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 DISTRICT: Markham-Unionville
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
John McCallum LIB 30442 66.31% X
Joe Li CON 10325 22.49%
Janice Hagan NDP 3993 8.7%
Ed Wong GRN 1148 2.5%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 179 of 179 polls reporting


152 Markham-Unionville

2004 Candidates
NDP: Janice Hagan
CON: Joe Li
LIB: John McCallum (Incumbent)
GRN: Ed Wong

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This ethnically diverse southern Ontario riding contains part of the Town of Markham.

The riding stretches from Steeles Avenue East in the south to 16th Avenue, McCowan Road and Highway 7 in the north between Highway 404 in the West and 9th Line in the east.

The proportion of immigrants in the population is 60 per cent, the fourth highest percentage of any riding in Canada. According to the 2001 census, 35 per cent of the population is ethnically Chinese, the fifth-highest level in Canada. Only 40 per cent of residents listed English as their mother tongue.

The major source of employment is manufacturing. Markham is home to more than 8,000 businesses, many of which are in the high-technology sector. Average family income is $81,226 and unemployment is 5.7 per cent. More than 90 per cent of residents own their home.

In 2004, the eastern boundary of the former Markham riding moved west to Ninth Line. In the 1996 redistribution, the riding of Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville was divided into three ridings, including Markham riding. Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville was created in the 1986 redistribution from 53 per cent of York North and 12 per cent of York-Peel.

Population: 112,093

Political History

1988: PC
1993: LIB
1997, 2000: PC

In 2000, Liberal John McCallum defeated the Alliance's Jim Jones. McCallum was named minister of national defence in 2002 and minister of veterans affairs in 2003. In 1997, Tory candidate Jones was elected as MP for Markham, but he was excluded from the PC caucus in 2000 and joined the Alliance.

This riding was also held for one term by Liberal Jag Bhaduria, who was elected in 1993 but left the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent in 1994. Party officials had challenged the initials he used after his name, which appeared to indicate he was a lawyer. Bhaduria has said he never claimed to be lawyer.

Candidate Profiles

John McCallum

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: April 4, 1950
Age: 54
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA, Cambridge University.
Diplôme d'études supérieures, Université de Paris.
PhD in economics, McGill University.
Career Background: Former senior vice-president and chief economist for the Royal Bank of Canada.
Former economics professor at McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba.
Former dean of McGill's faculty of arts.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nancy Lim
Children: Three

Political History
Federal: Elected in Markham (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions (2002).
Minister of National Defence (2002-2003).
Minister of Veterans Affairs (2003-present).
Parliamentary Secretary: to the minister of finance (2001).
Committees: Former vice-chair of Citizenship and Immigration.
Former member of Citizenship and Immigration, and Finance committees.
Vice-chair of the Cabinet Expenditure Review committee.
Member of Domestic Affairs committee.
Office Address: 7750 Birchmount Rd., Unit 21-22, Markham, Ont., 905-479-8100.
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-996-3374.

Joe Li

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 25, 1955.
Age: 48

Career Background: Former director of agent recruiting for London Life Insurance.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Yvonne
Children: Francis, Melvin and Phylliss

Political History
Federal: Defeated as PC in Scarborough-Rouge River (1997).

Janice Hagan

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in humanities and the study of world religions, York University.
B.Ed., Brock University.
Profession: Tutor
Career Background: Provides individual academic support and facilitates workshops for college students from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Trains and supervises 20-40 student tutors per semester. Represents 6,500 workers across Ontario as chair of OPSEU's College Support Staff Division. Co-chairs provincial Joint Insurance committee, advocating for rights of disabled employees and meeting to resolve issues related to health care benefits and legislative changes.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Greg
Children: Jakkii, Darcie and Bob

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Markham (1999 and 2003).
Federal: Defeated in Markham (2000).

Ed Wong

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Age: 24
Birthplace: Toronto, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in cinema studies, University of Toronto.
Profession: Current fundraising chair for the GPC and works for the Green Party of Ontario as an organizer, events co-ordinator and administrative staff member.
Active in the arts community and has volunteered with various non-profit organizations, including the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Youth Assisting Youth and Greenest City.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 416-436-3319.

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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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