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 DISTRICT: Simcoe North
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Paul DeVillers LIB 23664 43.36% X
Peter Stock CON 20570 37.69%
Jen Hill NDP 6162 11.29%
Mary Lou Kirby GRN 3486 6.39%
Adrian Kooger CHP 544 1%
Ian Woods CAP 145 0.27%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 239 of 239 polls reporting


193 Simcoe North

2004 Candidates
LIB: Paul DeVillers (Incumbent)
NDP: Jen Hill
GRN: Mary Lou Kirby
CHP: Adrian Kooger
CON: Peter Stock

Riding Profile
 Riding Map

This central Ontario riding stretches between Lake Simcoe in the southeast and Nottawasaga Bay and Severn Sound in the northwest, including Christian Island and part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The northern boundary is the Severn River.

The riding contains part of Simcoe County, and the townships of Ramara, Tiny, Tay and Oro-Medonte. The city of Orillia and the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene are in the riding. There are two native reserves, the Mnjikaning First Nation, who operate the Rama Casino in Orillia, and Christian Island #30 Reserve. The aboriginal population is over two per cent and four per cent of the population are francophone.

There is a large manufacturing sector and a vital tourism-related sector. Average family income is $61,163 and unemployment is 6.2 per cent.

In 2004, 99 per cent of the riding is unchanged and a small area has been added from Simcoe-Grey. The riding was established in 1867 and boundaries changed slightly in 1996.

Political History

1867-1874 BY-EL inclusive: LIB
1878-1896 inclusive: CONS
1898 byelection-1904 inclusive: LIB
1908, 1911, 1917: CONS
1921, 1925: PROG
1926, 1930: CONS
1935, 1940: LIB
1945-1988 inclusive: PC
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

Liberal Paul DeVillers defeated Alliance candidate Peter Stock in 2000 to win a third term. DeVillers was named secretary of state for amateur sport in 2002 and in December 2003, he kept the portfolio and was also made deputy leader of government. If the Conservative party successfully captures the old Tory and Alliance vote in 2004, it will win this riding.

From 1945-1988, Simcoe North voted Tory. The last Liberal MP was D.F. McCuaig, who won in 1935 and 1940. Conservative Doug Lewis was MP from 1979 to 1993. He was Government House Leader in the Mulroney government, as well as minister of justice and attorney general and later, minister of transport and solicitor general.


Candidate Profiles

Paul DeVillers

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Mar. 11, 1946
Age: 58
Birthplace: Penetanguishene, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: LL.B. from University of Ottawa.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: More than 20 years experience in the legal profession.
Community: Has been a fundraiser for Rosewood Shelter for Women and Children, president of the Midland Golf and Country Club and local organizer for the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Nancy
Children: Michael, Alan and Jocelyn

Political History
Party: Active in the Simcoe North riding since 1990.
Federal: Elected in Simcoe North (1993, 1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Secretary of state for amateur sport and deputy leader of government in the House of Commons (2002).
Parliamentary Secretary: To president of privy council and minister of intergovernmental affairs (1996-98).
Committee: Former chair of Justice and Human Rights. Former member of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Environment; and Citizenship and Immigration. Member of Justice, Human Rights, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Caucus: Member of the Liberal rural caucus and Liberal Social Policy committee. Former Liberal caucus chair.
Office Address: 55 Nottawasaga St., Orillia, Ont., 705-327-0513.
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-992-6582.

Peter Stock

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 1, 1969
Age: 35
Birthplace: Shanty Bay, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: B.Sc. in geology from University of Toronto.
Career Background: Served as a legislative assistant to member of Parliament Ed Harper. Former employee with Noranda and Lac Minerals in Northern Ontario and Nevada.
Community: Co-founded and was national affairs director for the Canada Family Action Coalition.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Tarah
Children: Matthew and Sarah

Political History
Party: Member of the Reform Party since 1991.
Federal: Defeated as Canadian Alliance member in Simcoe North (1997 and 2000).

Jen Hill

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Orillia, Ont.

Profession: Businesswoman.
Career Background: Has been employed for 10 years at Rama Plastics Inc., a non-union manufacturer of plastic sanitation and road traffic products. Owners of a family lawn and garden business.
Community: A member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 334 Auxiliary.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Andrew
Children: Thomas, Jody and Jack

Mary Lou Kirby

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Profession: Engineering technologist and planner.
Community: Member and past director of the Couchiching Conservancy. Treasurer of the Mnjikaning Fish Fence Circle. Formed �Grass Roots Orillia� in 2003 to educate people on ways to reduce exposure to environmental toxins and to lobby for a municipal pesticide by-law.

Political History
Municipal: Served a three-year term on Orillia city council. Served on the board of the City of Orillia non-profit housing corporation. Served as chair of the Orillia Economic Development Commission and the Local Architectural Advisory committee.

Adrian Kooger

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Birthplace: Netherlands. Arrived in Canada in 1949.

Career Background: Now stationed in the Orillia area as a member of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Community: Member of the Grace United Reformed Church in Guthrie, Ont. Has been a member of the Christian Labour Association of Canada for more than 25 years.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four

Political History
Party: Former member of the Progressive Conservative Party who joined the CHP in 1988.
Federal: Defeated in Simcoe North (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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