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The Green Party of Canada ran a full slate of 308 candidates in the 2004 federal election. Some of these candidates have separate biography pages; relevant information about other candidates may be found here.
The candidates are listed by province and riding name.
George Read (Calgary Southeast)
Current leader of the Green Party of Alberta.
Daniel Backé (St. Boniface)
Backé was a candidate of the Green Party in the Winnipeg riding of St. Boniface.
Backé is currently working toward the completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Winnipeg, where he is a major in Political Science and Theatre. In the past, he has worked with young offenders and disabled children.
The 2004 election was Backé's first as a candidate. He claimed, during the campaign, that his priorities were Senate reform and the creation of federal subsidy for ecologically-sound methods of transportation. He received 925 votes, or about 2.4% of the total cast.
Andrew Basham (Charleswood—St. James)
Andrew Basham is a graduate of Kelvin High School, and works as a pizza cook and bartender in the Winnipeg area. In the federal election of 2004, Basham campaigned for the Green Party in the riding of Charleswood—St. James. His campaign focused on renewable energy resources and health care; Basham also spoke out against the criminalization of music file-sharing. He received 880 votes, finishing fourth overall. Basham was 20 years old at the time of the election.
Ron Cameron (Winnipeg South)
Ron Cameron is a retired policeman in Manitoba, Canada. In 2004, he ran as a candidate of the Green Party in the federal riding of Winnipeg South.
Cameron was raised in Yorkton and Regina, in Saskatchewan.
Between 1983 and 1989, Cameron was in charge of the RCMP Forensic Laboratory in Winnipeg. He moved to Vancouver following his retirement, but returned to Winnipeg in 1999. He now coaches swimming, and is a member of the Lifesaving Society.
Cameron's campaign in the 2004 election focused on environmental issues, as well as free education and a self-reliant economy. He received 1003 votes, or just over 2.5 percent of the total cast in the riding.
Lindy Clubb (Dauphin—Swan River)
Lindy Clubb is a longtime resident of Winnipeg, and also owns a summer home in the Riding Mountain Escarpment. She is a freelance writer, researcher and editor, and has extensive experience in environmental advocacy in the region. She is the coordinator of the Mixedwood Forest Society, and is active in the 'nternational Erosion Control Association and Wolfe Creek Conservation. Clubb has also been involved in various activities with Manitoba's traditional Ojibway community. She is a supporter of family farms (as opposed to corporate farms), and is also a supporter of gun control.
The 2004 election was Clubb's first venture into electoral politics. She received 673 votes, about 2 percent of the total cast.
Alon Weinberg (Winnipeg North)
A young politician. Born in the West Kildonan section of Winnipeg. His grandparents founded a family business, Miracle Bakery, which still operates in the area. Describes himself as an environmental educator, and has taught fifth and sixth grade students about natural cycles. A supporter of organic farming, and has an interest in holistic medicine. Protested against the use of malathion against insects during Winnipeg's West Nile Virus outbreak of 2002.
Has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Winnipeg, and has campaigned to keep the city's Jewish Public Library open. Weinberg is a member of a Winnipeg organization called Jews for a Just Peace, which supports Palestinian self-determination and a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2002, he took part in a protest against former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's appearance in the city.
Received 531 votes, about 2% of the total. The winner was Judy Wasylycia-Leis of the New Democratic Party.
