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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Elizabeth Witmer Prog Conservative 23958 43.08% X
Sean Strickland Liberal Party 22455 40.38%
Dan Lajoie New Democratic Party 6084 10.94%
Pauline Richards Green Party of Ont. 1774 3.19%
Lou Reitzel Family Coalition 949 1.71%
Owen Alastair Ferguson Independent 242 0.44%
Julian Ichim Independent 153 0.28%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:18 EDT 2003 268 of 268 polls reporting


2003 Candidates:
Elizabeth Witmer (PC) - incumbent
Dan Lajoie (NDP)
Sean Strickland (Liberal)
Pauline Richards (GP)
Louis Reitzel (FCP)
Juliam Ichim (IND)
Owen Alastair Ferguson (IND)

1999 Election Results
Candidate Ballot Count Popular Vote
Elizabeth Witmer (PC) 27,830 54.36%
Sean Strickland (Liberal) 18,034 35.22%
Ted Martin (NDP) 3,122 6.10%

Matthew Albrecht (Independent)

202 0.39%
Helmut Braun (Independent) 122 0.24%
Judy Greenwood-Speers (Green Party) 836 1.63%
Lou Reitzel (Family Coalition Party) 919 1.79%

Richard Beecroft (Natural Law Party)

135 0.26%

Riding Profile:
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This riding on the eastern shore of the Grand River consists of the city of Waterloo and part of the city of Kitchener.

The region is known for its German heritage: 14 per cent of residents identify themselves as of Germanic origin, and the riding is home to Canada's largest annual Oktoberfest celebration.

The University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and a campus of Conestoga College are all located in the riding.

The city of Waterloo makes up about three-quarters of the riding. Waterloo's economic activities include computer software development, agricultural industries, insurance companies and many small businesses.

Following the 1999 redistribution, the new Kitchener-Waterloo riding combined parts of the old ridings of Kitchener, Kitchener-Wilmot and Waterloo North.

Political History:

John Wintermeyer, the Liberal leader from 1958 to 1963, won the former Waterloo-North riding in 1955 and 1959. Liberal Ed Good served here in 1967, 1971 and 1975, followed by fellow Liberal Herb Epp in 1977, 1981 and 1985.

In 1985, Epp beat PC candidate Elizabeth Witmer. Five years later, Witmer returned to win the seat. She would repeat the victory in 1995 and 1999, and has held cabinet posts under Premier Ernie Eves and former premier Mike Harris.





 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
LIB 72 0 72 46.45%
PC 24 0 24 34.64%
NDP 7 0 7 14.70%
OTH 0 0 0 4.21%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:18 EDT 2003

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