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 DISTRICT: Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Tony Valeri LIB 18417 37.74% X
Tony DePaulo NDP 17490 35.84%
Fred Eisenberger CON 10888 22.31%
Richard Safka GRN 1446 2.96%
Sam Cino IND 393 0.81%
Bob Mann COM 166 0.34%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 234 of 234 polls reporting


139 Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

2004 Candidates
IND: Sam Cino
NDP: Tony DePaulo
CON: Fred Eisenberger
COM: Bob Mann
GRN: Richard Safka
LIB: Tony Valeri (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
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This new southern Ontario riding takes in the eastern part of Hamilton and part of Stoney Creek.

The boundaries are Lake Ontario in the north, the Niagara escarpment in the south, Ottawa Street and Mountain Brow Boulevard in the west and beyond Fifty Road in the east.

Manufacturing and the service sector are major industries. The local economy is sustained by light industries and service companies feeding off the steel industry in Hamilton and the automotive industry in St. Catharines.

Close to a third of the population are immigrants and 10 per cent of residents are of Italian origin. Average family income is $59,120 and unemployment is 6.7 per cent.

The riding of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek was created in 2004 from 58 per cent of Hamilton East and 53 per cent of the Stoney Creek riding. The Stoney Creek area was formerly the Lincoln riding.

Population: 115,709

Political History

Liberal MP Sheila Copps from Hamilton East and Liberal MP Tony Valeri from Stoney Creek competed in a hotly contested race for the Liberal nomination in this riding. Valeri won. Both Hamilton East and Stoney Creek ridings have a long history of voting Liberal. Copps first won in Hamilton East in 1984 and formed part of the Liberal Rat Pack in the Commons before becoming a cabinet minister under Jean Chrétien in 1993. She resigned in May 1996, after promising to do so if the Liberals didn't scrap the GST; she was re-elected in the byelection that had to be held as a result. Valeri was elected in the Lincoln riding in 1993 and the Stoney Creek riding in 1997 and 2000. Paul Martin named him minister of transport in December 2003.

Copps's predecessor in Hamilton East was Liberal John Munro, who was MP from 1962-1980. He served as minister of health and welfare, minister of labour and minister of Indian affairs and northern development.

Candidate Profiles

Tony Valeri

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Aug. 11, 1957
Age: 46
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in economics, McMaster University.
Profession: Insurance agent
Career Background: President of Orchard Hill Real Estate, Canadian Financial Group Ltd and Business Insurance Services Inc.
Former president of Tripemco Financial Services.
Manager of distribution in Western Canada for Haltronics.
Is citizens' appointee to the Business Land Use advisory board.
Director of Independent Brokers Life Insurance of Canada Association.
Member of the Canadian and Ontario Real Estate Associations.

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Terri
Children: Anthony and Luca

Political History
Federal: Elected in Lincoln (1993).
Elected in Stoney Creek (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Minister of transport (2003).
Committees: Former chair, Government Operations.
Former vice-chair, Government Operations and Estimates.
Former member, Finance; Industry; Natural Resources and Government Operations; Environment and Sustainable Development; Citizenship and Immigration; Government Operations and Estimates.
Vice-chair, cabinet Operations committee and cabinet Domestic Affairs committee.
Member, cabinet committees on Priorities and Planning; Canada/U.S.; Security, Public Health and Emergencies; and Expenditure Review.
Caucus: Former chair of the national caucus Economic Development committee; non-partisan Parliamentary Steel caucus; and the Liberal caucus task force on Jobs and Small Business.
Office Address: 99 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, Ont., 905-662-4763.
Capital Address: Room 340, West Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-6535.

Fred Eisenberger

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

University Degree: Yes
Education: B.Sc. in environmental science, University of Waterloo.
Municipal planning and development, Mohawk College.
Communication arts, Mohawk College.
Profession: Business manager for Green Venture and consultant to the American Water Corporation.
Career Background: Chair of the Hamilton Port Authority board.
Former committee chair, Environmental Services; Parks and Recreation; Licensing; and the West Harbourfront Development.
Member, Transportation Services; Planning and Development; Hamilton Conservation Authority; Royal Botanical Gardens; Art Gallery of Hamilton; and the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Diane
Children: Brett and Alida

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 625 Green Hill Ave., Unit 3, Hamilton, Ont., 905-578-4334.

Tony DePaulo

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

Profession: Industrial mechanic
Career Background: Became involved with the Steelworkers Union at Amcan Castings, where he held positions of steward, grievance committee chairperson and vice-president.
Took on role of staff representative within the Steelworkers Union in 1988.
Appointed area co-ordinator for the Hamilton and Niagara Peninsula in 2002.
Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction committee.
Vice-chair of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame management committee.
Hockey coach, Eastwood Park.
Committee member for the Charity of Hope.
Volunteer at Wesley Urban Ministries.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sue
Children: Tony and Jessica

Richard Safka

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Stoney Creek (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-664-2397.

Bob Mann

Party: The Communist Party of Canada

Sam Cino

Party: Independent

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

# #
 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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