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 DISTRICT: Hamilton Centre
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
David Christopherson NDP 20321 45.81% X
Stan Keyes LIB 14948 33.7%
Leon Patrick O'Connor CON 6714 15.13%
Anne Marie Pavlov GRN 1422 3.21%
Stephen Downey CHP 520 1.17%
Michael James Baldasaro IND 345 0.78%
Jamil´┐Ż Ghaddar ML 91 0.2%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 240 of 240 polls reporting


138 Hamilton Centre

2004 Candidates
IND: Michael James Baldasaro
NDP: Dave Christopherson
CHP: Stephen Downey
MLP: Jamilé Ghaddar
LIB: Stan Keyes (Incumbent)
CON: Leon O'Connor
GRN: Anne Marie Pavlov

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This southern Ontario riding takes in the western part of Hamilton, part of the West Mountain and part of the downtown core.

It runs from Hamilton Harbour in the north to the Niagara Escarpment, West 5th Street and Lincoln Alexander Parkway in the south, between Ottawa Street North and South and Highway 403.

A large part of the population lives in apartment complexes in the downtown area. Renters outnumber homeowners in the riding 56 per cent to 44 per cent.

The economy relies on the manufacturing industry and service sector. Stelco and part of Dofasco steelworks fall within the riding. Average family income is $52,769 and the unemployment rate is 8.9 per cent.

In the 2004 redistribution, the Hamilton Centre riding was created from 75 per cent of Hamilton West, 42 per cent of Hamilton East and a small area from Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot.

Population: 118,186

Political History

Hamilton West results:
1904: LIB
1908-1937 byelection inclusive: CONS
1940-1949 inclusive: LIB
1950 byelection to 1962 inclusive: PC
1963, 1965: LIB
1968-1980 inclusive: PC
1980 byelection: LIB
1984: PC
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Stan Keyes defeated Alliance candidate Leon O'Connor in Hamilton West. In December 2003, Paul Martin appointed Keyes minister of national revenue and minister of state for sport.

Hamilton West elected Canada's first female cabinet minister, PC Ellen Fairclough, who was secretary of state in 1957 and later minister of citizenship and immigration and postmaster general. The riding also elected Lincoln Alexander, the first black Canadian to be an MP and later Ontario's Lieutenant Governor. Alexander held the riding for the Conservatives from 1968 to 1980 and was minister of labour briefly under Joe Clark.

Candidate Profiles

Stan Keyes

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 17, 1953
Age: 51
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

University Degree: No
Education: Broadcasting and Journalism, Mohawk College.
Profession: Journalist
Career Background: Former journalist with CKVR-TV in Barrie, and CHCH and TV-11 in Hamilton.
Big Brothers Association.
Fratellanza Racalmutese Italian Club.
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 163.
Former Second Lieutenant (Trenton), Air Cadet Movement.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Catherine
Children: Caitlin and Hillary

Political History
Federal: Elected in Hamilton West (1988, 1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of transport (1996 - 1998).
Cabinet: Minister of national revenue, minister of state for sport, minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation and the Royal Canadian Mint (2003).
Committees: Former chair/vice-chair, Transport, Liaison committee.
Former member, Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Industry; special committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons; subcommittee on Marine Transportation.
Member, Treasury Board; Expenditure Review; Aboriginal Affairs.
Caucus: Official Opposition critic for Transport.
Associate critic for Labour and Immigration.
Co-critic for Fitness and Amateur Sport.
Former vice-chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus and the Ontario Whip in the House of Commons.
National Liberal Caucus chair (2002-2004).
Office Address: 304 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ont., 905-577-1070.
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-995-1757.

Leon O'Connor

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Manitoulin Island

University Degree: No
Education: Social service work, Mohawk College.
Career Background: Member of the First Nations Community.
Worked in correctional services for more than 17 years.
Currently employed helping young people with special needs for the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
Founding member of the Hamilton Regional Native Friendship Centre to help First Nations people adjust to urban living.
Established the Native Court Work System to ensure First Nations people had proper representation in our judicial system.
Co-founded the Urban Native Homes Inc. in Hamilton.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Patricia
Children: Kelli, Colleen and Courtney

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Hamilton West (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 163 John St. South, Hamilton, Ont., 905-523-4379.

Dave Christopherson

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: Oct. 5, 1954
Age: 49
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

Career Background: Former employee of International Harvester.
Served two terms as the union president of UAW Local 525.
Former assistant to MP Ian Deans.
Committee chair, Regional Health and Social Services; Hamilton Licensing; Mental Health committee of District Health Council.
Former chair, Regional Task Force on Affordable Housing.
Vice-chair, Hamilton Transport and Environment Committee.
Member, Hamilton Library Board.
Children: Kayla

Political History
Municipal: Former member of Hamilton city council and Hamilton-Wentworth regional council.
Provincial: Elected in Hamilton Centre (1990 and 1995).
Elected in Hamilton West (1999).
Federal: Defeated in Hamilton East (1984).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To treasurer of Ontario and deputy premier (1990-1992).
To deputy speaker and chair of committee of House (1999).
Cabinet: Minister of correctional services (1992-1995).
Solicitor general (1993-1995).
Committee: Member of Finance and Economic Affairs.
Caucus: Caucus chair (1991-1992).
Former critic, Labour and Worker's Compensation Board; Consumer and Business Services; Finance.

Anne Marie Pavlov

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-577-6329.

Stephen Downey

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1965
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

University Degree: No
Education: General business, Mohawk College.
Career Background: Held current position as executive director for the Christian Heritage Party since June 2003.
Active member of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle (PAOC).
Involved with the Sunday school program as a teacher, administrator and assistant.
Active in Bethel's Men's Ministries program.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Annette
Children: Two

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Hamilton West (2000).

Michael James Baldasaro

Party: Independent

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Hamilton East (2000).

Jamilé Ghaddar

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Hamilton West (2003).

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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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