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2008 Results

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Melissa Brade

Party: Canadian Action Party

Marital Status: Married

Children: Two daughters

Career Background: Has worked in the sales and service industry, and with EBA Engineering doing road construction surveys.

Mailing address:

Box 1, Site 16, RR 1

Gunn, Alta.


Contact information:

Telephone: 780-967-4225



John Wierenga

John Wierenga

Party: Christian Heritage Party of Canada

Age: 33

Education: Welding ticket at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Profession: Journeyman welder

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Felicia

Children: Five

Career Background: Journeyman welder with Neeralta Welding and Sales in Neerlandia, Alta.

Community Activities: Serves on the church council of the Neerlandia Canadian Reformed Church. Served a partial term on the Pembina Pro-Life Board.

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 92

Neerlandia, Alta.

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Contact information:

Telephone: 780-674-6906



Rob Merrifield

Rob Merrifield

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birthdate: Dec. 19, 1953

Age: 54

Birthplace: Mayerthorpe, Alta.

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Brenda

Children: Chad and Scott

Career Background: Is a third-generation owner/operator of a farming business two miles east of Whitecourt, Alta.

Community Activities: Was chairperson and elected board member of the Whitecourt School District board of trustees. Served on the Northern Gateway Regional Division No. 10 School Authority. Has been a member of municipal and joint municipal planning commissions. Served as a trustee on the Whitecourt/Fox Creek Hospital Board for 12 years, several years as both chair and vice-chair. Is a former member of the Aspen Regional Health Authority.

Electoral History

Municipal: From 1998 to 2000 was a member of the Woodland county council.

Federal: Elected in Yellowhead in 2000, 2004 and 2006.

Political History

Party: Has served on the Whitecourt-Ste. Anne riding association executive for the past five years. Has held the position of president of the Yellowhead riding association for two years.

Committee: Chair: Health and Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure of the Standing Committee on Health. Former vice-chair: Health.

Caucus: Member of the Conservative Caucus. Former member of leader's advisory committee on health care. Former deputy health critic; Romanow Commission. Former critic for Intergovernmental Affairs; was the Conservative party's critic for Health, Official Languages.

Contact information:

Telephone: 888-706-3164



Monika Schaefer

Monika Schaefer

Party: Green Party of Canada

Age: 47

Birthplace: Edmonton

Education: Awarded a B.Sc. in geography and geology from the University of Alberta in 1982, and has taken after-degree courses in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo.

Children: One daughter

Career Background: Earns her living as a violinist, both teaching and playing. Worked for many years for Parks Canada as a national park warden.

Electoral History

Provincial: Ran unsuccessfully in the provincial riding of West Yellowhead in the 2004 Alberta election.

Federal: Ran unsuccessfully in this riding in the 2006 general election.

Contact information:


Mohamed El-Rafih

Mohamed El-Rafih

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Education: BA in political science from the University of Calgary

Profession: Businessman

Career Background: Runs family business, Mr. Teachme Tutoring.

Community Activities: Has served on Calgary Youth Justice Committee since 2001.

Mailing address:

344 Rundlefield Road NE

Calgary, Alta.

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Contact information:

Telephone : 403-629-6284



Ken Kuzminski

Ken Kuzminski

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Birthdate: Feb. 4, 1973

Age: 34

Birthplace: Rural Saskatchewan

Education: Studied engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

Profession: Carpenter/contractor

Career Background: Managed fish processing and seed-cleaning plants before apprenticing as a carpenter. Has worked in that trade since 1999.

Community Activities: Is a director of the Jasper Tourism and Commerce Committee and a member of the Jasper Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. Is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Participates in various charity fundraising initiatives.

Electoral History

Provincial: Ran unsuccessfully in West Yellowhead in the 2008 provincial election.

Mailing address:

Box 1135

Jasper, Alta.

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Contact information:

Telephone: 780-852-8151



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2008 Results