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DISTRICT: York-Simcoe
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Peter Van LoanCON2568547.93% X
Kate WilsonLIB1645630.7%
Sylvia GerlNDP713913.32%
John DewarGRN37196.94%
Vicki GunnCHP5951.11%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 213 of 213 polls reporting


211 York-Simcoe

2006 Candidates:
CHP:Vicki Gunn
CON:Peter Van Loan (Incumbent)
GRN:John Dewar
LIB:Kate Wilson
NDP:Sylvia Gerl


 Riding Map
This central Ontario riding takes in the area south of Lake Simcoe and straddles Highway 400 south of Barrie. It contains the towns of East Gwillimbury and Georgina, the part of King township lying north of Highway 9, and part of Simcoe County, including Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Reserve and the Holland Marsh fall in the riding. Manufacturing is the main industry, with employment also in retail and construction. Average family income is $72,956 and unemployment is four per cent.

York-Simcoe riding was created in the 2004 redistribution from 47 per cent of York North, 33 per cent of Barrie-Simcoe-Bradford and one per cent of Simcoe-Grey.

Population: 112,541

Political History
Conservative Peter Van Loan won this riding in 2004, defeating Liberal Kate Wilson.

In 2000 in York North, Liberal Karen Kraft Sloan defeated the Alliance's Bob Yaciuk. PC John Cole was elected MP in York North in 1988.

In Barrie-Simcoe-Bradford in 2000, Liberal Aileen Carroll defeated the Alliance's Rob Hamilton. She was appointed minister for international co-operation in December 2003 by Paul Martin.

2004 - CON


Vicki Gunn

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Profession: Businesswoman

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Stan
Children: One daughter

Career Background: Worked as a branch administration officer for the Royal Bank of Canada. She's a foster parent to young offenders, has been self employed with Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaners and works as an administrative assistant at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

Community Activities: Worked as a teacher's assistant and librarian at Holland Marsh District Christian School, a Sunday school and catechism teacher at Bethel Christian Reformed Church and served on the board of Telecare Teleministries of Canada

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in York Simcoe in 2004

Campaign Office:
(905) 252-1832

Peter Van Loan

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth Date: April 18, 1963
Age: 42
Birthplace: Niagara Falls

Education: BA (hons.) in political science and geography (with distinction), M.Sc. in planning, MA in international relations from the University of Toronto. LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School

Career Background: Called to the bar in 1989. Partner and chair of a planning and development law group at the national law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Former adjunct professor of planning at the University of Toronto and a former executive member of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario, Municipal Section). Member of Georgina Against Garbage from 1993 to 1995; a former member of the Georgina Economic Development Committee; a member of of the Ontario Brownfields advisory Panel, and a chair of the Land Use Planning sub-committee of the Brownfields Panel in 2000

Political History
Federal: Elected in York-Simcoe in 2004.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Member: Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities as well as its sub-committee on the Employment Insurance Funds
Caucus: Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development

Riding Address:
10-45 Grist Mill Rd.
Holland Landing, Ont.
(905) 898-1600

Ottawa Address:
Room 750 Confed Bldg.
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 996-7752

Campaign Office:
107 Holland Street
Suite 103, Bradford
1 (866) 899-4785

John Dewar

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Education: Trained and certified as a manufacturing engineering technician

Children: Three daughters

Career Background: Quality and Environmental Systems Lead Auditor and a Health and Safety representative in the paper recycling industry. Worked as a quality technician and then quality manager in the automotive sector

Campaign Office:
(905) 989-1866

Kate Wilson

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: Master's degree in Conflict Analysis and Management, Peace and Conflict Studies from Royal Roads University
Profession: Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Murray Wilson
Children: Two - Adriana and Michael

Career Background: Worked for many years with her husband at the Bradford Medical Walk-in Clinic, serving the health-care needs of a large multicultural population. She was part of an emergency response team that helped victims of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, and also tended to the health-care needs of the most vulnerable people in the high Andes mountains in Ecuador. She has served on the board of directors for Hospice-Simcoe and the Red Cross. Part of her training was conducted at the United Nations, in Sarajevo, the former Yugoslavia and throughout Bosnia

Political History
Party: Has served the Liberal party in a number of leadership roles since 1983
Federal: Defeated in York-Simcoe in 2004

Campaign Office:
Bradford Office
7 John St. East
Bradford, Ont.
L3X 2B8

Keswick Office
25 Metro Rd. South, Unit 6
Keswick, Ont.
L4P 1V7

(905) 775-5392

Sylvia Gerl

Party: New Democratic Party

Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont.

Education: BA from the University of Toronto and has studied at Julius-Maximilians Universitat in Germany

Marital Status: Partner
Children: Three Sons

Career Background: Owned a retail health food store in Sutton for over 10 years. Works as a women's advocate at a shelter for abused women and children and as a part-time residential counsellor for dually-diagnosed handicapped adults

Community Activities: Tutored reading at East End Literacy in Toronto, has planned and executed a fundraiser for a shelter, has volunteered in a pioneer museum and has been a community choir member. Long-time member of the Council of Canadians and Greenpeace. Organized Georgina's first Mother's Day Peace March. Volunteered as a friendly home visitor with Community Home Assistance to Seniors and has taught piano and German

Political History
Federal: Defeated in York-Simcoe in 2004

Riding Address:
Tel: 905-476-0890 (local); 1-877-476-0890 (toll-free)
#1 Church St. Unit 12, RR2 Keswick, Ont. L4P 3E9

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