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 DISTRICT: Thunder Bay-Rainy River
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Ken Boshcoff LIB 14290 39.37% X
John Rafferty NDP 10781 29.7%
David Leskowski CON 9559 26.33%
Russ Aegard GRN 856 2.36%
Doug Thompson MP 547 1.51%
Johannes Scheibler CHP 267 0.74%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 201 of 201 polls reporting


197 Thunder Bay-Rainy River

2004 Candidates
GRN: Russ Aegard
LIB: Ken Boshcoff
CON: David Leskowski
NDP: John Rafferty
CHP: Johannes Scheibler
MP: Doug Thompson

Riding Profile
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This Northern Ontario riding stretches from Lake Superior in the southeast, along the U.S. order to Lake of the Woods. It contains the Territorial Districts of Thunder Bay and Rainy

It runs north as far as Harmon Lake, Sturgeon Lake and 6th Base Line. Part of the city of Thunder Bay south of Pole Line Road, Thunder Bay Expressway and Main Street falls within the riding. There are several native reserves and the aboriginal population is more than five per cent.

Manufacturing and grain transportation are among the main industries in the riding. Average family income is $64,415 and unemployment is 9.1 per cent.

The riding of Thunder Bay-Rainy River was created in 2004 from 89 per cent of Thunder Bay-Atikokan and 23 per cent of Kenora-Rainy River. Thunder Bay-Atikokan was created in 1976 from 90 of Fort William and 10 per cent of Thunder Bay. In 1996, part of Thunder Bay-Nipigon was added.

Political History

1925, 1926, 1930: CONS
1935-1974 inclusive: LIB

1979, 1980: LIB
1984, 1988: NDP
1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Stan Dromisky was elected in Thunder Bay-Atikokan, defeating the Alliance's David Leskowski. It was his third term. Combining the Tory and Alliance vote in this riding in 2004 could put the Conservatives ahead of the Liberals.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan and its predecessor riding of Fort William voted Liberal from 1935 to 1980. The last Tory elected was R.J. Manion, who won in 1925, 1926 and 1930. Liberal Paul McRae held the seat from 1972 (when it was Fort William) to 1984 (when it was Thunder Bay-Atikokan). In 1984 and 1988, New Democrat Iain Angus was elected.

Candidate Profiles

Ken Boshcoff

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in political science and economics from Lakehead University; MA in environmental studies from York University.
Career Background: Former planner for Indian and Northern Affairs; former director of marketing, Port of Thunder Bay; former director of the Royal Canadian Mint; former lecturer in political science at Lakehead University.
Community: Former president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario; former president of the Ontario Good Roads Association.

Political History
Municipal: Former alderman and mayor for the City of Thunder Bay.
Federal: Defeated in Thunder Bay-Atikokan (1988).

David Leskowski

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1955

Profession: Government employment with Department of Environment (Fisheries and Marine) and as provincial conservation officer and forestry technician.
Career Background: Broker of record for the towns of Atikokan and Fort Frances. Ontario co-ordinator of an Environmental Impairment Liability insurance program for Agrichemical Warehouses.
Community: Director and past vice-chairman for the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration board. Past chairman, Northern Ontario Service Deliverers Association.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Liisa
Children: Jessica and Jonathan

Political History
Party: Member of the national executive of CON and co-chair of the constitution committee.
Federal: Defeated as Canadian Alliance member in Thunder Bay-Atikokan (2000).

John Rafferty

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Diploma in radio and television broadcasting.
Profession: Instructor/teacher
Career Background: Currently a teacher at Confederation College and a qualified mediator, now working with the Thunder Bay Police and their new Community Restorative Justice Program.
Community: Former volunteer teacher with the World University Service of Canada. Member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kinsmen and Kinette Cystic Fibrosis Telethon, the Ukrainian Festival and the Ontario Special Olympics.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Donna
Children: Three

Political History
Party: Member of the NDP since 1983.
Provincial: Defeated in Thunder Bay-Atikokan (2003).
Federal: Defeated in Thunder Bay-Superior North (2000).

Russ Aegard

Party: The Green Party of Canada
Age: 30

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA in psychology and B.Ed. from Lakehead University.
Profession: Teacher
Career Background: Has worked as an elementary school teacher in Thunder Bay for the last three years.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Tamara

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 807-475-8310.

Johannes Scheibler

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Birthplace: Germany. Arrived in Canada in 1955.

Profession: Farmer
Career Background: Owns a farm in Stratton, Ont. Former employee of Canadian National Railways, serving as maintenance foreman for several years.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Inge
Children: 11

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 807-487-2237.

Doug Thompson

Party: Marijuana 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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