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 DISTRICT: Willowdale
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Jim Peterson LIB 30855 61.39% X
Jovan Boseovski CON 11615 23.11%
Yvonne Bobb NDP 4812 9.57%
Sharolyn Vettese GRN 1844 3.67%
Ardavan Behrouzi PCP 883 1.76%
Bernadette Michael IND 253 0.5%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 225 of 225 polls reporting

Ridings

207 Willowdale

2004 Candidates

PCP: Ardavan Behrouzi
NDP: Yvonne Bobb
CON: Jovan Boseovski
IND: Bernadette Michael
LIB: Jim Peterson
GRN: Sharolyn Vettese

Riding Profile

 Riding Map
This Toronto riding contains part of the former city of North York, including its highly developed Yonge Street strip and many affluent residential areas.

It runs from Highway 401 in the south to Steeles Avenue East in the north, between Victoria Park Ave, Hydro transmission line, Highway 404, Finch Avenue East and Leslie Street in the east and Don River West Branch, Bathurst Street, Hydro transmission line and Yonge Street in the west.

According to the 2001 census, the immigrant population is over 56 per cent with 27 per cent giving Chinese as their ethnic origin. There are large Jewish, Korean and Iranian communities. The average family income is $81,664 and unemployment is 6.8 per cent.

In 2004, the southeast boundary has moved east to Leslie Street and the northwest boundary has moved west to Yonge Street. Willowdale riding was established in 1976 from 57 per cent of York Centre, 35 per cent York North and part of Eglinton. In 1996 there were substantial boundary revisions.

Political History
1979 - PC
1980 - LIB
1984 - PC
1988, 1993, 1997, 2003 - LIB

In 2000, Liberal Jim Peterson defeated the Alliance's Kevyn Nightingale. Peterson was Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions from 1997-2002. In 2003, Paul Martin named him Minister of International Trade. Peterson has been the Liberal Candidate in this riding since it was established. He was defeated in 1979 by PC Bob Jarvis and in 1984 by PC John Oostrom. In 1997, former Police Board chairman Norm Gardner ran here for the PCs and lost to Peterson.



Candidate Profiles

Jim Peterson

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: July 30, 1941
Age: 62
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON

University Degree: Yes
Education: Received a BA from the University of Western Ontario in 1963, followed by a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from its law school in 1964. He completed a diploma in French Civilization at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in 1966. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Columbia University and a Doctor of Civil Law (in international law) from McGill University.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Was a consultant for the UN Industrial Development Organization, and was counsel to the Federal Government Task Force on Canadian Housing. He practised international tax and business law at firm McMillan & Binch, and was also a special lecturer at the University of Toronto's faculty of law. As well, he was the chairman at Cambridge Acceptance Corporation Ltd. and practiced international business investment law at law firm Fraser and Beatty. His community involvement includes stints as vice-president for the Canadian Professional Tennis Association and the International Fiscal Association (Canadian branch), as well as director of the Streethaven Halfway House, the North-South Institute and the National Ballet of Canada. He helped arrange the 1974 defection of ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Heather (Johnston)

Political History
Federal: Willowdale: Was defeated in 1979; elected in 1980; defeated in 1984; elected in 1988, 1993, 1997 and 2000.
Political History (Federal/Provincial) Cabinet: Was Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions from June 1997 to January 2002; was appointed Minister of International Trade in December 2003.
Parliamentary Secretary: to the Minister of Justice, Attorney General and Minister of State for Social Development between 1981 and 1982; to the Minister of State for Economic Development and to the Minister of State for Science and Technology beteween 1982 and 1983.
Committee: Was former chair for the Standing Committee on Finance from 1993 to 1997; former member of the Public Accounts Committee; chaired the Parliamentary Task Force on Regulatory Reform; as well as a member of the Cabinet Committees on Global Affairs and Canada and the U.S.
Caucus: Was Industry critic and former Treasury Board critic in 1993.
Office Address: 806-5799 Yonge St., Willowdale, ON
Tel: (416) 223-2858
Capital Address: Room 42 6-N, Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON
Tel: (613) 992-4964




Jovan Boseovski

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a degree in Urban Planning from Ryerson University and a Master's degree in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.
Career Background: Is currently an economic development officer for the Regional Muncipality of Durham. He spent 3 years as a client services co-ordinator for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA), helping to bring international investment to the Greater Toronto Area. In the community, he has volunteered with Daytrippers Children's Charity since 2002, as the co-chair of its marketing committee and editor of The Daytripper newsletter.

Political History
Party: Has been involved in the PC Party since age 16. He has worked on numerous campaigns in the past 10 years and was a vocal supporter of the creatiion of the new Conservative Party of Canada.




Yvonne Bobb

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: Date
Birthplace: Year of Arrival In Canada: 1969

Career Background: Currently, a Program Assistant with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Active in her union, the Ontario Public Service Employees, has been a local union President, Co-Chair of the Ministry's Employee Relations Committee, and a Human Rights Advisor. A Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Vice Chair of the Provincial Women's Committee of the Ontario Public Service Employees. President of the Black Advisory Committee and a member-at-large on the board of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Member of the Association of Concerned Guyanese.
Children: 1 daughter

Political History
Party: Currently, Pres of Black Advisory Committee of the NDP; Co-chair of Ethnic Liaison Committee; Exec Member of prov NDP.
Provincial: Def in Willowdale in 2003.
Federal: Def in Willowdale in 2000.




Sherolyn Vettese

Party: Green Party of Canada

Profession: Household manager
Career Background: Has written a parenting book, Life Teacher: The Role of a Parent.
Children: three

Political History
Provincial: Was defeated in Willowdale in 2003.




Ardavan Behrouzi

Party: Progressive Canadian Party




Bernadette Michael

Party: Independent


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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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