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 DISTRICT: Nickel Belt
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Raymond Bonin LIB 17188 42.41% X
Claude Gravelle NDP 13980 34.47%
Mike Dupont CON 7628 18.79%
Steve Lafleur GRN 1031 2.54%
Michel D. Ethier MP 430 1.06%
Don Lavallee IND 217 0.54%
Steve Rutchinski ML 51 0.12%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 220 of 220 polls reporting


163 Nickel Belt

2004 Candidates
LIB: Raymond Bonin (Incumbent)
CON: Mike Dupont
MP: Michel D. Ethier
NDP: Claude Gravelle
GRN: Steve Lafleur
IND: Don Lavallee
ML: Steve Rutchinski

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This Northern Ontario riding borders Georgian Bay in the southwest and Lake Nipissing in the southeast and stretches north of Highway 101. It has 89,298 residents.

The riding contains the part of Timiskaming district lying west of Fallon and Cleaver townships, part of Manitoulin district and part of Nipissing district, including the town of West Nipissing. It also contains part of Greater Sudbury outside the old city of Sudbury limits. Killarney, French River and Markstay-Warren fall within the riding. There are several native reserves, including the Whitefish Lake Reserve and Wahnapitei Reserve.

The riding has a strong francophone presence. In the 2001 census, 43 per cent listed French as their mother tongue. More than two per cent of the population are aboriginal. Natural resources, especially mining, play an important part in the economy. Average family income is $60,237 and unemployment is a high 10 per cent.

In 2004, Nickel Belt added a portion of Timiskaming-Cochrane in the southeast and from Nipissing, Algoma-Manitoulin and Parry Sound-Muskoka. The riding was created in 1952 and boundaries were expanded to the east and north in 1996.

Population: 89,314

Political History

1953-1963 - LIB
1965 - NDP
1968 - LIB
1972, 1974, 1979 - NDP
1980 - LIB
1984, 1988 - NDP
1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB

In 2000, Liberal Ray Bonin defeated New Democrat Sandy Bass to win a third term. From the 1960s to the 1980s, Nickel Belt swung between Liberal and New Democrat MPs. Liberal Judy Erola from this riding was named Minister of state for Mines in 1980, Minister responsible for the Status of Women in 1982 and Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs in 1983. New Democrat John Rodriquez won in 1972, 1974 and 1979, then was defeated by Erola, and won again in 1984 and 1988.

Candidate Profiles

Raymond Bonin

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Nov. 20, 1942
Age: 61
Birthplace: Sudbury, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science, Laurentian University.
Graduate of Laurentian Teacher's College.
Career Background: Community:
Served as a member of the Laurentian Hospital board, the Social Services Administration board and is president of the Parent/Teachers Association.
Founding member of local Neighbourhood Watch program.
Former member of provincial committee on Continuing Education.
Retired after 25 years at Air Canada.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Marguerite
Children: Miguel and Marc

Political History
Municipal: Former city and regional councillor.
Former school trustee and chair of Sudbury secondary school board.
Defeated in Sudbury mayoral election (1991).
Federal: Elected in Nickel Belt (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former chair: Aboriginal Affairs; Northern Development; and Natural Resources.
Former member: Health; Procedure and House Affairs; Human Resources Development; the special committee on the Clarity Bill; joint committee on Official Languages.
Chair: Transport.
Caucus: Former chair of the northern Ontario caucus.
Office Address: 2-1475 Hwy 69 North, Val Caron, Ont., 705-897-2222.
Capital Address: Room 106, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-995-9107.

Mike Dupont

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: Craftsman and master of photographic arts
Profession: Photographer, business
Career Background: Community:
Former chair of Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce.
Currently on the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Society and sits on the board of referees with HRDC.
Recently appointed to the Greater Sudbury committee of adjustments.
Co-owner of Dupont Photography in Chelmsford.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Diane
Children: Genevieve and Mathieu

Claude Gravelle

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 54
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Ont.

Career Background: Community:
Current member of the committee of Adjustment for the City of Greater Sudbury.
Member of the Knights of Columbus.
Director of Youth Centers for the former Town of Rayside Balfour.
Involved with youth in minor sports.
Director of Administration Caisse Populaire - Vermillion.
Former member of Safety and Health committee, local union steward and committee member and chair of the Political Action committee for Local 6500, USWA for Inco mines.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Marie-Claire Breton
Children: Mike and Johanne

Political History
Municipal: Town councillor for Rayside-Balfour (1997 - 2000).

Steve Lafleur

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 705-969-0038.

Michel D. Ethier

Party: Marijuana Party

Steve Rutchinski

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Don Lavallee

Party: Independent

# #
 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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