- 2003 Manitoba provincial election: received 221 votes St. Johns as a candidate of the Green Party of Manitoba (winning candidate: Gord Mackintosh, NDP)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Justin Dollimont (Random—Burin—St. George's)
Has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Acadia University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an Advanced Diploma in Marine Geomatics from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. Spent two months in Costa Rica in 2000, preserving a watershed of rivers under the sponsorship of Canada World Youth and the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador. Has worked with an Environmental Consulting Firm at Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador. Has also done environmental surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. Supports the legalization of marijuana. Was twenty-six years old at the time of the election. Received 474 votes, finishing fourth. The winning candidate was Bill Matthews of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Sanjeev Goel (Brampton West)
Born in Montreal, and graduated from the University of Toronto's medical school in 1995. Medical doctor and family physician, practicing at in Brampton at "A Healing Place", a three-story Victorian house that he manages with his wife. Practices Chelation Therapy. Has an interest in meditation and nutritional supplements. A member of a non-violent social action group called TruthForce, and co-manages the site www.truthforce.ca. Has cited the Mahatma Gandhi as a personal inspiration. Opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and joined the Green Party as a result of this controversy. Also opposes "public-private partnerships" in health care. Focused on electoral reform and environment issues. Received 1,603 votes, finishing fourth in a field of five candidates. The winner was Colleen Beaumier of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 820 votes (2.14%) in Brampton Centre as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Linda Jeffrey, Liberal)
Mark O'Brien (Davenport)
Teaches English as a Second Language at York University in Toronto, and has worked extensively with Toronto's Latin American population. Has a degree in Linguistics, and also works professionally as a folk musician in the Andean tradition. Received 1,384 votes, finishing fourth. The winning candidate was Mario Silva of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 2000 federal election: received 642 votes in Davenport (winning candidate: Charles Caccia, Liberal)
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 1,741 votes in Davenport as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Tony Ruprecht, Liberal)
Dan King (Don Valley East)
Originally from Timmins. Environmental consultant and perennial candidate. Staffer and fundraiser for the GPC and the Green Party of Ontario. A member of the Toronto Local Employment and Trading System (LETS). Lives in Toronto, and did not actually campaign in Kenora—Rainy River during the 2003 provincial election because of financial constraints. Led the Green Party's "Wilderness Adventure" tour in 2004. Supported David Miller for Mayor of Toronto in 2003, and ran a "Greens for Miller" group. Ran for the GPC's Chair of Membership in 2004, but finished a poor third with only 45 votes out of almost 900 cast. King's participation in the 2004 election was controversial. Michael Pastore has alleged that King made an inappropriate comment to his Indo-Canadian wife, and claims party leader Jim Harris promised that King would not be a party candidate because of this incident. Pastore quit the GPC in protest when King ran as a candidate. Many have questioned Pastore's account, however, and some have indicated that King's "inappropriate comment" was simply to suggest that Pastore's wife was not a citizen, a mistake which he immediately corrected. King was involved in a separate controversy involving accounting difficulties in 2003-04, though this appears to have been resolved. Received 1,172 votes in the 2004 election, finishing fourth out of six candidates. The winner was Yasmin Ratansi of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 1990 Ontario provincial election: received 1,340 votes in Eglinton as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Dianne Poole, Liberal)
- 1993 federal election: received 302 votes in Don Valley West (winning candidate: John Godfrey, Liberal)
- 1995 Ontario provincial election: received 395 votes in Eglinton as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Bill Saunderson, Progressive Conservative)
- 1997 federal election: received 378 votes in Don Valley West (winning candidate: John Godfrey, Liberal)
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 395 votes in Eglinton as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Howard Hampton, New Democratic Party)
Mir Kamal (Etobicoke North)
Born in Hyderabad, India. A legal and immigration consultant in Toronto. Has worked outside of Canada as a lawyer and lecturer. Received 605 votes, finishing fifth in a field of seven candidates. The winner was Roy Cullen of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 503 votes in Etobicoke North as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Shafiq Qaadri, Liberal)
Tim Holland (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock)
Born 1974 in Guelph, Ontario. Has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Trent University, and has been involved in OPIRG's Fair Trade campaigns. A former amateur boxer, Holland also performs as a festival entertainer under the name "Tim the Juggling Fool". Is on the left wing of the Green Party, and supports same-sex marriage. Finished fourth with 2,637 votes, just under 5% of the total cast in his riding. The winning candidate was Barry Devolin of the Conservative Party of Canada.
- 2000 federal election: received 903 votes in Peterborough (winning candidate: Peter Adams, Liberal)
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 1,605 votes in Peterborough as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Jeff Leal, Liberal)
Jo Pavlov (Hamilton Mountain)
Pavlov is a computer technician, and worked for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board at the time of the election. She was 32 years old in 2004. While a high school student, she had a co-op placement in Sheila Copps's constituency office.
Pavlov is an advocate for A Better Way To Live and is a member of the childfree movement, which argues that people without children are more likely to pursue environmentally-friendly lifestyles. She received 1,378 votes, finishing fourth in a field of five candidates. The winner was Beth Phinney of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Pavlov made the following comment in the 2003 Ontario election: "Forget what you think you know about the Green Party. This isn’t a party of Birkenstock-wearing tree-huggers — those old stereotypes are a thing of the past."
