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196 Thornhill

2006 Candidates:
CON:Anthony Reale
GRN:Lloyd Helferty
LIB:Susan Kadis (Incumbent)
NDP:Simon Strelchick
PCP:Mark Abramowitz


 Riding Map
This Greater Toronto Area riding contains part of the town of Markham and part of the city of Vaughan. Its boundaries are Highway 404 in the east, Highway 400 in the west, Steeles Avenue in the south and Rutherford Road, Bathurst Street and Highway 7 in the north.

Manufacturing and retail trade are the main employers. Average family income is $102,459 and unemployment is 4.9 per cent.

According to the 2001 census, the immigrant population is over 46 per cent and only 55 per cent have English as their mother tongue. There are significant Italian, Chinese, East Indian and Jewish communities.

The riding of Thornhill was created in 1996 from 21 per cent of York North and 26 per cent of Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Political History
In 2004, Liberal Susan Kadis defeated Conservative Josh Cooper by 10,584 votes.

Liberal Elinor Caplan held Thornhill for two terms. She was appointed minister of citizenship and immigration in 1999 and minister of national revenue from January 2002 to December 2003.

The former riding of York North has been Liberal since 1988. Maurizio Bevilacqua was elected in 1988 and 1993, following one term by Independent Tony Roman. The riding of Markham-Whitchurch-Stouffville elected PC Bill Attewell in 1988 and Liberal Jag Bhaduria in 1993.

York North:
1935-53 inclusive - LIB
1957, 1958 - PC
1962-74 inclusive - LIB
1979, 1980 - PC
1984 - IND
1988, 1993 - LIB

1997, 2000, 2004 - LIB


Anthony Reale

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Profession: real estate and development consultant

Children: Three

Career Background: Provincial Returning Officer for the Riding of Thornhill.

Community Activities: Is a lifetime member of the Oak Ridges Trail Association, member of the Save the Moraine Association and founding member of the Richmond Hill � Oak Ridges Trail Association. His involvement with ratepayers associations includes his roles as past president of the Crestwood Homeowners Association.

Political History
Party: Past councillor for Thornhill in the City of Vaughan. Is a successful real estate and development consultant, after having operated a development and construction business which he has passed on to his sons.

Campaign Office:
1600 Steeles Ave W., Unit 21
Thornhill, Ont.
L4K 4M2
(905) 532-0481

Lloyd Helferty

Party: The Green Party of Canada

Birth Date: Sept. 5, 1972
Age: 33
Birthplace: Windsor, Ont.

Education: Studied electronic engineering technology at Radio College of Canada.
Profession: Systems support specialist

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Sophia Chih-Hui Wu

Career Background: Started working full time from May of 1995 at a small start-up company in Toronto called Image Processing Systems Inc. (IPS), changed positions within the company to eventually become a 'Customer Support Specialist' and then a 'Systems Support Specialist'. In September of 1996, while still working for IPS, he had an opportunity to travel to Taiwan. where he stayed for about 1-1/2 years, travelling around Asia and to other countries around the world. On the Board of Directors for a local naturalist group called the Richmond Hill Naturalists (RHN) - has been filling the role of Bulletin editor for the RHN since August of 2002. Has also been active with many activities related to Greenspace Preservation, including the campaign to protect the Oak ridges Moraine (the ORM stretches across the top of the GTA in Ontario forming a 160km 'greenbelt').

Community Activities: On the board of directors for a local naturalist group called the Richmond Hill Naturalists. Active with many activities related to greenspace preservation, including the campaign to protect the Oak ridges Moraine. Assisted various organizers and groups in delivering flyers, writing letters, attending town council meetings, and spreading the word relating to issues both concerning the ORM and other relevant issues, particularly in the GTA and Ontario.

Political History
Federal: Defeated in Thornhill in 2004

Campaign Office:
(905) 707-8754

Susan Kadis

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: Jan. 11, 1953
Age: 53
Birthplace: Toronto, Ont.

Education: Holds a BA in sociology from York University.

Marital Status: Married
Children: Five

Career Background: Former publisher of the Thornhill Times community newspaper.

Community Activities: Has served on the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Board of Directors.

Political History
Municipal: Elected school trustee in 1988. Elected to Thornhill City Council in 1997.
Federal: Elected in Thornhill in 2004.

Political History (Federal/Provincial)
Committee: Co-Chair: Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. Member: Status of Women.
Caucus: Chair of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Caucus.

Riding Address:
10-7670 Yonge Street
Thornhill, Ont.
(905) 886-9911

Ottawa Address:
Room 472 Confed Bldg
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 992-0253

Campaign Office:
1118 Centre Street, Unit 13
Thornhill, Ont.
L4J 7R9

Mark Abramowitz

Party: Progressive Canadian Party

Birth Date: May, 1984
Age: 21
Birthplace: North York, Ontario

Education: Studying at the University of Guelph
Profession: Student

Marital Status: Single

Career Background: Taught snow skiing for Snowhawks ski school and waterskiing at Camp New Moon. He has also taught swimming and was a lifeguard for the city of Vaughn.

Community Activities: Volunteers as a PEER helper at the University of Guelph.

Political History
Has been involved in university politics, as director of social and cultural affairs at McLaughlin College (York University) and as a candidate ran for local affairs commissioner at the University of Guelph.

Riding Address:
Tel.: (416)704-2697

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