This is a largely rural riding spanning central Vancouver Island from the Pacific Ocean to the Strait of Georgia. Most of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve runs along the western boundary. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is here, as is part of Nanaimo Regional District and that section of Powell River Regional District south of Sabine Channel. Communities include Port Alberni, Parksville and Qualicum Beach, along with Nanaimo north of Wellington Road.
More than 16 per cent of residents are immigrants and nearly 19
per cent are older than 65.
Manufacturing, retail and the service sector are the riding's economic
engines. CFB Comox is a major employer and tourism also plays an important
role. Average family income was $58,654 in 2001 and unemployment was
10.5 per cent.
Nanaimo-Alberni existed from 1976 to 1986. It was re-established in
the 1996 redistribution from portions of Comox-Alberni and Nanaimo-Cowichan.
The riding was unchanged in the 2004 redistribution.
James Lunney of the Conservatives won this seat in 2004, with just more than
39 per cent of the vote. There were seven candidates running and Lunney
came 4,006 votes ahead of New Democrat Scott Fraser.
Lunney won in 2000 with the Canadian Alliance, defeating Liberal Hira
Chopra by more than 15,000 votes. In the previous election, the Reform's
Bill Gilmour won by a similar margin. Gilmour had come to power in Comox-Alberni
In the 1960s and early 1970s, Comox-Alberni was a New Democrat stronghold. In 1974, it went to Liberal Hugh Anderson. Then, in 1979 and 1980, Ted Miller took the seat back for the NDP. In 1984, Tory Ted Schellenberg took over, to be replaced in 1988 by the NDP's Bob Skelly.
1997 - REF
2000 - CA
2004 - CON
Party: Canadian Action Party
Birth Date: 1954
Birthplace: Hillingdon, England
Education: Trained in the digital arts program at the Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound in Buraby.
Career Background: Does a mix of traditional and digital art.
Community Activities: Involved with the yes campaign for electoral reform in British Columbia.
Federal: Defeated as an independent in Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca in 2004.
Party: Christian Heritage Party
Year of Birth: 1939
Education: Holds a B.Sc. in math and physics from the University of British Columbia. Also holds a B.C. Professional Basic Teaching Certificate.
Profession: Retired teacher
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jane Wingham
Children: Eleven - including four adopted
Career Background: Worked as a math teacher for the Vancouver School Board from 1970 to 2004.
Community Activities: Was an executive member of B.C. Parents and Teachers for Life from 1991 to 2003. Served as president of the Delta South Family Coalition Party Constituency Association from 1994 to 2000. Was the secretary/treasurer of Strata Council VR1481 from 1998 to 2000. Was president of the Campaign Life Coalition BC from 1983 to 1991, and is former vice-president of Campaign Life Canada. Was director of the Vancouver General Hospital Project from 1972 to 1975.
Federal: Defeated in Delta-South-Richmond in 2000. Defeated in Vancouver South in 2004.
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: Sept. 5, 1951
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Man.
Education: Holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Manitoba and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Helen
Career background: Has practised chiropractic health care for 24 years. Moved to Vancouver Island in 1991 and established West Coast Chiropractic in Parksville
Community activities: Is involved with the Rotary Club of Parksville, the Chamber of Commerce and the North Vancouver Island Chiropractic Society
Federal: Elected in Nanaimo-Alberni in 2004
Committee: Former member of Health; Fisheries and Oceans. Member of Canadian Heritage; and standing committee on official languages
Caucus: Former deputy critic for Fisheries and Oceans, and Health. Former critic for Natural Health Products. Became the Conservative party critic for Health (Natural Health Products) and Official Languages in January 2004
Riding Address: 7-6908 Island Highway, North Nanaimo, B.C., (250) 390-7550
Ottawa Address: Room 676, Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Community Activities: Was founding chairman of the United Church Peace Network (1981), and Toronto's Interfaith Peace Committee involving over 40 different religions. Was founding president of Lawyers for Social Responsibility (LSR) in 1982. LSR is a member of a worldwide organization of lawyers (IALANA) working to strengthen the United Nations and International Law. He also chaired the Markham Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament, as well as the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of International Law. Other national organizations in which he has served as a director include Operation Dismantle, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms, and the editorial board of Peace Magazine.
R.L. Dusty Miller
Birth Date: March 1942
Birthplace: Port Alberni, BC.
Education: Senior Matriculation and post secondary training
Profession: Retired from Canadian Armed Forces
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Colleen
Children: Two sons
Career Background: Served over 33 years in the
Canadian Armed Forces rising in rank from Ordinary Seaman. He was
Commissioned from the ranks in 1977 and retired as a full Commander.
Community Activities: Member of the Emergency
Measures Organization, S.O.S. committee, fund-raising for M.S., ALS, and
Cancer, SPCA volunteer, Community Arts Council, Town Crier, actor on the
Alberni Pacific Steam Railway Tour Train and past president of the Port
Alberni Tri Services Association.
One of the original members of the Coastal Council for BC Ferries, an organizer for
banning the export of raw logs, representative for the Port Alberni
Farmers Market, and has been an advocate for an alternative highway for
Port Alberni. At the request of City Council he was asked to conduct a
critical review of Port Alberni's 5 year financial plan.
Tel.: 250-723-4822 (Voice)
Party: Liberal Party of Canada
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Cathie
Career Background: Has worked for Coast Realty for 11 years and is an incoming director of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.
Served as member of the Government Relations committee of the British Columbia Real Estate Association for five years
Community Activities: Director of the YES Committee for the 2004 referendum on the New Nanaimo Centre downtown development
and has been president of the Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Football Club for four years
Party: Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
Profession: Hospital food service worker
Party: New Democratic Party
Education: BA in Social Science, BA in Criminology and a MA in Criminology, all summa cum laude
Profession: business person
Career Background: Small business operator, President and CEO of Dynamic Interactions Educational Corp.
Sessional university instructor with Faculty of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
Instructor in the Aboriginal Social Work Training Project. Has served as as a social worker with the Nuu-chah-nulth Community
and Human Services, a researcher with the Federal Justice Department and an intake counsellor with the Victoria Association
for Community Diversion/Mediation
Community Activities: Has worked with the Street Worker Program, Suicide Prevention and Intervention Committees,
the Committee to End Domestic Violence and the Health Centre/Pregnancy Outreach Program. Also chaired the Family Matters Committee
of the Victoria Family Court Committee and was a Counsellor at the Victim Services Society.
In Ottawa, was a Director and founding member of the local chapter of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association.