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Riding: London - West

Ed Holder

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Year of birth: 1954

Birthplace: Toronto

Education: BA in philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Judite

Children: A daughter, Claudia

Career Background: Worked for several years as a group underwriter for a Canadian insurance company.
He founded Ontario West Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Ontario West Insurance Agency Ltd. which merged
with Stevenson & Hunt Insurance Brokers Limited in 1991. In 1995, Ed became a partner with Stevenson
& Hunt, and president in 1999.

Community Activities: While working at a Canadian insurance company, he was president of the
company staff association. Former member of the Stouffville Lions Club, the Stouffville Chamber of
Commerce and the Metropolitan Toronto Board of Trade. Was also a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer
Society. He founded the Directors Club of London, a business-networking group, and serves as chair of the
club. Served as president of the Old South community association. Member of the London Chamber of
Commerce, and has served on the board of directors, on the executive, and as president of the board. Has
won chamber awards for Volunteer of the Year and a special president's recognition award. Has worked
with the United Way, serving as co-chair of the business division in 1990 and 1991, and chair of the
finance division in 2005. Is co-chair of the Business Cares food drive. Was co-chair of Canada Unity
London, a local group whose mandate is preserving a whole Canada. Honoured with the Governor-
General's Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation. Has also served as chair of
the London Convention Centre board of directors and the St. John Ambulance board of directors. Is co-
chair of the Sunshine Dreams Golf Classic, a golf tournament fundraiser. Is also a member of the Rotary
Club, which selected him as recipient of the Jack Burghardt Community Service Above Self award. Is first
vice-president of the London Rotary Club.

Electoral History

Federal: Defeated in London-Middlesex in 1993.

Mailing address:

1124 Gainsborough Road

London, Ont.

N6H 5N1

Contact information:

Phone: 519-471-1946

Riding: Louis-Hebert

Pascal-Pierre Paillé

Party: Bloc Québécois

Age: 30

Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in teaching physical education and health from Laval University.
He was also trained in behavioural disorders in psychopathology.

Profession: Teacher, entrepreneur

Career Background: He taught special education, physical education and health at various schools in
Quebec. He also operated his own company for seven years.

Community Activities: He coaches martial arts. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Quebec City
Chamber of Commerce. In 2006 and 2007, he coordinated break dance competitions in collaboration with
the Centre for Suicide Prevention of Quebec.

Mailing address:

4562, rue Saint-Felix

Cap-Rouge, Quebec

G1Y 3B2

Contact information:

Telephone: 418-204-0923

Riding: Westmount-Ville-Marie

Marc Garneau

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birthdate: Feb. 23, 1949

Age: 59

Birthplace: Quebec City, Que.

Education: B.Sc. in engineering physics from the Royal Military College of Kingston; PhD in electrical
engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England

Profession: Engineer, naval officer, astronaut

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Pamela

Children: Three - two sons and one daughter

Career Background: Combat systems engineer in HMCS Algonquin (area air defense destroyer) from
1974-76. Served as project engineer in naval weapon systems in Ottawa, 1977 to 1980. In 1983, he became
design authority for naval communications and electronic warfare equipment and systems. In January 1986,
he was promoted to Captain. He retired from the Navy in 1989. He is one of six Canadian astronauts
selected in December 1983. He was seconded to the Canadian Astronaut Program from the Department of
National Defence in February 1984 to begin astronaut training. He became the first Canadian astronaut to
fly in space as a Payload Specialist on Shuttle Mission 41-G in October 1984. He was named Deputy
Director of the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1989, providing technical and program support in the
preparation of experiments to fly during future Canadian missions. He was selected for mission specialist
training in July 1992. He logged over 677 hours in space. In February 2001, he was appointed executive
vice-president, Canadian Space Agency. He was subsequently appointed President of the Canadian Space
Agency, effective Nov. 22, 2001. He resigned from the post in 2006.

Electoral History

Federal: Ran unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 2006 general election.

Mailing address:

1248 Greene Avenue

Westmount, Que.

H3Z 2A3

Contact information:

Telephone: 514-931-6272

Riding: Thunder Bay-Superior North

Bruce Hyer

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Education: Holds a M.Sc. in forestry from Lakehead University.

Profession: Businessman

Career Background: An ecologist, biologist, forester, and businessperson. His company, WildWaters
Nature Tours & Expeditions Ltd., retails and wholesales canoes and kayaks, and has run a variety of
wilderness adventures and ecotours from bases in Thunder Bay and Armstrong since 1976. A consultant on
forestry and tourism, served as an adjudicator on the Province of Ontario Environmental Appeal Board
from 1988 to 1997.

