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 DISTRICT: Timmins-James Bay
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Charlie Angus NDP 14138 41.42% X
Raymond Ch´┐Żnier LIB 13525 39.63%
Andrew Van Oosten CON 5682 16.65%
Marsha Gail Kriss GRN 767 2.25%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 208 of 208 polls reporting


199 Timmins-James Bay

2004 Candidates
NDP: Charlie Angus
LIB: Raymond Chénier
GRN: Marsha Kriss
CON: Andrew Van Oosten

Riding Profile
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This huge northeastern Ontario riding stretches from the Quebec border, north around James Bay and Hudson's Bay. The riding contains parts of the territorial districts of Kenora, Cochrane and Timiskaming.

The city of Timmins is the largest centre and the communities of Kirkland Lake, Iroquois Falls, Moosonee and Cochrane fall within the riding. There are many native reserves, with seven per cent listing aboriginal as their ethnic origin.

According to the 2001 census, more 32.5 per cent have French as their mother tongue. The economy is based around resources such as mining and forestry. Tourism also plays a large part in the economy. The average family income is $57,284 and unemployment is 11.9 per cent.

In 2004, 68 per cent of the riding has been kept and a portion of Timiskaming-Cochrane has been added in the southeast. The riding of Timmins-Chapleau was created in 1976 from portions of Timmins, Cochrane and Timiskaming ridings. In 1996, Timmins-James Bay was created from 73 per cent of Timmins-Chapleau and 49 per cent of Cochrane-Superior.

Political History

1997, 2000: LIB

1949, 1953: LIB
1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965: CCF/NDP
1968-1980 inclusive: LIB
1984: PC
1988: NDP
1993: LIB

COCHRANE-SUPERIOR (Cochrane from 1935-1981)
1935-1993 inclusive: LIB

In 2000, Liberal Réginald Bélair defeated New Democrat Len Wood to win a fourth term in office. He spent three terms as MP for Cochrane-Superior. Cochrane-Superior has voted Liberal since 1935. In Timmins-Chapleau, New Democrat Cid Samson was elected in 1988 and Liberal Peter Thalheimer defeated Samson in 1993.

Candidate Profiles

Raymond Chénier

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA from Laurentian University
Profession: Teacher/principal
Career Background: Has been an elementary school teacher, elementary school principal, university administrator, secondary teacher and principal in the Sudbury area. Former superintendent of schools in Timmins. Former director of education with the Timmins Roman Catholic separate school board. Served as assistant deputy minister of education of Ontario until 1993.
Community: Member of hospital boards, social services administration board, local services board, Police Commission, college and university advisory committees, the local Chambers of Commerce, the Library Fundraising Committee, and Club Richelieu.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Augusta Van Dooven
Children: Lysanne, Monique and Andree

Political History
Federal: Member of Parliament for Timmins-Chapleau (1979-84)

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To the minister of Indian affairs and northern development.
Caucus: Served as assistant whip.

Andrew Van Oosten

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: North Bay, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Honours BA (double major in law and justice, and political science) from Laurentian University.
Career Background: Deputy clerk/treasurer and economic development officer of the Town of Englehart. Worked as executive assistant and chief of staff for Dan Newman, Ontario's former minister of northern development and mines and later the associate minister of health and long-term care.
Community: Has been active volunteering in the community over the years with the Canadian Cancer Society, Easter Seal Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Sesekinika Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Political History
Party: Has sat on various boards and committees. Was treasurer of the Timiskaming-Cochrane Canadian Alliance; president of the Laurentian University PC Association; area director of the Timiskaming-Cochrane Provincial PC Association; secretary of the Scarborough Southwest Provincial PC Association and member of the PC Party of Canada.

Charlie Angus

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1962
Birthplace: Timmins, Ont.

Profession: A writer, broadcaster and musician.
Career Background: Ran a house for homeless people in downtown Toronto. Has worked for the last three years with northern First Nations in neighbouring Quebec on issues of community development and economic opportunities.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Brit Griffin
Children: Mariah, Siobhan and Lola

Marsha Kriss

Party: The Green Party of Canada

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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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