. The last Conservative win was in 1930. Former Prime Minister Lester Pearson was first elected in a byelection in Algoma East in 1948. He held the riding until he retired before the 1968 election.



Candidate Profiles

Brent St. Denis

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 27, 1950
Age: 53
Birthplace: Spanish, Ontario

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Toronto - 1972.
Profession: Engineer
Career Background: Industrial engineer, International Harvester, Hamilton, Ontario (1972-1973).
Teacher, Cornwall College, Jamaica (1973-1975).
Teacher, Cambrian College, Sudbury (1975-1977).
Administrator, Town of Massey (1977-1983).
Parliamentary/executive assistant to Maurice Foster, Liberal MP for Algoma.
Community: Involved in activities including the local Terry Fox Run, the Lacloche-Manitoulin Municipal Association and the Massey fire department.
Name of Spouse:
Children: 4 - Tracy, Jeremi, Nyree and Amanda

Political History
Federal: Elected in Algoma (1993).
Elected in Algoma-Manitoulin (1997, 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minster of natural resources and minister responsible for Canadian Wheat Board (1999).
To minister of transportation (2000).
Committee: Former chair, Natural Resources and Government Operations, Subcommittee on International Financial Institutions of the Finance Committee.
Former member: Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources, Industry, Science and Technology, Finance, Natural resources and Government Operations, Transport, Transport and Government Operations, Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.
Chair: Industry, Science and Technology.
Caucus: Former chair of the Northern Ontario Caucus.
Former member: Prime Minister's Task Force on Aquaculture.
Office Address: 90 Gray Street, Unit 2, Espanola, Ontario, 705-869-0059.
Capital Address: Room 584, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, 613-996-5376.

Blaine Armstrong

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date:
Age: 1950
Birthplace: Gore Bay

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto - 1973.
Bachelor of Laws, Queen's University - 1976.
Career Background: Apprenticed with Wallace and Carr in North Bay.
Set up partnership practice at the firm Armstrong and Land.
Primarily practiced criminal trial law.
Spent ten years in Criminal Code prosecution work and almost five years in prosecution of drug matters for the Federal Prosecution Service.
Retired from law in 2002.
Community: Member of Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Served community in variety of volunteer activities, including ambulance and firefighter services.
Children: 2

Carol Hughes

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

Lindsay Killen

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Forestry, natural science and education, Lakehead University.
Profession: Teacher
Career Background: Has lead student delegations across the world, including to the United Nations in New York City.
Volunteered as a lifeguard at summer camps and has helped to build two homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Currently member of the Pesticide Reduction Committee in Elliot Lake.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jan
Children: Three

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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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