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DISTRICT: Winnipeg Centre
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Pat MartinNDP1380548.43% X
Ray St. GermainLIB694024.34%
Helen SterzerCON555419.48%
Gary GervaisGRN20107.05%
Anna-Celestrya CarrCOM1990.7%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 157 of 157 polls reporting


224 Winnipeg Centre

2006 Candidates:
CON:Helen Sterzer
CP:Anna-Celestrya Carr
GRN:Gary Gervais
LIB:Ray St. Germain
NDP:Pat Martin (Incumbent)


 Riding Map
This riding is in downtown Winnipeg. It runs from the Assiniboine River in the south to the CP Rail line in the northeast and between the Red River in the east and Ferry Road, Sherwin, Airport Road and Brookside in the west.

The riding is home to the University of Winnipeg.

The manufacturing sector is the major employer.

According to the 2001 census, one-quarter of the population was immigrant and 10 per cent was aboriginal. Twelve per cent listed Filipino as their ethnic origin. The average family income was $43,152 and unemployment was 8.8 per cent.

This riding was established in the 1996 redistribution as Winnipeg North, from 63 per cent of Winnipeg North Centre, 30 per cent of Winnipeg-St. James, six per cent of Winnipeg North and two per cent of Winnipeg South Centre. The name changed to Winnipeg Centre after the passage of private member's bill in 1996. In 2004, redistribution left 92 per cent of the old riding and added 12 per cent of Winnipeg South Centre and three per cent from Winnipeg North Centre.

Political History
In 2004, New Democrat Pat Martin earned a third term, defeating Liberal David Northcott by 2,864 votes.

Winnipeg North Centre was home to J. S. Woodsworth, founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He was elected in 1925 as the Labour candidate, following the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.

He held the seat for Labour and later CCF until his death in 1942. In a byelection in 1942, Stanley Knowles of the CCF was elected. He won all elections up to and including 1980, except for one loss to PC John MacLean in the 1958 Tory sweep. Knowles suffered a stroke in 1981. In 1984, New Democrat Cyril Keeper, incumbent from Winnipeg-St. James in 1980, ran in Winnipeg North Centre. He was defeated in 1988 by Liberal David Walker, who also won in 1993.

Martin defeated Walker by 1,084 votes in 1997 and beat Liberal Kevin Lamoureux by 1,953 votes in 2000.

Winnipeg North Centre:
1925, 1926, 1930 - LAB
1935-57 - CCF
1958 - PC
1962-84 - NDP
1988, 1993 - LIB

Winnipeg Centre:
1997, 2000, 2004 - NDP


Anna-Celestrya Carr

Party: Communist Party of Canada

Community Activities: Active in the Aboriginal, refugee, youth, peace and women's movements

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Winnipeg Centre in 2004

Telephone: (204) 586-7824

Helen Sterzer

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birthplace: Winnipeg

Marital Status: Widowed
Children: one son

Career Background: Retired. Worked in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and airlines industries. Also worked as a computer system designer

Community Activities: Volunteered for Big Brothers, Parents Without Partners, Air Cadets, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and St. Alphonses Church and School Board

Email: info@helensterezer.ca
Tel.: (204) 940-1420

Gary Gervais

Party: Green Party of Canada

Education: Arts and a law degrees from the University of Manitoba
Profession: Teacher

Career Background: Founder and president of Heartland International English School in Winnipeg. Heartland teaches English as a second language to international students, has trained over 1500 individuals from 42 countries. Prior to starting Heartland, he spent three years living and teaching English to junior high school students in the rural southern Japanese city of Imabari. He was employed with the Japanese government's Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. During this time Gary learned Japanese and traveled extensively in Japan and Asia.

Community Activities: Assisted with the formation of the Manitoba Council for International Education in 2001 and has served on its executive committee since then. Volunteered with the Canadian Association of Private Language Schools and the JET Programme Alumni Association. Was workplace organizer for his company's participation in the 2004 and 2005 Commuter Challenge

Tel: (204) 998-8448
Email: ggervais@greenparty.ca

Ray St. Germain

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Man.

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Glory
Children: Five

Career Background: Started career as an entertainer at age 14, inducted into the Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He has taken his music overseas for troops in Germany, Israel and Cyprus.

Community Activities: Performs in schools and seniors' centers in Winnipeg. Member of the Aboriginal Order of Canada

Campaign Office:
944 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Man.
R3G 0R1
(204) 988-3350

Pat Martin

Party: New Democratic Party

Birth Date: Dec. 13, 1955
Age: 50
Birthplace: Winnipeg

Profession: Carpenter, business manager

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Barbara
Children: two - Liam and Corey

Career Background: Worked for many years in northern and western Canada in mines for the forest service and in construction. Returned to Manitoba in 1986 to work as a carpenter at the Limestone Dam, Investors' Syndicate Building and other projects. From 1989 to 1997, he was business manager of Local 343 of the United Carpenters and Joiners. Was vice-president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour and an executive member of the Manitoba Building Trades Council. He developed and promoted "A Brighter Future - Job Creation through Energy Conservation," an energy conservation retrofit program designed to renovate public buildings, reduce operating costs and create jobs at no cost to the taxpayer.

Community Activities: Past president of the Ruby Street Housing Co-op, which he helped form. Member of the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Training Initiative and the Assembly of First Nations' national steering committee, secretary-treasurer of the National Apprenticeship and Training advisory committee and the national industrial adjustment committee for Carpentry Craft. Member of the Lieutenant-Governor's Foundation for Youth

Electoral History
Federal: Elected in Winnipeg Centre in 1997, 2000 and 2004

Political History
Committee: Former member Public Accounts sub-committee on combating corruption of Public Accounts, sub-committee on public service Renewal of Government Operations and Estimates, joint committee for the scrutiny of regulations, Citizenship and Immigration, Aboriginal affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources. Member Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Government Operations and Estimates
Caucus: Critic for Aboriginal affairs, Government Operations and Estimates. Former critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Northern Development and Natural Resources, Training, Labour, Treasury Board, Canada Post Corporation

Riding Address:
892 Sargent Ave, Winnipeg, Man., R3E 0C7
Tel: (204) 982-8090
Email: patmartin@ndp.ca

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