Laliberté has been a teacher and member of the Quebec delegation at the University of Massachusetts, where he previously received a doctorate in economics. In 2001, he started working as chief economist for the Canadian Labour Congress.
At the center of his program was the creation of a light train between Hull and Ottawa to fight traffic and pollution. He ran in the 2004 election, finishing third with 12% of the vote. In 2006 he ended up fourth with 15,5% of the vote, the second best percentage showing for the NDP in a Quebec riding, after Léo-Paul Lauzon's 17% in Outremont. Liberal Marcel Proulx held on to his seat in both elections.
Laliberté has resigned from the party to work for the FTQ.
McLauchlin is openly gay and is also an avid enthusiast of the Montreal Metro. He holds a B.A. in linguistics from McGill University.
McLauchlin has run in two other federal elections:
Rivier has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, and has been a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario since the early 1980s. She is a teacher and health care worker, and has worked at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre for more than twenty years.
Rivier is the president of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 479, and has been a prominent critic of "private-public partnerships" in provincial health-care delivery. She has criticized both the Ernie Eves and Dalton McGuinty governments for permitting such arrangements, which she describes as "a seductive means of hiding government debt".
A resident of Thornhill for almost 20 years, Simon Strelchik is a founding member and director of Free the Children, now the largest youth-led humanitarian organization in the world, with over one million participants in 45 countries. The organization has built 400 schools and shipped 200,000 school and health kits to children in need, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In the recent election, Simon Strelchik achieved a vote increase of 25%, to 4405 votes, against Liberal Susan Kadis and Conservative Anthony Reale.
Simon Strelchik was an original member of the York Region No-smoking Bylaw Task Force, which drafted the law governing tobacco in Thornhill and its surrounding municipalities. Strelchik was also the chief organizer of the 30 Hour Famine in his community for three years, raising money to battle hunger in developing countries.
Strelchik is a past chair of the York Region Health Services Youth Advisory Board, and past member of Vaughan Council's Youth Advisory Committee. Strelchik was also an organizer of the "Truth About Youth" conference and the "Smoke This..." conference, and the executive director of Youth Fighting Tobacco.
Simon Strelchik also sought public office in 2000, 2005 and 2006 to represent Thornhill as a School Trustee on the York Region District School Board.
He has been president of the Thornhill NDP riding association since 2001, and is a past campaign manager. Simon Strelchik volunteers regularly as an assistant for developmentally disabled children in York Region.
Martello is a student at York University, and a member of the Canadian Federation of Students. He served briefly in the Senate of York University, attending only one meeting. He has also served as director of public relations for his student council.
Martello campaigned as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party in the 2003 provincial election, in the Greater Toronto Area constituency of Bramalea—Gore—Malton—Springdale. He finished third, with 4,931 votes (11.65%). The winner was Liberal candidate Kuldip Singh Kular.
In the 2004 federal election, Martello ran for the federal NDP in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke North. He again finished third with 3,761 votes (12.24%).
Anna Mather graduated in December 2007 with an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mather also completed a B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto in 2006. Mather attended a summer course in Shakespeare at Oxford University in 2005. She was born in Toronto in 1981 and was raised in Brampton, Ontario.
Having previously worked as an intern at the CTV Washington News Bureau,as well as a public relations coordinator at Astral Media for Family, she was recently enlisted as the Media Captain for the ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto.
In late 2005, Anna Mather represented the New Democrats (NDP) in a nationally-televised debate on the role of women in politics, which was broadcast on CPAC (Toronto Star, 21 December 2005). Her opponents were Liberal leadership candidate Carolyn Bennett represented the Liberal Party, and former Conservative Cabinet Minister Pauline Browes. She also appeared on MuchMusic and CTV to address the role of both youth and women in politics.
Mather's campaign focused on the recognition of foreign credentials. Mather and her team proposed amending the Canadian Human Rights Act to ban hiring discrimination based solely on where candidates got their experience or education.
Mather maintained the party's recent high-water mark for Brampton-Springdale, receiving 8,345 votes (17.72%), against Liberal incumbent Ruby Dhalla.
Mather ran a blog at annamather.ca, for the duration of her campaign, serving as her primary campaign website.
Born 1970 in Punjab, India, Shergill studied agricultural science at the Punjab Agricultural University. He immigrated to Canada in 1992 to continue studying agriculture at Olds Collage in Alberta. He moved to Brampton, Ontario in 1999, and began an insurance company in 2000.
