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DISTRICT: Carleton-Mississippi Mills
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Gordon O'ConnorCON3900456.19% X
Isabel MetcalfeLIB1636023.57%
Tasha BridgenNDP867712.5%
Jake ColeGRN45446.55%
George KolaczynskiMP4260.61%
Tracy ParsonsPCP4080.59%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 277 of 277 polls reporting


120 Carleton-Mississippi Mills

2006 Candidates:
CON:Gordon O'Connor (Incumbent)
GRN:Jake Cole
LIB:Isabel Metcalfe
MP:George Kolaczynski
NDP:Tasha Bridgen
PCP:Tracy Parsons


 Riding Map
The Ottawa River forms the northern border of this affluent eastern Ontario riding. The suburban and rural area contains southwestern suburbs of Ottawa and the town of Mississippi Mills in Lanark County.

The riding is bordered on the northeast by March Valley Road, Eagleson Road and Riddell Road, on the southeast by McCordick Road and on the southwest by Ashton Station Road.

The riding has a large manufacturing sector, including high-tech companies in the technology enclave of Kanata. There are also a significant number of public servants. The average household income is $102,188 and the unemployment rate is 4.4 per cent.

According to the 2001 census, more than five per cent of residents have French as their mother tongue.

In 2004, 63 per cent of Lanark-Carleton riding was combined with 19 per cent of Nepean-Carleton to form Carleton-Lanark. Lanark and Renfrew riding was first created in 1966 and renamed Lanark-Carleton in 1970. The 1996 redistribution kept 87 per cent of the riding.

Population: 111,149

Political History
In 2004, Conservative Gordon O'Connor defated Liberal Dan Wicklum by more than 10,000 votes.

In 2000, the Canadian Alliance's Scott Reid defeated Liberal Ian Murray by 1,859 votes. He was one of only two Alliance MPs from Ontario. In 1993 and 1997, Murray held the riding.

From 1917 to 1965 the riding of Lanark voted predominantly Tory, except for a single Liberal win in 1940. In 1968, Liberal Murray McBride won a close race in Lanark and Renfrew. The following election, PC Paul Dick won and held the riding until 1993. He served in Brian Mulroney's cabinet as minister of supply and services and minister of public works.

1968 - LIB
1972-88 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997 - LIB
2000 - CA
2004 - CON


Gordon O'Connor

Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: May 18, 1939
Age: 66
Birthplace: Toronto

Education: B.Sc. in mathematics and physics, Concordia University. BA in philosophy, York University
Profession: Military officer

Marital status: Married
Children: Two

Career background: Joined the military as a second lieutenant in the Armour Branch and retired with the rank of brigadier-general. Last appointments included responsibility for planning the future force structure of the Canadian Forces (organization, equipment and personnel) and co-ordinating all resources related to about 300 ongoing Canadian Forces equipment and infrastructure projects. Technical investigator with the Steel Company of Canada. Senior associate, Hill & Knowlton Canada (worldwide communications and public affairs company). Consultant to private-sector companies pursuing business opportunities with the federal government. Vice-president of operations, PMG Technologies (vehicle testing centre). Vice-president of business development, Profac Management Group (facilities management company)

Community activities:

Electoral History
Party: Past president of the Canadian Alliance Constituency Association in Lanark-Carleton. Current member of the provincial Progressive Conservative party
Federal: Elected in Carleton-Lanark (2004).

Political History
Committee: Member of National Defence and Veterans Affairs; subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of National Defence and Veterans Affairs
Caucus: National Defence critic

Campaign Address:
Riding Address:
101-240 Michael Cowpland Dr., Kanata, Ont., K2M 1P6
Ottawa Address:
Room 511, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.

Jake Cole

Party: Green Party of Canada

Education: B.Eng.
Profession: Civil Servant

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Susan
Children: Two

Career Background: Led Canadian contingent on International Energy Agency's projects in solar, wind, and renewable energy. Led Canada's R-2000 Home Energy Program. Manages Canadian Coast Guard's Environmental Program

Community Activities: Volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Kanata Scouts Volunteer. Member of the Parents Council at Earl of March H.S.. Coach for community baseball, hockey, and soccer.

Riding Address:
Tel.: (613)592-1850

Isabel Metcalfe

Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Education: BA from Carleton University. Grade 8 piano and Grade II theory from the Toronto Conservatory of Music
Profession: Businesswoman, providing public affairs counsel to national aboriginal and cultural organizations

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Herb
Children: Three

Career background: Started her political career on Parliament Hill, first as a tour guide and then working for three prime ministers - Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Turner and Jean Chr�tien. Has been an international election observer for the Government of Canada and the United States National Democratic Institute. Has travelled to Ukraine, Lebanon, Albania and Azerbaijan to provide advice on the advancement of democracy and how to foster the role of women in national public life

Community activities: Founding chair of the Famous 5 Foundation in Ottawa. Served as a trustee of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Ottawa Hospital, as well as a juror for the Governor General's Persons' Day Awards. She was a founding director of the National Capital Dragon Boat Festival and is a past secretary of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association. She currently sits on the board of directors of the National Screen Institute, the Judy LaMarsh Fund and the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Campaign Address:
555 Leggett Dr., Kanata, Ont.

Tasha Bridgen

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Age: 35
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Ont.

Education: BA in English and Philosophy from Trent University. Diploma in Radio Broadcasting from Humber College
Profession: Broadcast journalist and community activist

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Chris
Children: A son

Career background: Worked in broadcasting as a reporter and morning show co-host

Community activities: In-school mentoring for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lanark County

Campaign Address:

Tracy Parsons

Party: Progressive Canadian Party

Birth Date: July, 1964
Age: 41
Birthplace: Etobicoke

Education: Diploma in business (St. Catharines Business College)
Profession: Foodservice Equipment Sales

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Jim
Children: Corinna and Darryl

Career background: Sales and sales management positions in the restaurant and hospitality industry, in recent years ran her own company, with her husband, in this field

Community activities: Has been a volunteer with: Heart & Stroke (past president, Niagara Falls), Kidney Foundation, Block Parents and the Rotary Club

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated PCP candidate in Dartmouth N.S., in 2004

Political History
Party: Founding member of the Progressive Canadian Party and current party leader. Before that, was active in the Progressive Conservative party

Riding Address:
105 Schneider Rd., Kanata, Ont.
Tel.: (866)812-6972


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