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 DISTRICT: St. Catharines
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Walt Lastewka LIB 21277 40.47% X
Leo Bonomi CON 18261 34.71%
Ted Mouradian NDP 10135 19.26%
Jim Fannon GRN 1927 3.66%
Linda Klassen CHP 751 1.43%
Jane Elizabeth Paxton CAP 204 0.39%
Elaine Couto ML 61 0.12%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 236 of 236 polls reporting


183 St. Catharines

2004 Candidates
CON: Leo Bonomi
MLP: Elaine Couto
GRN: Jim Fannon
CHP: Linda Klassen
LIB: Walt Lastewka (Incumbent)
NDP: Ted Mouradian
CAP: Jane Elizabeth Paxton

Riding Profile
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This Niagara area riding, on the south shore of Lake Ontario, contains part of the city of St. Catharines. It runs from Lake Ontario in the north to St. Paul Street West, St. Paul Crescent, Twelve Mile Creek and Glendale Avenue in the south, between Fifteen Mile Creek in the west and the Welland Canal in the east.

Manufacturing is the major industry, most of which is in automotive and parts production. General Motors is the largest employer with three separate plants. Average family income is $62,972 and unemployment is 6.4 per cent.

In 2004, part of the Niagara Centre riding was added in the south. The riding was established in 1966. In 1996, part of the Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold riding was added.

Political History

1968: LIB
1972: PC
1974: LIB
1979-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Walt Lastewka defeated Alliance candidate Randy Taylor Dumont to win a third term as MP. PC Joe Reid had won in 1979, 1980 and 1984 and PC Ken Atkinson in 1988. The combined Conservative vote in this riding could unseat the Liberals.

Candidate Profiles

Walt Lastewka

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Oct. 11, 1940
Age: 63
Birthplace: Montreal

University Degree: Yes
Education: Executive program, University of Western Ontario.
Profession: Retired
Career Background: Nearly 30 years experience as an engineer with General Motors of Canada.
Community: Member of Niagara Canada Community Investment Plan and St. Catharines World Rowing Championship committee. Chair of St. John's Ukrainian Church Development committee. Former director of YMCA. Former vice-president of Jaycees International. Former director of Henley Rowing, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and St. Catharines Museum. Former director and chair of fundraising for the Oshawa United Way. Former director and parish chairman for St. John's Ukrainian Church. Former member of the board of directors for Brock University. Former chairman of the St. Catharines Promotion Task Force.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Carol
Children: Tamara and Virginia

Political History
Party: Joined the St. Catharines Liberal party in 1972; former Ontario vice-president of organization; former president of the St. Catharines Liberals.
Federal: Elected in St. Catharines (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of industry (1997-99).
To minister of public works and government service (2003).
Committees: Former vice-chair/chair of Industry, Science and Technology. Former member of Environment and Sustainable Development; and Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Member of Government Operations and Estimates and Public Accounts.
Caucus: Former member of Liberal caucus committee on Economic Development and Liberal caucus committee on Federal Government Renewal. Past chair of all-party steel caucus, Liberal auto caucus, Hamilton-Niagara caucus.
Office Address: 184 Scott St., St Catharines, St.., 905-934-6767.
Capital Address: Room 561, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-3352.

Leo Bonomi

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Age: 53
Birthplace: St. Catharines

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in Canadian history and political science, University of Western Ontario. Business and commerce courses, University of Windsor.
Career Background: Investment adviser in Niagara with BMO Nesbitt Burns.
Community: Member of the Knights of Columbus for 35 years. Former Rotarian member.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four

Ted Mouradian

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in sociology, Brock University.
Profession: Businessman
Career Background: Real estate agent.
Community: Past president and honourary life member of the Ontario Real Estate Association. Past president of St. Catharines District Real Estate Board. Chair of mayor's committee on Community and Race Relations. Past director of the downtown YMCA and AIDS Niagara.

Jim Fannon

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Age: 35

Career Background: Currently a real estate agent in St. Catharines. Co-founder of Nature's Hemp in St. Catharines, which sells hemp foods.
Community: Member of Preservation of Agricultural Land Society; the Sierra Club of Canada; the Council of Canadians; the Ontario Hemp Alliance; and the Hemp Industries Association.

Political History
Party: President of the GPC St. Catharines constituency association.
Provincial: Defeated in St. Catharines (2003).
Federal: Defeated in Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold (1993).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-934-1110.

Linda Klassen

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Career Background: Former community outreach co-ordinator with the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Three

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in St. Catharines (2003).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 905-935-0451.

Jane Paxton

Party: The Canadian Action Party

Elaine Couto

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated as independent in Etobicoke Centre (1999).
Federal: Defeated in Hamilton West (1993).
Defeated in Guelph-Wellington (1997).
Defeated in St Catharines (2000).

# #
 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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