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 DISTRICT: Dufferin-Caledon
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
David Tilson CON 19270 42.81% X
Murray Calder LIB 17557 39.0%
Ted Alexander GRN 3947 8.77%
Rita Landry NDP 3798 8.44%
Ursula Ellis CHP 443 0.98%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 208 of 208 polls reporting


125 Dufferin-Caledon

2004 Candidates

GRN: Ted Alexander
LIB: Murray Calder (Incumbent)
CHP: Ursula Ellis
NDP: Rita Landry
CON: David Tilson

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This riding to the north of Toronto contains Dufferin County and part of Peel Region. It includes the towns of Caledon, Shelburne and Orangeville.

Manufacturing is the largest employer with some agriculture. Average family income is $87,197 and unemployment 3.8 per cent.

In the 2001 census, eight per cent of the population gave Italian as their ethnic origin.

In 2004, Dufferin-Caledon was created with 84 per cent of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey. That riding was formed in 1996 from portions of Wellington-Grey-Dufferin-Simcoe, Halton-Peel and Guelph-Wellington ridings.

Population: 101,608

Political History

1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Murray Calder defeated Alliance candidate Don Crawford to win a second term in the former riding of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey. In 1993, Calder defeated former PC cabinet minister Perrin Beatty by 1,770 votes. Beatty was elected in 1979 in Wellington-Dufferin-Simcoe and held office for four terms. He was minister of national defence, health and welfare and communications, as well as solicitor general.
Given the combined PC and Alliance vote from 2000, this may be a close race in 2004.


Candidate Profiles

Murray Calder

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 15, 1951
Age: 53
Birthplace: Mount Forest, Ont.

University Degree: No
Education: Millwright course; one year of agriculture at Georgian College.
Profession: Farmer
Career Background: Millwright helper at Stelco (1971-73).
Took up hog farming before switching to chickens (1973-1985); now operates a broiler chicken farm, producing more than 350,000 birds annually.
Owner/operator of The Shop, offering welding, farm repair, parts, steel sales, etc., since 1993.
Has served on Ontario chicken producers marketing board; township recreation committee; Louise Marshall Hospital board.
Church manager for 10 years.
President of Mount Forest Kinsmen Club (1980-81).
Board of directors, treasurer and co-chair of management for the Louise Marshall Hospital Board (1981-89).
Committee member and chair, Egremont townspeople recreation committee (1983-89).
Committee member and chair, District 1, Ontario poultry producers marketing board (1985-89).
Deputy governor and council member, Kinsmen (1987-88).
Member of Ontario free trade monitoring board (1988-90).
Chair of Farm Policy for Ontario (1991-93).
Director for Egremont township, Ontario Federation of Agriculture (1992-93).

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Brenda
Children: Kyle and Becky

Political History
Party: Involved with the provincial Liberal Association in Grey County for 14 years; worked on developing agricultural policy for the Liberal party.
Federal: Defeated in Wellington-Grey-Dufferin-Simcoe in 1988, but elected in 1993.
Elected in Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey in 1997 and 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committees: Former vice-chair of Agriculture and Agri-food.
Former member of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; subcommittee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment; and Transport.
Member of National Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Caucus: Served two terms as chair of SW Ontario Liberal caucus.
Former chair, Liberal rural caucus (2001-03).
Former member of Prime Minister's caucus task force on future opportunities in farming.
Chair of the annual Ontario Liberal caucus roundtable on agriculture.
Served on the CN North America task force, the Ontario caucus task force on access to capital for small business and the minister of environment's task force on ethanol.
Office Address: 30 First Ave., Orangeville, ON, 519-941-8447.
Capital Address: Room 162, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, 613-995-7813.

David Tilson

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA, University of New Brunswick.
Bachelor of Laws, Queen's University.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Practiced law in Orangeville (1970-present).
Past president, Dufferin County Law Association.
Vice-chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (2003-04).
Past committee chair, 3rd Orangeville Boy Scouts.
Chair, official board of Westminster United Church.
Founding chair of Orangeville's Blue Box Program; Municipalities of County of Dufferin waste management master plan study.
Vice-chair of Orangeville Business Improvement Association.
Secretary-treasurer of Credit River Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corp., Orangeville.
Founding member of Big Brothers Association.
Past president, charter and life member of Orangeville Optimists Club.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Judith Birchall
Children: Greg, Janet and Riley

Political History
Municipal: Trustee of Dufferin County Board of Education for two years.
Chair of management committee, Orangeville councillor for six years.
Former director, Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Provincial: Elected in Dufferin-Peel (1990 and 1995).
Elected in Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey (1999). Resigned in 2002.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To Ontario attorney general (1995-97).
To minister of rural health and long-term care (2000).
To attorney general and minister responsible for native affairs.
Committee: Former chair, Ontario standing committee on general government.
Former member, standing committee on legislative assembly.
Caucus: Former critic in Ontario for financial institutions and commercial relations; environment and energy; housing; management board; consumer and commercial relations.
Chair of government caucus (2001).
Appointed by former Ontario Premier Mike Harris to the crime control commission (2001).

Rita Landry

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Ted Alexander

Party: The Green Party of Canada

University Degree:Yes
Education: Bachelor of Science, Physics and Mathematics, 1978 Concordia University
Profession: Computer Systems Management
Career Background: Canadian Pacific Railways, 1979 to 1985. Royal Bank of Canada, 1985 to 1989.Oracle Canada Inc., 1989 to present
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Shelley Lockhart
Children: daughter Katerina
Community: Member of Amnesty International Canada. Patron of the Shakespeare Fellowship. Associate member of the Stratford Festival.Supporter of Theatre Orangeville Student at Annemarie Dance Academy, Orangeville. Member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Current President of the Dufferin Caledon Green Party Electoral District Association. Past president of the Dufferin Peel Wellington Grey Green Party of Ontario Riding Association.
Political History: President of the Dufferin-Caledon Green Party Electoral District Association, 2004. CFO for Dufferin Peel Wellington Grey Green Party of Ontario Riding Association, 2000-2002.CFO for Dufferin Peel Wellington Grey Green Party of Canada Constituency Association 2000-2004. Member of the Liberal Party of Ontario, 1995-1999.
Office Address: 75 Broadway Ave., Orangeville, Ont., 519-215-0921 or toll-free: 1-877-553-0482 905-584-2538.

Ursula Ellis

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

University Degree: No
Education: Travel and tourism, Ryerson Technical College, 1983.
Career Background: Worked as a nurse for several years.
Operate Ursula's Travel Ltd. in Fergus, Ont. (1986-present).
Taught conversational German, played organ and led church choirs.
Led a ladies ecumenical Home Bible Study.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Peter
Children: Three

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 519-843-3643.

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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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