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 DISTRICT: Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Larry Miller CON 22411 44.99% X
Ovid Jackson LIB 17824 35.78%
Sebastian Ostertag NDP 6516 13.08%
Alex Drossos GRN 2076 4.17%
Steven J. Taylor CHP 982 1.99%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 228 of 228 polls reporting


133 Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound

2004 Candidates
GRN: Alex Drossos
LIB: Ovid Jackson (Incumbent)
CON: Larry Miller
NDP: Sebastian Ostertag
CHP: Steven Taylor

Riding Profile

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Pre-campaign report on the Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound riding from John McGrath of CBC Radio News.
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This large rural riding in southwest Ontario includes the Bruce Peninsula, which stretches north between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It contains parts of Bruce and Grey County, the Saugeen #29 Reserve, the Cape Croker reserve and Fathom Five National Marine Park.

The riding includes Owen Sound, Sydenham and Hanover. The southern boundary is Highway 89, excluding the town of Minto.

It has a mixed economic base. Manufacturing is the main industry, but agriculture and tourism-related employment are also important.

This area two hours northwest of Metro Toronto is a popular destination for tourists and retirees and sees a sizeable population swell during the summer months. Average household income is $58,270 and unemployment is 5.4 per cent.

In the 2004 redistribution, small portions of Dufferin-Peel in the southeast, Simcoe-Grey in the east and Huron-Bruce in the west were added. The riding was created in 1976 from parts of Bruce and Wellington-Grey-Dufferin-Simcoe ridings.

Population: 102,487

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

In 2000, Liberal Ovid Jackson defeated Alliance candidate Murray Peer. Jackson has held the riding for three terms. This riding was Tory from 1953-1972 except for one Liberal win in 1974.

PC Gary Gurbin served three terms, from 1979 to 1988. In 1988, Gus Mitges, who had been elected in Grey-Simcoe from 1972-1984, ran and also won for the Conservatives. The combined Alliance and Conservative vote in this riding could outstrip the Liberal vote in 2004.


Candidate Profiles

Ovid Jackson

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Feb. 3, 1939
Age: 65
Birthplace: British Guyana
Year of Arrival in Canada: 1965

University Degree: Yes
Education: City and guilds engineering certificate, Leeds College of Technology.
Engineering, Wandsworth College of Technology.
Teaching certificate, Ontario College of Education.
BA, University of Western.
Profession: Teacher
Career Background: Field mechanic for the Guyana Ministry of Works and Hydraulics (1959-1926).
Mechanic for Jack Barclay's Rolls Royce, London (1962-65).
Mechanic for David Foote Motors, Toronto (1965-67).
Technical teacher, Automotive, for West Hill Secondary School, Grey County Board of Education (1968-1993).
Served as member of the PUC board, the police services board and the anti-racism committee.
Active in many community associations including Kiwanis and Good Neighbours.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Verona
Children: Andrew and Sonja

Political History
Party: Member for more than 20 years. Worked on both provincial and federal campaigns in varied capacities.
Municipal: Alderman, Owen Sound (1974-82).
Mayor of Owen Sound (1982-93).
Federal: Elected in Grey-Bruce (1993, 1997).
Elected in Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To president of Treasury Board and minister responsible for infrastructure (1996).
To president of Treasury Board (1997-98).
Committees: Former chair of Transport; Transport and Government Operations.
Former vice-chair of Health, and Citizenship and Immigration.
Former member of Natural Resources and Government Operations; Sub-committee on HIV/AIDS; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Transport and Government Operations; Sub-committee on Children and Youth at Risk; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Member of Transport.
Caucus: Chair, central Ontario Liberal caucus (2001-03).
Member of the standing committee on policy development.
Office Address: 1029-Second Ave. East, Owen Sound, Ont., 519-371-1561.
Capital Address: Room 217, West Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-996-5191.

Larry Miller

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Profession: Owner of beef farm.
Chair of the transition board for Derby, Keppel and Sarawak Amalgamation (1999).
Member of county's general government committee (1999-2000).
Chair of the county's transportation and public safety committee (2001). Warden of Grey County (2002).
Member of the county's social services committee (2002).
Member of the county's planning and community development committee (2002-2003).
Deputy warden of Grey County (2003-2004).
Chair of the county's finance and personnel committee (2003-2004).
Other achievements include serving on the Niagara escarpment commission and the provincial land division committee.
Charter member and vice-chair of the Twin County Feeder Finance Co-operative.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Darlene
Children: Three

Political History
Municipal: Keppel municipal councillor (1991-1993). Deputy reeve of Keppel (1994-1996). Reeve of Keppel (1997-1999). Councillor of Grey County (2000-2001). Mayor of Georgian Bluffs (2000-2004).

Sebastian Ostertag

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1984

Profession: Student at the University of Westen Ontario.
Career Background: Joined the protests in Quebec City against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

Alex Drossos

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Steven Taylor

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Simcoe-Grey (2003).

# #
 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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