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 DISTRICT: Thunder Bay-Superior North
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Joe Comuzzi LIB 15022 43.04% X
Bruce Hyer NDP 10230 29.31%
Bev Sarafin CON 7394 21.18%
Carl Rose GRN 1614 4.62%
Denis A. Carriļæ½re MP 645 1.85%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 218 of 218 polls reporting


198 Thunder Bay-Superior North

2004 Candidates
MP: Denis Carrière
LIB: Joe Comuzzi (Incumbent)
NDP: Bruce Hyer
GRN: Carl Rose
CON: Bev Sarafin

Riding Profile
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This Northern Ontario riding skirts the north shore of Lake Superior from Thunder Bay to Marathon and runs north to the Albany River. The riding includes that part of the city of Thunder Bay south of Pole Line Road, Thunder Bay Expressway and Main Street.

The communities of Nipigon, Geraldton, Terrace Bay, as well as several First Nations reserves, are in the riding. The aboriginal population is 5.4 per cent, according to the 2001 census.

Thunder Bay is a major grain port and manufacturing, forestry and pulp and paper are key employment sectors. Major employers include Provincial Papers and Lakehead University. Average family income is $68,031 and unemployment is 9.1 per cent.

In 2004, part of Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding has been added in the west. The riding of Thunder Bay-Nipigon was established in 1976 from portions of Port Arthur and Thunder Bay ridings. In 1996, boundaries were redrawn, taking in part of Cochrane-Superior. The name changed to Thunder Bay-Superior North in 1998.

Political History

1935-1953 inclusive: LIB
1957-1963 inclusive: CCF/NDP
1965-1974 inclusive: LIB
1979, 1980: LIB
1984: NDP
1988, 1993, 1997, 2000: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Joe Comuzzi defeated the Alliance's Doug Pantry in Thunder Bay-Superior North. In December 2003, Paul Martin appointed him minister in charge of federal economic development initiatives for Northern Ontario. Comuzzi had won three terms of office in the former riding of Thunder Bay-Nipigon.

From 1935-1957, the MP for Thunder-Bay Nipigon was C.D. Howe, the Mackenzie King-era "minister of everything" who helped create the CBC and directed Canada's war-time munitions production and post-war reconstruction. In 1957, Howe lost to an unknown CCF school teacher, Doug Fisher, who held the riding until 1965, through the birth of the New Democratic Party in 1961.

Liberal Bob Andras, who was minister of state for urban affairs, minister of consumer and corporate affairs, minister of manpower and immigration and president of Treasury Board, was MP from 1965 to 1979. In 1980, Liberal Jack Masters was sent to Ottawa. In 1984, he was defeated by New Democrat Ernie Epp.


Candidate Profiles

Joe Comuzzi

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Apr. 5, 1933
Age: 71
Birthplace: Fort William, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA and LL.B. from University of Windsor.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Former owner of Lakehead Motors and Econogas Ltd. Practised law in Thunder Bay.
Community: Past chair of board of St. Joseph's Hospital. Founding chair of the northern Ontario branch of the Addiction Research Foundation. Past chair of District 12 of the Ontario Hospital Association. Served on boards of Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, Lakehead Board of Education, St. Joseph's Heritage and Kiwanis Club of Thunder Bay. Member of Canadian Italian Advocate Society, Italian Mutual Benefit Society and Royal Canadian Legion. He has served as honorary patron of the Easter Seal Society since 1997.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Janet
Children: Debbie, James, Mary-Kit and Liz

Political History
Party: Active with the provincial and federal Liberal riding associations for more than 50 years.
Federal: Elected in Thunder Bay-Nipigon (1988, 1993 and 1997).
Elected in Thunder Bay-Superior North (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Minister of state for federal economic development initiative for northern Ontario (2003).
Committees: Former vice-chair and chair of Transport. Former member of Fisheries and Oceans; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; and Transport and Government Operations. Vice co-chair of Canada/U.S. Member of Aboriginal Affairs.
Caucus: In Opposition, served as associate critic for transport, immigration and labour and as critic for Canada Post. Chaired the national highway committee of the national Liberal caucus. Former member of the Great Lakes Seaway Caucus.
Office Address: 4-215 Van Norman St., Thunder Bay, Ont., 807-345-4305.
Capital Address: House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-996-4792.

Bev Sarafin

Party: Conservative Party of Ontario

Bruce Hyer

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: M.Sc. in forestry, Lakehead University.
Profession: Businessman
Career Background: Owns WildWaters Nature Tours and Expeditions Ltd. A consultant on forestry and tourism, he served as an adjudicator on the Province of Ontario Environmental Appeal board.
Community: Is a board member and past president of the North of Superior Tourism Association. Served as a member of the boards of directors of the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters, the Armstrong Wilderness Outfitters Association and the Wildlands League. Currently serves on both the Local Citizens committee and Forest Management Planning Team for the Domtar-Armstrong Forest.

Carl Rose

Party: The Green Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: B.Sc. from Royal Military College.
Profession: Instructor
Career Background: Served three years in the Canadian Navy. Was instructor in science and mathematics at Confederation College.
Community: Member of several environmental and outdoor organizations such as Environment North, Thunder Bay Field Naturalists and Thunder Bay Hiking Club.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Thunder Bay-Superior North (1999 and 2003).
Federal: Defeated in Thunder Bay-Superior North (2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 807-767-7637.

Denis Carrière

Party: The Marijuana Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Thunder Bay-Superior 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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