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DISTRICT: Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Carol SkeltonCON1333145.54% X
Nettie WiebeNDP1141238.98%
Myron LuczkaLIB353612.08%
Rick BarskyGRN7382.52%
Marcel BourassaCHP2580.88%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 148 of 148 polls reporting


237 Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar

2006 Candidates:
CHP:Marcel Bourassa
CON:Carol Skelton (Incumbent)
GRN:Rick Barsky
NDP:Nettie Wiebe
LIB:Myron Luczka


 Riding Map
This riding encompasses the southwest part of Saskatoon (south of 33rd Street West, and west of Idylwyld Drive North and the South Saskatchewan River) and the rural region west and southwest of the city. Outlying communities include Rosetown and Biggar.

Ten per cent of the population are aboriginal and six per cent are immigrants. One-quarter of the families here are headed by a single parent.

This riding has a diverse economic base that includes agriculture, manufacturing and the service sector. Unemployment is 8.5 per cent, and the average family earns $47,323 annually.

Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar was cobbled together in 1996 from about one-third each of the ridings of Saskatoon–Dundurn, Saskatoon–Clark's Crossing and Kindersley–Lloydminster. In 2004, it added about 3,500 residents from Saskatoon–Wanuskewin.

Population: 73,077

Political History
In 2004, Carol Skelton won this riding for the Conservatives, 2,278 voes ahead of New Democrat Dennis Gruending. Skelton came to office with the Canadian Alliance in 2000, when she beat Gruending by just 68 votes. Gruending had won the seat in a 1999 byelection after NDP incumbent Chris Axworthy resigned to run provincially.

Before the 1996 redistribution, Axworthy served two terms as MP of Saskatoon–Clark's Crossing. That riding went to the Tories in 1979, 1980 and 1984.

Saskatoon–Dundurn was won by the NDP in 1979 and 1980, by the PCs in 1984, by the NDP again in 1988, and then by Liberal Morris Bodnar in 1993.

Kindersley–Lloydminster was Tory territory before it turned Reform in 1993.

1997, 1999 byelection – NDP
2000 – CA
2004 - CON


Marcel Bourassa

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Birth Date: April 23, 1947
Age: 58
Birthplace: Spiritwood, Sask.

Education: Holds a bachelor of theology C.P.C. from the University of Saskatchewan. Also studied at the University of Alberta
Profession: Minister

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Phyllis

Campaign Office:
Tel: (306) 683-0695
Fax: (306) 652-4791

Carol Skelton

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth Date: Dec. 12, 1945
Age: 60
Birthplace: Biggar, Sask.

Education: Certificate in management from the University of Regina
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Noel
Children: Three

Career Background: She is a farm partner and district co-ordinator for Canadian Blood Services. She and her husband have farmed in Harris, Sask. for 35 years, raising purebred cattle, elk and bison and growing a variety of grain and hay crops. While with the Canadian Red Cross (now Canadian Blood Services), she worked as a family services officer in Winnipeg during the 1997 Manitoba flood, and in rural Missouri when the Mississippi River flooded, causing millions of dollars in damage, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. As district co-ordinator, she organized blood donor clinics across Saskatchewan, promoted safety and donor programs and recruited volunteers.

Community Activities: She served as board member on the Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatchewan Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and as a member of the advisory committee to the Ministry of Health on Alcohol, Drugs and Youth.

Electoral History
Federal: Won in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in 2000 and 2004

Political History
Committee: She sits as the Vice-Chair on the new Parliamentary Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Former member: special committee on non-medical use of drugs; Health; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Sub-Committee on Children and Youth at Risk; Sub-Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament
Caucus: Official Opposition Critic for Social Development and also Critic for Public Health. She was also the Senior Critic for Western Economic Diversification and the Critic for Human Resources & Skills Development (Social Economy). She previously served as Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition. Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Health Critic and Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition and was responsible for reviewing the Canadian Alliance's natural health products policy. She also monitored the implementation of the national blood screening process for West Nile Virus. When first elected, she was the Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources & Development Canada (HRDC).

Campaign Office:
208 Ave. C. N., Saskatoon, Sask., S7L 1H9
(866) 956-3590
Riding Address:
904E 22nd Street West, Saskatoon, Sask.
(306) 975-6555
Ottawa Address:
Room 400 Justice Bldg, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 995-1551

Rick Barsky

Party: Green Party of Canada

Profession: Community service worker

Career Background: Community service worker in Saskatoon as well as a first responder and volunteer firefighter in his community of Pike Lake

Community Activities: He was previously a Beaver, Cub, and Scout leader, and on the executive of the local community association.

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated in Rosetown-Biggar in 1999
Federal: Defeated in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in 1997 and 2004

Campaign Office:
(306) 931-1604

Nettie Wiebe

Party: New Democratic Party

Birth Date: 1949
Birthplace: Saskatchewan

Education: BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan. Also studied at the Universit� de Louis Pasteur, in France, and Westfaelische Wilhelms University, in Germany. Also has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Calgary
Profession: Professor

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jim Robbins
Children: Three daughters, one son

Career Background: Professor of church and society at St. Andrew's College, an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan. Also a partner with her husband in Maida Vale Farms. President and CEO of the National Farmers Union from 1995-1998

Community Activities: Co-ordinator for North America/Mexico in Via Campesina, a global movement of small farmers, peasants, agricultural workers and indigenous peoples. She is also vice chair of the Farmer Rail Car Coalition. She was director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives from 1990-2002, and director of the North/South Institute from 1991-1998. Was a Canadian delegate at the World Food Summit in Rome in 1996

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Saskatoon-Humboldt in 2004

Campaign Office:
(306) 975-1055

Myron Luczka

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: B.A.C. and L.S.C. from the University of Saskatchewan
Profession: Businessman

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Irene
Children: Two - Aemela and Jeremy

Career Background: Part owner of Luna Metal Works Ltd. and has been part of the company since 1980

Community Activities: Past board member of the New Community Credit Union where he served as president for two years. He was also on the board of the Saskatoon Food Bank. Has been involved in various community organizations including, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Lung Association. He has been a coach and assistant coach in the Montgomery Community Association soccer and basketball programs. He has also served in a variety of positions with the Ukrainian Folkfest Pavilion and the Riversdale Business Improvement District.

Electoral History
Party: Has held various positions in Liberal constituency associations
Provincial: Defeated in Saskatoon-Westmount (1991). Defeated in Saskatoon Mount Royal (1999). Defeated in Saskatoon Massey Place (2003)
Federal: Defeated in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar (2004)

Campaign Address:
(306) 934-3008

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