Located in south-central Saskatchewan, this riding borders the South Saskatchewan River in the west. It contains the part of Saskatoon that is east of the South Saskatchewan River and south of 8th Street East. It also takes in the area south and east of Saskatoon. The northern boundary is Highway 5. The riding includes the communities of Dundurn (home to a Canadian Forces base), Watrous, Outlook and Kenaston, as well as the White Cap reserve.
According to the 2001 census, immigrants make up seven per cent of the
This riding has a diversified economic base, with grain farming and cattle
ranching playing significant roles. Unemployment was just 5.2 per cent
in 2001, education levels were high (about 15 per cent had university
degrees). The average family earned $66,892 a year.
The Blackstrap riding was created in 1996, from 68 per cent of the old Saskatoon-Dundurn riding and 20 per cent of Moose Jaw-Lake Centre. There was no change in 2004.
In 2004, Conservative Lynne Yelich defeated Liberal Tiffany Paulsen. Yelich
was first elected in 2000 as a Canadian Alliance candidate. In 1997, voters
chose Allan Karpan of the Reform party, who nudged out Liberal Morris
Bodnar by 3,137 ballots. Bodner had won in 1993.
New Democrats held the old Saskatoon-Dundurn riding through the 1979
and 1980 elections, while a Tory narrowly won in 1984. The NDP returned
for a single term in 1988.
1979, 1980 - NDP
1984 - PC
1988 - NDP
1993 - LIB
1997 - REF
2000 - CA
2004 - CON
Party: Communist Party of Canada
Education: Currently in graduate school studying computer science and theology
Community Activities: Has volunteered with people living with disabilities, in poverty, or in crisis
Party: Conservative Party of Canada
Birth date: March 24, 1953
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Matt
Children: Elaina and Ivana.
Career background: She and husband operated a farm near Kenaston for 30 years. Worked in banking in Edmonton and Calgary in the
summers. Has held various office and administrative positions. From 1993-2000, worked as Allan Kerpan's constituency assistant in
Community activities: She is active in St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, and has maintained close ties with the Croatian Club
Federal: Elected in Blackstrap in 2000
Committee: Former member: Citizenship and Immigration, Government Operations and Estimates, Transport. Current member: Standing
committee on the Status of Women
Caucus: Critic for Status of Women and critic for Families and Caregivers. Former deputy critic for Citizenship and Immigration.
Former critic for Transport (grain transportation). Former Cities critic
Unit 71, Saskatoon Market Mall, 2325 Preston Ave., Saskatoon, Sask.
Room 624 Confederation Building, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
Party: Green Party of Canada
Birthplace: Victoria, B.C.
Education: Graduated from Vancouver Film School's writing for film & television program in the spring of 2003 and is currently making a documentary about this attempt at gaining federal office. He hopes such a film will decrease voter apathy and encourage other people to seek office and change within this country
Marital Status: Single
Career background: Mike is a journalist for Phaylon.com, a nonprofit news and educational website, and has written various articles about infighting within alternative media, neo-conservativism, and various other topics.
Community Activities: Canvassed for diabetes. Attended pro-pot protests, Take Back the Night, and anti-war protests for Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Birth Date: Jan. 19, 1960
Birthplace: San Fernando, Trinidad
Education: B. Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan
Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Belinda
Career Background: Operator at a chemical plant and runs a computer networking company
Community Activities: Coaches soccer and hockey and is involved in the local community association.
Coordinates and teaches Sunday school, and member of the Augustana Lutheran Church council
2811-c Estey Drive, Saskatoon, SK
Party: Liberal Party of Canada.
Education: Graduate of the universities of Waterloo and Toronto and from 1997-2002 studied at the University of Saskatchewan.
Profession: Former educator.
Marital status: Widowed.
Name of spouse: Laurie Barron.
Career background: For the last 13 years, Barron has been president and chief officer of a multi-residential company and has properties in Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Community activities: Serves on the board of Saskatoon Opera. She's a past member of the executive of the Council of Women.
Provincial: Defeated provincially in Saskatoon Greystone in 2003.
Room 3B 3501- 8th St., Saskatoon, Sask.
Party: New Democratic Party Of Canada.
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Sask.
Education: University of Regina Graduate, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 1968.
Marital status: Married.
Name of spouse: Denise Kouri.
Children: Two daughters.
Career background: A food policy co-ordinator with Saskatoon community organization CHEP, adviser to the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry on community outreach, and a manager of a health promotion program in Mozambique.
Community activities: Director on several boards, including Quint Development Corporation (Saskatoon) and Oxfam Canada (national and international). He has recently been appointed to the Samuel and Sadie Bronfman Family Foundation national steering committee for placemaking and community economic development in major Canadian cities. Co-producer of Making the Links Radio on CFCR radio 90.5 FM
Federal: 2004 NDP Candidate in Blackstrap.