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 DISTRICT: Welland
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
John Maloney LIB 19642 39.63% X
Jody DiBartolomeo NDP 14623 29.50%
Mel Grunstein CON 12997 26.22%
Ryan McLaughlin GRN 1454 2.93%
Irma D. Ruiter CHP 735 1.48%
Ron Walker ML 113 0.23%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 244 of 244 polls reporting


204 Welland

2004 Candidates

NDP: Jody DiBartolomeo
CON: Mel Grunstein
LIB: John Maloney (Incumbent)
GRN: Ryan McLaughlin
CHP: Irma Ruiter
MLP: Ron Walker

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This southern Ontario riding in the Niagara region contains the cities of Port Colborne, Thorold and Welland and stretches north from the shore of Lake Erie.

Part of the city of St. Catharines south of St. Paul Street West, St. Paul Crescent, Twelve Mile Creek and Glendale Avenue is included in the riding.

The area is heavily industrialized and a large percentage of the work force is employed in steel, rubber, textile, automobile and other types of manufacturing. Average family income is $61,498 and unemployment is 6.6 per cent.

In the 2001 census, over seven per cent listed French as their mother tongue and 7.9 per cent were Italian.

The riding of Welland was re-established in 2004 from 78 per cent of Niagara Centre, 25 per cent of Erie-Lincoln and three per cent of Niagara Falls. Welland riding was established in 1967 and abolished in 1986, becoming Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold. In 1996, Niagara Centre was established from portions of Welland-St.Catharines-Thorold and Erie ridings.

Political History
1935-1980 - LIB
1984 - PC
1988, 1993 - LIB
1997, 2000 - LIB

In 2000, Tony Tirabassi defeated the Alliance's Bernie Law, winning his first term of office. Liberal Gilbert Parent was elected in 1979 and 1980 and re-elected in 1993 and 1997, serving as Speaker. In 1984, PC Allan Pietz defeated Parent.

Candidate Profiles

John Maloney

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 5, 1945
Age: 59
Birthplace: Welland, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA and LL.B., University of Toronto.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Served on board of directors: Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce; Welland County Law Association.
Former member: Ontario County and District President's Association; Ports Canada advisory board; Community Futures board and chair; Regional Niagara Chamber of Commerce; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Kinsman Club.
Regional director Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Served on steering committees to establish a Palliative Care Unit at the hospital, United Way, Business Improvement Area and to establish a Crimestoppers Program in Regional Municipality of Niagara. City solicitor for 15 years.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sherrie
Children: Megan, Patrick, Alanna, Andrew and Sarah

Political History
Party: Active in both provincial and federal Liberal riding associations for more than 20 years.
Federal: Elected in Erie (1993).
Elected in Erie-Lincoln (1997 and 2000).

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Parliamentary Secretary: To minister of justice and attorney general (1999 - 2001).
Committee: Former chair and vice-chair: Justice and Legal Affairs Former Member: Scrutiny of Regulations; Agriculture and Agri-Food, Human Rights and Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Member: Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Office Address: 22 Clarence St., Port Colborne, Ont., 905-835-5454.
Capital Address: Room 723, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., 613-995-0988.

Mel Grunstein

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 29, 1946
Age: 57
Birthplace: Edinburgh, U.K. Arrived to Canada in 1975.

University Degree: Yes
Education: B.Sc. in civil engineering, University of Manchester.
Profession: Engineer
Career Background: Engineer with more than 35 years experience, including work as a Project Manager for CIDA in Bangladesh.
Currently owns Biggar's Key Shop Locksmith Co.
Member: Niagara Duplicate Bridge Club.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Margaret
Children: Nancy

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Niagara Falls as Reform Party member (1993 and 1997).
Defeated as Canadian Alliance member in 2000.

Jody DiBartolomeo

Party: The New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Port Colborne, Ont.

University Degree: Yes
Education: BA and MA in philosophy, Brock University.
PhD, University of Ottawa.
Profession: Worked part-time in Brock's Adult Education Program before going to work developing curriculum for a new degree program at George Brown University in Toronto.
Employed in the occupational health and safety field.
Volunteer with the Humane society and the Red Cross.

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Erie-Lincoln (2000).

Ryan McLaughlin

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Niagara Falls (2003).
Office Address: 905-714-9483.

Irma Ruiter

Party: The Christian Heritage Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: MA in communication disorders and sciences, State University of New York.
Career Background: Currently working with children with mild articulation impairments at the Community Rehab Centre in St. Catharines.
Worked with children who were experiencing speech and language delays and impairments at the Niagara Peninsula Children's Centre.
Working with adults 18 years of age and older who have developmental delays at the Bethesda Outreach Services of Niagara.

Ron Walker

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated as an independent in St. Catharines (1999).
Federal: Defeated in Niagara Centre (1997 and 2000).

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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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