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 DISTRICT: Huron-Bruce
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Paul Steckle LIB 25538 49.79% X
Barb Fisher CON 15930 31.06%
Grant Robertson NDP 6707 13.08%
Dave Vasey GRN 1518 2.97%
Dave Joslin CHP 958 1.87%
Glen Smith MP 638 1.25%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 229 of 229 polls reporting

Ridings

141 Huron-Bruce

2004 Candidates
CON: Barb Fisher
CHP: Dave Joslin
NDP: Grant Robertson
MP: Glen Smith
LIB: Paul Steckle (Incumbent)
GRN: Dave Vasey

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This large riding in southwestern Ontario borders on Lake Huron's western shore. It contains Huron County and part of Bruce County and the communities of Kincardine, Wingham, Goderich and Saugeen Shores, formerly Port Elgin and Southampton.

The large Bruce Nuclear Power Development outside Kincardine is an important economic force in the area. Agriculture is the main industry. Huron County is one of Ontario's main producers of cash crops such as white beans, and Bruce County is a beef-producing area.

Many residents commute to the Kitchener-Waterloo and London areas for employment. Tourism is also a significant employer. Average family income is $64,499 and unemployment is four per cent.

In 2004, the riding boundary was extended farther north to take in part of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. The riding of Huron-Bruce was created in the 1976 redistribution from portions of Huron-Middlesex and Bruce ridings.

Population: 104,063

Political History

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

In 2000, Liberal Paul Steckle defeated the Alliance's Mark Beaven to win a third term. From 1953 to 1988, this riding voted Conservative, sending Robert McKinley to Ottawa from 1965 to 1980 and electing Murray Cardiff for three terms in the 1980s.


Candidate Profiles

Paul Steckle

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 10, 1942
Age: 62
Birthplace: Zurich, Ont.

Profession: Farmer
Career Background: Owner and operator of a hog farm for more than 27 years.
Spent 20 years with the sales department of CG Farm Supply's Case Industrial division.
Community Involvement:
Former member of the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority, the Huron County Port Producers and the Blue Water Rest Home board of directors.
Former president of the Huron County Farm Safety Association.
Former provincial board of health representative.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Kathy
Children: Cameron and Brian

Political History
Party: Former president of the Huron Young Liberal Association.
Worked on Paul Hellyer's 1968 leadership campaign.
Worked on Jean Chrétien's 1984 leadership campaign.
Municipal: Former Stanley township councillor.
Former member of Huron County council.
Former reeve of Stanley township.
Served one year as warden on Huron County Council.
Federal: Elected in Huron-Bruce (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committees: Former vice-chair of Fisheries and Oceans.
Former member of Environment; Parliamentary Library; Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Chair of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Member of Fisheries and Oceans.
Caucus: Former member of Ontario caucus; Southwestern Ontario caucus; Rural caucus; Gasoline caucus; Auto caucus; Liberal caucus committee on Gasoline Pricing; Parliamentary Pro-Life caucus.
Treasurer of National Outdoors caucus.
Member of National Dairy and Feather caucuses.
Office Address: 30 Victoria St. North, Goderich, Ont., 519-524-6938.
Capital Address: Room 481, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-8234.


Barb Fisher

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ont.

Profession: Small business owner and operator.
Career Background: Manager of the Bruce Community Development Corporation.
Past president of the Kincardine Chamber of Commerce.
Community:
Chair of the Socio-Economic committee of the Canadian advisory Council of the Status of Women.
Board member of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.
Resource liaison, South Bruce Lakeshore Economic Development Corp.
Former board member of the Women's House of Bruce County.
Former executive member of the South Bruce Impact advisory committee.
Past board member of the Kincardine and District Hospital.
Past director of the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Doug
Children: Blayne and Kendra

Political History
Municipal: Former reeve and councillor for Kincardine.
Former member of the South Bruce Impact advisory committee.
Former co-chair of the South Bruce Lakeshore Economic task force.
Provincial: Elected in Bruce (1995).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs (1997).
Office Address: 414 Huron Road, Goderich, Ont., 519-524-2272.


Grant Robertson

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 38

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in Canadian history and politics, Trent University.
Profession: Farmer
Career Background: Works part-time as the branch supervisor of the Ripley and Lucknow Public libraries.
Served as a local president and chief steward of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Active in the National Farmers Union and the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture.
Founding member of the Rural Community Coalition.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sarah Slater
Children: Rachel, Liam and Moira

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Huron-Bruce (2003).


Dave Vasey

Party: The Green Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Diploma in environmental technolgy, Durham College.
Profession: Environmental scientist
Career Background: Currently works for Bruce Power.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 519-396-4686.


Dave Joslin

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Huron-Bruce (2003).
Federal: Defeated in Huron-Bruce (1997 and 2000).


Glen Smith

Party: The Marijuana Party of Canada


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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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