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Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Jeff Watson CON 18755 36.56% X
Susan Whelan LIB 17926 34.95%
David Tremblay NDP 12519 24.41%
Paul Forman GRN 1981 3.87%
Robert A. Cruise ML 105 0.2%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 216 of 216 polls reporting


128 Essex

2004 Candidates
ML: Robert A. Cruise
GRN: Paul Forman
NDP: David Tremblay
CON: Jeff Watson
LIB: Susan Whelan (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
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This riding in the southwest tip of Ontario is bordered by Lake Erie on the south, Lake St. Clair on the north and the Detroit River on the west, excluding the city of Windsor. It contains part of Essex County and includes Essex, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Lakeshore as well as Pelee Island.

About six per cent of the population give their origin as French and more than four per cent are Italian.

This mainly rural riding is home to some of the richest farmland in Canada, but the main industry is manufacturing. The average family income is $84,788 and the unemployment rate is 4.1 per cent.

In 2004, part of the northwest corner of Essex Was moved into the Windsor-Tecumseh riding. The riding began as Essex in 1966 and was renamed Essex-Windsor in 1996 when parts of Essex were merged with Essex-Kent.

Population: 114,330

Political History

1968-1980 inclusive: LIB
1984, 1988: NDP
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal MP Susan Whelan defeated Canadian Alliance candidate Scott Cowan in Essex-Windsor. She was minister for international co-operation in 2002-03. The combined Canadian Alliance and Tory vote was greater than the Liberal vote in 2000, but this riding has also voted NDP, sending Steven Langdon to the House in 1984 and 1988.

Liberal Eugene Whelan, the incumbent MP's father, represented this riding from 1968 to 1984. He was minister of agriculture during Trudeau's two final terms. After he left office in 1984, he was appointed ambassador to Rome.


Candidate Profiles

Susan Whelan

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 5, 1963
Age: 41
Birthplace: Windsor

University Degree: Yes
Education: Three years in a BComm. program. Bachelor of laws from University of Windsor (1985-88).
Juris doctorate from University of Detroit in (1986-88).
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Articling student, Gignac Sutts Law Firm (1988-1989).
Corporate/commercial lawyer (associate), McTague and Clark Law Firm (1990-1992).
Corporate/commercial lawyer, Yuffy, Roberts, Goldstein and Manzocco. (1992-1993).
Member of Canadian Bar Association and Essex County Law Association, as well as Law Society of Upper Canada.
Member of Michigan State Bar.
Former member, Metropolitan Hospital Foundation committee.
Former director of Essex Region Conservation Foundation and Windsor-Essex Alzheimer Society.

Political History
Party: Was an active member of Ontario Young Liberal Executive.
Daughter of former Liberal MP Eugene Whelan, has worked in every election in her riding.
Was Southwest Region chair for former prime minister Jean Chrétien's 1990 leadership campaign.
Member, Essex-Windsor Liberal Association (1984-1992).
Federal: Elected in Essex-Windsor (1993).
Elected in Essex (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of national revenue (1993-1996).
Cabinet: Ministry for International Co-operation (2002-2003).
Committee: Former chair of Industry, Science and Technology.
Former vice-chair of Finance.
Former member of Public Accounts; Industry; and Industry, Science and Technology.
Member of Health and Transport.
Caucus: Has chaired the national auto caucus.
Office Address: 46 Fox Street, Essex, ON, 519-776-5272.
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, 613-992-1812.

Jeff Watson

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Mar. 25, 1971
Age: 33

Education: Studied political science and history, University of Windsor.
Career Background: Former director of marking and executive assistant to the president, Dynamic Displays.
Spent nearly six years in trim division at Daimler's Windsor Assembly Plant.
Served as analyst and commentator for two seasons on CBC-Windsor's political panel.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sarah
Children: Sophie, Emma and Elijah

Political History
Party: Activist with the campus Progressive Conservative Association and board member with Bruck Easton in Windsor-St. Clair.
Federal: Defeated in Windsor West (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 70 B Talbot, North Essex, ON, 519-776-4700.

David Tremblay

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Graduate of St. Clair College; secondary school teaching certificate, University of Ottawa.
Career Background: Third-generation owner of family farm.
Former small business owner of traditional woodworking operation.
Currently employed at École Secondaire Lessor teaching construction and technology to students in Grades 8 to 12.
Spokesperson for SOS/Église, group fighting to save two historical churches in Essex County.
Has coached minor sports for 26 years, including soccer and Olympic freestyle wrestling.
Municipal: Councillor, Tilbury North townships (1985-88).
Deputy reeve, Tilbury North (1988-91 and 1991-94).
Mayor of Tilbury North townships (1994-97).
Councillor, Town of Lakeshore (1998-2000).
Essex County councillor (1991-98).
Elected deputy warden (1997).
Founding member of the Association Française des Municipalités d'Ontario; elected provincial president (2000); named honourary member (2001).
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Linda
Children: Four

Paul Forman

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1965
Birthplace: Windsor, ON

University Degree: Yes
Education: Social science and education, St.Clair College/University of Windsor.
Profession: Grade 6 teacher at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Leamington.
Career Background: Has been employed with the Greater Essex County District School Board since 1990.
Involves his students in organizing and running charity events, the most successful being the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart campaigns in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Involved in coaching numerous sports teams, both at the schools and within the local community.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sandra
Children: Alex, Blake and Hope

Political History
Provincial: 519-322-2896.

Robert A. Cruise

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Provincial: Def in Windsor West as IND in 1999
Federal: Def in Windsor West as NA in 1988; as ML in 1993, 1997 Def in Essex in 2000

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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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