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 727 votes in Hamilton West as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Judy Marsales, Liberal)
Pauline Richards (Kitchener—Waterloo)
Was 52 years old at the time of the election. A resident of Waterloo for 24 years prior to the election. Manages a small manufacturing plant, and leads a tri-city peer counselling network. Teaches peer counselling to adults. A founding member of the Seven Generations Network, and a member of the Laurel Creek Citizens' Committee. Manages the books for Kitchener-Waterloo Fair Trade Coffee. Sings with the Raging Grannies. Received 3,277 votes, finishing fourth in a field of six candidates. The winner was Andrew Telegdi of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 1,774 votes in Kitchener—Waterloo as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Elizabeth Witmer, Progressive Conservative)
John Baranyi (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington)
Born 1961 in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Enrolled at McMaster University in 1980 as an engineer. Traveled to a small village in northern Sumatra, Indonesia in 1981 on the Canada World Youth Exchange Program, and was troubled by the local practices of Shell Oil and the effects of industrial capitalism on traditional communities. Later became involved with the non-government organization Plenty Canada, promoting soy production and nutritional projects in the Caribbean. Has worked as a tree planter and carpenter, and designs environmentally-friendly houses. With his wife, owns the vegetarian food company Pulse Foods. Received 2,736 votes, finishing fourth. The winning candidate was Scott Reid of the Conservative Party of Canada.
- 2000 federal election, received 150 votes in Lanark—Carleton as an independent candidate (winning candidate: Scott Reid, Canadian Alliance)
- 2003 Ontario provincial election, received 2,564 votes in Lanark—Carleton for a credible fourth-place finish, as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Norm Sterling, Progressive Conservative)
Bronagh Joyce Morgan (London North Centre)
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Has academic degrees from Trent University and Queen's University. Operates a legal research company. Also has several certifications from sports/fitness groups around the country, and is a personal trainer at Goodlife Fitness. A folk musician, and has exhibited artworks at the London Fringe Festival. Supports same-sex marriage. Received 2,376 votes, finishing fourth in a field of six candidates. The winner was Joe Fontana of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election, received 780 votes in London North Centre as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Deb Matthews, Liberal)
Paul Simas (Mississauga—Brampton South)
Born in Brazil, and moved to Canada in 1989 as a teenager. Was a naval reservist in the 1990s, and is now a Naval Officer involved in the Canadian Forces Cadet Movement. A founding member of Brasilnet, supporting Brazilian professionals and promoting diversity within Canada. Works as an In-Charge Flight Attendant (Purser), and was a prominent member of the Canadian Airlines Employees Charitable Foundation. Also a computer animated drafting technologist, and the operations coordinator of the Green Party of Ontario. His father, Paulo Simas, is also a member of the GPO executive. Was working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology at the time of the election. Has formally presented green policies initiatives to Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion. Has criticized former leader Joan Russow for leaving the Green Party in favour of the NDP. Received 1,525 votes, finishing fourth in a field of five candidates. The winner was Navdeep Bains of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 811 votes in Brampton West—Mississauga as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario, finishing fifth out of six candidates (winning candidate: Vic Dhillon, Liberal)
Tom Ferguson (Niagara West—Glanbrook)
Born in the Niagara region. Was educated at Brock University, the University of Guelph and York University. Has a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. 53 years old at the time of the election. Owner of Niagara Custom Homes. A member of the Town of Lincoln's Municipal Heritage Committee. Was a Progressive Conservative in the 1970s, and became a founding member of the Green Party in 1983. Was a policy advisor to the Green Party of Ontario in the late 1980s. Received 1,761 votes, finishing fourth in a field of six candidates. The winner was Dean Allison of the Conservative Party of Canada.
- 1984 federal election, received 365 votes in St. Catharines (winning candidate: Joe Reid, finishing fourth of seven candidates Progressive Conservative)
- 2003 Ontario provincial election, received 713 votes in Erie—Lincoln as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario, finishing fourth out of five candidates (winning candidate: Tim Hudak, Progressive Conservative)
David Chernushenko (Ottawa Centre)
A graduate of Queen's University, and an alumnus of Cambridge University. Has worked with the Canadian International Development Agency and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as the United Nations Environment Programme. Currently owns Green and Gold, an Ottawa-based consulting group dedicated to reducing the negative environmental and social impact of athletic events and facilities. Has also started the advocacy group Clean Air Champions.