Community Activities: A board member and past president of the North of Superior Tourism Association.
Has also served as a member of the boards of directors of Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters, the
Armstrong Wilderness Outfitters Association, and the Wildlands League. Past president of Environment
North. Serves on both the Local Citizens Committee and Forest Management Planning Team for the
Domtar-Armstrong Forest. Member of the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan, was co-founder/first co-
chair of Lake Superior Binational Forum.

Electoral History

Federal: Ran unsuccessfully in this riding in the 2004 and 2006 general elections.

Contact information:

Riding: St. John’s East

Jack Harris

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Birthdate: Oct. 27, 1948

Age: 59

Birthplace: St. John's, N.L.

Education: Received a BA from Memorial University, a bachelor of law from the University of Alberta
and a masters of law from the London School of Economics.

Profession: Lawyer and journalist

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Ann Martin

Children: Three

Career Background: After graduating from Memorial University, he worked briefly as a journalist for
CBC television and radio before pursuing a career in law. For 16 years, he was a partner at the law firm
Williams, Harris, Roebothan and McKay, where he was partnered with Newfoundland Conservative Leader
Danny Williams. In 1997, he opened his own law practice.

Electoral History

Municipal: Ran unsuccessfully for mayor of St. John's in the 1997 municipal election.

Provincial: Elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in a 1990 byelection for St.
John's East. Became leader of the provincial New Democrats in 1992 and was re-elected in 1993, 1996,
1999 and 2003. Resigned from his post as provincial party leader in 2006 to resume his law career full

Federal: First elected as a member of Parliament for St. John's East in a 1987 by-election. Defeated in the
1988 federal election and entered provincial politics.

Contact information:

Telephone: 709-738-7912

Fax: 709-738-7917

Riding: Vancouver Kingsway

Don Davies

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Birthdate: 1963

Birthplace: Edmonton

Education: BA in political science and law degree from the University of Alberta.

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Sheryl Palm

Children: Three - Jaime, Jordan and Cerys

Career Background: Admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1989 and began work as a researcher for the Official
Opposition in the Alberta Legislature. Worked as executive assistant to the Opposition Leader in 1990.
Currently Director of Legal Resources for Teamsters Canada (Local 31).

Community Activities: Co-chair of the Parent Advisory Committee at Mount Pleasant School and a
Director of the Meridian Cultural Society, a non-profit group that provides space for daycare, church, and
refugee respite services. A member of the Dickens Community Group and the East End Food Co-op.
Volunteer for Variety - the Children's Charity. Has been a youth hockey coach and a volunteer for La
Quena Cooperative and Co-op Radio. Also served on the British Columbia WCB Regulatory Review Panel
for Land Transportation and Traffic Control and the Federal Service Canada Human Resources Planning
Committee, examining human resource needs in B.C.'s transportation industry.

Contact information:

Telephone: 604-996-4366

Riding: Edmonton-Strathcona

Linda F. Duncan

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Education: Holds a BA and a law degree from the University of Alberta. Holds a master's of law from
Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, N.S.

Career Background: Worked for the federal government handling a senior portfolio as the chief of
enforcement for Environment Canada. Served as assistant deputy minister for renewable resources for the
Yukon government, representing that province's government on the Science Advisory Board to the Arctic
Environmental Strategy. Also founded Alberta's Environmental Law Centre and served on the executive of
the environment section of the Canadian Bar Association. Also served on the Canadian Council of
Ministers of the Environment's committee to implement national standards for mercury emitted by coal-
fired power plants. Taught environmental law at Dalhousie Law School and has authored numerous legal
publications. As head of law and enforcement for the North American Commission for Environmental Co-
operation, spent four years working with Canadian, American and Mexican officials. Has also served as a
senior legal advisor to Indonesia, Bangladesh and Jamaica in instituting programs for effective
environmental enforcement for CIDA, Asian Development Bank and World Bank funded projects.

Community Activities: Is vice-president of Sierra Legal Defence Fund. Is also vice-president of the Lake
Wabamun Enhancement and Protection Association. Board member of Alberta's Clean Air Strategic
Alliance (CASA), participating in the Emerald Award-winning team for improved air pollution control from
electrical power generators. Member of the Alberta Environmental Network's energy caucus. Board
member of Environmental Careers Organization. As part of the Edmonton Social Planning Council,
authored a community-self-help planning manual and helped found a number of community boards and
services including the Society for the Protection of Architectural Resources in Edmonton (SPARE), the
Catalyst Theatre, the Edmonton Rape Crisis Center and the National Action Committee on the Status of
Women. Co-ordinated the Rossdale Living Heritage Park Plan project. Has received a YWCA Tribute for
her community service.

