151 London North Centre
This southwestern Ontario riding is made up of the central portions of the
city of London. It stretches from the London city limits in the north to
the Thames River, Wharncliffe Road and Oxford Street West in the south.
The area sits between Highbury Avenue North in the east of the city and
Wonderland Road North in the west.
With the University of Western Ontario and the Victoria and St. Joseph hospitals in the riding, the health and education sectors are major employers. The hospitals are also two of the major medical teaching facilities in southwestern Ontario.
The average family income is $71,995 and unemployment is eight per cent. In this area, renters slightly exceed home owners.
The riding was originally created as London East in the 1966 redistribution.
In 1996, London North Centre was created from 80 per cent of London East,
15 per cent of London West and less than one per cent of London-Middlesex.
London North Centre was not changed in the 2004 redistribution.
In 2004, Liberal Joe Fontana retained his hold on the riding by defeating
Conservative Tim Gatten and the NDP's Joe Swan. Fontana was first elected
in London East in 1988. Paul Martin appointed Fontana minister of labour
and housing in 2004.
London elected only two Liberals between 1904 and 1968. In 1968, Liberal
Charles Turner was elected and held the riding for five terms. In 1984,
Conservative Jim Jepson was elected MP for one term.
1968-1980 inclusive - LIB
1984 - PC
1988, 1993 - LIB
London North Centre:
1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birthplace: London, Ont.
Education: Attended the University of Western Ontario
Career Background: Began business career at 15 with several landscaping contracts for commercial developments
during the summer months. Joined a major real estate
company in London, earned the prestigious
Platinum Award for Excellence in Sales.
In 2002, joined the office of the Chair of Management Board
and Minister of Culture at Queen's Park.
Self-employed and manages several residential and
commercial properties in London
Party: Participated in several political campaigns federally and
provincially. Managed a successful campaign for his brother,
Frank, who was PC MPP for London-Fanshawe from 1999-2003
Federal: Defeated in London-Franshawe in 2004
121 Oxford Street East, Unit 5
Party: Green Party of Canada
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Alexandra
Children: Expecting their first child
Career Background: Partner in Global Drift, a small start-up import company, is a licenced
real estate sales representative and is also working for Bell Canada in Client Services.
Prior to his current positions, he held a number of senior sales
and management roles in media related industries with companies
such as News Canada and Southwest Television Advertising Sales.
Recently accepted a short-term role as Business Development
Co-ordinator with the Old East Village Business Improvement Area
where he witnessed first-hand the effects of urban sprawl on
small independently owned business.
Community Activities: Helping his wife create a Campus Greens chapter
at the University of Western Ontario
Tel: (519) 433-1892
Fax: (519) 642-0401
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: Jan. 13, 1950
Birthplace: Celera, Italy
Education:Studied engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1968-69, and business at the University of Western Ontario in 1970-71.
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Vicky
Children: Joey, Michael, Jennifer
Career Background: Thirty years experience as a financial consultant;
partner with life insurance firms
Municipal: Alderman and a controller with the city of London in the 1980s
Federal: Elected in London East in 1988, 1993; in London North Centre in 1997, 2000, 2004
Cabinet: July 2004 - Minister of Labour and Housing
Parliamentary Secretary: December 1993-February 1996: to the Minister of Transport;
December 2003-July 2004- Parliamentary Secretary to the prime minister with special
emphasis on small business and science and technology
Committee: Former Chair: Citizenship and Immigration (1999-2003)
Former member: Procedure and House Affairs; Transport;
Industry; Finance; Industry, Science and Technology
member, Cabinet committees on: Domestic Affairs; Aboriginal Affairs
Caucus: Critic for
Urban Affairs and Housing. Ontario Caucus chair. Headed Task Forces on VIA Rail, and the Economy and
Recession. Former chair of the Southwestern Ontario Liberal Caucus.
Liberal Caucus chair for three terms (Mar 20/96-Nov 2/99)
620 Richmond Street
Room 365 West Block
House of Commons
590 Oxford St. East
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Party: New Democratic Party
Year of Birth: 1982
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ont.
Education: BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Completing a degree in Civil Structural Engineering
at University of Western Ontario
Community Activities: Active member of the Western New Democrats, Engineers Without Borders, Women's Issues Network and the
Western Debating Society
809 Dundas Street
Party: Progressive Canadian Party
Birthplace: Oakville, ON
Education: Courses in Urban Planning, Economics, Political Science and Business at the University of Western Ontario
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Ruth Ann
Children: Two - a daughter and a son
Career Background: After working in sales and retail management, set up his own I.T. business six years ago
Community Activities: Has been a volunteer with the Northridge/Grenfell Community Association, the Urban League of London, and
the Junior Achievement Stay-in-School Program. Established the Community Watch Program in his area
Federal: Involved with the former Progressive Conservative Party for over 23 years as an active party member, holding such
positions as President of the London West PC Youth in the 1980s. Executive member of the London North Centre Progressive Conservative
Riding Association. Joined the Progressive Canadian Party after the PC Party became part of the Conservative Party of Canada. Active
member of the Progressive Canadian Party's National Council. Ran unsuccessully for the party in this riding in the 2004 general election
743 Richmond St. N.
Suite #204 -6-6
London, ON N6A 3H2