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 DISTRICT: Niagara Falls
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Rob Nicholson CON 19882 38.69% X
Victor Pietrangelo LIB 18745 36.48%
Wayne Gates NDP 10680 20.79%
Ted Mousseau GRN 2071 4.03%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 250 of 250 polls reporting


161 Niagara Falls

2004 Candidates
NDP: Wayne Gates
GRN: Ted Mousseau
CON: Rob Nicholson
LIB: Victor Pietrangelo

Riding Profile
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This mixed urban-rural riding in southern Ontario takes in the towns of Fort Erie, Niagara on the Lake and the city of Niagara Falls.

The long, narrow riding runs along the Niagara River from Lake Ontario in the north to Lake Erie in the south.

Niagara Falls is home to the grape-growing and wine-making industry, which is a large part of riding's manufacturing sector. Tourism is a significant industry because of Niagara Falls, the casino and the Shaw Festival. In the 2001 census, nine per cent of residents listed Italian as their ethnic origin. Average family income is $62,620 and unemployment is 5.7 per cent.

In 2004, the western boundary moved east from the Welland Canal to the Thorold Town Line and the southern boundary extended south to Lake Erie. The riding was created in 1952 from Welland riding. In 1996, a piece of Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold riding was added.

Population: 120,797

Political History

1953-1968 - LIB
1972 - PC
1974 - LIB
1979 - PC
1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB

In 2000, Liberal Gary Pillitteri defeated the Alliance's Mel Grunstein to win a third term.
PC Rob Nicholson won in 1984 and 1988. The riding alternated between Liberal and Conservative MPs in the 1970s and 1980s. Combining the Conservative and Alliance vote in this riding could unseat the Liberals.

Judy LaMarsh was first elected here in a 1960 byelection and served until 1968. She was Minister of National Health and Welfare in 1963 under LIB Prime Minister Lester Pearson.

Candidate Profiles

Victor Pietrangelo

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in business administration and B.Ed.
Profession: Teacher
Career Background: Municipal:
Acted as chairman of city council's Community Services committee, which is responsible for many areas such as Municipal Works and Parks, Recreation, and Culture.
Chair of the new $25-million community centre being built in Niagara Falls and the city's Recreation Commission.
Currently teaches Mathematics and Technology at the secondary school level.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Anita
Children: One - Victor Jr.

Political History
Municipal: Elected to Niagara Falls city council.

Rob Nicholson

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: April 29, 1952
Age: 52
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA Queen's University.
LLB, University of Windsor.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Served for more than 20 years as a lawyer.
Children: Three - Robbie, Peter and Christine

Political History
Party: Member of both the federal and provincial PC associations for more than 10 years.
Federal: Elected as PC in Niagara Falls (1984 and 1988).
Defeated in Niagara Falls (1993 and 1997).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1989 and 1991).
Cabinet: Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business (1993).
Committee: Member: Economic and Environmental Policy. Vice-chair of the standing committee on Justice. Member of the Beaudoin-Edwards committee on Amending Formula. Member of special joint committee on a Renewed Canada.
Caucus: Former chair of the Ontario PC caucus.

Wayne Gates

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

Career Background: Community:
Chair of Niagara United Way campaign. Past president of CAW Local 199. Past president of Niagara Falls Citizens for Democracy. Former member of the Niagara Falls Recreation Commission. Current union representative for CAW Local 199.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Rita DeLuca
Children: Three - Tara, Chantel and Jacqueline

Ted Mousseau

Party: The Green Party of Canada

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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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