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DISTRICT: Saskatoon-Wanuskewin
CandidatePartyVote CountVote ShareElected
Maurice VellacottCON1775349.39% X
Chris AxworthyLIB865524.08%
Jim MaddinNDP793922.09%
Don CameronGRN12923.59%
Dale SandersCHP3070.85%
December 14, 2:04:38 PM EST 169 of 169 polls reporting


238 Saskatoon-Wanuskewin

2006 Candidates:
CHP:Dale Sanders
CON:Maurice Vellacott (Incumbent)
GRN:Don Cameron
LIB:Chris Axworthy
NDP:Jim Maddin

Riding Profile
 Riding Map
This riding is composed of the northwest part of Saskatoon, plus rural areas north and west of the city. The South Saskatchewan River forms part of the east boundary and the North Saskatchewan River forms part of the southern boundary. Outlying communities include Martensville, Rosthern and Duck Lake, and there are several small First Nations reserves.

The manufacturing and service sectors dominate in Saskatoon, while agriculture is the main occupation in the rural areas. More than 10 per cent of residents have a university degree. About five per cent of the population are immigrants. Unemployment was 5.9 per cent in 2001 and the average family income was $61,568.

Wanuskewin riding was formed in 1996 by combining two-thirds of Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing with smaller parts of four other ridings. The name was changed to Saskatoon-Wanuskewin in 2000. In the 2004 redistribution, about five per cent of the riding was carved away.

Population: 72,429

Political History
The current incumbent, Maurice Vellacott, first won this seat in 1997 with the Reform party. In 2004, as a Conservative, he beat Liberal Chris Axworthy by 4,556 votes.

New Democrats held Saskatoon-Biggar from 1968 to 1974. From 1974 through 1988, this was Progressive Conservative Ray Hnatyshyn's riding. He held a number of cabinet posts under Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney, and later was appointed Canada's governor general.

Axworthy won Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing in 1988 and 1993, when he was with the NDP.

1968, 1972 - NDP
1974 - PC

Saskatoon West:
1979, 1980, 1984 - PC

Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing:
1988, 1993 - NDP

1997 - REF

2000 - CA
2004 - CON


Dale Sanders

Party: Christian Heritage Party

Year of Birth: 1969
Age: 36
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Sask.

Education: Diploma in chemical technolog at Kelsey SIAST, where he graduated at the top of his class

Marital Status: Married
Name of Spouse: Denise
Children: One daughter

Career Background: Has worked for Weyerhaeuser for the past 10 years and is currently working as a Laboratory Technologist

Campaign Office:
(306) 232-5002

Maurice Vellacott

Party: Conservative Party of Canada

Birth date: Sept. 29, 1955
Age: 50
Birthplace: Wadena, Sask.

Education: BA from Briercrest Schools, Caronport, Sask., a Master of Divinity from the Canadian Theological Seminary (affiliated with the University of Regina) and a D.Min. from Trinity International University in Illinois
Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Mary
Children: Four

Career background: Was a health-care worker in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1976-1979 and from 1984-1995, he was a pastor and, most recently, was senior pastor at Massey Place community church in Saskatoon. In 1995, he was an adjunct college teacher at Bethany in Hepburn, Sask. From 1992-1997, he was a landlord and partner in a home-based health business as a Nikken independent distributor. He was a periodic contributing writer for the City's Edge newspaper.

Community activities: Was an advisory board member for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre in Regina. Also a member of the Saskatoon District Health Board, the Canadian Club of Saskatoon, the Canadian Palliative Care Association, the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Saskatchewan Taxpayers' Association and the Saskatchewan Landlord Association. He has also been a past member of Toastmasters International.

