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 DISTRICT: Leeds-Grenville
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Gord Brown CON 26002 50.46% X
Joe Jordan LIB 16967 32.93%
Steve Armstrong NDP 5834 11.32%
Chris Bradshaw GRN 2722 5.28%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 213 of 213 polls reporting


148 Leeds-Grenville

2004 Candidates
NDP: Steve Armstrong
GRN: Chris Bradshaw
CON: Gord Brown
LIB: Joe Jordan (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This eastern Ontario riding stretches along the shore of the St. Lawrence River and north to the Rideau River and Big Rideau Lake.

It contains the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Although the riding is largely rural, it includes Gananoque, Westport, Brockville, Prescott and Merrickville-Wolford as well as the Thousand Islands region.

The economic base is light manufacturing and the service sector with some agriculture. Tourism is also important to the area. Average family income is $63,473 and unemployment is 6.4 per cent. In the 2001 census, more than 15 per cent of the population were seniors.

Leeds-Grenville was unchanged in the 2004 redistribution. It was created in 1976 from a combination of Leeds and Grenville-Carleton riding.

Population: 96,686

Political History

1979-1984 inclusive: PC
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Joe Jordan defeated the Alliance's Gord Brown by only 55 votes. If the Conservatives capture both the old Alliance and Tory vote in this riding, they could win in 2004.

Tom Cossitt, a Liberal candidate in this riding, left the Leeds Liberal Association over the "Liberal sell-out to Quebec" on the language issue in the late 1960s. In 1972, he won the seat as a Conservative candidate and won four succeeding elections. He died while attending a party meeting in 1982 and his wife Jennifer Cossitt ran in a byelection and won. She won the 1984 election but was defeated by current MP Joe Jordan's father, Jim Jordan, in 1988.

Candidate Profiles

Joe Jordan

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Nov. 19, 1958
Age: 45
Birthplace: Pembroke, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Business administration and marketing, St. Lawrence College.
MBA, Clarkson University.
Profession: Former professor, training and curriculum designer and technical adviser.
Career Background:
Designed and implemented computer training courses for the Junior College of Commerce in Ethiopia.
Assisted an international aid project review team on their mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Assisted with the curriculum design modification of the International Legal Assistant Program, as well as co-ordinating and teaching the program in Eger, Hungary.
Professor of business and co-ordinator of the international education department. at St. Lawrence College (1984-present).
Succeeded father Jim Jordan, former member of Parliament (1988 and 1993).
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Debbie
Children: Zachary

Political History
Federal: Elected in Leeds-Grenville (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To the prime minister (2000-2003).
To the president of Treasury Board with special emphasis on regulatory reform (2003).
Committees: Former member of Procedure and House Affairs; Environment and Sustainable Development; Canadian Heritage committees.
Member of Government Operations and Estimates; Public Accounts committees.
Caucus: Former chair of the Eastern Ontario caucus.
Served on the prime minister's task force on Youth Entrepreneurship and the task force on Seniors.
Office Address: 47 Broad St., Brockville, Ont., 613-498-2242.
Capital Address: Room 422, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-8756.

Gord Brown

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Age: 40

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science, Carleton University.
Profession: Businessman.
Career/Community Background
Former president of 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce.
Worked with the Youth Centre committee, which opened a new storefront youth centre and develops activities for local youth.
Current chairman of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Worked to preserve and re-open heritage buildings and reinstate events at both Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry.
Member of the board of directors of the Leeds-Grenville United Way.
Helped spearhead the Small Business Mentoring Program, a provincial pilot project that helps developmentally challenged individuals lead productive lives in Gananoque.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sherry

Political History
Municipal: Elected to Gananoque town council. Served on Economic Development committee and the finance committee. Represented town on the St. Lawrence Lodge board of management.
Federal: Defeated in Leeds-Grenville (2000).

Steve Armstrong

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 39
Birthplace: Brockville, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in history, Carleton University.
Profession: Chemical controller with DuPont Canada
Career Background: Union:
Became active in the leadership of Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 28-O in 1993.
Served on the joint Health and Safety committee since 1993. Co-chair since 2002.
Union President of Local 28-O since 1998.
Community: Active in the Brockville Chapter of the Council of Canadians.

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Leeds-Grenville (2003)

Chris Bradshaw

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1944
Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in Political Science
Profession: Manages Vrtucar, Ottawa's car sharing club
Career Background: Worked as the community relations officer for the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
Worked for General Motors Canada.
Organized tenants associations for five years.
Founded Ottawalk in 1988, a pedestrian advocacy group.
Is a life-long advocate of pedestrian rights.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two daughters

Political History: Interim leader of the Green Party, 2001 to 2003
Party: Green Party
Provincial: Ran in 1999 and 2003 in Ottawa Centre
Federal: Ran in 2000 in Ottawa Centre

# #
 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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