Mooney was born in Pembroke, Ontario in 1970, and was raised in Ontario and Nova Scotia. At age twelve, she promoted reforms in the Halifax police department. She served as a military member of 723 Halifax Communications Squadron, and provided Radio Teletype Equipment to Canadian forces during Operation Desert Storm. She is a graduate of George Brown College's Assaulted Women and Children's Counselor and Advocate program, and works with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. She has also worked as an outreach coordinator for Maggie's, an advocacy group for sex-trade workers, and has advocated the decriminalization of adult prostitution. In addition, Mooney has produced an autobiographical performance art show. She received 5,660 votes (11.49%), finishing third against Liberal incumbent Joe Volpe.
Liam McHugh-Russell (born 1980) is a graduate (J.D.) of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and a graduate (Bachelor of Mathematics) of the University of Waterloo. He has been involved in the NDP for a number of years, and was involved in the Ontario New Democratic Youth, serving as Co-Chair for 2005-06. McHugh-Russell was involved in student politics at the University of Waterloo serving as Vice-President (Education) in 2003-04.
McHugh-Russell finished third behind Liberal Party of Canada candidate Michael Ignatieff and Conservative Party of Canada candidate John Capobianco. His mother, Margaret Anne McHugh, was the Ontario New Democratic Party candidate in the Ontario general election, 2003.
Hutchison was born in Belleville, Ontario and was raised near Ottawa (Kingston Whig-Standard, 26 June 2004). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Queen's University, and a diploma in Social services administration and certificate in Municipal administration from St. Lawrence College.
He is president of the Kingston Community Options Funds and Kingcole Homes Inc., a member of the City of Kingston Not-For-Profit Housing Advisory Group and the Kingston Not-For-Profit Housing Association, and past president of the Kingston Global Community Centre. Hutchison is also a co-founder of Pic Press, a local community newspaper .
Hutchison campaigned for Kingston's Public Utilities Commission in 1991, and finished sixth in a field of twelve candidates. The top four candidates were declared elected (Kingston Whig-Standard, 13 November 1991). In 1996, he argued before a provincial committee against proposed changes to Ontario's labour laws by the provincial government of Mike Harris (KWS, 29 August 1996). He later campaigned for Kingston City Council in 1997, and lost to Ken Matthews in a close contest in Ward Eight (KWS, 12 November 1997).
He won the NDP nomination in 2004 over retired electrical engineer Bill Fisher and Queen's student Ian Griffiths (KWS, 26 March 2004), and finished third against Liberal incumbent Peter Milliken. He faced Milliken again in the 2006 election, and again finished third. He was 54 years old in 2004.
Municipal results are taken from reports in the Kingston Whig-Standard. The final results were not significantly different. Electors in the 1991 contest could vote for four candidates.
Forsey is the daughter of Eugene Forsey, the late Canadian Constitutional expert and founding member of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (Kingston Whig-Standard, 26 January 2006). She holds a degree in agricultural science from McGill University, and is a writer and activist. She convicted of trespassing in early 1990 for having protested against logging operations in Temagami, and participated in a peace camp later in the same year in support of native demonstrators in Oka (Montreal Gazette, 22 September 1990),
Forsey opposed the first Gulf War in 1990-91 (KWS, 13 December 1990), and wrote against the Charlottetown Accord in 1992 (KWS, 22 October 1992). She has defended her father's constitutional views, and argues that Quebec is already integrated into the Canadian Constitution despite having never formally ratified it (Ottawa Citizen, 9 June 1998). She wrote against the service cuts promulgated by the provincial government of Mike Harris in the mid-1990s (KWS, 11 October 1998), and has written in support of family farms (KWS, 15 December 1998).
Forsey joined the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1998 to support David Orchard's bid for the party leadership. She praised Orchard's "progressive nationalism", though she acknowledged that it was difficult for her to join a party she had long opposed (Ottawa Citizen, 11 September 1998). In 2001, she organized an agricultural forum at the People's Summit of the Americas in Quebec City.
She received 9,604 votes (16.15%) in 2006 as a New Democrat, finishing third against Conservative incumbent Scott Reid.
Stephen Maynard speaking on the February 7th Day of Action at London-West MPP Chris Bentley's Office
Stephen Ross Maynard (born September 15, 1982 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a community activist in London, Ontario. He ran in the 2006 Canadian federal election at age 23, as a New Democrat in the riding of London North Centre. He subsenqently ran for the NDP in London—Fanshawe in the 2007 provincial election, a seat that was recent won federally by fellow New Democrat Irene Mathyssen. He works in Mathyssen's constituency office.