Electoral History
Provincial: Defeated as the Liberal candidate in Saskatoon-Mount Royal in 1995
Federal: Elected in Wanuskewin in 1997 2000 and 2004

Political History
Committee: Former vice-chair: Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources. Former member: Health; Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities of Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; joint committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations
Caucus: Former deputy critic for: Health, Human Resources Development Canada; Aboriginal Affairs former co-chair, all-party pro-life caucus. Former member, Canadian Alliance Family Caucus

Campaign Office:
Unit 19 - 844 51st Street East, Saskatoon, Sask.
(306) 956-6169
Riding Address:
Unit 3-844 51st Street East, Saskatoon, SK
(306) 975-4725
Ottawa Address:
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.
(613) 992-1899

Don Cameron

Party: Green Party of Canada

Birthplace: Northeastern Saskatchewan

Education: Attended the University of Saskatchewan

Career background: Moved to Ottawa to accept a position with the federal government. During his 25 years in Ottawa, he worked for the federal government and also formed his own consulting firm.

Community activities: Part of a team that created a co-operative housing project in the Ottawa area, currently working through a co-operative organization offering complementary, alternative health therapies. In this capacity, he teaches and performs Reiki treatments to help clients cope with stressful issues in their lives and to alleviate physical pain and symptoms of stress.

Campaign Office:
(306) 242-1028

Chris Axworthy

Party: Liberal Party of Canada

Birth date: March 10, 1947
Age: 58
Birthplace: Plymouth, England

Education: BA from the City of London College, a law degree from the University of London, and a master of laws from McGill University
Profession: University professor

Marital status: Married
Name of spouse: Michelle
Career background: Was a professor of law from 1972-1974 at the University of New Brunswick and from 1975-1984 at Dalhousie University. He was executive director at the Centre for Study of Co-Operatives and a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from 1984-1988. In 2003, he returned to the University of Saskatchewan as a professor of law, a position he currently occupies. He also practises law with Robertson Stromberg Pedersen.

Electoral History
Provincial: Won as ND in June 1999 byelection in Saskatoon Fairview.
Federal: Elected as ND in Saskatoon-Clark's Crossing in 1988 and 1993; elected in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in 1997. Resigned from the Commons in February 2003

Political History
Cabinet: Saskatchewan: Sept. 19, 1999, minister of Justice and Attorney General; February 2001 - Minister of Justice and Attorney-General and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; October 2001, was added as Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. Mar. 2002 - Jan. 2003 - Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. Dec. 5 2002 - Jan. 2003 - was added Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Resigned from Cabinet, said he would be quitting politics soon
Committee: Between 1993 and 1997, he was an associate member of: Justice and Legal Affairs; Human Resources Development; Justice and Legal Affairs; Procedure and House Affairs; Human Rights/Status of Disabled Persons. October 1997, Industry. Associate member of: Natural Resources and Government Operations; Transport; Scrutiny of Regulations. April to September 1998, Defence and Veterans Affairs. October 1998, associate member of: Finance
Caucus: Critic: Social Policy, Anti-Poverty, Regional Development. Chair, caucus Atlantic Committee, 1990-1992. Chair, Saskatchewan caucus, in 1990. From 1989-1990, was deputy House leader. November 1993, whip, Human Resources, Solicitor General, Justice and Attorney General, Literacy, Training and Youth; Atlantic liaison. January 1996, Unemployment Insurance, Solicitor General, Justice, Training. Chair for: Jobs, Economy, Environment committee. July 1997, critic areas: Industry; Science; Research and Development. Defence critic from April to September 1998

Campaign Office:
#1 - 75 Lenore Dr. Saskatoon, Sask., S7K 7Y1
(306) 956-2570

Jim Maddin

Party: New Democratic Party of Canada
Birthplace: Kerrobert, Sask.

Profession: Retired police officer

Career Background: Completed high school in 1966. Entered the workforce in the retail lumber business with Crown Lumber in Kerrobert, Sask., later transferred to Outlook, Sask. and Saskatoon. Twenty-five year veteran of the Saskatoon Police Force (1972-1997). Held the rank of superintendent in charge of the human resources division. Returned to the Lloydminster area in 1964; worked that summer for farmers.

Community Activities: Has been heavily involved in minor sports as a coach, volunteer and board member. Served on the provincial and national ringette boards for several years.

Electoral History
Municipal: Former Mayor of Saskatoon (2000). Previously served as city councillor for Ward 1.

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