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 DISTRICT: Etobicoke Centre
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Borys Wrzesnewskyj LIB 30441 58.28% X
Lida Preyma CON 14829 28.39%
John Richmond NDP 5174 9.9%
Margo Pearson GRN 1676 3.21%
France Tremblay ML 112 0.21%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 234 of 234 polls reporting


129 Etobicoke Centre

2004 Candidates

GRN: Margo Pearson
CON: Lida Preyma
NDP: John Richmond
ML: France Tremblay
LIB: Borys Wrzesnewskyj

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This residential riding in west-end Toronto runs the gamut from beautifully manicured lawns and stately homes near the Kingsway to pockets of no-frills public housing.

Etobicoke Centre is bordered by the Humber River to the East, Highway 401 and Dixon Road to the north, the CP line, Mimico Creek, Burnhamthorpe Road and Highway 427 to the south and Etobicoke Creek and Dundas Street West to the west.

According to the 2001 census, more than 19 per cent of the population is over 65, the highest such percentage in Ontario. The immigrant population is 42 per cent and more than 10 per cent are Italian.

Manufacturing is the largest employer, followed by retail trade and the service sector. Average family income is $93,277 and the unemployment rate is 5.9 per cent.

In the 2004 redistribution, the riding added a small part of what used to be Etobicoke North to its northeastern edge. The Etobicoke Centre riding was created in 1976 from parts of the former Etobicoke riding and High Park-Humber Valley. In 1996, 21 per cent of Etobicoke North was added.

Population: 111,792

Political History

ETOBICOKE: 1968, 1972, 1974: LIB
1979-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Allan Rock, who has held the riding for three terms in all, defeated the Alliance's Michael Kraik by a wide margin. Rock resigned in December 2003 and was named ambassador to the United Nations. He had served in the Chrétien cabinet as minister of justice, attorney general, minister of health and minister of industry.

Progressive Conservative MP Michael Wilson held the riding from 1979 to 1993. He was minister of finance for seven years under Mulroney. Liberal Alistair Gillespie was MP for Etobicoke Centre from 1969 to 1979 and served as minister of science and technology and minister of industry under Trudeau.


Candidate Profiles

Boris Wrzesnewkyj

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Age: 43
Birthplace: Etobicoke

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA, Trinity College, University of Toronto.
Profession: Current president and owner of both the Future Bakery and M-C Dairy, Etobicoke.
Career Background: Took over the family business at the age of 22. The Future Bakery, founded by his grandparents, employs more than 80 people today.
As an activist, he funded, organized and supported civil rights groups and democratic reform on the ground in Ukraine prior to glasnost and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, the family continues to work in Ukraine, funding and organizing both relief efforts for orphans and post-secondary scholarship funds for promising students in need.
Co-founder and executive member of the Annex Business Improvement Area.
Co-founder and president of the Garrison Village Business Association.
Executive member of the Niagara Neighbourhood Association.
Named one of Ontario's "Top 100 Entrepreneurs" by the Ontario Business Journal.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 140 La Rose Ave., Unit 14, Toronto, ON, 416-249-7322.

Lida Preyma

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: Honours BA in international relations, University of Toronto.
Career Background: Former managing director of corporate citizenship at Magna International Inc.
Worked at Guardian Capital Inc. as an associate on special projects.
Worked at BMO Nesbitt Burns in various roles, including retail mortgage-backed securities trader in the securitization and structured finance department (1995-2000).
Research analyst in economic issues in the G8 Research Group, a think-tank on the G8. Attended the Evian Summit in 2003.
Member of the board of trade, Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce and the International Young Democrat Union.
Volunteer with Women in Transition (women's shelter); MADD; Out of the Cold program (for the homeless); Etobicoke liaison for Kids Voting Canada; 2000 planning committee for Ride for Sight (motorcyclists fighting blindness).

John Richmond

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 35
Birthplace: Toronto, ON

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA, University of British Columbia (UBC).
Bachelor of social work, UBC.
Master of social work, UBC.
Profession: Social worker at St. Joseph's Health Centre, working in the departments of emergency and community mental health.
Career Background: Former child care worker for children with autism.
Past vice president of the British Columbia Autism Society.
Director of Metro Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Ontario.
Former treasurer and director for several co-operatives in Ontario and B.C.
Member of Amnesty International since age 13. Worked with refugees and new Canadians from Central America and Afghanistan in 1980s.
Founding member of Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative and Windshare. Promoted wind turbine in Toronto and brought in institutional investor.
Founding member of Etobicoke Parents for Public Education.
Volunteer at Wedgewood Junior School and the Out of the Cold Program at various Toronto churches.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Paula
Children: Two

France Tremblay

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Ran in Langelier in 1988. Defeated in Scarborough Centre in 1993, 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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