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206 Whitby-Oshawa

2006 Candidates:
CAP:Tom Cochrane
CON:Jim Flaherty
GRN:Ajay Krishnan
LIB:Judi Longfield (Incumbent)
LPC:Marty Gobin
NDP:Maret Sadem-Thompson


 Riding Map
This Greater Toronto Area riding contains the town of Whitby and part of the city of Oshawa. The riding runs from the north shore of Lake Ontario to the CP Rail tracks, between Lake Ridge Road and King Street West, Oshawa Creek, Rossland Road West, Simcoe Street North, Winchester Road East and Townline Road North.

Manufacturing, including the General Motors plant in Oshawa, is the main industry in the area. Average family income is $85,439 and unemployment is 5.4 per cent.

The riding of Whitby-Oshawa was established in the 2004 redistribution from 68 per cent of Whitby-Ajax, 20 per cent of Oshawa and three per cent of Durham. The riding of Whitby-Ajax was formed in 1996 from Ontario riding and a small part of Durham riding.

Political History
In 2004, Liberal Judi Longfield defeated Conservative Ian MacNeil to win a third term.

In a 1952 byelection, PC Mike Starr was first elected in Ontario riding, holding it until 1968 when he ran in Oshawa-Whitby. He was a minister of labour, House leader and interim leader under John Diefenbaker's government. Liberal Norm Cafik won in 1968, 1972 and 1974. He was defeated in 1979 by Scott Fennell of the PCs, who served three terms. In 1988, PC René Soetens was elected and in 1993, it was Liberal Dan McTeague. Soetens finished third behind a Reform candidate.

1925, 1926 - CON
1930-45 - LIB
1948 byelection - CCF
1949 - LIB
1952 byelection to 1965 inclusive - PC
1968, 1972, 1974 - LIB
1979-88 - PC
1993 - LIB

1997, 2000 - LIB

2004 - LIB


Jim Flaherty

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth Date: Dec. 30, 1949
Age: 56

Education: Princeton - BA (cum laude), Osgoode Hall - LL.B. Called to Ontario Bar in 1975

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Christine
Children: Triplet boys: John, Galen, Quinn

Career Background: Practiced law in the private sector for more than 20 years. Was a deputy judge, small claims court and Counsel General of Ghana in Toronto.

Community Activities: Past president of the Head Injury Association of Durham Region, a member of the Rotary club.

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated in Durham Centre in 1990, elected in 1995. Elected in Whitby-Ajax in 1999, 2003. Resigned to run federally.

Provincial Political History
Cabinet: Oct 10/97 - Minister of Labour (Served as Acting Solicitor-General and Min of Correctional Services from Apr 27-July 27/98 -- while Bob Runciman was out of Cabinet). June 17/99 - Attorney-General and Minister responsible for Native Affairs. Feb 8/01 - Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance. Apr 15/02 - Min of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation.
Parliamentary Secretary: July 12/95 - to Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations. Apr-Oct 1997 - to Attorney-General. Committee: Member of the Priorities, Policy and Communications Board of Cabinet; Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Economic and Resource Policy; Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Privatization and SuperBuild; and Vice Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet.

Campaign Address:
701 Rossland Road East Suite 337, Whitby Ont.
(905) 668-7870

Ajay Krishnan

Party: Green Party of Canada

Age: 23
Birthplace: India

Education: Graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering Science.

Career Background: co-founder and VP Engineering for Savvica Inc., a locally-based e-learning software company.

Campaign Address:
(416) 835-3778

Judi Longfield

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: March 23, 1947
Age: 48
Birthplace: Northern Ontario

Education: Studied Business Administration at Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology and went on to graduate from North Bay Teachers College.
Profession: Teacher

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Alan
Children: Michael

Career Background: She taught Geography and History at the intermediate level and Economics, Business, Accounting and Commercial law at the post-secondary level before leaving education to raise her family.

Community Activities: Co-founder: Whitby Committee on Racial and Religious Equity and Diversity. Founding Member: Oshawa-Whitby French Immersion Parents' Association.

Electoral History
Municipal: Municipal councillor in Whitby (West Ward) from 1991-1997.
Federal: Elected in Whitby-Ajax in 1997, 2000; in Whiby-Oshawa in 2004.

Political History
Committee: Former Chair: Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities. Former Mem: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; HRD and Status of Persons with Disabilities;Sub-Committee on Status of Persons with Disabilities; Joint Ctte on Child Custody and Access; Procedure and House Affairs; Board of Internal Economy. Chair: Subcommittees of Procedure and House Affairs on: Parliamentary Privilege and on Disclosure Statement under the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons. Member: Defence and Veterans' Affairs; Procedure & House Affairs.
Caucus:Co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee for Municipal Affairs and served as a member of the Liberal Task Force on Gasoline Pricing, the Liberal Caucus Committee on Health Priorities, and the Liberal Caucus Task Force on Financial Services; sub-committee of Economic Caucus Member of both the Auto Caucus and the Steel Caucus. Apr 2004 - Named as Canadian Chair of Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board of Defense.

Campaign Address:
500 King Street West, Unit 2 Oshawa, Ont.
(905) 728-7341
Riding Address: 965 Dundas St W., Whitby, Ont.
(905) 665-8182
Ottawa Address: Room 804 Justice Bldg, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 992-6344

Marty Gobin

Party: Libertarian Party of Canada

Birth Date: Sept. 21, 1987
Age: 18
Birthplace: Ajax, Ont.

Education: Currently a Law and Security Administration student at Durham College.

Marital Status: Single

Campaign Address:
17 Geddy Street
Whitby, Ont.
L1P 1P8
(905) 665-9223

Maret Sadem-Thompson

Party: New Democratic Party

Birthplace: England, arrived in Canada in 1958.

Education: Holds a Master of Educational Administration degree
Profession: Elementary school principal

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: David

Career Background: Has worked with her school communities for almost 30 years. Involved with the Federation of Women Teachers Associations of Ontario.

Community Activities: Volunteers her time as a member on both the board of directors of the Durham Children's Aid Society and the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. Recently worked with 17 local agencies to develop a plan for services for children and families in need in the Durham Region.

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Whitby-Oshawa in 2004

Campaign Address:
Tel.: (905) 665-6390
Fax: (905) 665-9778
1121 Dundas St. E., Whitby

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