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 DISTRICT: Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Maurice Vellacott CON 15109 46.64% X
Chris Axworthy LIB 10553 32.58%
Priscilla Settee NDP 5770 17.81%
David Greenfield GRN 960 2.96%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 164 of 164 polls reporting


238 Saskatoon-Wanuskewin

2004 Candidates
LIB: Chris Axworthy
GRN: David Greenfield
NDP: Priscilla Settee
CON: Maurice Vellacott (Incumbent)

Riding Profile

 Riding Map
This riding is composed of the northwest part of Saskatoon, plus rural areas north and west of the city. The South Saskatchewan River forms part of the east boundary and the North Saskatchewan River forms part of south boundary. Outlying communities include Martensville, Rosthern and Duck Lake, and there are several small First Nations reserves.

The 2001 census counted 72,429 residents. About five per cent are immigrants.

The manufacturing and service sectors predominate in Saskatoon, while agriculture is the main occupation in the rural areas. More than 10 per cent of residents have a university degree. Unemployment is 5.9 per cent, and the average family income is $61,568.

This riding was formed in 1996 by combining two-thirds of Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing with smaller parts of four other ridings. In the 2004 redistribution about five per cent of the riding was carved away.

Population: 72,429

Political History
The current incumbent, Maurice Vellacott, won this seat in 1997 with the Reform party. In 2000 he beat New Democrat Hugh Walker by 9,382 votes.

New Democrats held this seat from 1968-74. Then, from 1974 through most of the 1980s, this was Tory territory. The NDP came back in 1988 and 1993, with wins by Chris Axworthy.

Riding of Wanuskewin established in 1996 redistribution. Riding name changed to Saskatoon-Wanuskewin on June 29/00.

1968, 1972 - NDP
1974, 1979, 1980, 1984 - PC

1988, 1993 - NDP

1997 - REF
2000 - CA

Candidate Profiles

Chris Axworthy

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Mar. 10, 1947
Age: 57
Birthplace: Plymouth, England

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a BA from the City of London College, an LLB from the University of London, and an LLM from McGill University.
Profession: University professor
Career Background: He was a professor of law from 1972-1974 at the University of New Brunswick, and from 1975-1984 at Dalhousie University. He was executive director at the Centre for Study of Co-Operatives and a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from 1984-1988. In 2003, he returned to the University of Saskatchewan as a professor of law, a position he currently occupies. He also practices law with Robertson Stromberg Pedersen.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Michelle

Political History
Party: He was president of the Saskatoon-Centre provincial riding association and a founding member of Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing federal riding association. He was the caucus representative on the NDP federal council, 1988-1989.
Provincial: Won as ND in June 1999 byelection in Saskatoon Fairview.
Federal: Elected as ND in Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing in 1988 and 1993; elected in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in 1997. Resigned from Commons Feb. 2003.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Cabinet: Saskatchewan: Sept. 19/99 - Minister of Justice and Attorney-General; Feb. 2001 - Minister of Justice and Attorney-General and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; Oct. 2001 - was added as Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. Mar. 2002 - Jan. 2003 - Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. Dec. 5 2002 - Jan. 2003 - was added Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Resigned from Cabinet, said he would be quitting politics soon.

Committee: Between 1993-1997, he was an associate member of: Justice and Legal Affairs; Human Resources Development; Justice & Legal Affairs; Procedure and House Affairs; Human Rights/Status of Disabled Persons. Oct. 1997 - Industry. Associate member of: Natural Resources & Government Operations; Transport; Scrutiny of Regulations. Apr. - Sept. 1998 - Defence and Veterans Affairs. Oct. 1998 - Associate member of: Finance.
Caucus: Critic: Social Policy, Anti-Poverty, Regional Development. Chair, Caucus Atlantic Committee, 1990-1992. Chair, Saskatchewan caucus, in 1990. From 1989-1990, was Deputy House Leader. Nov. 1993 - Whip, Human Resources, Solicitor-General, Justice & Attorney-General, Literacy, Training and Youth; Atlantic liaison. Jan. 1996 - Unemployment Insurance, Solicitor-General, Justice, Training. Chair for: Jobs, Economy, Environment Committee. July 1997 - Critic areas: Industry; Science; Research & Development. Defence critic from Apr. - Sept 1998.

Maurice Vellacott

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 29, 1955
Age: 48
Birthplace: Wadena, Sask.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a bachelor's degree from Briercrest Schools, Caronport, Sask., a M.Div from the Canadian Theological Seminary (affiliated with the University of Regina), and a D.Min from Trinity International University in Illinois.
Career Background: He worked in the 1970s and 1980s as a health care worker. From 1976-1979 and from 1984-1995, he was a pastor and, most recently, was senior pastor at Massey Place community church in Saskatoon. In 1995, he was an adjunct college teacher at Bethany in Hepburn, Sask. From 1992-1997, he was a landlord and partner in a home-based health business as a Nikken independent distributor. He was a periodic contributing writer for the City's Edge newspaper. In the community, he was an advisory board member for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre in Regina; and is also a member of the Saskatoon District Health Board, the Canadian Club of Saskatoon, the Canadian Palliative Care Association, the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Saskatchewan Taxpayers' Association, and the Saskatchewan Landlord Association. He has also been a past member of Toastmasters International.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Mary
Children: Four

Political History

Provincial: Defeated as the Liberal candidate in Saskatoon-Mount Royal in 1995.
Federal: Elected in Wanuskewin in 1997 and 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former vice-chair: Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources. Former member: Health; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations Member: Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources
Caucus: Former deputy critic for: Health Human Resources Development Canada; Aboriginal Affairs Former co-chair, all-party Pro-Life Caucus. Former member, Canadian Alliance Family Caucus. In Jan. 2004, he became the Conservative Party critic for the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution.
Office Address: 3-844 51st Street E., Saskatoon, Sask.
Tel: (306) 978-8001
Capital Address: Room 601, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 992-1899

Priscilla Settee

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Prince Albert, Sask.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Currently completing her PhD in Agriculture and Education at the University of Saskatchewan.
Career Background: She is a member of the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. She has three decades of experience working on community development locally and internationally. She has been a board member of co-ops, schools, women's, aboriginal and environmental organizations.

David Greenfield

Party: Green Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1967

Career Background: Active in opposing the nuclear industry in Saskatchewan, stopping the construction of nuclear reactors and nuclear waste dumps.
Helped initiate and maintain the LETS barter system as an example of community-based economics.
Participated in the fight against genetically engineered food and has marched against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the Group of Eight (G8).
Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Saskatoon-Meewasin in 1999 and 2003.
Federal: Defeated in the 1999 byelection in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar; defeated in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin in 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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