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OTTAWA - (Web posted May 14, 2002 @ 11:20 a.m.) Voters in Newfoundland and Ontario registered their dissatisfaction with the federal government during  Monday's by-elections by ending the stranglehold the Liberals have held on two ridings in those provinces for decades. 

Municipal politician and Tory candidate Rex Barnes won the riding of Gander-Grand Falls, which was held by former Liberal MP George Baker for 28 years, and NDP candidate and popular city councillor Brian Masse won Windsor West, which was the domain of former Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray for 39 years.

Canadian Alliance leader Stephen Harper won his Calgary Southwest riding handily, and the four remaining by-elections - a second one in Newfoundland, two in Quebec and one in Manitoba - were won by the Liberals.

The other winners are:

-Liberal John Efford, Bonavista-Trinity-Conception;
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Massimo Pacetti, Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel;
-Liza Frulla, Verdun-Saint-Henri-Saint-Paul-Pointe Saint-Charles, and
-Raymond Simard, Saint Boniface.

Click on the riding below for more information about the by-election campaigns:

- Gander-Grand Falls and Bonavista-Trinity-Conception in Newfoundland and Labrador.

- Saint-Léonard- Saint-Michel and Verdun-Saint-Henri-Saint-Paul-Pointe Saint-Charles in Quebec.

- Windsor West in Ontario.

- Saint Boniface in Manitoba.

- Calgary Southwest in Alberta.

The Alberta riding was held by former Reform Party leader and founder Preston Manning who announced he would relinquish the seat last year. He officially left federal politics in January.

The Newfoundland riding of Bonavista-Trinity-Conception, the Montreal-area riding of  Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel, Windsor West in Ontario and Saint Boniface in Manitoba were vacated in January.

The remaining seats, one in Newfoundland and one in Quebec, became open on March 26. 

All of the ridings, save for Calgary southwest, are considered safe Grit seats.

Maps, demographic information and
some other tid-bits about the ridings


Former Newfoundland cabinet minister Brian Tobin gave up  Bonavista-Trinity-Conception just days before Prime Minister Jean Chretien shuffled his cabinet in January.

At the time, Tobin said he was leaving politics for family reasons, but it has been speculated the 47-year-old was frustrated with his attempts to organize an effective Liberal leadership bid.

Former Newfoundland provincial cabinet minister John Efford has won the Liberal nomination in the riding, and is wildly popular in the area. 

David Tulett is the Canadian Alliance candidate, while Michelle Brazil will represent the Progressive Conservative Party.

Jim Gill will carry the NDP banner in the riding and Christopher John Bradshaw will contest the seat for the Green Party of Canada.

Brent Rockwood is running as an independent.

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Jim Gill's Web site (NDP)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) David Tulett's Campaign Brochure
(CA)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here for information on the Progressive Conservative candidate

 


On March 26, the Prime Minister appointed George Baker, former Newfoundland MP for Gander-Grand Falls, to the Senate.

Beaton Tulk, resigned as Newfoundland and Labrador's Deputy-Premier on April 2 to become the Liberal candidate in the riding.

Grand Falls town councillor Rex Barnes will contest the seat for the Progressive Conservatives, while Garry Hartle will represent the Canadian Alliance.

John Lannon is the New Democratic nominee in the riding. 

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Garry Hartle Biography (CA)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click for more information about Mr. Lannon (NDP)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here for information on the Progressive Conservative candidate

 


Former Public Works Minister Alfonso Gagliano, who served as MP for Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel, resigned his seat to accept the ambassador's job in Denmark in January. His departure came amid a cloud of controversy that he interfered in the operations of a Crown Corporation while he served as minister.

Massimo Pacetti will be the Liberal candidate in the St. Léonard-St. Michel by-election. 

Antonio Cordeiro will try to win the riding for the Progressive Conservative party, while Normand Caplette will try to do the same for the NDP. 

Umberto Di Genova will run for the Bloc Québécois' and Marc-Boris St-Maurice is the Marijuana Party candidate.

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here to read more about the Bloc Quebecois candidate
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Normand Caplette's Web site (NDP)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here for information on the Progressive Conservative candidate


On March 26, the Prime Minister appointed Raymond Lavigne, former Montreal-area MP for Verdun-Saint-Henri-Saint-Paul-Pointe Saint-Charles to the Senate.

Liza Frulla, a former Quebec communications and cultural affairs minister, is the Liberal nominee in the riding.

The Bloc Québécois candidate is Sonia Goulet, and the NDP candidate is Matthew McLauchlin.

Joe De Santis is the Canadian Alliance candidate and Robert Lindblad is running as an Independent candidate.

Bernard Côté will represent the Tories during the campaign.

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here to read more about the Bloc Quebecois candidate
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Matthew McLauchlin's Web site (NDP)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here for information on the Progressive Conservative candidate


Herb Gray, former MP for Windsor West, was dropped from cabinet after a distinguished career in Ottawa. He was subsequently appointed Chair of the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission.

Local lawyer Richard Pollack has the Grit nomination. He'll square off against autoworker Richard Fuschi.

Windsor city councillor Brian Masse is expected to challenge the seat for the New Democratic Party.

Rick Fuschi will try to win the seat for the Canadian Alliance, and the Green Party candidate is Chris Holt. Allan James will represent the Christian Heritage Party in the riding, and Ian West will try to win the seat for the Tories.

 

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Richard Pollack's Web site (Liberal)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Brian Masse's Web site (NDP)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Ian West's Web site (PC)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Richard Fuschi's Web site (CA)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Chris Holt's Web site (Green Party)

 



Ronald J. Duhamel, who had served in cabinet as Minister of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of State Western Economic Diversification, resigned his Saint Boniface seat to accept a Senate appointment in January.

Area businessman Raymond Simard will be the Liberal candidate.  

Denis Simard is contesting the riding for the Canadian Alliance.

Mike Reilly is the (Progressive Conservative candidate, and the Marijuana Party will be represented by Chris MaBuors.

The NDP candidate is John Parry, while Jean-Paul Kabashiki is the Christian Heritage Party candidate.

 

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Denis Simard's Web site (CA)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) John Parry's Web site (NDP)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Click here for information on the Progressive Conservative candidate




Calgary Southwest was vacated in 2002 when Reform Party founder Preston Manning left politics.

Ezra Levant, a former Stockwell Day communications advisor who had won the party's nomination in the riding, stepped aside for newly-elected leader Stephen Harper on March 28. 

The Liberals and the Tories have decided not to field candidates in the Alberta byelection. But the NDP are not extending that courtesy to Harper. Rev. Bill Phipps, a former moderator of the United Church of Canada, is the NDP candidate.

James S. Kohut will try to win the seat for the Green Party, while Ron Gray will represent the Christian Heritage Party.

Gordon Barrett is running as an independent.

Candidate Web sites and related on line documents
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Stephen Harper Campaign Brochure (CA)
arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Bill Phipps Web site (NDP)

 

 

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Read these documents from Elections Canada

arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Elections Canada issues writs of by-elections in Verdun - Saint-Henri - Saint-Paul - Pointe Saint-Charles and Gander - Grand Falls

arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Offices of Returning Officers for the By-Elections in, Windsor West
Saint Boniface, Saint-Leonard - Saint-Michel Bonavista - Trinity - Conception and Calgary Southwest are Open to the Public

arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) Calling a federal by-election

arrow-trans.gif (111 bytes) By-election Information from Elections Canada

Check out these PoliticsWatch pages for
past election coverage in Canada
2001 B.C. Election
2001 Alberta Election

 


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