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 DISTRICT: Abbotsford
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Randy White CON 29587 61.37% X
Moe Gill LIB 9617 19.98%
Scott Fast NDP 6575 13.66%
Karl Hann GRN 1389 2.89%
Harold J. Ludwig CHP 585 1.22%
Tim Felger MP 404 0.84%
David MacKay ML 51 0.11%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:55 AM EDT 202 of 202 polls reporting

Ridings

270 Abbotsford

2004 Candidates
NDP: Scott Fast
MP: Tim Felger
LIB: Moe Gill
GRN: Karl Hann
CHP: Harold J. Ludwig
ML: David MacKay
CON: Randy White (Incumbent)

Riding Profile
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This riding runs between the Fraser River in the north and the U.S. border in the south. It contains part of the Fraser Valley Regional District, including the city of Abbotsford and the Matsqui and Upper Sumas reserves.

The 2001 census counted 116,098 residents. Nearly a quarter of them were immigrants; at least 13 per cent were of East Indian origin.

The service sector and manufacturing are the main industries here. Average family income is $58,719, and unemployment is 8.3 per cent.

The Abbotsford riding was created in 2004 by combining nearly equal portions of Fraser Valley and Langley-Abbotsford.

Political History
Running under the Reform/Canadian Alliance banner, Chuck Strahl easily carried the former Fraser Valley from 1993. In 2000, he won by nearly 30,000 votes. Prior to Strahl, Tories dominated beginning in 1968.

In the former Langley-Abbotsford, Strahl's party colleague Randy White had equal success, winning comfortably since 1993. Tory Bob Wenman won the five previous elections.


Candidate Profiles

Moe Gill

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birthplace: Punjab, India

Career Background: He is currently serving his third term on Abbotsford city council. He also sits on nine committees including the Greater Vancouver Regional District Parks Board; the Matsqui and Sumas diking, drainage, and irrigation committees, the Abbotsford-Mission Joint Transit Committee; the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association; the AgriFair Board and the Canada Day Committee. In the community, he is involved with the Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers Association, Fraser Valley Strawberry Growers Association, B.C. Raspberry Growers Association, the Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association; the Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary; the Dashmesh Punjabi School; and the Abbotsford Foundation.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jagdish
Children: One son, one daughter

Office Address: 2630 Bourquin Cres. West Unit 1, Abbotsford, B.C.
Tel: (604) 864-6466


Randy White

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 3, 1948
Age: 55
Birthplace: Halifax, N.S.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a CMA from the University of Alberta.
Profession: Chartered Accountant
Career Background: He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, was in accounting and finance for the Northern Canada Power Commission in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and was the director of finance for Alberta Energy. He was also the secretary treasurer for the Prince George school district, the secretary treasurer and CEO of business operations at the Abbotsford school district, and was also the past director and vice-president of the Upper Fraser Valley Child Development Pre-School for Handicapped Children.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Marty
Children: Jason and Trena

Political History
Party: Was a member of the Reform party for three years.
Federal: Elected in Fraser Valley West in 1993; elected in Langley-Abbotsford in 1997 and 2000.
Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Former vice-chair: Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs. Former member: Procedure and House Affairs; Justice and Human Rights. Member: Health.
Caucus: Former critic for: Solicitor-General; Justice & Legal Affairs; Finance; Public Works; Parliamentary Affairs. Former deputy critic for Justice and Immigration. Former caucus vice-chair. Former House leader. Became the Conservative party's adviser to the leader, as well as the critic for Health (Drug Review Agency) in January 2004.
Office Address: 2-6830 216th Street, Langley, B.C.
Tel: (604) 534-5955
Capital Address: Room 410 Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: (613) 995-0183


Scott Fast

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 58

University Degree: Yes
Education: Graduated in political science from the University of Washington. Completed graduate studies at the University of British Columbia.
Career Background: He is a faculty member in the department of philosophy and politics at the University College of the Fraser Valley. He is also a member of the UCFV Faculty and Staff Association, and has served on the union executive and negotiating teams, once as chief negotiator. He was head coach of the UCFV varsity men's soccer team between 1987 and 2003, and is an active member of the community in Chilliwack and Abbotsford.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Evita Rintjema
Children: Three adult children



Karl Hann

Party: Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Romania

Career Background: He served in the Romanian army, then turned to agriculture. In 1979, he decided to seek freedom. After a few years in Germany, Canada seemed a more attractive place to farm. He has been in Abbotsford since 1986, where he is presently working on an organic farm.
Marital Status: Married

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Abbotsford-Mount Lehman in 2001.
Tel: 604-859-5959


Tim Felger

Party: Marijuana Party


Harold J. Ludwig

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Langley-Abbotsford in 1997, 2000. Was a CHP candidate in 2000 until party was de-registered.


David MacKay

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Prince George-Bulkley Valley 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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