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 DISTRICT: Burlington
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Paddy Torsney LIB 27423 44.67% X
Mike Wallace CON 23389 38.35%
David Carter Laird NDP 6581 10.79%
Angela Reid GRN 3169 5.2%
John Herman Wubs CHP 429 0.71%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 277 of 277 polls reporting


117 Burlington

2004 Candidates

NDP: David Laird
GRN: Angela Reid
LIB: Paddy Torsney (Incumbent)
CON: Mike Wallace
CHP: John Herman Wubs

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This Southern Ontario riding takes in part of the city of Burlington. Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbour are to the south and the riding is bordered on the west by Highway 6 and King Road, on the north by Upper Middle Road, Guelph Line and Dundas Street and on the east by Burloak Drive.

The economy is highly dependent on manufacturing industries. Many residents commute to Toronto or Hamilton to work. Average family income is $89,539 and the unemployment rate is four per cent.

The 2004 redistribution kept 99 per cent of the riding, but extended the boundary out to Highway 6 in the west. The riding was created from Halton-Wentworth in 1976. In the 1996 redistribution part of Halton-Peel was added.

Population: 117,348

Political History

1979-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

Liberal Paddy Torsney took the riding in 2000, defeating Alliance candidate Don Pennell. She first became MP in 1993, after coming a close second in 1988 in a race with long-serving PC Bill Kempling. Kempling won six terms from 1972 to 1993.


Candidate Profiles

Paddy Torsney

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Dec. 19, 1962
Age: 41
Birthplace: Burlington, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Marketing from McGill University in 1985.
Profession: Consultant
Career Background: Senior consultant, Hill and Knowlton, provided advice to clients on environment, health care and consumer issues. Served as national account director for a major multi-national client (1989-1993). Served as special assistant to Premier David Peterson's principal secretary. Directed projects on communications and policy; provided communications support for 94 members of caucus (1985-1989).
Community: Former board member of UNICEF Canada. Active supporter of many Burlington associations including: Burlington Breast Cancer Support Services, Burlington Art Centre, Royal Botanical Gardens, Halton Women's Place, and Ontario Friends of Schizophrenics.
Member: Canadian Federation of University Women. Former vice-president of McGill Society of Toronto.

Political History
Federal: Elected in Burlington (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of environment and sustainable development (1998-2000).
Committees: Former chair: Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs.
Former vice-chair: Finance and Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws.
Former member: Justice and Legal Affairs; Industry, Science and Technology; Environment and Sustainable Development; and Finance.
Chair: Subcommittee on Electoral Boundaries Readjustment of Procedure and House Affairs.
Vice-chair: Justice; Human Rights; and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Caucus: Former chair of the Liberal Women's Caucus. Former vice-chair of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Canada 2030: Policy for an Aging Population. Currently, Chair of Hamilton-Niagara caucus.
Office Address: 387 Brant Street, Burlington, Ont.
Tel: (905) 639-5757
Capital Address: Room 211, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 995-0881

Mike Wallace

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, University of Guelph.
Profession: Works for Fairview Renovations, a Burlington company in the window and door replacement business.
Community Experience:
Director of Burlington Economic Development Corporation; Downtown Burlington Business Association; Tourism Burlington; Burlington Arts Centre; Museums Board of Burlington; Sound of Music Festival; and Halton Industry Education Council.
Member of Burlington Central Lions Club; Lakeshore Community Consultation committee; and former president of Canadian Club of Burlington.
Volunteer with Burlington Girls Gymnastics Club; Burlington Aquatic Devilrays; Burlington Minor Girls Basketball; Kidney Foundation; March of Dimes; M.S. Society; Heart and Stroke Foundation; and Arthritis Society.
City of Burlington committees: Chair, community services; past chair, community development and administration and finance.
Burlington City Council representative: Burlington Economic Development Corporation; Downtown Burlington Business Association; Performing Arts Burlington; Paletta Lakefront Park advisory committee; Burlington Road Safety committee; Sound of Music Festival.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Caroline
Children: Ashley and Lindsay

Political History
Party: Campaign manager in 2000 federal election.
Co-campaign manager in 1999 provincial election (Oakville) and in 1993 federal election.
Regional pre-writ chair for Progressive Conservatives (1998-2000).
Municipal: Elected to Burlington City Council (1994, 1997 and 2000).

David Laird

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: Graduate of York University.
Profession: Child protection worker with the Children's Aid Society of Toronto.
Career Background: Started career working with young offenders and adolescents in residential treatment settings. Worked for several years counseling children and families in the community. Member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Active as a union representative, treasurer and national and provincial convention delegate.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Guylaine
Children: Brigitte and Justin

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Burlington (2003).

Angela Reid

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Profession: Works in Burlington as regional manager for a company that provides services to monitor wastewater discharges to the environment and assists with community infrastructure planning.
Career Background: Worked for an environmental marketing firm. Involved in a variety of national campaigns, including the Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign to commemorate the life of Michel Trudeau and preserve the alpine cabin local ecosystem (1997). Involved with the Robert Bateman National Wildlife Week Writing and Art Contests to educate Canadian children about Canada's endangered wildlife.

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Kelowna-Mission (2001).

John Herman Wubs

Party: Christian Heritage Party

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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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