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Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Dave Mackenzie CON 20606 44.89% X
Murray Coulter LIB 14011 30.52%
Zo� Dorcas Kunschner NDP 6550 14.27%
Irene Tietz GRN 1951 4.25%
Leslie Bartley CHP 1534 3.34%
James Bender MP 794 1.73%
Kaye Sargent LTN 226 0.5%
Alex Kreider CAP 108 0.24%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 209 of 209 polls reporting


174 Oxford

2004 Candidates
  CHP: Leslie Bartley
  MP: James Bender
  LIB: Murray Coulter
  NDP: Zoé Dorcas Kunschner
  CAP: Alex Kreider
  CON: Dave Mackenzie
  LTN: Kaye Sargent
  GRN: Irene Tietz

Riding Profile

 Riding Map

This southwestern Ontario riding contains the towns of Tillsonburg and Ingersoll, the city of Woodstock and all of rural Oxford County.

Manufacturing is the major industry, with autoparts makers centred on the CAMI auto plant in Ingersoll, and some textile making. Agriculture is also an important part of the economy, with dairy products and tobacco being the most important commodities. Average family income is $66,649 and unemployment is 5.7 per cent.

Total immigrant population is 10.9 per cent, with eight per cent giving Dutch as their ethnic origin.

There was no change to the riding in 2004 and little change in 1996. The riding was established in 1933.

Population: 103,870

Political History

1935, 1940: LIB
1945: PC
1949: LIB
1953-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal John Findlay defeated PC Dave MacKenzie to win a third term. Before MacKenzie's 1993 election, the riding had last voted Liberal in 1949. The combined Conservative and Alliance vote could unseat the Liberals in Oxford in 2004.

Oxford riding elected Conservative Wally Nesbitt as MP from 1953 to 1972. Then another Tory, Bruce Halliday, was MP for five terms, winning his last election in 1988.

Candidate Profiles

Murray Coulter

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1946
Birthplace: Palmerston, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in economics and history, Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.
LL.B., University of Western Ontario.
Career Background: Practices law as a partner in the firm of Nesbitt Coulter specializing in the areas of municipal, real estate and estate law.
Has served as solicitor for the City of Woodstock since 1981.
Former president of the Oxford Law Association.
President of Theatre Woodstock.
Founding director of Woodstock District Community Complex.
Chair of the Woodstock Hospital Foundation.
Long-standing member of the St. David's United Church in Woodstock and the Woodstock Curling Club.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nancy O'Grady
Children: Bronwyn

Political History
Party: Has been a director of both provincial and federal Liberal associations of Oxford for more than 15 years.

Dave Mackenzie

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: June 12, 1947
Age: 56

University Degree: No
Education: Executive development, Canadian Police College.
Management, Ontario Police College.
Profession: Businessman, peace officer.
Former employee with the Woodstock City police.
Currently GM of Roetin Industries Canada.
Member of Woodstock General Hospital Foundation; United Way of Oxford; Children's Aid Society of Oxford; Women's Emergency Centre. Past president of the Woodstock Rotary Club. Fundraising chair for Woodstock Seniors Centre and Building the Vision, a new hospital in Woodstock.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Lynda
Children: Lynee, Debbie and Donald

Political History
Federal: Defeated as PC in Oxford (1997 and 2000).

Zoé Dorcas Kunschner

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Part-time Political Science student at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Career Background: Owner of the Lights, Camera, Action! (LCA) Talent Agency, which helps around 1500 people find employment in the film and television industry. Also owns The Actor's Studio, which offers acting classes and seminars.
Member of the Ingersoll Downtown Revitalization Committee; board member, Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts (ITOPIA); member of the County of Oxford's accessibility advisory committee. Volunteer for the Lunch Bunch at St. James Anglican Church; canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Irene Tietz

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Austria

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in natural sciences and fine arts, University of Western Ontario.
Profession: Teacher with the Thames Valley school board.
Co-owner of a local fruit stand/garden centre/maintenance operation.
Organized school-wide participation with Earth Day Canada for many years.
Current member of Carolinian Canada and both the Ingersoll and District Nature Club and Horticultural Society.

Leslie Bartley

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

James Bender

Party: Marijuana Party

Alex Kreider

Party: Canadian Action Party

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Oxford (1997 and 2000).

Kaye Sargent

Party: The Libertarian Party of Canada

Provincial: Defeated in Oxford (1991 and 2003).
Federal: Defeated in Oxford (1984, 1988, and 1993).

# #
 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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