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Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Brenda Chamberlain LIB 23442 44.61% X
Jon Dearden CON 13721 26.11%
Phil Allt NDP 10527 20.03%
Mike Nagy GRN 3866 7.36%
Peter Ellis CHP 634 1.21%
Lyne Rivard MP 291 0.56%
Manuel Couto ML 66 0.13%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 227 of 227 polls reporting


134 Guelph

2004 Candidates
NDP: Phil Allt
LIB: Brenda Chamberlain (Incumbent)
MLP: Manuel Couto
CON: Jon Dearden
CHP: Peter J. Ellis
GRN: Mike Nagy
MP: Lyne Rivard

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This southwestern Ontario riding is composed of the city of Guelph.

The riding is home to the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College and Connestoga College. Manufacturing is the major industry, accounting for 18 per cent of employment.

About 20 per cent of the residents are immigrants and there is a significant Italian community. The average family income is $73,606 and unemployment is 5.3 per cent.

In 2004, parts of Eramosa and Puslinch townships outside the city limits were moved into neighbouring ridings. The riding of Guelph-Wellington was created in 1986 from all of the Guelph riding and a portion of Wellington-Dufferin-Simcoe. In the 1996 redistribution, the boundaries were moved again.

Population: 102,487

Political History

1979: PC
1980: LIB
1984: PC
1988: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Brenda Chamberlain defeated Max Layton of the Alliance to win a third term in office. The riding has seesawed between Conservatives and Liberals. It was held by the Tories from 1953-1972, a Liberal in 1974, then went PC again in 1979. In 1980, Guelph elected Liberal Jim Schroder and in 1984, PC William Winegard. Combining the Alliance and Conservative vote could hurt the Liberals in 2004.

Candidate Profiles

Brenda Chamberlain

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: April 9, 1952
Age: 52
Birthplace: Toronto, Ont.

University Degree: No
Education: Certified to teach ESL by the Ministry of Citizenship.
Profession: Businessperson
Career Background: Home day care owner and operator.
Administrative assistant in family-owned business.
Executive director of Wellington County Literacy Council.
Executive director of the Guelph-Wellington Career Education Council.
Co-chair of the Family and Children's Services Fund of Guelph-Wellington County.
Honorary chair of the Guelph-Wellington MS Supercities Walk.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: David
Children: Blayne, Blair and Kevin

Political History
Municipal: Former trustee for the Wellington Board of Education.
Federal: Elected in Guelph-Wellington (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of labour (1997-99).
To president of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada with special emphasis on public service reform and M´tis and non-status Indians (2003).
Committees: Former member of Health; Finance; Industry; Human Resources and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Government Operations; Joint Committee on Official Languages; Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.
Member of Government Operations and Estimates.
Caucus: Former chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee on Economic Development.
Former chair of the Ontario Caucus.
Office Address: 40 Cork St. East, Guelph, Ont., 519-837-8276.
Capital Address: Room 152, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-996-4758.

Jon Dearden

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in theology, Master's College.
Profession: Television production, graphic arts, and technology.
Career Background: Co-founder and president of "Software Online Inc."
Former columnist for Guelph Tribune and now writes for the Guelph Mercury as a member of its Community Editorial Board.
Former candidate for Guelph City Council.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Deb
Children: Michael, Kristen and Andria

Political History
Member of board of directors for local Ontario PC party. Served as returning officer for Guelph-Wellington for the Ontario PC leadership election in 1994.
Campaign co-manager of the Canadian Alliance Party in 2000 election. Served as director and then president of Alliance constituency association.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 370 Speedvale Ave. West, Guelph, Ont., 519-763-7887.

Phil Allt

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Guelph, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: MA in history, University of Guelph.
B.Ed., University of Toronto.
Profession: Teacher and political activist.
Career Background: Teaches history and philosophy at Kitchener Collegiate Vocational Institute.
Former chair of the Guelph and Wellington Housing Authority.
Actively involved in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.

Political History
Municipal: Former candidate for Guelph City council.

Mike Nagy

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1961
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in geography and political science, McMaster University.
Profession: Employed with engineering consulting firm for the safety and risk management industry and power generation sector.
Community: Active with nature groups and has lobbied government on environmental and economic policy.
Founding and active member of GET Planters, which is a Rockwood area volunteer group that plants trees to enhance the local inventory along roadsides and in parks.
Member of the Water Committee of the Centre Wellington Citizens Coalition, formed to help preserve Canada's fresh water supply.
Former president of AWCF, a conservation group based in Ontario that raised money to help save African rhinos and elephants.
Marital Status: Married
Children: One

Peter J. Ellis

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Birthplace: England
Year of Arrival in Canada: 1959

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science, Waterloo Lutheran University.
MA in history, University of Guelph.
Career Background: Served in the Canadian Officers Training Corps and the Canadian Army Militia. Former career counselor and head of student services.
Former real estate agent.
Part owner of Ursula's Travel Ltd.
Active and conservative member of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Ursula
Children: Three

Political History
Appointed as president for the Ontario Council of the Christian Heritage Party and has been a candidate in three federal elections.
Defeated in Guelph-Waterloo (1988 and 1997).
Defeated in Waterlonn-Wellington (2000).

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

Manuel Couto

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Guelph-Wellington (2000).

Lyne Rivard

Party: The Marijuana Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Mercier (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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