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 DISTRICT: Portage-Lisgar
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Brian Pallister CON 22939 65.93% X
Don Kuhl LIB 6174 17.74%
Daren Van Den Bussche NDP 3251 9.34%
David Reimer CHP 1458 4.2%
Marc Payette GRN 856 2.45%
Allister Cucksey COM 117 0.32%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 190 of 190 polls reporting


220 Portage-Lisgar

2004 Candidates

COM: Allister Cucksey
LIB: Don Kuhl
CON: Brian Pallister (Incumbent)
GRN: Marc Payette
CHP: David Reimer
NDP: Daren Van Den Bussche

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This is a rural riding in southern Manitoba, west of Winnipeg. It runs from the U.S. border in the south to Lake Manitoba in the northeast corner.It includes Portage-La Prairie, Winkler, Morden and Carman as well as Long Plain and Swan Lake reserves. The eastern part of Spruce Woods Provincial Park is in the western part of the riding.

The riding is situated in the wheat belt of Canada and has a diversified agricultural industry, followed by manufacturing and health and social services.

In the 2001 census, 23 per cent gave German as their mother tongue and five per cent gave French. There is a 20 per cent German population in this riding. Almost 13 per cent of the population has less than a Grade 9 education. The average family income is $53,269 with an unemployment rate of 4.10 per cent.

The riding was created in the 1996 redistribution from 72 per cent of Lisgar-Marquette, 42 per cent of Portage-Interlake and 0.4 per cent of Brandon-Souris.In 2004, it kept 89 per cent (population=73,452) and added, in the east, 10 per cent (population=8,905) of Provencher and one per cent (population=1,024) of Selkirk-Interlake.

Political History
The riding of Portage-Lisgar established in 1996 redistribution.

1997 - REF
2000 - CA

PC George Muir held riding from 1957 until he died in 1970. PC Jack Murta won 1970 by election, in 1972, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1984.

PC Charlie Mayer won in 1979, 1980, 1984. He served as Minister of St (Canadian Wheat Board) and Minister responsible for liaison with Co-op Sector and Minister of St (Grains and Oilseeds).

In 1988, PC Charlie Mayer defeated LIB Bonnie Alston by 10,310 votes. He was reappointed to previous Cabinet post, Minister of Western Economic Diversification in 1989. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Small Communities and Rural Areas in 1993. In 1993 REF Jake Hoeppner defeated LIB Grant Johnson by 4,653 votes.

In 1997, REF Jake Hoeppner defeated PC Brian Pallister by 1,449 votes. After criticizing Preston Manning, he was removed from the REF caucus in 1999. He was permanently suspended in 1999 and removed from the party. In 1999, he became IND REF and became IND in 2000. In 2000, CA Brian Pallister defeated LIB Gerry Gebler by 11,185 votes. Hoeppner, running as IND, was 4th.

Candidate Profiles

Don Kuhl

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: Graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Agriculture.
Career Background: Was a partner in the Southern Manitoba Potato Company. When his father retired in 1978, he established his own farm corporation. He retired from farming in 2000.
He has served on numerous farm organizations. He was an executive member of the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association from 1990-1999 and president for five years. He was a vice-chairman of the Western Canadian Pulse Growers Association.
He was on the Special Crops advisory Committee for the Canadian Grains Commission, and has been an executive member of the Manitoba Sugar Beet Growers Association and the Manitoba Corn Growers Association.
In the community, he has been an executive member on numerous boards including the Winkler Flyers Junior Hockey Club, the Winkler Recreation Commission, and the Lower Red River Valley Water Commission.
He is a charter member and past president of the Winkler Lions Club and has served on the Garden Valley School Division Board.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Liz
Children: three daughters

Political History
Municipal: On the city of Winkler council from 1983 to 1998, serving as deputy mayor for three years.

Brian Pallister

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: July 6, 1951
Age: 52
Birthplace: Portage la Prairie, Man.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a BA and a B.Ed. from Brandon University.
Profession: Insurance Agent
Career Background: Was a high school teacher in rural Manitoba from 1976-1979. After 1980, he became an insurance broker, estate planner and financial consultant. He founded Pallister Insurance and Financial Services in Portage la Prairie. He is the past chair of the Canadian Insurance Agents advisory Council (Sunlife) and a member of the Insurance Brokers Association. He has been active in fundraising for the local Red Cross and served on the Portage and District Chamber of Commerce as a member and president. He has volunteered as a coach for various athletic teams, and co-founded a local fastball club called the Portage Diamonds. Was Manitoba chair of the Brandon University Foundation. He has participated as an organizer, coach and athlete in over 50 international, national and provincial sports competitions, in five different sports, and was recently elected to the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Esther
Children: two - Quinn and Shawn

Political History
Provincial: Elected in Portage la Prairie in a by election in September 1992; re-elected in 1995.
Federal: Defeated as PC in Portage-Lisgar in 1997; won as Canadian Alliance in Portage-Lisgar in 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Became minister of government services for Manitoba in May 1995. He resigned to seek the PC federal nomination.
Committee: Former vice-chair of foreign affairs and international trade; human resources development and the status of persons with disabilities. Former member: aboriginal affairs, northern development and natural resources; public accounts. Vice-chair: human resources, skills development, social development and the status of persons with disabilities.
Caucus: Former critic for: human resources development; Indian affairs and northern development; foreign affairs; regional equity. Became the Conservative party's human resources and skills development critic in January 2004.
Leadership: Defeated for federal PC leadership in 1998.
Office Address: 302 Saskatchewan Ave E, Portage la Prairie, Man.
Tel: (204) 856-2090
Capital Address: Room 517 Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 995-9511

Daren Van Den Bussche

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Career Background: A fire fighter with the city of Portage la Prairie, a certified medical technician and a Level II fire inspector> His community work includes being co-chair of the Portage Collegiate Institute Safe Grad Committee and a past member of the Portage Community Policing Committee. He is a founder and coach of Portage Youth Scrimmage Hockey and served as a volunteer for Fire-fighters' Burn Fund, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Children's Wish Foundation and the Portage United Way.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Bonnie
Children: two - Kyle and Aaron

Marc Payette

Party: Green Party of Canada

David Reimer

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Education: Attended Bible College from 1980-1985, where he received his ministry licence.
Career Background: Moved to Alberta in 1986, where he was an associate pastor in Wetaskiwan, Alberta. In 1991, he moved back to Steinbach, Manitoba, where he and his wife pioneered Shalom Family worship centre.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Katharine
Children: three

Political History
Party: Served the Christian Heritage Party as a member of the Manitoba provincial council since 1992; served three terms as national prayer, ethics and personnel director. Vice-president of the CHP Manitoba provincial council. Interim deputy leader.
Federal: Defeated in Wetaskiwin in 1988. Defeated in Winnipeg North-St Paul in 1997.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Tel: (204) 326-7520

Allister Cucksey

Party: Communist Party

University Degree:
Career Background: He is a university student, secretary of an environmental council and a member of the Young Communist League. He has worked on environmental and sustainable agriculture issues, access to post-secondary education and supporting medicare.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Connie


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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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