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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Shelley Martel New Democratic Party 16526 46.54% X
Alex McCauley Liberal Party 13700 38.58%
Dave Kilgour Prog Conservative 4804 13.53%
Robert Nevin Green Party of Ont. 479 1.35%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:49 EDT 2003 188 of 188 polls reporting


2003 Candidates:
Shelley Martel (NDP) - incumbent
Alex McCauley (Liberal)
David Kilgour (PC)
Robert Nevin (GP)

1999 Election Results
Candidate Ballot Count Popular Vote
Shelley Martel (NDP) 14,833 41.95%
Gerry Courtemanche (PC) 10,359 29.30%
Ron Dupuis (Liberal) 10,165 28.75%

Riding Profile:
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This northern, mixed urban/rural riding surrounds the riding of Sudbury.

It has a strong Francophone presence, with approximately 34 per cent calling French their mother tongue.

The riding encompasses Val Caron, Hamner, Capreol, Coneston, Nickel Belt, Rayside-Balfour, Valley East and Walden. Also in this riding are the Mattagami and Whitefish Lake native reserves.

Natural resources, especially mining, play an important part in the local economy.

As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new Nickel Belt riding combined the majority of the old Nickel Belt with two-thirds of the old Sudbury East.

Political History:

Nickel Belt is one of the few long-standing NDP strongholds in the province, and has been for more than 30 years.

In 1971, the NDP's Floyd Laughren beat two-term Tory incumbent. Laughren, who served as minister of finance in the Bob Rae government, held the seat until 1998, when he resigned to become head of the Ontario Energy Board. NDP candidate Blain Morin won the resulting byelection, but did not run in the 1995 general election.

In the old riding of Sudbury East, the NDP's Elie Martel won every election from 1967 to 1985. In 1987, his daughter Shelley Martel won the seat, and later served in the Bob Rae cabinet. Shelley resigned in 1994 (the same year she married fellow MPP Howard Hampton), but ran again in 1995 and 1999, winning both times.





 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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