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 DISTRICT: Parry Sound-Muskoka
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Andy Mitchell LIB 19271 43.86% X
Keith Montgomery CON 15970 36.35%
Jo-Anne Marie Boulding NDP 5171 11.77%
Glen Hodgson GRN 3524 8.02%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 214 of 214 polls reporting


176 Parry Sound-Muskoka

2004 Candidates
  NDP: Jo-Anne Boulding
  GRN: Glen Hodgson
  LIB: Andy Mitchell (Incumbent)
  CON: Keith Montgomery

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This largely rural riding along the eastern shores of Georgian Bay has a predominantly anglophone population, with 91 per cent calling English their mother tongue.

The riding runs from the Severn River in the southwest to Lake Nipissing in the northeast, with Algonquin Park running through most of the eastern part of the riding. Some of the larger centres include Parry Sound, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Bracebridge. The riding also contains many native reserves.

This area's many lakes, including Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph and Lake of Bays, make tourism a major industry. The riding has a seniors population of almost 18 per cent. Average family income is $55,458 and unemployment is 5.1 per cent.

In the 2004 redistribution, the town of Killarney was moved into Nickel Belt, and a southeastern corner of the riding was moved into Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. The riding of Parry Sound was established in 1903 and in 1947 became Parry Sound-Muskoka. Lines were previously redrawn in 1996.

Population: 84,789

Political History

1904 - LIB
1908-1930 inclusive - CONS
1935, 1940, 1945 - LIB
1949, 1953 - LIB
1957-1988 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997, 2000 - LIB

In 2000, Liberal Andy Mitchell defeated Alliance candidate George Stripe to win a third term. In the previous election, Lewis MacKenzie had run against Mitchell as a Conservative candidate and lost. MacKenzie is a retired major general of the Canadian Forces, renowned for his peacekeeping work in Sarajevo. Mitchell was named minister of state for parks in 1997 and later became secretary of state for rural development. In December 2003, Paul Martin appointed him minister of Indian affairs and northern development.

The riding elected PC Gordon Aitken as MP from 1957 to 1968 and then PC Stan Darling from 1972 to 1988. The combined Tory and Alliance vote could challenge the Liberals in this riding in 2004.

Candidate Profiles

Andy Mitchell

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Apr. 21, 1953
Age: 51
Birthplace: Montreal, Que.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science, Carleton University
Profession: Manager
Career Background: Community:
President of northeastern Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Elliot Lake and Gravenhurst chambers of commerce.
Former member of the Economic Development committee of Gravenhurst and on Elliot Lake and Area Working Group, Economic Development committee and the mayor's action committee.
Former chair of Business Sounding board and president of the Elliot Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Former director of Gravenhurst Board of Trade and of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Muskoka Festival Foundation.
Former bank manager with the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Christine
Children: Chris, Peter and Lisa

Political History
Party: More than 20 years political experience and a member of the Liberal party for more than six.
Federal: Elected in Parry Sound-Muskoka (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Secretary of state for parks (1997).
Secretary of state for rural development (1999).
Minister of Indian affairs and northern development (2003).
Committee: Member: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Finance.
Vice-chair: Industry.
Former chair: Natural Resources.
Vice-chair, cabinet committee on Aboriginal Affairs.
Member, cabinet committees on: Priorities and Planning and Domestic Affairs.
Caucus: Former chair of the northern Ontario caucus.
Office Address: 1-530 Muskoka Beach, Gravenhurst, Ont.
Tel: (705) 687-0007
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 996-3434

Keith Montgomery

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Gravenhurst, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in economics, York University
Profession: Real estate broker
Career Background: Community:
Past president of the Rotary Club in Bracebridge.
Actively involved in community volunteer work.
Active member of the United Church.
More than 14 years experience in the real estate industry as a broker.
Marital Status: Married
Children: four

Political History
Federal: Defeated as PC in Parry Sound-Muskoka (2000).

Jo-Anne Boulding

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 47
Birthplace: Kimberly, B.C.

Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Community:
Chair of the Interval House Capital Campaign committee.
Member of the Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group.
Member of the fundraising committee, Children's Foundation of Muskoka.
Facilitator of the Community Abuse Program of Rural Ontario and the Ontario Farm Women's Network.
Founding board member of the Income Security Advocacy Centre.
Member of the Ontario Social Safety Network.
Current executive director of the Lake Country Community Legal Clinic and treasurer of the Muskoka Law Association.
Children: Kimberlee

Political History
Party: President of the Parry Sound-Muskoka NDP riding association.
Provincial: Defeated in Parry Sound-Muskoka (2003).

Glen Hodgson

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Provincial: Defeated in Parry Sound-Muskoka (2003).
Federal: Defeated in Parry Sound-Muskoka (1997).

# #
 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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