Chernushenko received an endorsement from the Ottawa Citizen in the 2004 campaign. He received 4,730 votes for a strong fourth-place finish. The winning candidate was Ed Broadbent of the New Democratic Party.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election, received 1,741 votes in Ottawa South as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Dalton McGuinty, Liberal)
Raphael Thierrin (Ottawa—Vanier)
Thierrin has two Master's Degrees: one in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary, the other in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. He has worked as Records Manager for the Alberta Ministry of the Environment. During the 1990s, he worked as a sustainable agriculture consultant. Thierrin has also worked with Canadian Organic Growers, and has been associated with franco-Albertan organizations. Thierrin has published articles on numerous subjects. In 2001, he was arrested and detained for taking part in that year's FTAA protests.
He received 3,628 votes (6.9%) for a fourth-place finish. The winner was Mauril Belanger of the Liberal Party of Canada.
On May 11, 2005, he received the Green Party nomination for Ottawa—Vanier for the next federal election.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election, received 1,876 votes (4.53%) in Ottawa—Vanier as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Madeleine Meilleur, Liberal)
Neil Adair (Ottawa West—Nepean)
Adair is a businessman, chemist and web designer. Raised in Ottawa, he attended Carleton University and worked for eight years as an analytical chemist at the Canadian Conservation Institute. He then worked for the Vickers Instruments for four years, including three years in Santa Clara, California. Desiring a change in life, he moved to the Dominican Republic to begin a windsurfing business. He remained in that country for ten years, starting three businesses and one charity; his windsurfing business was operated by solar panels and a wind generator. He later returned to Ottawa, and began his political career. He did extensive web design work for the Green Party of Canada in the 2004 campaign.
Adair received 2,748 votes (4.79%), finishing in fourth place. The winner was Marlene Catterall of the Liberal Party of Ontario.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election, received 1,309 votes (2.66%) in Ottawa West—Nepean as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Jim Watson, Liberal)
Tom Lawson (Prince Edward—Hastings)
Has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Arts degree in English from Cambridge University in England. Taught at Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 1955 to 1988, and was head of the English Department for fifteen years. Now leads an annual twelve-week course for families coping with mental illness. In 1995, led his local community to reject a government proposal which would have brought radioactive and toxic waste into the region. Received 2,130 votes, finishing fourth. The winning candidate was Daryl Kramp of the Conservative Party of Canada.
- 1999 Ontario provincial election: received 1,194 votes in Northumberland for a fourth place finish, as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Doug Galt, Progressive Conservative)
- 2000 federal election: received 1,102 votes in Northumberland for a fifth-place finish (winning candidate: Paul Macklin, Liberal)
Jim Fannon (St. Catharines)
Fannon is a veteran real estate sales representative with Remax in the St. Catharines area. He is also a co-founder of Nature’s Hemp in the city, selling hemp-related products. He is a member of the Preservation of Agricultural Land Society (PALS), and the Sierra Club of Canada.
He first campaigned for the Green Party of Canada in the 1993 federal election, contesting the riding of Welland—St. Catharines—Thorold. He finished sixth out of seven candidates with 304 votes, losing to Gib Parent of the Liberal Party.
He later campaigned for the Green Party of Ontario in the 2003 provincial election, and received 1,167 votes (2.65%). He finished fourth against Jim Bradley of the Ontario Liberal Party. After the election, he commented that the majority government won by the Liberals would be better for the province than a Progressive Conservative majority.
Fannon received 1,927 votes the 2004 election, finishing fourth against Liberal incumbent Walt Lastewka.
Mark Viitala (Trinity—Spadina)
Works at Rogers Media, and is also a longtime volunteer in community radio. Uses the stage name "DJ Skip". Formerly on the management board in CKLU, and helped the station get its FM licence. Hosts a ska music program, and was the executive producer of Skanadian Club Volume 4. Former manager of The Smokers, and produced Package Deal, their first album. Raised in Northern Ontario. Vegetarian. Chair of the Greater Toronto Area group of the Sierra Club of Canada. Was the GPC administration chair and Green Party of Ontario office manager from 1998 to 2000, and the GPO Secretary in 2002-03. Since 2003, he has represented Ontario on the GPC federal council. Party advocate for issues of citizenship and culture. Supports the legalization of marijuana. Apparently intended to run for the GPC in Don Valley East in the 2000 federal election, but did not appear on the ballot. Received 2,259 votes in 2004, finishing fourth in a field of eight candidates.
- 2003 Ontario provincial election: received 1,236 votes in Eglinton—Lawrence for a fourth place finish, as a candidate of the Green Party of Ontario (winning candidate: Mike Colle, Liberal)
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