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 DISTRICT: Windsor West
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Brian Masse NDP 20297 45.62% X
Richard Pollock LIB 13831 31.32%
Jordan Katz CON 8348 18.9%
Rob Spring GRN 1545 3.47%
Enver Villamizar ML 134 0.3%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 234 of 234 polls reporting


209 Windsor West

2004 Candidates

CON: Jordan Katz
NDP: Brian Masse (Incumbent)
LIB: Richard Pollock
GRN: Rob Spring
MLP: Enver Villamizar

Riding Profile
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This southwestern Ontario riding is in an economic area that is highly industrialized, with the Big Three automakers all operating nearby. Set on the south shore of the Detroit River, it includes the western half of Windsor – the area west of Langlois Avenue, south of Tecumseh Road East and west of Pillette Road.

Urban Windsor is a diverse, multicultural riding, with many French, Italian, Arabic and Chinese residents. Voters are heavily unionized and manufacturing, in particular automobile manufacturing and auto parts, is the largest employer. Average family income is $66,432 and unemployment is 8.2 per cent.

There has been no change in riding boundaries in 2004. The riding was created in 1966 from Essex West and part of Essex East. The 1996 redistribution kept all of the riding and added 12 per cent of Windsor-St.Clair

Population: 117,041

Political History

1968-2000 incl - LIB
2002 byelection - NDP

In a May 2002 byelection, New Democrat Brian Masse defeated Liberal Richard Pollock to win a first term in office. Windsor West and the former riding of Essex West had been held by Liberal Herb Gray since 1962. On January 14, 2002, about six months before he would have celebrated 40 years in the House of Commons, Chretien appointed Gray Commissioner of the International Joint Commission. In 2000, Gray defeated Alliance candidate Jeff Watson.

Gray served as Minister of Revenue, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of Regional Economic Expansion and President of Treasury Board in the Trudeau era. In 1993, he was appointed Government House Leader and Solicitor General and in 1997 he became Deputy Prime Minister. Essex West had voted Liberal since 1935, until PC Norman Spencer won in 1958. Gray won in 1962, 1963 and 1965 in Essex West and then from 1968 to 2000 in Windsor West.


Candidate Profiles

Richard Pollock

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Nuoro, Italy

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds an Honours Bachelor of Public Administration degree from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Laws degree and language diploma from the Université de Droit, D'Economie et des Sciences D'Aix-Marseilles, and has also studied at Laval and the University of Detroit's School of Law.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: Partner with law firm Mousseau, DeLuca, McPherson, Prince LLP; lead federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice and Agent for Attorney General County of Essex (Drug and Income Tax Offences) since 1988. He has also taught trial advocacy for the Law Society of Upper Canada (Bar Admissions Course). From 1983 to 1984, he was the special assistant to Minister of Agriculture Eugene Whelan and in 1984 was the special assistant to Minister of Agriculture Ralph Ferguson. He has served with a broad range of community organizations, including the St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology (chair on the board of governors), the Association of Canadian Community Colleges National Executive, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, and the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital (Monitoring and Measurement and Public Affairs).
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Peggy
Children: Three: Alexandra, Andrea and Anthony

Political History
Has worked on federal and provincial campaigns in Windsor since 1979. He has also served on the executive of the Windsor West Provincial Liberal Association, was the area organizer for the Essex Windsor Liberal Association and worked on Jean Chretien's leadership campaign in 1990.

Jordan Katz

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: Windsor, ON

Education: Studies in commerce and economics at the University of Windsor.
Career Background: Left University to pursue management opportunities at Casino Windsor. He later received a promotion and moved to Orillia to assist in the opening of Casino Rama. Is currently employed as a chef at the Hilton Hotel. In the community, he serves on the board of directors with the Windsor Jewish Federation and has been involved with national programs though the Canada Israel Committee.

Political History
Has actively participated as a member of the Windsor West Conservative Party Association's board of directors.

Brian Masse

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: July 9, 1968
Age: 35
Birthplace: Windsor, ON

University Degree: Yes
Education: Received an Honours BA in Sociology, with a minor in history from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in 1991. He also completed Master's course work in sociology at the University of Windsor.
Career Background: He has worked on behalf of disabled persons in various capacities, including with the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities and in the development of the Opportunities Fund, which involved more than 26 community agencies across three counties. He has had various teaching assignments in university and college settings. He was employed as a program coordinator for the Multicultural Council of Essex County; duties included operation of the Multicultural Youth in Action program. He is also a member of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Essex-Kent district board of directors, and the AIDS Committee of Windsor and Essex County.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Terry Chow
Children: One, Alexandria

Political History
Municipal: Was elected to Windsor City Council for Ward 2 in November 1997; was re-elected in November 2000.
Provincial: Was elected in Windsor West in May 2002 byelection.
Committee: member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
Caucus: critic areas: Industry, Science, Research and Development, Canada-U.S. border and trade issues and National Revenue.
Office Address: 336-300 Tecumseh Road East, Windsor, ON
Tel: (519) 255-1631
Capital Address: Room 81 8, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON
Tel: (613) 996-1541

Rob Spring

Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1964
Birthplace: Shelburne, NS

Career Background: Has been employed at Daimler Chrysler Canada as an auto assembler since 1995. His first full-time job was as an apprentice diesel truck mechanic for a small county trucking firm. He traveled to British Columbia as a percussionist with his high school band, and served two years with the 21st Windsor Service Battalion as a reservist vehicle technician. He was involved with CAW, serving as chairperson of the Local 444 CAW Environment Committee, was interim chairperson of the Windsor & District Labour Council Evironment Committee and was in-plant union environmental representative at the now-closed Pillette Road Assembly Plant. He has been an active board member and campaigner for the Citizens Environment Alliance since 1995, and has served on past city council committees.
Marital Status: Married

Political History
Joined the Green Party in 2000. In January 2004 he became Labour Advocate in the Green Party of Ontario's shadow cabinet. In April 2004 he became the Labour Advocate within the federal Green Party's shadow cabinet.

Enver Villamizar

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Essex (1999). Defeated in Windsor West (2003).
Federal: Defeated in Windsor West (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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