The NDP ran a full state of 103 candidates in the 2003 Ontario provincial election, seven of whom were elected. Three more candidates were elected in by-elections held in 2004, March 2006 and February 2007. Several NDP candidates have their own biography pages. Information about other candidates may be found here.
Received 5,666 votes (11.69%), finishing third against Liberal Ted McMeekin. Considered running for the Hamilton municipal council in 2004 (to replace Andrea Horwath, who had been elected as an MPP), but declined.
McCarthy first ran for the Ontario NDP in the 1999 provincial election, in the constituency of Windsor West. He defeated another candidate, Brian Kersey, for the party nomination (Windsor Star, 8 March 1999). Although the NDP has a strong history in Windsor, this seat was not a target for the party: the incumbent was Liberal Sandra Pupatello, a high-profile legislator who was endorsed by the Canadian Auto Workers union. Pupatello won re-election, while McCarthy finished third with 5,762 votes (15.48%).
Atkinson earned a degree in political science from Carleton University in 1993 and a diploma in public relations from Algonquin College. He worked for Bradson Security as a security guard during the 1990s. He was a shop steward in the guards's union and helped organize the members during a lockout. He is now employed by the Canadian Labour Congress. Atkinson has been vocal in opposing Walmart's labour practices.2004 federal election. See his biography page for further details.
He campaigned in Ottawa South in the 1999 provincial election and received 2,655 votes (5.8%), finishing third. In 2003, he improved his total to 4,306 (9.03%). The winner on both occasions was Dalton McGuinty, leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
He was a spokesperson for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (Montreal Gazette, 13 December 2005). He is also a host of the CKCU-FM weekday morning program Special Blend, (Ottawa Citizen, 12 November 2004) and appears as a panelist on CPAC.
Zebrowski campaigned federally and provincially (Ontario) for the New Democratic Party. A report from the 2003 Ontario provincial election listed him as 34 years old (Ottawa Citizen, 17 September 2003).
|2000 federal||Ottawa—Vanier||NDP||4,194||8.71||4/9||Mauril Belanger, Liberal|
|2003 provincial||Ottawa—Vanier||NDP||6,507||3/4||Madeleine Meilleur, Liberal|
Bacher was president of the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS) for seven years, and has written numerous articles on the need for effective Greenbelt legislation in the Niaraga region. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Historical Society of Catharines in 2002 , and participated in an effort to save the Red Hill Valley escarpment in 2003. A newspaper report lists him as 48 years old in 2003.
Bacher has campaigned for the NDP at both the provincial and federal levels.
|2000 federal||St. Catharines||NDP||2,878||6.16||4/7||Walt Lastewka, Liberal|
|2003 provincial||St. Catharines||NDP||3,944||8.95||3/5||Jim Bradley, Liberal|
Harvey Wyers is a former Inco worker, and a long-time activist within the New Democratic Party. He regularly took a leave of absence from his day job to work full-time for the party in every federal and provincial election from 1974 to 1990, and was a fixture of the party's Northern Ontario wing throughout this period. After scaling back his activities for a time in the mid-1990s, he became a prominent party organizer once again in the 2000s.
Wyers supported Richard Johnston for the provincial leadership in 1982, and expressed concern that rival candidate Bob Rae, the eventual winner, was too centrist to lead the party. He nonetheless supported Rae's position on resolution of an Inco strike later in 1982.
He attended a conference of the Palestinian Trade Unions Federation in Tunis in 1983, and reported that most delegates continued to support Yasir Arafat's leadership despite a split within the Palestinian Liberation Organization. He also said that the United States would "have to start hearing the cries of want from [the Palestinians]" if they wanted to reduce Soviet influence in the region.
Wyers served on the executive of the Sudbury and District Labour Council in the early 1980s, as a representative of the United Steelworkers of America Local 6500. In January 1985, his union credentials were revoked by Steelworkers president Ron MacDonald at a tumultuous meeting of the council. (At issue was whether or not the Steelworkers could bypass the labour council, and directly appoint MacDonald as the labour representative on the board of Cambrian College. Wyers argued that the labour council would need to approve any appointment.) MacDonald's decision to revoke Wyers' credentials was upheld by a narrow vote, and almost half the labour delegates walked out of the meeting in protest. Wyers later supported David Patterson's bid for re-election as Ontario director of the United Steelworkers in late 1985, while MacDonald backed a different candidate.
In 1986, Wyers and other parents took the provincial Ministry of Education and the Sudbury Board of Education to court, challenging requirements that students take part in mandatory prayers and scripture readings. The courts ruled in Wyers' favour in 1989.
Wyers declined to work full-time for the NDP in the 1993 federal election, citing the party's drift away from socialist economic policies following Bob Rae's victory in the 1990 provincial election. "I now know what it means to find out that God is dead," he said. "The Ontario government has shaken me up that way." He said that he would still vote for the NDP, but that his faith in the party had been compromised. He became more involved with the NDP again following Rae's departure as leader in 1996.
By now retired from Inco, Wyers ran for the Ontario NDP in the 2003 provincial election. He called for Sudbury to focus on the mining sector, rather than developing "low-paying retail and service sector employment". He also spoke against the Mike Harris government's policy of lifetime bans for persons convicted of welfare fraud. During one debate, he quipped "can you imagine if one of these corporate guys got nailed for tax evasion and just got out of jail and is no longer to make money anymore? Wyatt received 4,999 votes (14.00%), finishing third against Liberal incumbent Rick Bartolucci.
Wyers served on the Sudbury and District Labour Council again in 2004, and called for the city to resolve a three-month old strike at Greater Sudbury Utilities Inc. in September of that year. He has also served as president of his local division of the Canadian Red Cross. Wyers sarcastically endorsed Rae's bid to lead the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006, describing him as "a good Liberal leader of the (Ontario) NDP party".
As a representation of the Windsor Chiropractic Association, Crnec protested against the provincial government's decision to de-list chiropractic and optometry visits from Ontario Health Insurance Premiums in 2004. (Windsor Star, 2 November 2004).
Blackburn won the NDP nomination in 2003 over Helen O'Keefe by twenty-one votes. O'Keefe had been the favoured candidate to win the nomination, and Blackburn herself acknowledged that she was surprised by her victory (Windsor Star, 10 March 2003). She was 36 years old at the time of the campaign (Windsor Star, 16 September 2003).
Tabuns was elected over Liberal candidate Ben Chin.
She based her platform around the conservation of public healthcare, lower electricity prices, allowing tenants to have rent control, and putting increased funding towards GO and regional transit. She received 3204 votes (9.3%), finishing third against Progressive Conservative candidate Christine Elliott. She now has taken a teaching career in Toronto.