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 DISTRICT: ST. JOHN'S NORTH
Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Bob Ridgley Conservative 3107 57.97% X
Jeff Brace Liberal 1434 26.75%
Liam Walsh New Democrat 819 15.28%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003 36 of 36 polls reporting


 

ST. JOHN’S NORTH (35)

 

Candidates:
Liberal: Jeff Brace
PC: Bob Ridgley
NDP: Liam Walsh

Current MHA: Lloyd Matthews (LIB)

District Profile: The district includes a large section of central-northern St. John's. It includes commercial areas such as Kenmount Road, the Avalon Mall and the O’Leary industrial park. It stretches along Thorburn Road and takes in half of Pippy Park, including the Health Science Centre and the northern half of Memorial University. The residential areas include the Baird subdivision, Summerville, and the western end of Empire Avenue.

 

 


Candidate profiles:


Liberal Jeff Brace was born in St. John’s in 1961. He’s been a lawyer in St. John’s since finishing his degree in 1987. Brace has worked on several high-profile criminal cases, including Jody Druken’s jury acquittal on a charge of murdering his brother. Brace also was a St. John’s city councillor during the 1990s and worked as the province’s consumer advocate on applications before the Public Utilities Board. He’s been active in the Liberal party, having been a member of his district association and the national executive.

New Democrat Liam Walsh has been active in student politics. He was Newfoundland and Labrador chair of the Canadian Federation of Students, which represents students at Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic. Walsh was a member of the provincial Labour Market Development Council and the Health Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador, a group formed to fight the privatization of medicare.

PC Bob Ridgley defeated Carl Lake to win the party's nomination on Oct. 2. Ridgley announce in May 2001 that he wanted to run for the Tories in the district, but it was the last one in which the party concluded the nomination process. He has been an assistant to MP Norm Doyle and he campaigned for Peter MacKay in his successful run at the federal PC leadership. Ridgley also has been a councillor in Torbay.

 

 
 


Political History:

2003: Matthews, who was minister of mines and energy, announced in February 2003 he would not run again.
1999: In 1999, Matthews held on to the seat, defeating PC Ray Andrews by 333 votes.
1996: Matthews won again in1996, defeating PC Ian Carter, John Carter’s son.
1993: The Liberals kept the seat in 1993 when Lloyd Matthews defeated PC Warren Babb.
1989: In the 1989 election, Liberal Phillip Warren defeated PC Tom Osborne by 768 votes. (Osborne’s wife Sheila and son Tom are MHAs in other St. John’s districts.)
1989: The district of St. John’s North was a Tory seat from 1971 to 1989. Savory farmer John Carter represented the district for the PCs during that time.

 

 


 

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 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
PC 34 0 34 58.72%
LIB 12 0 12 33.19%
NDP 2 0 2 6.87%
OTH 0 0 0 1.22%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003

 
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