Stephen Maynard grew up in Ottawa, where his proximity to Parliament Hill fostered his interest in politics from a young age. After high school, where he served as vice-president of the Student Council and valedictorian, he moved to London to study at the University of Western Ontario. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is currently studying Civil Structural Engineering.
At university, Stephen Maynard was involved in social and political activism. He was a member of the Women’s Issues Network and the Debating Society, served as the membership officer for the Western New Democrats, and co-founded University of Western Ontario's chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Maynard has recently worked on projects including the Make Poverty History campaign, Students for Fair Trade, the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice, Healthy Food on Campus, and advocates for lower tuition fees.
He is fluent in both English and French.
Maynard formally entered politics when he won the nomination for the NDP in London North Centre. Although he did not win the seat, he proved to be a strong candidate and earned 23.8% of the vote. The raw vote total was 14,271 – the highest ever for the NDP in that riding.
De Pelham (born 1980 in Montreal) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Northern British Columbia. He helped found the campus and community radio station CFUR in Prince George, and has been involved with the Canadian Federation of Students. He ran for the Marijuana Party in 2004 against Conservative leader Stephen Harper. During the 2006 election, he was listed as a customer service representative for a heating products company. In the 2006 Ontario municipal elections, he sought office as a school trustee, representing electors to the French-language public Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest from Peel Region, but he was not elected.
Burch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brock University, and later became a graduate student at the same university. He left in 1996, when he was elected as president of the United Steelworkers local. Since 1999, Burch has been a representative and negotiator for the Service Employees International Union in Toronto and Niagara. He has also been a police officer, and has campaigned for public health services in St. Catharines.
He has campaigned provincially for the New Democratic Party of Ontario, and ran municipally in 1997.
He was elected to St. Catharines City Council in the St. Catharines municipal election, 2006.
Paul Summerville, PhD, is an economist who has held high positions in several prominent banks, including chief economist for RBC Dominion Securities. Summerville ran in the Toronto riding of St. Paul's. He placed third after Liberal incumbent Carolyn Bennett and Conservative Peter Kent. His campaign increased NDP vote to the highest level in the history of the riding.
Summerville's candidacy was controversial within the party; some believed that his history with large banks was contrary to the NDP's core leftist values, while others believed that he would help rid the party of its image of being financially irresponsible. Most agreed, however, that his twinning of 'prosperity and justice' was a reformulation of long-term party values that have helped position the NDP to take power. It is no coincidence that the issue of fiscal responsibility never came up as an issue for the NDP in the election but in fact was a key criticism of the Conservative Party's platform. More than once on national television Summerville promised that it would be the NDP that would 'keep on eye' on the Conservatives in order to alert the country to a risk of a Conservative Party federal fiscal deficit.
Summerville is the great-nephew of former Toronto mayor Donald Dean Summerville.
Austin was born on April 14, 1948 at Port Dalhousie, Ontario (now part of St. Catharines). She was raised in Barrie, and received a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from the University of Windsor in 1971. She worked as a teacher after her graduation, joining the Simcoe County district school board in 1975. Austin is also a folk singer, and has performed in coffeehouses.
She has supported the New Democratic Party for many years, and in 1985 was the campaign manager of provincial candidate Paul Wessenger. She received 6,784 votes (11.20%) in 2006, finishing third against Conservative incumbent Helena Guergis.
Dan Harris was raised in east-end Toronto, and attended Seneca College in computer programming. He works at Web Networks, and was a support team leader and shop steward at CEP Local 91-0. In January 2005, he returned to Seneca College for skill-upgrading. Raised in an NDP family, he joined the party in 1995 and has worked in numerous campaigns on behalf of other candidates.
Harris has campaigned for public office three times. He was twenty-four years old during the 2004 election, and often mentioned that former Ontario party leader Stephen Lewis was first elected at the same age.
Gerry McIntaggart was an employee at Inco in Sudbury from 1966 to 2000, working in purchasing and warehousing and as a consultant in Occupational Health and Safety. He served on the Sudbury City Council and Regional Council from 1991 to 2000, and on the Greater Sudbury City Council from 2000 to 2003.
McIntaggart chaired Sudbury's Health and Social Services Committee and the Sudbury and District Health Unit in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was a frequent advocate for improved health spending, and helped enact a ban on smoking in public places. He called for a plan against child poverty in 1999, and endorsed a filtration upgrade for Sudbury's drinking water to address safety concerns in the city's south-end. He was appointed to the board of Greater Sudbury Utilities in April 2001.
