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 DISTRICT: Perth-Wellington
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Gary Ralph Schellenberger CON 18879 41.97% X
Brian Innes LIB 15032 33.42%
Robert Roth NDP 7027 15.62%
John Cowling GRN 2770 6.16%
Irma Nicolette Devries CHP 1273 2.83%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 208 of 208 polls reporting


177 Perth-Wellington

2004 Candidates
GRN: John Cowling
CHP: Irma Devries
LIB: Brian Innes
NDP: Robert Roth
CON: Gary Schellenberger (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
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This largely rural riding in southwestern Ontario lies north of London and contains the towns of Minto and St. Marys and the city of Stratford.

The riding includes Perth county and part of Wellington county. The main centre in the riding is Stratford, a tourist destination for its world-famous Shakespearean theatre festival. Despite the rich farmland, the major source of employment is in the manufacturing industry, with the auto parts industry concentrated in Stratford and St. Marys.

Average family income is $67,911 and unemployment is 3.7 per cent.

The riding of Perth-Wellington was created in 2004 from 76 per cent of Perth-Middlesex, 17 per cent of Waterloo-Wellington and six per cent of Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey. Perth Wellington-Waterloo was created in 1986 from all of Perth riding and parts of Waterloo and Wellington-Dufferin-Simcoe. Perth-Middlesex was created in 1996 by combining Perth-Wellington-Waterloo with portions of London-Middlesex and Lambton-Middlesex.

Political History

1935, 1940 - LIB
1945 - PC
1949 - LIB
1953-84 - PC
1988 - PC
1993 - LIB
1997, 2000 - LIB
2003 by-el - PC

In a by election on May 11, 2003, Conservative Gary Schellenberger defeated Liberal Brian Innes by 1,001 votes in Perth-Middlesex. In 2000, Liberal John Richardson defeated Schellenberger to win his third term, but he resigned in October 2002, citing "personal circumstances." If the Conservatives capture both Alliance and Progressive Conservative votes in 2004, they will hold this riding.

The Conservatives sent MPs to the House from this area from 1953 to 1993. Waldo Monteith, health minister in the Diefenbaker government, sat from 1953 to 1972, and Bill Jarvis, who was minister responsible for federal-provincial relations in Joe Clark's short-lived government, was MP from 1972 to 1984. In 1984 and 1988, PC Harry Brightwell won.

Candidate Profiles

Brian Innes

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Stratford, Ont.

Career Background: Community:
Member: Optimist Club of Downie; 4th Battalion Stratford Garrison Mess; Perth County Federation of Agriculture; Stratford Festival of Canada.
Has served on the boards of Quadro Communication Cooperative Incorporated and Women in Rural Economic Development.
Currently is an instructor at Fanshawe College in London and lives and works on the family farm in Perth South.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Marilyn
Children: Brianna and Emily

Political History
Party: Has been involved in local, provincial and federal politics for more than 25 years.
Federal: Defeated in Perth-Middlesex (2003).

Gary Schellenberger

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 15, 1943
Age: 60

Career Background: Owner and operator of Ralph Schellenberger & Son Decorating Ltd., a family painting and decorating business for over 40 years.
Spent 14 years as a volunteer with Perth East firefighters.
Elder, Avonton Presbyterian Church.
Board of directors, Sebringville Athletic Association.
Shriner, Stratford-on-Avon Shrine club.
Sits of various boards, including the Community Centre Board, the Fair Board and the Agriculture Society.
Former president of the Perth Farm Safety Association.
Owner and operator of Ralph Schellenberger and Son Decorating Ltd., a family painting and decorating business.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Judy
Children: Lisa, Brent and Amanda

Political History
Party: Former president of the Perth-Middlesex PC association.
Municipal: Twelve years as councillor in Downie Township (later Perth South Twp).
Federal: Defeated in Perth-Middlesex (1997 and 2000); elected in 2003 by election.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Vice-chair of Canadian Heritage and member of Fisheries and Oceans.
Caucus: Former deputy whip of the PC party.
Former critic: Canadian Heritage; Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Sport.
Office Address: 544 Huron St., Stratford, Ont.
Tel: (519) 273-1400
Capital Address: Room 368, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 992-6124

Robert Roth

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 55
Birthplace: Stratford, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in sociology, York University.
MA in journalism, Carleton University.
Profession: Writer and marketing consultant.
Career Background: Taught political science and media at Algoma University.
Owner of Roth Marketing and Public Relations in Stratford.
18 years experience as a director of two Ontario Conservation Authorities.

Political History
Party: Former president of Cornwall NDP.
Municipal: Ten years of municipal council experience for two Ontario municipalities.
Provincial: Defeated in Cornwall (1987).

John Cowling

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Age: 40

Education: BA in political science, Carleton University.
Profession: Customer service representative.
Career Background: Sits on the City of Stratford's Energy and Environment committee and is involved with many community groups.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Diane

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Perth-Middlesex (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address:
Tel: (519) 272-0232

Irma Devries

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Profession: Partner on a small diary farm for 25 years.
Member of the Palmerston Christian Reformed Church and has served as a Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teacher and as a Coffee Break Bible Study leader for almost 20 years.
Served on promotion and fundraising committees of an independent Christian school. Currently serves on the board of the Listowel and District Right to Life.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: John

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address:
Tel: (519) 338-3920

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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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