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 DISTRICT: Provencher
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Vic Toews CON 22694 63.02% X
Peter Epp LIB 8975 24.92%
Sarah Zaharia NDP 3244 9.01%
Janine G. Gibson GRN 1100 3.05%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 175 of 175 polls reporting


221 Provencher

2004 Candidates

LIB: Peter Epp
GRN: Janine Gibson
CON: Vic Toews (Incumbent)
NDP: Sarah Zaharia

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
The riding is located in the southeast corner of Manitoba, bordering Ontario in the east and U.S. in the south. The City of Winnipeg forms part of the boundary in the west. The riding includes Lac du Bonnet, Steinbach, Altona, Lorette, Pinawa as well as several native reserves.Whiteshell Provincial Park is in the northeast part of riding.

The agricultural sector employs a major part of the workforce in this mainly rural riding, followed by manufacturing.

Once the home of Metis leader Louis Riel, Provencher's French ancestry has given way to Mennonites of Dutch-German ancestry as the riding's largest ethnic group.In the 2001 census, 17 per cent listed German as their ethnic origin. Almost 12 per cent of the population listed French as their mother tongue, while 16 per cent listed German.

The average family income is $55,592 with an unemployment rate of 4.30 per cent.

In 1996, it kept 94 per cent of riding and added 10 per cent of Selkirk-Red River. In 2004, it kept 90 per cent (population=78,493) and added, in the north, four per cent (population=2967) of the Churchill riding.

Political History
The 1872 election was won by Sir George Etienne Cartier. In 1874, Louis Riel was acclaimed. On April 16, 1874, the House of Commons passed motion expelling him from House. A new writ was issued and Riel returned by acclamation. On February 25, 1875, a resolution was passed by the House declaring him an outlaw. A new writ was issued and LIB was acclaimed.From 1904 to 1953 inclusive, riding was held by either LIBS or LIB-PROGS.

PC Warner Jorgenson won in 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965.In 1968, LIB Mark Smerchanski defeated PC Jorgenson.In 1972, PC Jake Epp defeated LIB Smerchanski by 4,773 votes.PC Epp was re-elected in 1974, 1979, 1980 and 1984. Epp, who had been appointed Minister of Indian Affairs & North Development by Joe Clark in 1979, was appointed Minister of Health & Welfare in 1984. In 1988, PC Epp defeated LIB Wes Penner by 7,879 votes. He was Minister of EMR from 1989 to the Cabinet shuffle in 1993.

In 1993, LIB David Iftody defeated REF Dean Whiteway by 2,656 votes.In 1997, LIB Iftody defeated REF Larry Tardiff by 1,797 votes.

In 2000, PC Vic Toews defeated LIB Iftody by 6,939 votes.

This riding was established in 1871.

1935-1953 incl - LIB/LIB PROG
1957-1965 incl - PC
1968 - LIB
1972-1988 incl - PC
1993, 1997 - LIB
2000 - CA

Candidate Profiles

Peter Epp

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1969

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a BA from the University of Manitoba. Went to law school at the University of British Columbia, taking a semester at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He graduated in 1993.
Profession: Lawyer
Career Background: After law school he returned to Manitoba and practised corporate, commercial and real estate law at the Pitblado firm. His practice there (from 1993-1997) included advising Manitoba businesses, farmers and agri-business clients and working on cross-border trade issues.
In 1997, he was offered a position at the New York office of Linklaters, one of the world's leading law firms. There, he practised international finance and corporate law. In 1998, he accepted a one-year special appointment at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank), where he focused on international development financing matters.
He then worked for several years in both the Washington, DC and London, UK offices of Linklaters. He decided to come back to Manitoba to serve the people of Provencher as a Liberal candidate.

Vic Toews

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: September 10, 1952
Age: 51
Birthplace: Paraguay

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a BA in History and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Manitoba. He also took courses in Public Sector Management.
Career Background: From 1977-1987, he was Crown counsel to the department of the attorney-general, as well as counsel to the Deparment of Labour and Employment Services, the Manitoba Labour Board, and was the director of Workplace Safety and Health and the director of Child Welfare. From 1987-1991, he was director of the constitutional law branch for the Department of Justice.
In 1991, he was the associate counsel for the Great West Life Assurance Company. After being defeated in the 1999 Manitoba election, he returned to Great West Life as their senior counsel.
From 1988-1995, he was a lecturer on labour law and employment law at the University of Manitoba, and was also a member of the Manitoba Bar Association task force on gender equality in the legal profession.
His activties in the community include stints as president and vice-president of the community school association for Lord Wolseley School, and as a member of the board of directors of YM-YWCA.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Lorraine
Children: two - Mark and Leslie

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Elmwood in 1990. Elected in Rossmere in 1995; defeated in 1999.
Federal: Won in Provencher in 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: In May 1995, he was the minister of labour and the minister charged with administration of the Civil Service Act, Civil Service Superannuation Act, Civil Service Supplementary Severance Benefit Act, Public Servants Act, and the Workers' Compensation Act. In January 1997, he was the minister of justice and attorney-general, Keeper of the Great Seal and the minister responsible for constitutional affairs.
Committee: Former member: justice and human rights; sub-committee on national security of justice and human rights. Member: justice, human rights, public safety and emergency preparedness.
Caucus: Former Canadian Alliance justice critic. Became Conservative Party justice critic in January 2004.
Office Address: 203-323 Main Street, Steinbach, MB
Tel: (204) 326-9889
Capital Address: Room 600 Justice Building, House of Commmons, Ottawa ON
Tel: (613) 992-3128

Sarah Zaharia

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Janine Gibson

Party: Green Party of Canada

Education: Has studied psychology and English at the University of Winnipeg, as well as family studies at the University of Manitoba.
Career Background: Has been working as an independent organic inspector for 11 years, continuing a 28 year career in adult education. She is currently serving as the national president of Canadian Organic Growers (COG), whereby she represents the family farms and gardens of the membership of COG on the Organic Regulatory Committee as well as in designing a fair Regulation for Organic Agriculture in Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
She also teaches organic inspection internationally through her work with the Independent Organic Inspectors Association, and facilitates workshops on more sustainable agriculture at conferences and universities across North America. She was recently chosen to represent Canada at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development organic workshop in Washington, DC.
She lives in a solar and wind-powered village, Northern Sun Farm Cooperative, in the south east corner of Manitoba.
Children: yes

Political History
Tel: (204) 434-6018


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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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