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 DISTRICT: Southern Interior
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Jim Gouk CON 16940 36.6% X
Alex Atamanenko NDP 16260 35.13%
Doug Stanley LIB 8310 17.96%
Scott Leyland GRN 3663 7.91%
Robert Schuster IND 591 1.28%
Karine Cyr MP 391 0.84%
Farlie Paynter CAP 87 0.19%
Brian Sproule ML 39 0.08%
 Last Update:  June 29, 5:38:24 AM EDT 208 of 208 polls reporting


295 Southern Interior

2004 Candidates

NDP: Alex Atamanenko
MP: Karine Cyr
CON: Jim Gouk (Incumbent)
GRN: Scott Leyland
CAP: Farlie Paynter
IND: Robert Schuster
ML: Brian Sproule
LIB: Doug Stanley

Riding Profile

 Riding Map
Located in the mountains east of the Okanagan, this riding borders the U.S. to the south and contains the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, part of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (including the cities of Castlegar and Nelson and the villages of Kaslo, New Denver, Salmo, Silverton and Slocan), and part of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (including the towns of Oliver, Osoyoos and Princeton, as well as the village of Keremeos).

The 2001 census counted 96,144 residents. About 13 per cent are immigrants and nearly 18 per cent are older than 65.

South Interior is a rich source of many natural resources. Forestry, manufacturing and the service sector are major employers. Tourism, including skiing and sightseeing, has become increasingly important. The average family income is $53,725 and unemployment is 10.4 per cent.

The riding of West Kootenay-Okanagan was established in 1996 by combining most of Kootenay-West Revelstoke with a portion of Okanagan-Simikameen-Merritt. This year the riding became South Interior, losing a small portion of its previous population while gaining about 9,000 people from Okanagan-Coquihalla.

Population: 96,144

Political History
Jim Gouk is in his third term as MP here. He was elected on the Reform ticket in 1993, edging out his Liberal rival by 728 votes. Since then, his victories have been comfortable. In 2000 he defeated Liberal Bill Barlee by more than 8,000 votes.

Historically, New Democrats held sway, controlling the riding from 1945-74. Then Bob Brisco of the Tories served two terms. Brisco was unseated by the NDP's Lyle Kristiansen in 1980, came back in 1984, and then was unseated again by Kristiansen in 1988.

Riding of West Kootenay-Okanagan established in 1996 redistribution. Riding name changed to Kootenay-Boundary-Okanagan on June 18, 1998. Riding changed to South Interior in 2004.

1925-1940 inclusive: CONS
1945-1972 inclusive: CCF/NDP
1974, 1979: PC
1980: NDP
1984: PC

1988: NDP
1993: REF

1997: REF
2000: CA


Candidate Profiles

Doug Stanley

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Sept. 7, 1939
Age: 64
Birthplace: St John's, Nfld.

Career Background: He worked in Toronto for Commercial Credit Corporation Ltd. for 19 years before joining Kootenay Savings Credit Union in 1981. Two years after joining Kootenay Savings as operations manager, he was appointed president and chief executive officer, a position he held for 20 years until retirement in Sept 2003.
Community: He was chairperson of the Kootenay Friends of Children Foundation, and is an active member of the Trail Rotary Club. He was also president and host committee chairperson of the 1995 Senior Babe Ruth World Series Event, and was co-chair of the city of Trail's centennial anniversary committee in 2001. He was also past director of the Trail Minor Hockey Association, and the Pathfinder Learning Systems Corporation.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Katherine Primeau
Children: Blair, Barbara and John

Political History
Party: An elected delegate to the Liberal Party of Canada 2003 Leadership and Biennial Convention

Jim Gouk

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth Date: Apr. 15, 1946
Age: 58
Birthplace: Toronto

Education: Attended Douglas College in Surrey and New Westminster, B.C., and took classes at Trinity Western University.
Profession: Real estate
Career Background: He worked as an air traffic controller for Transport Canada's Pacific region, as manager/owner of Banshee Contracting Ltd., and as a realtor for Castlegar Realty.
Community: He is a past president of the Castlegar Rotary Club and the High Arrow Shrine Club. He was a member of the now disbanded Castlegar voters' group known as CURB (Citizens Unaccepting Rash Bureaucracy). He was the founding director of the Crow's Nest Highway 3 Association, and has been active in charity programs, including riding a bicycle from Castlegar to Phoenix, Ariz. to raise funds to benefit Rotary International's Polio Plus Program, a project to eliminate polio throughout the world.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Ann
Children: Warren and Wende

Political History
Municipal: Served two terms as Castlegar councillor. In 1982, ran as candidate for mayor of Castlegar and was defeated.
Federal: Elected in Kootenay West-Revelstoke in 1993; elected in West Kootenay-Okanagan in 1997; elected in Kootenay-Boundary-Okanagan in 2000.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committees: Former member of Natural Resources and Government Operations; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; Transport; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; and Transport and Government Operations. Member of Transport.
Caucus: Former critic for Labour; Public Works and Government Services; Transport; VIA Rail. Became the Conservative Party Labour critic in January 2004.
Office Address: 684 18th St., Castlegar, B.C.
Tel: 250-365-2792
Capital Address: Room 545 Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: 613-996-8036

Alex Atamanenko

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 24, 1945
Age: 59
Birthplace: New Westminster, B.C.

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a Bachelor of Phys. Ed. degree, specializing in recreation; a teaching diploma from the University of British Columbia; an MA in Russian from the University of Toronto; and French language courses.
Career Background: He is a retired teacher and a member of the B.C. Retired Teachers Association. He taught Russian, French and English at a number of schools across Canada and the U.S. He also has experience in recreation and physical education with a number of organizations, including the Boys' Clubs of Vancouver, the Canadian Armed Forces Base in Portage La Prairie, Man., for the Coquitlam and New Westminster recreation departments, where he was part-time leader and co-ordinator, and for the Yukon government as co-ordinator for the Canada Games (1976-77) and a recreation consultant (1977-79). He was also a freelance translator, and is a karate instructor with the Castlegar Karate Club.
Marital Status: Married

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Office Address: 337 Columbia, Castlegar, B.C., V1N 1G6
Tel: 250-365-8134

Scott Leyland

Party: Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Trail, B.C. area

University Degree: Yes
Education: Graduated as a physiotherapist and occupational therapist from the University of British Columbia.
Career Background: He treats patients and is a health service area manager (directing reorganization and development of rehabilitation services for his health region), and is chair of the neurosciences division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Community: He has been instrumental in many community projects including Trail's ALPHA House, Roseberry Parklands, and the Slocan Camp for Wheels.
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two sons

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Tel: (250) 362-9436

Farlie Paynter

Party: Canadian Action Party

University Degree: Yes
Education: Holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of British Columbia.
Profession: Orchardist

Political History
Federal: In the early 1990s, he joined a new party, the Canada Party, becoming national treasurer, and ran in the 1993 federal election in the Surrey, Whiterock, S. Langley, riding.

Karine Cyr

Party: Marijuana Party

Political History
Provincial: Defeated in Athabaska in 2003.

Robert Schuster

Party: Independent

Brian Sproule

Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Vancouver East in 1993. Defeated in New Westminster-Coquitlam-Burnaby 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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