In June 2000, McIntaggart introduced a strongly-worded motion that criticized the provincial government of Mike Harris for its failure to reappoint Gerry Lougheed Jr. to the board of directors of Cancer Care Ontario. The motion, which also commended Lougheed for his advocacy of patient rights in Northern Ontario, was approved by city council. McIntaggart later criticized the provincial government's welfare policies, describing their provision for lifetime bans as unjust.
McIntaggart was appointed vice-chair of Great Sudbury's priorities committee in December 2002, and was re-appointed as Health Unit chair the following month. He was defeated in his bid for re-election in 2003, and later indicated that his anti-smoking stance was at least partly to blame.
McIntaggart subsequently ran for the New Democratic Party in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections. On both occasions, he finished second to incumbent Liberal Diane Marleau. He was renominated again as the party's candidate in the next election, but stepped down, citing the desire to spend more time with his family, in July 2008.
McIntaggart was also elected to the Sudbury City Council in 1991, 1994 and 1997.
Sadem-Thompson was born in England, and came to Canada in 1958. She holds a Master of Education degree, works an elementary school principal, and has served as president of the Federation of Women Teachers Associations of Ontario, representing 48,000 educators. She has served on the board of the Durham Children's Aid Society and the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. Sadem-Thompson was a vocal opponent of the Mike Harris government's education policies in the late 1990s (Windsor Star, 19 August 1998), but nonetheless took her union out of the 1997 Ontario teacher's strike while other unions were still participating (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 8 November 1997). She was fifty-one years old in 2006 (Toronto Star, 24 January 2006).
Edwin Laryea was born in Ghana, West Africa. He immigrated to Canada in 1962, settling in the Waterloo area in 1972.
Edwin holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a Bachelor of Education in French and Spanish, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario and a Masters of Arts in French, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
Edwin served with the Waterloo Regional School Board for over 30 years as a teacher, vice-principal and principal.
He was the founder and former Advisor for Kiwanis Builders, KEY and Circle Clubs, including participation in the University of Waterloo’s school-building trip to Kenya in 2005.
Edwin was the New Democratic Party candidate in the 2006 federal election and 2004 federal election
He currently serves as Chair of Waterloo Region Youth Action Committee.
Niki Ashton represented the social democratic New Democratic Party in the Churchill riding for the Canadian federal election, 2006, where she finished second. She is the daughter of Steve Ashton.
Niki Ashton was born in Thompson, Manitoba and attended Ecole Riverside School and R.D. Parker Collegiate high school.
Later, she was a coordinator and promoter of volunteering at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. At the event, she assisted the Chinese team.
She has studied human rights in Canada and was awarded the Ahmed Ali Hashi Human Rights Scholarship for her work.
She defeated incumbent NDP Member of Parliament Bev Desjarlais due, in part, to the same-sex marriage issue after Desjarlais broke party ranks to vote against the Civil Marriage Act.
Some of Ashton's major themes in her campaigns are getting federal funding for the University College of the North as well as getting a federal government Northern Development Agreement.
In the Canadian National Election, which took place on January 23, 2006, she was defeated by the Liberal Candidate, Tina Keeper.
Kshyk was born in Two Hills, Alberta and educated at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He joined the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba in 1991, and was still employed there as of the 2006 election (Rochelle Squires, "Name recognition counts", Winnipeg Sun, 6 January 2006 ). He has also served with the Residential Tenancy Appeal Commission, and has been chief shop steward of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1063.
Kshyk campaigned for the New Democratic Party of Manitoba in the 1999 and 2003 provincial election, and finished a respectable second against Progressive Conservative Party leader Stuart Murray on the latter occasion. He first campaigned for the federal New Democratic Party in the 2000 election, and finished fourth against Liberal incumbent John Harvard. In 2006, he finished third against Conservative Steven Fletcher.
Blaikie was re-elected to a ninth term in parliament, receiving 16,967 votes (50.85%) in his riding.
Van Den Bussche was born and raised in the Portage—Lisgar area, and is now a full-time firefighter in Portage la Prairie.. He is also a certified medical technician, and once worked for a privately-funded ambulance service. Partly as a result of this experience, he is now a committed supporter of public health delivery, and has been quoted as saying, "I’ve seen what can happen with private service because they’re there for profit and have to answer to their shareholders".
