275 Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon
Situated in the Lower Mainland, Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon runs north from the U.S. border along the Fraser River, and includes the Harrison River/Lake valley north to Pemberton. The riding contains
the city of Chilliwack, the district municipalities of Lillooet, Hope
and Kent, and the villages of Pemberton and Harrison Hot Springs.
There are a number of First Nations reserves and the aboriginal population
is about eight per cent. Another 13 per cent are immigrants.
Major industries in the riding are manufacturing, the service sector
and retail. Unemployment was 9.5 per cent in 2001 and the average family
income was $55,059.
This riding was created in 2004 by combining about half of Fraser Valley with portions of Cariboo-Chilcotin, Dewdney-Alouette, Okanagan-Coquihalla and West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast.
This was Social Credit territory through most of the 1950s and 1960s,
and Tory country in the 1970s and 1980s. After that, the Fraser Valley area
went to the Reform/Canadian Alliance's Chuck Strahl. His 2004 win over Liberal
Rollie Keith was by 14,852 votes.
1921 - LIB
1925-35 inclusive - CON
1940-49 inclusive - LIB
1953, 1957 - SC
1958 - PC
1962, 1963, 1965 - SC
Fraser Valley East:
1968 - LIB
1972-88 inclusive - PC
1993, 1997 - REF
2000 - CA
2004 - CON
Party: Christian Heritage Party of Canada
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Janet
Children: Nine children, including adopted, step and foster children, and 12 grandchildren
Career background: He has worked for the Vancouver Sun, the Chilliwack B.C. Progress, the B.C. Review, the Fiji Times and the B.C. Report.
Federal: Defeated in Etobicoke North in the 1996 byelection; defeated in Hull-Aylmer in 1997 as the Christian Heritage Party candidate; and defeated in 2000. Defeated in Perth Middlesex in the May 2003 byelection. Defeated in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon in 2004
Tel: (604) 859-9851
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: Feb. 25, 1957
Birthplace: New Westminster, B.C.
Education: Attended classes at Trinity Western University
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Deb
Children: Karina, Mark, Loni and Kyla; three grandchildren
Career background: Was a partner of Cheam Construction, a logging and road-building firm
Community activities: Was a member of the local theatre, the Chilliwack Player's Guild, a member of the Fraser Valley Rotary Club, and has served the community through his church, Rotary Club and other organizations
Federal: Incumbent in this riding. Elected in Fraser Valley East in 1993, in Fraser Valley in 1997 and 2000 and in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon in 2004
Committee: Former vice-chair of special committee on the modernization and improvement of the procedures of the House of Commons. Former member of Procedure and House Affairs; Fisheries and Oceans; Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Natural Resources; Canadian Heritage; Industry, Science and Technology. Vice-chair of Procedure and House Affairs. Member of Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources
Caucus: Former deputy caucus co-ordinator. Former critic for Public Service; Natural Resources; Heritage (Culture/Economics); Industry. Former chief whip. From September 2001 to April 2002, he sat in a parliamentary coalition in the House of Commons, serving as deputy leader and Industry critic. Former deputy House leader and House leader. Became the Conservative party's critic for Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Northern Economic Development) in January 2004
Tel.: (604) 792-4070
45820 Wellington Ave, Chilliwack, B.C.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Birth Date: 1974
Education: BA, University of Victoria
Profession: Parole officer
Career Background: Before becoming a parole officer, served as a corrections officer at the Kent Institution. Worked for the RCMP in various departments before attending university
Community activities: Volunteered with the UBC Model United Nations
Unit 120, 44488 South Sumas Road
Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 5M3
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Party: New Democratic Party
Career background: Currently teaches at the Sto:lo Adult Education Centre in School District 33. Has worked as a contract archeologist and with various levels of government. Also farms
Community activities: An executive on the Farmer's Institute. Has been active on environmental issues
Party: President of the Chilliwack-Kent NDP Constituency Association since 2000
8987 Yale Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4R9
(604) 793-7062 (fax)