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DISTRICT: Haldimand-Norfolk
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Diane FinleyCON2588548.33% X
Bob SpellerLIB1836334.29%
Valya RobertsNDP685812.8%
Carolyn Van NortGRN18943.54%
Steven ElgersmaCHP5591.04%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 220 of 220 polls reporting

Ridings

135 Haldimand-Norfolk

2006 Candidates:
CHP:Steve Elgersma
CON:Diane Finley (Incumbent)
GRN:Carolyn Van Nort
LIB:Bob Speller
NDP:Valya Roberts


RIDING PROFILE

 Riding Map
This southwestern Ontario riding has Lake Erie and Long Point Bay as its southern boundary. It contains most of the county of Haldimand and all of the county of Norfolk, extending north to the city of Brantford and excluding the Six Nations and New Credit reserves. The riding contains the towns of Simcoe, Hagersville, Delhi and Port Dover.

Manufacturing and agriculture are key sectors of the economy. Dairy and tobacco farming are significant to the agriculture sector. The average family income is $64,026 and unemployment is 5.7 per cent.

In 2004, a portion of Erie-Lincoln was added in the southeast part of the riding. The riding of Haldimand-Norfolk was created in 1976. It became Haldimand-Norfolk Brant in 1996 by combining most of Haldimand-Norfolk with portions of Elgin-Norfolk and Oxford ridings.

Population: 102,487

Political History
Conservative Diane Finley defeated Liberal incumbent Bob Speller in 2004. Speller served four terms and Paul Martin made him minister of agriculture and agri-food in 2003.

Progressive Conservative Bud Bradley held the riding from 1979-88.

Haldimand-Norfolk:
1979, 1980, 1984 - PC
1988, 1993 - LIB

Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant:
1997, 2000 - LIB

Haldimand-Norfolk:
2004 - CON




CANDIDATE PROFILES

Steve Elgersma

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Jenny
Children: Four

Career background: Worked for Rosaflora Greenhouses Ltd. for 19 years, and retired in 2000.

Community activities: Sunday school teacher and superintendent for 14 years. President of Sunday School Teachers Federation of Ontario for three years. Has been a church choir member and its President three terms.

Electoral History
Provincial: Ran as a Family Coalition candidate in Ontario three times; defeated

Campaign Address:
905-774-3256
elgerst@sympatico.ca



Diane Finley

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth date: Oct. 3, 1957
Age: 48
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

Education: BA in admin studies and MBA from the University of Western Ontario
Profession: Businesswoman

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Doug
Career background: She worked in senior executive roles with major Canadian private and Crown corporations. She is a former administrator of Western's French Immersion School. She held senior positions in both the public and private sectors encompassing health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation. While with the Laidlaw group of companies, she launched and built Canada's largest private ambulance services company, Canadian Medical Response. She and her husband now own and operate a strategy and communications consulting business in the health care, education and public service sectors.

Community activities: Has been board chair of the Brant Community Care Access Centre, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, The National Standards Committee of the Paramedic Association of Canada, The Aurora Club, The Strategic Leadership Forum, The Ambulance Service Alliance of Ontario, and the Ontario Government Health Policy Advisory Council.

Electoral History
Federal: Elected in Haldimand-Norfolk in 2004

Political History
Caucus: Agriculture and Agri-Food critic

Campaign Address:
7 Grigg Dr., Simcoe, Ont.
519-429-3382
cpc-hn@qwick.com
www.dianefinley.ca
Riding Address:
70 Queensway West, Simcoe, Ont.,
519-426-3400
Ottawa Address:
Room 810, Justice Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
613-996-4974



Carolyn Van Nort

Party: Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Dunnville, Ont.

Education: Graduate from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Toronto
Profession: Medical radiation technologist

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

Career background: Has worked in hospitals and private clinics

Community activities: Has served on parent council the past two years



Bob Speller

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: Feb. 29, 1956
Age: 49
Birthplace: Hagersville, Ont.

Education: York University, BA (Political Science and Canadian Studies) 1979; MA (Political Science & International Relations), 1982
Profession: Consultant

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Joan
Children: Christopher and Victoria

Career background: 1982-83, parliamentary intern to Sheila Copps, Ont legislature; 1983-84, researcher in Liberal Research Bureau; 1984-86 - Workers' adviser, Workers' Compensation Board; 1987-88 - Workers' adviser, Ontario Ministry of Labour; 1987-88 - Government affairs consultant

Electoral History
Party: Has served as policy chair, Haldimand-Norfolk Liberal Association
Federal: Elected: in Haldimand-Norfolk in 1988, 1993; in Haldimand-Norfolk -Brant in 1997, 2000. Defeated in Haldimand-Norfolk in 2004

Political History
Cabinet: Dec 12/03-04 - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, July 16, 1998-Aug 9, 2000, to minister of international trade
Committee: Former chair: Agriculture and Agri-Food; subcommittee on trade, trade disputes and investment of the standing committee on foreign affairs and international trade; former member: Agriculture and Agri-Food; Health; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; subcommittee on international trade, trade disputes, and investment of foreign affairs and international trade; former member, cabinet committees on: domestic affairs; global affairs; Canada/U.S.
Caucus: Opposition: Associate trade critic and youth critic. former chair of rural caucus.; chaired parliamentary steel caucus, 1993-97; Served as chair of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Future Opportunities in Farming (2001-02)

Campaign Address:
447 Quensway W., Simcoe, Ont., N3Y 2N4
1-888-294-9755
bob_speller@yahoo.com
www.bobspeller.com



Valya Roberts

Party: New Democratic Party

Education: Renison College at University of Waterloo in social work. BA in Social Development Studies. Mohawk College, diploma in recreation leadership. Post-graduate studies
Profession: Executive director of a social service agency

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Steve
Children: Hayley

Career background: Educator, consultant and authority on the subject of violence against women; member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. Executive director of a social service agency funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General to provide supervised access for non-custodial parents. Developed curriculum and training for the Ministry of the Attorney General and taught workshops for children and adults on various topics regarding stress management and mental strength training.

Community activities: International director and Canadian representative with the Supervised Visitation Network. Chaired the Supervised Visitation Network 2003 International Conference in Toronto. Consultant to U.S. Justice Department's Violence Against Women Office. Guest speaker and lecturer at McMaster University. Member of U.S. National Advisory Committee for Safe Havens. Past Ontario director for CARAL. Developed and co-authored "Children Having Children," an educational play on teenage pregnancy, and wrote "No Means No," an educational play about date-rape crimes

Campaign Address:
905-389-4839
oaktree@sympatico.ca




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ELECTION RESULTSDetails>
1241035129
Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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