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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Richard Patten Liberal Party 22295 45.18% X
Jeff Atkinson New Democratic Party 11364 23.03%
Joe Varner Prog Conservative 11149 22.59%
Chris Bradshaw Green Party of Ont. 3821 7.74%
Stuart Ryan Communist Party 288 0.58%
Matt Szymanowicz Freedom Party of Ont 218 0.44%
Fakhry Guirguis Independent 214 0.43%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:49 EDT 2003 266 of 266 polls reporting


2003 Candidates:
Richard Patten (Liberal) - incumbent
Joe Varner (PC)
Jeff Atkinson (NDP)
Chris Bradshaw (GP)
Anthony Silvestro (FP)
Fakry Guirguis (IND)
Matt Szymanowicz (FP)
Stuart Ryan (Communist Party)

1999 Election Results
Candidate Ballot Count Popular Vote
Richard Patten (Liberal) 17,956 38.17%
Ray Kostuch (PC) 15,403 32.74%
Elisabeth Arnold (NDP) 11,977 25.46%

Mistahi Corkill (Independent)

132 0.28%
Chris Bradshaw (Green Party) 1,231 2.62%
Marvin Glass (Communist Party) 174 0.37%
Wayne Foster (Natural Law Party) 170 0.36%

Riding Profile:
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This urban Ottawa riding contains much of the city's downtown area, including Parliament Hill.

The riding runs from the Ottawa River in the north to the Rideau River in the south. In the west, it stretches from Shelbourne Road, Maitland Avenue and Merivale Road to Nicholas Street in the east.

It includes residential areas such as Westboro, Highland Park, Westboro Beach and Hampton-Iona. This ethnically diverse area also boasts the third highest rate of university-educated people in the province, with 30 per cent of the residents possessing degrees.

Ten per cent of the population lists French as their mother language, and there are also significant Italian, Chinese and Vietnamese communities.

As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the riding folded one-quarter of Ottawa West and small parts of Ottawa South, Ottawa-Rideau, Ottawa East into to all of the old Ottawa Centre.

Political History:

In Ottawa Centre, the NDP's Mike Cassidy won in 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1981. Cassidy was leader of the Ontario NDP from 1978 to 1982, and resigned to run federally in the 1984 election.

Cassidy was followed by the NDP's Evelyn Gigantes, who won in a byelection and the general election of 1985. In 1987, Gigantes lost the seat to Liberal Richard Patten, but defeated him in a 1990 rematch. Patten returned the favour in 1995, when he beat Gigantes a second time.





 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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