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 DISTRICT: Haldimand-Norfolk
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Diane Finley CON 20981 42.15% X
Bob Speller LIB 19336 38.84%
Carrie Sinkowski NDP 7143 14.35%
Colin Jones GRN 1703 3.42%
Steven Elgersma CHP 617 1.24%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 220 of 220 polls reporting


135 Haldimand-Norfolk

2004 Candidates
CHP: Steven Elgersma
CON: Diane Finley
GRN: Colin Jones
NDP: Carrie Sinkowski
LIB: Bob Speller (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
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This southwestern Ontario riding has Lake Erie and Long Point Bay as its southern boundary. It contains most of the county of Haldimand and all of the county of Norfolk, extending north to the city of Brantford and excluding the Six Nations and New Credit reserves. The riding contains the towns of Simcoe, Hagersville, Delhi and Port Dover.

Manufacturing and agriculture are key sectors of the economy. Dairy and tobacco farming are significant to the agriculture sector. The average family income is $64,026 and unemployment is 5.7 per cent.

In 2004, a portion of Erie-Lincoln was added in the southeast part of the riding. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk was created in 1976. It became Haldimand-Norfolk Brant in 1996 by combining most of Haldimand-Norfolk with portions of Elgin-Norfolk and Oxford ridings.

Population: 102,487

Political History

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

Liberal MP Bob Speller has held the riding for four terms, defeating the Alliance's Jim Maki in 2000. In 2003, Paul Martin named Speller minister of agriculture and agri-food. Before Speller's term of office, PC Bud Bradley held the riding from 1979 to 1988. The combination of Alliance and Tory support could challenge the Liberals in 2004.


Candidate Profiles

Bob Speller

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Feb. 29, 1956
Age: 48
Birthplace: Hagersville, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science and Canadian studies, York University.
MA in Political science and international relations, York University.
Profession: Consultant
Career Background: Former parliamentary intern to Sheila Copps, Ontario Legislative.
Former researcher in Liberal Research Bureau.
Former workers adviser for the Workers Compensation Board.
Former workers adviser for the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
Former government affairs consultant.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Joan
Children: Christopher and Victoria

Political History
Party: Served as policy chair for Haldimand-Norfolk Liberal Association.
Federal: Elected in Haldimand-Norfolk (1988 and 1993).
Elected in Haldiman-Norfolk-Brant (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Current minister of agriculture and agri-food.
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of international trade (1998-2000).
Committees: Former chair of Agriculture and Agri-Food; Sub-committee on Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Former member of Agriculture and Agri-Food; Health; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Subcommittee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Member of Domestic Affairs; Global Affairs and Canada/U.S.
Associate trade critic and youth critic.
Former chair of rural caucus.
Former chair of steel caucus.
Served as chair of the prime minister's caucus task force on future opportunities in farming.
Office Address: 25 Norfolk St. North, Simcoe, Ont., 519-426-9290.
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-996-4974.

Diane Finley

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Age: 46

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in administrative studies and MBA from University of Western Ontario.
Profession: Senior executive.
Career Background: Former administrator of UWO's French Immersion School.
Held senior positions in sectors of health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation.
Helped launched and build Canada's largest private ambulance services company, Canadian Medical Response.
Owner and operator of a strategy and communications consulting business in the health care, education and public service sectors.
Chair and board member of several organizations including the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships; the National Standards Committee of the Paramedic Association of Canada; the Ambulance Service Alliance of Ontario; and the Ontario Government Health Policy advisory Council.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Doug

Carrie Sinkowski

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 27
Birthplace: Port Dover, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in women studies and history, MA in labour studies, both from McMaster University.
Profession: Teaching assistant, labour studies, McMaster University.
Career Background: Former public educator and outreach worker with the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant and researcher with the Women's Economic Independence Initiative of Haldimand Norfolk Women's Services.
Director and secretary of the Quetzal Family Homes, Second Stage Housing for Women and Children.
Advocate for the Rural Initiative for Social Equality, an anti-poverty group.
Member of the human rights delegation with the Mexico Solidarity Network to the Zapatista community in Chiapas, Mexico.

Colin Jones

Party: The Green Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Studied arts and sciences at the University of Toronto.
Career Background: Former political researcher in Ottawa.
Has volunteered with Willing Workers on Organic Farms, a volunteer-run organic farming methods educational organization.

Political History
Party: Assisted with GPC campaign during 2003 Ontario provincial election.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 613-234-7368.

Steven Elgersma

Party: Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Career Background: Retired from Rosaflora Greenhouses Ltd. after 19 years of service.
Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent for 14 years.
President of Sunday School Teachers Federation of Ontario for three years.
Former church choir member and president.
Former director for the Haldimand-Norfolk Children's Aid Society. Current director for the Dunnville and District Right to Life committee.
Current director and president of the Haldimand Association for the Developmentally Challenged.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jenny
Children: Four

Political History
Party: Director and president of the CHP in the Haldimand-Norfolk Riding Association.
Provincial: Defeated in Brant-Haldimand (1990 and 1995).
Defeated in Erie-Lincoln (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-774-3256.

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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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