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 DISTRICT: Oakville
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
M.A. Bonnie Brown LIB 28729 52.01% X
Rick Byers CON 19524 35.35%
Alison Myrden NDP 4027 7.29%
Tania Orton GRN 2861 5.18%
Zeshan Shahbaz CAP 95 0.17%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 223 of 223 polls reporting


167 Oakville

2004 Candidates
LIB: Bonnie Brown (Incumbent)
CON: Rick Byers
NDP: Alison Myrden
GRN: Tania Orton
CAP: Zeshan Shahbaz

Riding Profile
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This affluent southern Ontario riding is on the shores of Lake Ontario, about 40 km west of Toronto.

It contains part of the Town of Oakville, stretching from lake Ontario to Upper Middle Road West, Eighth Line and Dundas Street East, between Winston Churchill Boulevard in the east and Burloak Drive in the west.

The riding has a high percentage of administrative/managerial jobs as well as a strong manufacturing sector. Average family income is $116,565 and unemployment is 4.7 per cent. More than 21 per cent have university degrees.

In 2004, a small portion of Halton riding was added in the northeast. The riding of Oakville-Milton was created in 1986 from most of Halton riding. It became Oakville riding in the 1996 redistribution.

Population: 109,602

Political History

1891-1930 - CONS 1935-1949 - LIB
1953, 1957, 1958 - PC 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968 - LIB
1972 - PC 1974 - LIB
1979, 1980, 1984 - PC

1988 - PC
1993 - LIB
1997, 2000 - LIB

In 2000, Liberal Bonnie Brown defeated Dan Ferrone of the Canadian Alliance to win a third term. She had first been elected in Oakville-Milton. This riding and its predecessor, Halton riding, have traditionally swung between supporting Tories and Liberals but combining the right-leaning vote could give the Conservatives a lead in this riding.

From 1979 to 1983, the MP for Halton was Conservative Otto Jelinek, who was minister of state for fitness and amateur sport, minister of state for multiculturalism and minister of supply and services.

Candidate Profiles

Bonnie Brown

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Mar. 2, 1941
Age: 63
Birthplace: Toronto, Ont.

University Degree: No
Education: Ontario teacher's certificate, Lakeshore Teacher's College.
Profession: Teacher
Career Background: Community involvement:
Chaired the Halton Cancer Study and Children's Mental Health Steering committees, Child Abuse Council, Halton District Health Council and Halton Day Care advisory committee.
Served on United Way, Elizabeth Fry, Halton Alcohol and Drug Addiction Program boards.
Founder of Oakville Track Club.
Former Governor, Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
Has been a teacher, a social worker and a consultant.
Former executive director of Parental Stress Services/Parents Anonymous.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Ron Coupland
Children: Andrea, Lindsay, Peggy and Caroline

Political History
Party: Assistant to Member of Parliament Beth Phinney for Hamilton-Mountain (1990).
Municipal: Former school trustee for the Halton separate school board.
Former regional councillor of Halton.
Former Oakville town councillor.
Federal: Defeated in Oakville-Milton (1988).
Elected in 1993.
Elected in Oakville-Milton (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of Human Resources Development (1998 - 2000).
Committee: Former vice-chair of Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Former member: Industry; Canadian Heritage; Public Accounts.
Chair: Standing committee on Health.
Caucus: Chaired the Parliamentary Steel caucus and the national caucus committee on Social Policy working to strengthen Canada's social safety net.
Office Address: 2421 Marine Dr., Unit 3, Oakville, Ont., 905-827-2077.
Capital Address: Room 147, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-995-4014.

Rick Byers

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: May 29, 1959
Age: 45
Birthplace: Toronto, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: B.Comm., University of Toronto.
MBA, University of Ottawa.
Profession: Investment banker
Career Background: Community:
Member of Toronto Board of Trade, Trinity College School board in Port Hope and Halton Helping Hands, an organization providing in-home care for seniors in the Halton Region.
He is also on the boards of the Toronto Golf Club and the Eastbourne Golf Club.
Experienced in financial advisory work with governments and crown corporations across Canada, including privatization, infrastructure finance and public private partnerships.
Former policy assistant to the minister of finance.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Margot
Children: Adrian, Peter and Cameron

Political History
Party: Served on executive of the PC association of Oakville (1992 and 2000).
Association president (1995 - 2000).
Federal: Defeated as PC member in Oakville (2000).

Alison Myrden

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Saskatchewan

University Degree: No
Career Background: Former medical secretary and provincial corrections officer working with at-risk youth and young offenders.
Actively involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada as a fundraiser and activist for patients' rights.

Tania Orton

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Brazil

Profession: Architect
Career Background: Founded Gardens Off Drugs, an Oakville community group that teaches humane and sustainable gardening techniques.
Member of the Oakville Green Conservation Association and co-founder of the local focus group, GAIA.
Volunteered for victim services, Halton Regional Police Service and the Red Cross.
Treasurer of her residents' association and one of the executive directors for the Provincial Liberal Riding in Oakville.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Mark
Children: Sarah and Jonathan

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-617-0345.

Zeshan Shehbaz

Party: The Canadian Action Party

# #
 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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