Active in the labour movement, Van Den Bussche has been area vice-president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, and president of the Portage Labour Council. He is also a founder and coach of Portage Youth Scrimmage Hockey.
He first campaigned for the NDP in the 2004 election, after defeating two other candidates to win the party's Portage—Lisgar nomination. He spoke out against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and western alienation (Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 2004), and finished third against Conservative Brian Pallister. He achieved the same result in 2006.
Van Den Bussche was appointed to the Regional Health Community of Central Manitoba Inc. in April 2005.
O'Connor was educated at the University of Manitoba, studying Mathematics and Physics. He worked as a computer programmer in the university's Physics (Cyclotron) Department for six years, and was an employee of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) from 1975 to 1998, specializing in nuclear waste research.
In 1997, O'Connor made ambivalent comments about the AECL's proposal to store nuclear waste in the Canadian Shield. He argued that the plan was technologically possible, but was skeptical of whether it would be properly funded by the government (Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1997).
Stationed at Pinawa during his career with AECL, O'Connor has been president of the Provencher NDP association for most of the period since 1975. He served on the executive of the Beausejour Consumers' Co-op between 1980 and 1988, and was its president from 1983. He received 5,259 votes (13.71%) in 2006, finishing second against Conservative incumbent Vic Toews.
Mathieu Allard (born in St. Boniface, Manitoba) is a young politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was the New Democratic Party candidate for the riding of St. Boniface in the 2004 and 2006 elections.
Allard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. During the 2004 election, he was working towards completion of a Master's Degree in public administration at the University of Manitoba. He was also a weight-lifter at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and trained for two years as a boxer. He received 9,311 votes or 21.9% in the 2006 federal election.
Page holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in outdoor education. He works as a teacher, and is a member of Canadian Parents for French (Immersion) and the Winnipeg Canoe Club. He was a grandfather at the time of the election.
Page was elected as a school trustee for the Seine River Division in 2002 (Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 2002), and unsuccessfully campaigned for a St. Norbert council seat in early 2005. He spoke out against the construction of "cookie-cutter" suburbs in the latter campaign, and supported rapid transit expansion (WFP, 29 March and 12 April 2005). He resigned from the Seine River School Division on October 31, 2005, presumably in order to prepare for the upcoming federal election.
He received 5,743 votes (13.73%) in 2006, placing third against Conservative candidate Rod Bruinooge.
Heffernan is a registered nurse, and was listed as 48 years old in 2004. She graduated from the Foothills School of Nursing in 1976, and received a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary in 1993. She was a board member with the United Nurses of Alberta for more than twelve years, and served on the Alberta Federation of Labour Occupational Health and Safety Committee in 2002. As of 2004, she worked at Rockyview Hospital in Outpatient Urology and served as a relief nurse in the G.I. unit. Heffernan is a member of Christ Moravian Church.
Heffernan campaigned for the Alberta New Democratic Party in 2004. Her 2006 campaign was primarily focused against privatization in the health-care sector (Canadian Press, 25 December 2005), and she was endorsed by the Calgary and District Labour Council (Calgary Herald, 21 January 2006).
Born February, 1986, in Calgary, Alberta. He is a student at the University of Calgary, pursuing a double degree in Political Science and International Relations.
Bell works as a certified coating inspector for BC Hydro. He grew up on Quadra Island and the Lower Mainland. He ran unsuccessfully in the previous federal election in this riding and twice in the British Columbia general election, in 2001 and 2005, in the Surrey-Tynehead riding.
Bocking is a 50 year old candidate who has worked as a reporter and assistant editor at the Vancouver Sun since 1979. He is president of local 2000 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. He unsuccessfully ran in the 2004 federal election in this riding.
Brown was born in Rutland, British Columbia. She has been employed as an industrial construction electrician for the past 20 years. She was a founding member of the Vernon chapter of the Council of Canadians and served on the Okanagan University College's board of governors. She ran in the 2004 election, where she tripled (4,060 ----> 12,528) the NDP vote and finished second.
Bush is a former lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces but has been employed by Canada Post since 1991. He currently resides in Kimberley, British Columbia but was born in Nanaimo and raised in Nelson and Kelowna. He has campaigned on investing on the federal transportation infrastructure, promoting the Canadian Rockies International Airport expansion project in Cranbrook, and providing federal funding for affordable housing projects.
Claypool was raised in Cloverdale but currently lives in Langley, British Columbia. She is a 28 year old student at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Conflict Resolution. She previously graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology in the Renewable Resources program. She is an active member of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society. She defeated Cherene Groundwater to win the NDP nomination.
