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 DISTRICT: Elmwood-Transcona
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Bill Blaikie NDP 15221 51.98% X
Bryan McLeod CON 7644 26.11%
Tanya Parks LIB 4923 16.82%
Elijah Gair GRN 719 2.46%
Robert Scott CHP 386 1.32%
Gavin Whittaker MP 311 1.06%
Paul Sidon COM 74 0.25%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 178 of 178 polls reporting


218 Elmwood - Transcona

2004 Candidates

NDP: Bill Blaikie
GRN: Elijah Gair
CON: Bryan Mcleod
LIB: Tanya Parks
CHP: Robert Scott
COM: Paul Sidon
MP: Gavin Whittaker

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This is a mainly suburban riding located in the northeast end of the City of Winnipeg. It runs between the Red River in the west and eastern limits of the city. The southern boundary is Mission Street/Plessis Rd./St Boniface Rd./Murdock Rd./Dugald Rd. The northern boundary is Oakland Ave./McLeod Ave./Grassie Blvd./Perfanick Dr./Angela/CP line/Winnipeg city limits.

Manufacturing, particularly bus and furniture manufacturers, employs the greatest number within the community followed by other services.

The total immigrant population is almost 13 per cent. Only 9.62 per cent listed 'Canadian' as their ethnic origin, while over 40 per cent listed 'other' and almost 50 per cent had multiple responses.

The average family income is $54,615 with an unemployment rate of 6.10 per cent.

The riding of Winnipeg-Transcona was created in the 1986 redistribution from 60 per cent of Winnipeg-Birds Hill and 19 per cent of Winnipeg North Centre. In 1996, it kept 98 per cent of riding and added a small area from Saint Boniface.

In 2004, the riding became Elmwood-Transcona and kept 97 per cent of riding (population=77,997).

Political History
The riding was established in 1986 mostly from the Winnipeg-Birds Hill riding, where ND Bill Blaikie won in 1979, 1980 and 1984. ND Bill Blaikie, incumbent from Winnipeg-Birds Hill, also won here in 1988 and 1993. In 1997, ND Blaikie defeated LIB Rosemary Broadbent by 9,535 votes. In 2000, ND Blaikie defeated CA Shawn Rattai by 7,344 votes.

The riding was established in 1986.

1979, 1980, 1984 - NDP

1988, 1993, 1997, 2000 - NDP

Candidate Profiles

Tanya Parks

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Man.

Profession: Small business owner
Career Background: Owner of Distant Caravan in the Forks Market. She has been a small business owner in the Forks Market since its inception 14 years ago. She is an active volunteer for UNICEF and Folklorama, and has produced fashion shows for numerous fundraising events for Winnipeg charities.

Political History
Provincial: Was defeated in Concordia in 2003.

Bryan Mcleod

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

University Degree: No
Education: Currently a part-time political science student at the University of Winnipeg.
Career Background: He has been involved in the Elmwood community as a volunteer for many non-profit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Pan-Am Games, the North American Indigenous Games, and Kid Sport.

Bill Blaikie

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: June 19, 1951
Age: 52
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Man.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Winnipeg, a master's degree in Divinity from Emmanuel College (Toronto School of Theology), and was ordained as a minister in the United Church in June 1978.
Profession: Minister
Career Background: Was a labourer for the Canadian National Railway (CNR, now CN) from 1969 to 1974. He was ordained as a minister in 1978 and from 1977-1979 he was the director of the North End Community Ministry "Stella Mission" (a United Church outreach program) in Winnipeg.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Brenda (Bihun)
Children: four - Rebecca, Jessica, Daniel, and Tessa

Political History
Federal: Elected in Winnipeg-Birds Hill in 1979, 1980, and 1984. Elected in Winnipeg Transcona in 1988, 1993, 1997, and 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former Member: Sub-Committee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Sub-Committee on Private Members' Business of Procedure and House Affairs; Sub-Committee on the Sittings of the House; Special Committee on the Modernization and Improvement of the Procedures of the House of Commons; Justice and Human Rights; Sub-Committee on National Security; Finance; National Defence and Veterans Affairs; Sub-Committee on Veterans Affairs. Member: National Defence and Veterans Affairs.
Caucus: Former House Leader. Former Critic areas: Foreign Affairs; National Defence; Intergovernmental Affairs; Justice; Parliamentary Reform; Solicitor General. Current Critic areas: Prime Minister; Veterans Affairs; Globalization; International Trade; National Defence. Has been parliamentary leader of the NDP in the House of Commons since January 2003.
Office Address: 4-1600 Regent Ave W., Winnipeg, Man.,
Tel: (204) 984-2499
Capital Address: Room 214 West Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0A6
Tel: (613) 995-6339

Elijah Gair

Party: Green Party of Canada

Political History
Tel: (204) 488-2831

Robert Scott

Party: Christian Heritage Party

University Degree: Yes
Education: Received a BA from the University of Manitoba in 1973, and a certificate of education in 1974.
Career Background: He has worked as a teacher and social counsellor with the Department of Indian Affairs and is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves with the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is currently employed as a locomotive engineer with the Canadian National Railway. He was a leader with the scouting movement; he served on Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish Council as chairman of the ecumenical committee; he was a Red Cross Blood donor, canvasser and zone captain for the Manitoba Heart Fund. He and wife Judi Anne were youth leaders and host couple for Evenings for the Engaged and Marriage Encounter Programs; he served as Director of Neighbourhood Watch and President of District #4 Citizens For Crime Awareness. He and his wife currently attend Shalom Family Worship Centre where he is a deacon, chairman of the church council and member of the missions committee. He is also a member of League For Life and a volunteer with Focus on the Family.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Judith Ann

Political History
Party: He has been a member of the CHP since 1988.
Federal: Defeated in Winnipeg-Transcona in 1993, 1997, and 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Tel: (204) 222-8310

Paul Sidon

Party: Communist Party

Career Background: An overhead door mechanic and a foreign languages student. Active in the progressive Ukrainian community, he has been politically active since 1996.
Children: two

Gavin Whittaker

Party: Marijuana Party

Political History
Provincial: Defeated as Libertarian in Elmwood in 2003.


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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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