Communist Party of Canada (Marxist–Leninist) candidates, 2004 Canadian federal election

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The Communist Party of Canada - Marxist-Leninist ran several candidates in the 2004 federal election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found on this page.


Argenteuil—Mirabel: Michael O'Grady[edit]

Michael O'Grady was a student at the time of the election.[1] He received 69 votes (0.14%), finishing seventh against Bloc Québécois incumbent Mario Laframboise.[2]

There is a different Michael O'Grady involved in municipal politics in Longueil, Quebec.


Robert A. Cruise (Essex)[edit]

Cruise was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. He is a retired auto-parts company worker with (Kendan Manufacturing), a longtime member of the CPC-ML, and a perennial candidate for the party. He has written articles for the Marxist-Leninist Daily newspaper, including one work strongly criticizing the American media's response to the 9-11 terror attacks.[3] Cruise was fifty years old at the time of the 1993 federal election (Windsor Star, 23 September 1993).

During his career as a mechanical worker, Cruise was a member of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 195 in Windsor (Windsor Star, 22 October 1993). In 1992, he was a leader of the "Windsor and Essex County Committee to Vote No on October 26", an advocacy group opposing the Charlottetown Accord (Windsor Star, 10 October 1992).

He highlighted gender issues during the 1993 campaign, and complained that the factory which employed him had never hired a woman in its fifty-year existence (Windsor Star, 4 October 1993).

His electoral record is as follows:

Stephen Rutchinski (Nickel Belt)[edit]

Rutchinski received 51 votes, finishing seventh against Liberal candidate Raymond Bonin.

Saroj Bains (Ottawa South)[edit]

Bains is the daughter of CPC-ML founder Hardial Bains and former party leader Sandra Smith. She was twenty-four years old at the time of the 2003 provincial election, and was affiliated with the Youth Organizing Project.

She lists her occupation as a multimedia producer working in film and communications, and became politically active at age fifteen, via her media activities. Bains has worked on the Youth Today and Aboriginal Youth Today publications, and has been a member of the Standing Conference of South Asians and the National Council of Youth Commission on the Future of Quebec.[4] Her financial officer in 2003 was Margaret Villamizar.

Electoral record:

David Gershuny (Mississauga—Brampton South)[edit]

Gershuny received 185 votes, finishing fifth against Liberal candidate Navdeep Bains.

Enver Villamizar (Windsor West)[edit]

In the 2004 Canadian federal election Villamizar ran in Windsor West winning 134 votes to rank fifth out of five candidates. The winner was Brian Masse of the New Democratic Party.


André C. Vachon (Calgary West)[edit]

Vachon is a construction worker and printer, and a perennial candidate for the Marxist-Leninist Party. He moved from Quebec to Calgary in 1970, and works primarily in pipeline construction. He was 57 years old at the time of the 2004 election (Calgary Herald, 27 June 2004).

During the 2004 election, he was quoted as saying "The program of our party put as simply as possible is to stop paying the rich and increase funding for social programs [...] Of course health and education are the two great pillars of society, and we don't think that investments in education is a drain on society."[5] He also described same-sex marriage as a "red herring", which "distracts voters from issues that matter to Canadians".[6]

His electoral record is as follows:


  1. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: ARGENTEUIL--MIRABEL (2004/06/28), Parliament of Canada, accessed 22 January 2011.
  2. ^ Official Results, Elections Canada, accessed 22 January 2011.
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