Clegg has been an instructor of economics at Kwantlen University College in Surrey and Richmond for 14 years. She has previously served as the President of the Kwantlen Faculty Association, a member of the Kwantlen Board of Governors, the B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer, and the Delta Heritage Advisory Commission. She ran unsuccessfully in this riding in the 2004 federal election.
Coad ran as a candidate in the March 17, 2008 by-election.
Born in Richmond, British Columbia and raised in Vernon, British Columbia, she has resided in Vancouver Quadra since 2001. She is currently studying philosophy and political science at the University of British Columbia after graduating from the Douglas College Theatre Program. On March 11, 2007, Coad was nominated by the Vancouver Quadra NDP to be their candidate in the upcoming election.
Before winning the nomination to represent Vancouver Quadra, Coad's interest in social justice issues had developed through her volunteer commitments both locally and internationally. She has acted as organizer/fundraiser for several organizations, including the University of British Columbia's Oxfam Canada chapter, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and AIDS Vancouver. After spending time teaching English abroad, she worked with residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver at the Carnegie Community Centre, both in the kitchen and as a discussion facilitator for a course in Humanities. This program provides a year long liberal arts and social science education regardless of financial and social barriers for residents of the Downtown Eastside who do not typically have access to post-secondary education. Coad is also active with the UBC NDP.
Crawford is an assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University. As an academic his research has focused on family violence and homelessness. He is a board member of the Kamloops Chapter of the Council of Canadians. Crawford defeated Mark McVittie and Don Pongracz for the NDP nomination on 11 December 2005.
Crockett was acclaimed by the party on 10 December 2005. He is a registered social worker and is currently employed by the provincial Ministry for Child and Family Development. He has also worked in the federal House of Commons as a policy analyst. He unsuccessully ran in the 1997 and 2000 federal elections in the Dewdney—Alouette riding.
Hagglund was raised in Kelowna, British Columbia where he is a longtime employee of the television station CHBC and a volunteer with the Theatre Kelowna Society and Kelowna Scouts.
Harrop is a retired Okanagan University College professor who has lived in Naramata for 30 years. He was acclaimed the NDP candidate for this riding. He is campaigning on increasing federal funding for home care and other long-term health care issues, as well as organic farming as a means of economic diversification.
Hansen-Carlson is a 22 year old candidate who is a university student studying organizational behaviour. He ran unsuccessfully in the November 2005 election for Abbotsford City Council. He is a member of the City of Abbotsford's environmental advisory committee.
Hansen-Carlson's campaign received national attention when he revealed that he had been offered a bribe by the Liberal Candidate in his riding, David Oliver. Oliver had offered him a job or help winning a municipal election if he would endorse the Liberal campaign in the Abbotsford riding. Hansen-Carlson refused, and swore out an affidavit on the incident.
Hansen-Carlson came in second in the riding, with 8,004 votes or 17%, a much improved performance for the NDP in that riding.
Mr. Hansen-Carlson's allegation was the subject of a lawsuit and the New Democratic Party has admitted that "... there were never any facts to support any allegation of bribery or attempted bribery. We seriously erred in making the allegations public." (Ms. Libby Davies, NDP House Leader) .
James is a farmer in the Columbia Valley and a teacher at the Sto:lo Adult Education Centre. He has been an executive on the Farmer's Institute. He ran unsuccessfully in the British Columbia general election in 2001 and 2005 in the Chilliwack-Kent riding.
Jonsson is a 21 year old candidate born in Richmond, British Columbia but raised in Tsawwassen. He studies Criminology at Douglas College and works in his family's business in New Westminster. He was acclaimed as the NDP candidate in this riding.
Smith was born in the UK and graduated from the University of Salford, but has lived in Richmond from the past 11 years. He works as a service technician for an electronics recycling company. He serves on the board of Richmond Addiction Services.
Thornton has been a school teacher in White Rock since 1997. He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick. She has served as a Faculty Advisor at the University of British Columbia. In New Brunswick between 1984 and 1989 she was the Executive Director of a transition house for abused women and their children. She was previously elected to the City Council of Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1986.
Trudeau was born and raised in Quesnel, British Columbia where he currently works in the forest industry at a Canfor lumber mill. He was acclaimed as the NDP candidate for this riding on 3 December 2005. He campaigned on diversifying the regional economy and the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
The 2005 municipal results are taken from the Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 2005.