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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
John Wilkinson Liberal Party 17017 42.71% X
Bert Johnson Prog Conservative 15680 39.35%
Jack Verhulst New Democratic Party 4703 11.8%
John Cowling Green Party of Ont. 1206 3.03%
Pat Bannon Family Coalition 857 2.15%
Robert Smink Freedom Party of Ont 384 0.96%
 Last Update Fri Oct 3 12:45:18 EDT 2003 219 of 219 polls reporting


2003 Candidates:
Bert Johnson (PC) - incumbent
John Wilkinson (Liberal)
Jack Verhulst (NDP)
John Cowling (GP)
Pat Bannon (FCP)
Robert Smink (FP)

1999 Election Results
Candidate Ballot Count Popular Vote
Bert Johnson (PC) 22,065 52.00%
John Wilkinson (Liberal) 15,428 36.36%
Walter Edmund Vernon (NDP) 3,053 7.19%

Pat Bannon (Family Coalition Party)

1,369 3.23%
Robert J.W. Smink (Freedom Party) 521 1.23%

Riding Profile:
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This largely rural southwestern riding is located just north of London, and has some of the most productive farm land in the province.

The riding runs from Komoka in the south to beyond Listowel in the north. The main centre is the city of Stratford, a tourist destination for its world-famous Shakespearean theatre festival.

Despite the rich farm land, the major source of employment is in the manufacturing industry, with the auto parts industry concentrated in Stratford and St. Marys.

As a result of the 1999 redistribution, the new Perth-Middlesex riding added more than 25 per cent of Middlesex to the whole of the former Perth riding.

Political History:

The old riding of Perth elected Liberal W.A. Dickson in 1934, 1937 and 1943. Tory Fred Edwards, who was defeated in 1943, won a string of elections beginning in 1945 and ending with a loss to Liberal Hugh Edighoffer in 1967. Edighoffer represented the riding until 1990, when NDP candidate Karen Haslam was elected. Haslam resigned from the cabinet of then-premier Bob Rae in 1993 to protest the government's so-called "social contract" program of spending cuts. In 1995, she was defeated by Tory Bert Johnson.

In the old riding of Middlesex, Conservative Bob Eaton won the seat in 1975, 1977 and 1981. Liberal Doug Reycraft was victorious in 1985 and 1987, but lost to the NDP's Irene Mathyssen in 1990 by just 520 votes. In 1995, the seat went to PC candidate Bruce Smith.





 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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