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 DISTRICT: Calgary North Centre
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Jim Prentice CON 28143 54.19% X
Cathy McClusky LIB 11093 21.36%
John Chan NDP 6298 12.25%
Mark MacGillivray GRN 5840 11.24%
Michael Falconar IND 380 0.73%
Margaret Peggy Askin ML 184 0.35%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 256 of 256 polls reporting


244 Calgary North Centre

2004 Candidates

MLP: Margaret Peggy Askin
NDP: John Chan
IND: Michael Falconar
LIB: Cathy McClusky
GRN: Mark MacGillivray
CON: Jim Prentice

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This riding is situated between Calgary-Nose Hill and Calgary Northeast. It runs from the Bow River in the south to Berkshire Boulevard Northwest, 14th Street Northwest and John Laurie Boulevard in the north, and from the Deerfoot Trail Northeast and Beddington Trail Northeast in the east to Shaganappi Trail Northwest and Crowchild Trail Northwest in the west.

The 2001 census counted 117,252 residents. More than 18 per cent are immigrants. There are significant Chinese and Italian populations.

The service sector is the main employer here. Education levels are high, with more than 19 per cent of residents holding a university degree. The average family income is $70,223 and unemployment is just 4.8 per cent.

This riding was formed in 2004, by combining large swaths of Calgary Nose Hill and Calgary Centre with a somewhat smaller section of Calgary Northeast.

Population: 117,252

Political History
The former Calgary Centre went to the Reform party in 1993 and 1997, but in 2000 it was won by then-Tory leader Joe Clark, who upset incumbent Eric Lowther by 4,304 votes. Clark's victory was a comeback for the riding's Tories, who had held the seat from 1968 to 1993. For 21 of those years the MP was Harvie Andre, who held a number of cabinet portfolios.

In the former Calgary-Nose Hill, Diane Ablonczy won the past three elections with the Reform/Canadian Alliance. In her 2000 victory she walked over Liberal Brian Thiessen, out polling him by more than 24,000 votes.


Candidate Profiles

Cathy McClusky

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

University Degree: Yes
Education: She holds an honours history degree from the University of Calgary, a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Career Background: She has worked as an exploration geologist in the Calgary oil patch, and has also worked in the mining industry in a number of countries including Canada, Mexico, Guinea and Mongolia. She is currently working as a management consultant with clients from a variety of sectors including petroleum, utilities, telecommunications and retail. She was a two-term president of the federal Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta. She served as a national policy co-chair at the 1992 convention in Ottawa.

Political History
Party: Founding president of the Wildrose riding.
Federal: Defeated in Wildrose in 1988.

Jim Prentice

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Age: 47

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a law degree from Dalhousie University.

Career Background: He has practiced law for over 20 years. He is a partner in the law firm of Rooney Prentice, where he specializes in property rights and has handled a number of relocations, environmental protection suits and cases arising from restricted development areas. He served as a commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission of Canada for 10 years. He has owned and operated weekly newspapers, and has been part-owner of a retail business in Canmore. He has been also been involved in real estate: the developer of acreage developments, commercial developments and highway-commercial lands. In the community, he served for seven years on the board of directors at the Calgary Winter Club, including stints as president and chairman. He is active as a member and volunteer leader in the Grace Presbyterian Church and has volunteered as an advocate for learning-disabled kids.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Karen
Children: Three daughters - Christina, Cassia and Kate

Political History
Leadership: Defeated for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 2003.

John Chan

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Career Background: He is employed as a compliance inspector with Alberta Environment. He served as program consultant to the Alberta Multiculturalism Commission and the Alberta Teacher's Association, and has extensive experience in non-governmental organizations, including the Mennonite Centre, Canadian Hunger Foundation, Sombrilla Refugee Support Society, Canada World Youth, and International Youth for Peace and Social Justice. He is a member of the executive council of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, and has served on the executives of a number of volunteer organizations, including Change for Children, the Centre for International Alternatives, the Alberta Round Table on Sustainable Environment and Economy, and the United Nations World Food Day Association of Canada. He has served as a lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Mark MacGillivray

Party: Green Party of Canada

Career Background: He has worked for five years in the field of budget and sales analysis with telecommunications and publishing companies. He was instrumental in organizing the first annual Official Earth Day kickoff. He has worked with Broad Minds Theatre Productions and Scorpio Productions as a director and actor and is an active member of the Sierra Club.

Political History
Party: He has been involved with the Green Party for the past two years, and has worked as the Alberta party's chief financial officer since April 2003.

Tel: (403) 667-4695

Michael Falconar

Party: Independent

Peggy Askin

Party: The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Calgary Centre (1988, 1993, 1997 and 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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