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 DISTRICT: Cambridge
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Gary Goodyear CON 19123 37.09% X
Janko Peric LIB 18889 36.63%
Gary Price NDP 10392 20.14%
Gareth M. White GRN 2506 4.86%
John G. Gots CHP 395 0.77%
John Oprea IND 134 0.26%
Alex W. Gryc IND 114 0.22%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 244 of 244 polls reporting


118 Cambridge

2004 Candidates

CON: Gary Goodyear
CHP: John Gots
IND: Alex W. Gryc
IND: John Oprea
LIB: Janko Peric (Incumbent)
NDP: Gary Price
GRN: Gareth White

Riding Profile
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This Southern Ontario riding consists of both urban and rural areas, including the city of Cambridge and the township of North Dumfries.

Manufacturing, including automotive, textile and shoe manufacturing, accounts for 22 per cent of jobs. There is also a strong technology sector in the region.

The average household income is $72,055 and the unemployment rate is 5.2 per cent. There is a large Portuguese community in Galt-Cambridge.

In 2004, the Cambridge riding part of the city of Kitchener in the northwest corner was moved into the Kitchener-Conestoga riding. The riding was created in 1976 from most of Waterloo-Cambridge and a small portion of Wellington riding. In the 1996 redistribution the lines were redrawn to take in parts of Wellington and Brant Counties.

Population: 119,141

Political History

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

Incumbent Liberal Janko Peric first won the riding in 1993, defeating Reform's Reg Petersen. Peric held the seat in 1997 and in 2000, when he again defeated Petersen, who was then a Canadian Alliance candidate. In the last three elections, the combined Canadian Alliance and Tory vote tally was close to or above Peric's vote count.

Waterloo-Cambridge voted PC from 1925 to 1963, except for one Liberal win in 1953. In 1964 New Democrat Max Saltsman was elected in a by election and served four terms. The 1979 election in the riding of Cambridge was won by PC Chris Speyer, who held the seat until 1988, when PC Pat Sobeski won.


Candidate Profiles

Janko Peric

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Feb.24, 1949
Age: 55
Birthplace: Orehovica, Croatia
Year of arrival in Canada: 1968

University Degree: Yes
Education: Arts and sciences, Technical School of Zagreb.
Profession: Welding technician with Lear Seating Canada, Kitchener, Ontario.
Career Background: Active in a number of Croatian-Canadian pursuits including: Founder and president of the Canadian Croatian Artists Society; co-ordinator of the International Croatian Music Festival in Canada; and founder and co-ordinator of Horizon '89.
Organizations: Out of the Cold; the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank; the Heart and Stroke Foundation; local Air and Army Cadets; The Bridges; the YMCA and YWCA; the Diabetes Association; the Portuguese Micaelense Charity Organization; the Huntington Society; the Alzheimer Society; the Women's Crisis Services; and Lissard House.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Biba
Children: four - Turtko, Hrvoje, Neven and Nevenka

Political History
Federal: Elected in Cambridge 1993, 1997 and 2000

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former member: National defence and veterans affairs; subcommittee on the status of persons with disabilities; industry. Vice-chair: national defence and veterans affairs.
Caucus: Chair of the Liberal automotive caucus. Member of the following caucus committees: Foreign affairs and defence; Liberal caucus committee on gasoline pricing; parliamentary steel caucus and parliamentary diabetes caucus and tourism caucus; vice-chair of the Ontario federal Liberal caucus (1999 - 2001). Former member of the Liberal caucus committee on gasoline pricing, Liberal financial services task force.
Office Address: 130-1315 Bishop Street, Cambridge, Ont.
Tel: (519) 622-9393
Room 102, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 996-1307

Gary Goodyear

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1958
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Biomechanics and psychology, University of Waterloo.
Fellowships in clinical acupuncture rehab and sports injury.
Profession: Clinical director in Cambridge, Ontario.
Career Background:
Clinic director of Future Recovery Centre in Cambridge. Director of clinical service and developer of the first health-care franchise in Canada (1984-present). Health columnist for the Cambridge Times newspaper (1986-1996). Public and professional relations director for the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (1987-1990). On faculty with post-graduate department of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Active in continuing education at the University of Waterloo. Acted as medical services chair for the Ontario Special Olympics, in charge of the multi-disciplinary team of professionals providing emergency care for over 600 athletes, 1,500 spectators and 800 volunteers(1994). Past president of College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences. Worked on numerous committees including Sport Medicine Counsel of Ontario and practice guidelines for Canadian Chiropractic Association. Has worked with many athletes, both amateur and professional, as well as team doctor and trainer for various amateur groups.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Val

Gary Price

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

Career Background: Municipal: Chair of city council standing committees for seven years; Member of the library board for nine years.
Community: Member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 121 for 17 years; past president of Cambridge Big Brothers.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sandra
Children: three

Political History
Municipal: Elected to Cambridge City Council (1994, 1997, 2000 and 2003).

Gareth White

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Age: 40

University Degree: Yes
Education: Graduate of the University of Western Ontario
Profession: Professional engineer.
Career Background: Is CEO of Borealis Engineering Inc., Cambridge, Ontario. Board member of the Montessori School of Cambridge. Member of Industrial Accident Prevention Association.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Allison
Children: two - Monty and Basil

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address:
Tel: (519) 654-9616

John Gots

Party: Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Birthplace: Hungary

University Degree: Yes
Education: Bachelor of sciences in engineering, University of Guelph - 1968.
Profession: President and director/engineer.
Career Background: Engineer, Uniroyal-Goodrich Canada Inc., Kitchener, Ontario (1984-present). President and director, Sol Circ Inc. (1982-present). Plant engineer, Crowe Foundry (1980-1983). Project engineer, B.F. Goodrich (1973-1980). Plant engineer, Babcock-Wilcox Canada Ltd. (1968-1973). Affiliations: Member: Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship (1986-present); Guelph and Area Right to Life Association; and Family Coalition Party of Ontario.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Barra
Children: two

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Cambridge (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address:
Tel: (519) 836-3208

Alex W. Gryc

Party: Independent

John Oprea

Party: Independent

# #
 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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