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 DISTRICT: Richmond Hill
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Bryon Wilfert LIB 27102 58.48% X
Pete Merrifield CON 11530 24.88%
C. Nella Cotrupi NDP 445 9.71%
Tim Rudkins GRN 2144 4.63%
Ellena Lam PCP 1074 2.32%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 199 of 199 polls reporting


182 Richmond Hill

2004 Candidates
NDP: C. Nella Cotrupi
PCP: Ellena Lam
CON: Peter Merrifield
GRN: Tim Rudkins
LIB: Bryon Wilfert (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
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This new riding north of Toronto contains part of the town of Richmond Hill. It is bordered by Highway 7 in the south and Gamble Road, Yonge Street and Elgin Mills Road East in the north between Highway 404 in the east and Bathurst Street in the west.

In the 2001 census, 22 per cent of the population was ethnically Chinese, six per cent Jewish and 8.6 per cent Italian. Half the population consisted of immigrants.

Manufacturing and retail trade are the main employers, with strong printing and publishing, telecommunications and information technology sectors. Average family income is $89,329 and unemployment is 4.9 per cent.

The Richmond Hill riding was created in 2004 from 63 per cent of the Oak Ridges riding. Oak Ridges was created in 1996 from portions of the York North and Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville ridings.

Political History

1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Bryon Wilfert defeated the Alliance's Bob Callow to win his second term. Liberal Maurizio Bevilacqua had won in York North the previous two terms.

William Lyon Mackenzie King was elected in York North in 1917 and also held the seat from 1921 to 1926. He became leader of the Liberal Party in 1919 and Prime Minister in 1921, staying in that office with only two brief interruptions until 1948. He later ran in Prince Albert, Sask. York North was held from 1968-1979 by Liberal Barney Danson, who was minister of state for urban affairs and minister of defence. PC John Gamble won in 1979 and 1980 and Independent Tony Roman took the seat in 1984.

Candidate Profiles

Bryon Wilfert

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: July 14, 1952
Age: 51
Birthplace: Toronto, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA, B.Ed. and MA, University of Toronto
Career Background: Former history and political science teacher at Havergal College; former president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; former president of Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Elizabeth

Political History
Municipal: Former Richmond Hill councillor. Also served as chair of Planning and Development and Parks, Recreation and Culture, and was vice-chair of Economic Planning.
Federal: Elected in Oak Ridges (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To the minister of finance (2002-03).
Committees: Former vice-chair of Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Former member of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Canadian Heritage; Finance; and National Defence and Veterans Affairs. Member of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Caucus: Former chair of the Greater Toronto Area caucus. Former chair of the Liberal caucus committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence. Served as a member of the prime minister's task force on urban issues in 2003.
Office Address: 231-225 East Beaver Creek, Richmond Hill, Ont., 905-709-5905.
Capital Address: Room 313, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-3802.

Peter Merrifield

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Studied political science and administration at Trent University.
Career Background: Former senior account manager for ACTMEDIA. Currently a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer stationed in Newmarket. Has worked in general duty policing, federal enforcement and most recently, counter-terrorism. Served four years in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve.
Community: Volunteered with the Royal Canadian Legion, Peel Memorial Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital, Boy Scouts of Canada, Air Cadets and the Wynyard Youth Community Project. Has been guest speaker at high schools on behalf of RACE Against Drugs Program, speaking on Drug and Alcohol Awareness.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sara
Children: Three

C. Nella Cotrupi

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Southern Italy

University Degree: Yes
Education: Completed legal and doctoral studies at the University of Toronto.
Career Background: Worked for several years in child welfare law and providing legal representation and advocacy for low income persons and immigrants. Taught for several years at both the high school and university levels.
Community: Volunteered as an educational aide to students with physical disabilities. Did advocacy and law reform work on behalf of injured workers as a law student Former board member of the Robert Owen Foundation, dedicated to promoting worker-owned businesses and co-operative living and housing.

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jake Brooke
Children: Two

Tim Rudkins

Party: The Green Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: MBA, University of Western Ontario.
Profession: Consultant.
Career Background: Currently a project management trainer and consultant. Also part-owner of Joseph's Resort near Algonquin Park, which caters to small family and professional groups.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Veronica Koopmans

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-508-2655.

Ellena Lam

Party: Progressive Canadian Party

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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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