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 DISTRICT: London North Centre
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Joe Fontana LIB 21472 43.08% X
Tim Gatten CON 13677 27.44%
Joe Swan NDP 12034 24.14%
Bronagh Joyce Morgan GRN 2376 4.77%
Rod Morley PCP 220 0.44%
Gustavo Granados-Ocon ML 67 0.12%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 246 of 246 polls reporting


150 London North Centre

2004 Candidates
LIB: Joe Fontana (Incumbent)
CON: Tim Gatten
MLP: Gustavo Granados-Ocon
GRN: Bronagh Morgan
PCP: Rod Morley
NDP: Joe Swan

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This southwestern Ontario riding is made up of the central portions of the city of London. It stretches from the London city limits in the north to the Thames River, Wharncliffe Road and Oxford Street West in the south. The area sits between Highbury Avenue North in the east of the city and Wonderland Road north in the west.

With the University of Western Ontario and the Victoria and St. Joseph hospitals in the riding, the health and education sectors are major employers. The hospitals are also two of the major medical teaching facilities in southwestern Ontario.

The average family income is $71,995 and unemployment is eight per cent. In this area, renters slightly exceed home owners.

London North Centre remains unchanged after the 2004 redistribution. The riding was originally created as London East in the 1966 redistribution. In the 1996 redistribution it became London North Centre and was created from 80 per cent London East, 15 per cent London West and less than one per cent of London-Middlesex.

Population: 107,672

Political History

1968-1980 inclusive: LIB
1984: PC
1988, 1993: LIB

1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Joe Fontana defeated the Alliance's Nancy Branscombe. He was first elected in London East in 1988.

London elected only two Liberals between 1904 and 1968. In 1968, Liberal Charles Turner was elected and held the riding for five terms. In 1984, Conservative Jim Jepson was elected MP for one term.

Candidate Profiles

Joe Fontana

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 13, 1950
Age: 54
Birthplace: Celera, Italy
Year of Arrival in Canada: 1954

University Degree: Yes
Education: Studied engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1968-69, and business at the University of Western Ontario in 1970-71.
Profession: Consultant
Career Background: Has about 30 years experience as a financial consultant.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Vicky
Children: Joey, Michael and Jennifer

Political History
Municipal: Former alderman and controller for the City of London.
Federal: Elected in London East (1988 and 1993).
Elected in London North Centre (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To the minister of transport (1993-1996).
To the prime minister with special emphasis on small business and science and technology (2003).
Committees: Former chair of Citizenship and Immigration.
Former member of Procedure and House Affairs; Transport; Industry; and Finance committees.
Member of Industry, Science and Technology committees.
Caucus: As an Opposition member of Parliament, served as critic for Urban Affairs and Housing and was the Ontario caucus chair.
Also headed task forces on VIA Rail and the Economy and Recession.
Chair of the Southwestern Ontario Liberal caucus.
Liberal caucus chair (1996-1999).
Office Address: 437 Oxford St. East, London, Ont., 519-663-9777.
Capital Address: Room 334, West Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-0805.

Tim Gatten

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA and B.Ed., University of Western Ontario.
Career Background: Former employee with the citizenship office in London, Ont.
Former executive assistant to the mayor of London.
Currently a professor in the general studies division at Fanshawe College.
Chaired Team London, a city wide relief effort established to assist victims of the ice storm in Eastern Ontario and Quebec.
Member of the mayor's Old East task force.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sherry
Children: Jeremy, Emily and Alana

Joe Swan

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: 48
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

University Degree: Yes
Education: Public administration, University of Western Ontario.
Diploma in urban and regional government.
Career Background: Currently serving as interim director for the Unity Project, London's newest shelter for the homeless.
Former executive director of Information London.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Grace Greer
Children: Two

Political History
Municipal: Served 15 years as councillor for London City north-end Ward 2 and three years as controller.

Bronagh Morgan

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds degrees from Trent University and Queen's University.
Profession: Operates own legal research company.

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in London North Centre (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 519-471-4059.

Gustavo Granados-Ocon

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Rod Morley

Party: The Progressive Canadian Party

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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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