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 DISTRICT: Kenora
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Roger Valley LIB 8563 36.23% X
Susan Barclay NDP 7577 32.06%
Bill Brown CON 6598 27.92%
Carl Chaboyer GRN 898 3.8%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 157 of 157 polls reporting

Ridings

142 Kenora

2004 Candidates
NDP: Susan Barclay
CON: Bill Brown
GRN: Carl Chaboyer
LIB: Roger Valley

Riding Profile
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This northwestern Ontario riding has both the smallest riding population in the province and one of the largest land areas. The population is 60,572. It stretches from the Ontario/Manitoba border in the west and the U.S. border in the southwest to the western shores of Hudson's Bay and the Nunavut border in the north. The riding contains part of Kenora and Thunder Bay Territorial Districts. Major centres include Kenora, Dryden, Pickle Lake and Sioux Narrows.

A large native population lives in the Sioux Lookout area and also on the many reserves in the riding. In the 2001 census, the aboriginal population was more than 27 per cent, the fifth highest in Canada. For many of the First Nations communities in the north, the nearest polling station is an airplane ride away.

Average family income is $60,457 and unemployment is 10.8 per cent. The major employer is the service sector.

In 2004, the southern boundary has been adjusted so that Rainy River and Fort Frances fall in the Thunder Bay-Rainy River district. The riding of Kenora-Rainy River was established in 1924.

Population: 60,572

Political History

Kenora-Rainy River:
1925-1945 inclusive: LIB
1949-1963 inclusive: LIB.LAB.
1965: LIB
1968: LIB.LAB.
1972-1980 inclusive: LIB
1984: NDP
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Bob Nault defeated Canadian Alliance candidate Ed Prefontaine to win a fourth term. Nault was minister of Indian affairs and northern development under Jean Chrétien; he is not running again. Kenora-Rainy River has elected Liberals or Liberal-Labour candidates almost exclusively since 1925, though New Democrat John Parry served one term after the 1984 election. The riding has had two long-serving MPs who were Liberal-Labour candidates for part of their career: William Benedickson who was in office from 1945 to 1965, and John Reid, who held office from 1965 to 1980.


Candidate Profiles

Roger Valley

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Profession: Owner and operator of a commercial bait fishing company.
Career Background: Served as past president of the Kenora District Municipal Association.
Member of the Dryden Police Services board.
Director of the Dryden Chamber of Commerce.

Political History
Party: Former president of the provincial Liberal riding association for almost 10 years.
Municipal: Former mayor of Dryden.


Bill Brown

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Nov. 10, 1973
Age: 30

Profession: Customer relations and customer service representative for Praxair in Dryden.
Former chair of municipal Fire; Finance and Corporate Services; and Public Works committees.
Vice-chair of municipal Finance; Finance and Corporate Services committees.
Member of Dryden Athletic and Recreation Commission; Dryden Board of Museum Management; mayor's committee for the Prevention of Substance Abuse; Dryden Non-profit Housing; Library Board; Dryden Regional Health Center Board.
City of Dryden representative to the Kenora District Municipal Association.
Community:
Mason; Shriner; member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Patricia Region.

Political History
Municipal: Dryden town councillor (1994-present).
Former deputy mayor.


Susan Barclay

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Kenora-Rainy River (2000).


Carl Chaboyer

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in St. Norbert (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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