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 DISTRICT: Kitchener Centre
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Karen Redman LIB 21264 47.13% X
Thomas Ichim CON 12412 27.51%
Richard Walsh-Bowers NDP 8717 19.32%
Karol Vesely GRN 2450 5.43%
Mark Corbiere IND 277 0.61%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 210 of 210 polls reporting


144 Kitchener Centre

2004 Candidates
IND: Mark Corbiere
CON: Thomas Ichim
LIB: Karen Redman (Incumbent)
GRN: Karol Vesely
NDP: Richard Walsh-Bowers

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This southern Ontario riding contains part of the city of Kitchener. The riding spreads east and west from the downtown core of the riding
to encompass a range of older and newer subdivisions.

It extends from the Conestoga Parkway and Highway 8 in the south to the CN Rail Line in the north and from Trussler Road and Highland Road in the west to the Grand River.

The area is known for the strength of its German heritage, with a nine per cent German population. Manufacturing is the most important industry with retail trade second. Average family income is $64,306 and unemployment is 5.9 per cent.

In 2004, a portion of the Kitchener-Waterloo riding was added in the northwest. The riding of Kitchener was created in 1966 from Waterloo North and South. In 1996, the name changed to Kitchener Centre.

Population: 109,800

Political History

1968, 1972, 1974: LIB
1979: PC
1980: LIB
1984, 1988: PC
1993: LIB
1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Karen Redman defeated the Alliance's Eloise Jantzi, winning a second term of office. The riding has swung between supporting the Conservatives and the Liberals. Conservative MP John Reimer won the races here in 1979, 1984 and 1988, but was defeated by Liberal Peter Lang in 1980 and Liberal John English in 1988.

Candidate Profiles

Karen Redman

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 8, 1953
Age: 51
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in English, University of Waterloo.
Profession: Freelance writer.
Career Background: Sat on a number of committees and councils including Health and Social Services, Planning and Economic Development, Family and Children's Services, Administration and Finance, Public Works and Transportation, and Social Planning Council.
Active member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian church.
Former member of Canadian Federation of University Women, Learning Disabilities Association, Cambridge Writer's Collective and the Rotary Club of Kitchener.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Warren
Children: Abby, Laura, Joe and Jim.

Political History
Municipal: Former councillor in Kitchener Centre and regional municipality of Waterloo.
Federal: Elected in Kitchen Centre (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of the environment (2000-2003).
Committees: Former member of Finance, Environment and Sustainable Development, Health, Library of Parliament, Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities committees, as well as the legislative committee on the Clarity Bill.
Member of Foreign Affairs and International Trade committee.
Caucus: Former vice-chair of the Ontario Liberal caucus.
Served as member of task force on Women Entrepreneurs and the prime minister's task force on Seniors.
Office Address: 2-105 King St. East, Kitchener, Ont., 519-741-2001.
Capital Address: Room 301, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-995-8913.

Thomas Ichim

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Richard Walsh-Bowers

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Profession: University professor
Career Background: Former clinical psychologist, primarily in child and family services at the Kitchener-Waterloo Health Centre.
Current professor of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Served on the University-Faculty Association Employment Equity committee and was honoured as the university's Outstanding Teacher of 1999.
Active in promoting prevention of violence against women and strengthening children's social-emotional development using drama.
Active in researching and providing public education about ethics of mental health professionals and the clergy.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Hilary
Children: Four

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Waterloo-Wellington (1999 and 2003).
Federal: Defeated in Kitchener-Waterloo (2000).

Karol Vesely

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Bratislava, former Czechoslovakia.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Studied natural healing methods in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
Attended Karl's University of Musical Art in Prague, Czech Republic and majored in film direction.
Profession: Pilot and doctor.
Career Background: Practices holistic naturopathy in Kitchener.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 519-576-6267.

Mark Corbiere

Party: Independent

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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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