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DISTRICT: Nipissing-Timiskaming
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Anthony RotaLIB2139344.69% X
Peter ChiricoCON1651134.49%
Dave FluriNDP826817.27%
Meg PurdyGRN16983.55%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 222 of 222 polls reporting


164 Nipissing-Timiskaming

2006 Candidates:
CON:Peter Chirico
GRN:Meg Purdy
LIB:Anthony Rota
NDP:Dave Fluri


 Riding Map
This Northern Ontario riding stretches from Lake Timiskaming south along the Ottawa River and has Algonquin Park on its southern edge.

It includes North Bay, Temagami, New Liskeard, Powassan, Cobalt and Mattawa. There are several Indian reserves, including the Temagami Reserve.

About 16 per cent of residents list French as their mother tongue. Tourism is an important industry, with retail and service sectors the largest employers. There is a small manufacturing base in the North Bay region, as well as Canadore College/Nipissing University. Average family income is $50,077 and unemployment is 7.9 per cent.

The riding has been renamed in 2004 and expanded north, adding part of Timiskaming-Cochrane. In 1996, the boundaries were redrawn to include part of Parry Sound-Muskoka. The riding of Nipissing was established in 1892.

Population: 89,314

Political History
In 2004, Liberal Anthony Rota defated Al McDonald of the Conservatives by 2,253 votes. Liberal Bob Wood served four terms as MP from 1988 to 2004.

The riding of Nipissing voted Conservative from 1908 to 1917 and Liberal from 1921 to 1980. From 1972 to 1984, Liberal Jean-Jacques Blais was MP, serving as postmaster general, solicitor general, minister of supply and services and minister of defence. In 1984, he was defeated by Tory Moe Mantha.

1896 - CON
1900, 1904 - LIB
1908-17 inclusive - CON
1921-80 inclusive - LIB
1984 - PC
Since 1988 - LIB


Peter Chirico

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Peggy
Children: Michael, Jason and Tara

Career Background: He is the Manager of Business Development with the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Community Activities: He sits on the North Bay Police Services Board, the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, the North Bay and District Health Unit, the Nipissing University Board of Governors, the Children's Treatment Centre, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Parents Advisory Council, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Foundation, and the Show Kids You Care Advisory Council. He has been active on various task force committees including the Builders Advisory Committee, the Rail Lands Renegotiation Committee, the Northern Ontario Tax Incentive Zone Task Force, and is Chair of the Municipal Funding Task Force for the North Bay Regional Hospital. He has previously been involved with several committees: member of the Planning Advisory Committee, Treasurer of the Economic Development Commission, Treasurer of the Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation and member of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Electoral History
Municipal: Deputy Mayor of North Bay and a second-time city councillor, who chairs the General Government Committee of Council
Campaign Office:
P.O. Box 1463
North Bay, Ont.
P1B 8K6
(705) 223-2050

Meg Purdy

Party: Green Party of Canada

Education: Registered Nurse (RN), Nursing Diploma, Ed., BA, BScN, MDiv
Profession: Nurse

Marital Status: Married
Children: Three

Career Background: After graduating from a hospital school of nursing, she worked as a Registered Nurse for the Victorian Order of Nurses and at hospitals in Canada and England. In Canada, she taught nursing for a number of years before answering a call to ministry in the United Church of Canada. She was ordained in 1985 and served rural congregations in Northeastern Ontario and Quebec She retired in 2001 after six years as a hospital chaplain.

Community Activities: She is involved with pulpit supply and other church service, Regional Multifaith Committee work, chaplaincy with youth in detention and the steering committee for the familly "Wraparound" initiative in Nipissing district. She served terms on the Federal Advisory Council on the Status of Women and on a Nipissing area School Board.

Campaign Office:
(705) 752-2057

Anthony Rota

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth Date: May 15, 1961
Age: 44
Birthplace: North Bay, Ont.

Education: Diploma in finance from Algonquin College. BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. MBA from the University of Ottawa
Profession: Businessman

Career Background: Worked in the private sector as an entrepreneur in finance, real estate and retail. He has served with the Canadian Technology Network (CTN) in the National office in Ottawa where he was responsible for network development. He has also served in the Toronto Offices of Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) as Regional Operations Manager Ontario. 1999-2004 - Worked with National Research Council of Canada where he spearheaded the international arm of the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Ontario and served as the Innovation Network Advisor for Northern Ontario with the Canadian Technology Network

Community Activities: President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce. First vice-president of North Eastern Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Founding Member of the North Bay Economic Development Commission. Member of the Board of Governors of Nipissing University where he served as chair of Plant and Property. Founding member of the Air Base Properties Corporation
Electoral History
Municipal: Former Member of council for the City of North Bay. Served as chair of Planning and Economic Development
Federal: Elected in Nipissing-Timiskaming in 2004

Political History
Committee: Chair: sub-committee on Veterans Affairs of National Defence and Veterans Affairs. Member: National Defence and Veterans Affairs

Riding Address:
133 Main Street West
North Bay, Ont.
(705) 474-3700

Campaign Office:
195 Oak Street East
North Bay, Ont.
P1B 1A2
(705) 494-7682

Dave Fluri

Party: New Democratic Party

Birthplace: Brantford, Ont.

Education: Graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Fisheries Biology (1987) and with a M.Sc. in Aquatic Sciences (1992)
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Jeannine Castonguay
Children: Two

Career Background: Worked for eight years as a papermaker. Biologist for the Ministry of Natural Resources. A long-time OPSEU activist, local union president

Electoral History
Federal: Defeated in Nipissing-Timiskaming in 2004

Campaign Office:
573 Fraser Street
North Bay, Ont.
P1B 3X3

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