Mailing address:

Linda Duncan campaign

c/o Erica Bullwinkle

8408 117th St. NW

Edmonton, Alta.

T6G 1R4

Contact information:

Telephone: 780-446-5461

Riding: Halifax

Megan Leslie

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada

Education: Graduated from Dalhousie University with a law degree.

Profession: Legal aid worker

Career Background: Since graduating from Dalhousie, she has worked as a community legal worker at
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. She also teaches law to third-year students in Halifax.

Community Activities: Is a leader in the Affordable Energy Coalition, which deals with issues of energy
poverty, energy efficiency and the current power rate structure. Has been a speaker at conferences held by
such groups as the Canadian Public Health Association, the Public Legal Education Association of Canada
and the UN Conference on Climate Change in Montreal. For her community work she was declared a
Holly’s House Hero by the Elizabeth Fry Society in 2008, and in 2004 was the recipient of the Muriel
Duckworth award, presented annually to a woman making a significant contribution to the advancement of
women within Canada.

Mailing address:

3134 Robie St.,

Halifax, N.S.

B3K 4P9

Contact information:

Telephone: 902-423-2803

Riding: Parkdale-High-Park

Gerard Kennedy

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Jeanette Arsenault-Kennedy

Children: Two

Career Background: Established the Daily Bread Food Bank in 1986, and served as executive director
until 1996. Also participated in local initiatives to develop food banks in Quebec City, Halifax, Ottawa, St.
John's and abroad, including Ireland, France, Poland, Israel and the Ukraine.

Community Activities: Has held leadership roles in the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto;
Metro's Expo 2000; Mixed Company, which presents interactive theatre for young people; and Wings of
Providence, providing safe, independent living for battered women.

Electoral History

Provincial: Elected in York South in 1996, 1999, and 2003.

Political History

Party: Ran as a candidate for leader of the federal Liberal Party of Canada in 2006.

Cabinet: Provincial - Served as minister of education and as a member of the Planning and Priorities Board
of Cabinet.

Contact information:

Phone: 416-763-2700

Riding: Fredericton

Keith Ashfield

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birthdate: March 28, 1952

Age: 56

Birthplace: Fredericton, N.B.

Education: Has taken courses in business administration at the University of New Brunswick.

Profession: Businessman

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Judy

Community Activities: Has been involved in several school district associations. Was president of the
provincial School Trustees Association, and chair of the finance committee for the Canadian School Boards

Electoral History

Provincial: Elected to the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly in the riding of New Maryland in the
1999 provincial election. Re-elected in the 2003 general election. Elected in the renamed riding of New
Maryland–Sunbury West in the 2006 general election.

Political History

Cabinet: Has served as New Brunswick's Minister of Natural Resources.

Committee: Has served as Deputy Speaker of the N.B. legislature, and as Chairman of the Committees of
the Whole House.

Contact information:

Telephone: 506-455-2003

Riding: Oak Ridges-Markham

Paul Calandra

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Education: Attended university

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Melanie

Children: Natalie

Career Background: Currently works as a commercial insurance broker in York Region. Opened and
operated two small businesses and managed a commercial, residential and agricultural real estate portfolio.
In 1995 served as Chief of Staff to Ontario MPP Steve Gilchrist.

Community Activities: Served as a member on the boards of the Toronto Children's Safety Village, the
Integrated Shoreline Management Plan, the Manson Environmental Review Committee, Highland Creek
Heritage Day Advisory Committee and Oak Ridges Trail Association.

Political History

Party: Member of the board of the Oak-Ridges Markham Conservative Association and is president of the
Oak Ridges-Markham Provincial PC Association.

Mailing address:

12401 Hwy 48

Stouffville, Ont.

L4A 7X5

Contact information:

Telephone: 416-710-3616


Riding: Don Valley West

Rob Oliphant

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birthdate: 1956

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Education: Graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1978. In
1980 entered the Vancouver School of Theology at the University of British Columbia, and was ordained a
United Church minister in 1984.

Profession: Clergyman

Marital Status: Married

Name of Spouse: Marco Fiola

Career Background: Has served with the United Church in rural and urban areas across Canada. Is
currently lead minister at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto. In 2004 received an award for
18 years service in interfaith dialogue. Has worked as a senior adviser to the Ontario government.

Community Activities: Has been a member or officer of such groups as the Sorrento Centre in British
Columbia, Centre Dialogue in Quebec, the WoodGreen Red-Door Family Shelter in Toronto, the Nakai
Theatre Ensemble in Whitehorse, and the Yukon Human Rights Commission.

Contact information:

Telephone: 416-421-6515


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