Marijuana Party of Canada candidates, 2004 Canadian federal election

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The Marijuana Party of Canada fielded a number of candidates in the 2004 federal election, none of whom were elected. Information about these candidates may be found here.

Quebec[edit]

Beauport: Nicolas Frichot[edit]

Nicolas Frichot was born in 1967 in Geneva, Switzerland, and later relocated to the Quebec City area of Canada.[1] A photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist by trade, he has served on the boards of Mainfilm and l’association lafriche. In 2009, he was a student at Université Laval.[2]

Elected as a school commissioner in 2007, Frichot has also sought election to public office at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. He called for the closure of Quebec City's incinerator in 2009, describing it as a major source of pollution in the city.[3]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2003 provincial Jean-Lesage Bloc Pot 390 1.11 5/6 Michel Després, Liberal
2004 federal Beauport Marijuana 585 1.26 6/6 Christian Simard, Bloc Québécois
2007 School Board Capitale, Ward Ten RESPECT 128 55.65 1/2 himself
2009 municipal Quebec City, Council, Maizerets-Lairet Défi Vert 648 10.18 3/4 Ginette Picard-Lavoie

Richelieu: Daniel Blackburn[edit]

Daniel Blackburn has been a candidate for public office at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, sometimes using the names Black D Blackburn or Blak D Blackburn. He identified himself as a television producer in 2004.[4] While running for municipal office in 2005, he blamed prohibition and Sûreté du Québec tactics for creating a culture of violence within the local cannibas economy.[5]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2000 federal Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour Marijuana 901 2.03 5/6 Louis Plamondon, Bloc Québécois
2003 provincial Nicolet-Yamaska Bloc Pot 417 1.59 4/5 Michel Morin, Parti Québécois
2004 federal Richelieu Marijuana 580 1.19 6/6 Louis Plamondon, Bloc Québécois
2005 municipal Bécancour town council, Poste 6 Option Vert 354 8.64 3/3 Alain Lévesque

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville: Alex Néron[edit]

Alexandre (Alex) Néron has a certificate in screenwriting from the University of Quebec at Montreal and has worked an independent videographer in Montreal.[6] A founding member of the Marijuana Party, he has run in three federal and two provincial elections.

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1998 Quebec provincial Rosement Bloc Pot 296 1.01 4/7 Rita Dionne-Marsolais, Parti Québécois
Canadian federal by-election, 11 September 2000 Kings—Hants N/A (Marijuana) 670 2.47 4/5 Joe Clark, Progressive Conservative
2000 Canadian federal Hochelaga—Maisonneuve Marijuana 1,227 2.84 5/8 Réal Ménard, Bloc Québécois
2003 Quebec provincial Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Bloc Pot 476 2.02 5/8 Louise Harel, Parti Québécois
2004 Canadian federal Saint-Laurent—Cartierville Marijuana 298 0.71 6/9 Stéphane Dion, Liberal

Ontario[edit]

Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington: George Walter Kolaczynski[edit]

Kolaczynski received 479 votes (0.85%), finishing sixth against the winner of the riding Conservative candidate Scott Reid.

Manitoba[edit]

Charleswood—St. James: Dan Zupansky[edit]

Zupansky has described himself as a business owner and salesperson. He was the host of a news-radio program on UMFM at the time of the election, and still holds this position as of 2005.[1] He received 337 votes (0.80%), finishing fifth against the winner of the riding Conservative candidate Steven Fletcher.

Elmwood—Transcona: Gavin Whittaker[edit]

Whittaker has been a candidate of both the Marijuana Party of Canada and the Libertarian Party of Manitoba. He organized public screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Winnipeg during the 1990s[7] and took part in a pro-marijuana rally outside the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in 1999.[8] In 2004, he listed his occupation as "sales representative" in 2004.[9] His partner, Rebecca Whittaker, has also been a Marijuana Party candidate.

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
2003 provincial Elmwood Libertarian 67 1.12 4/4 Jim Maloway, New Democratic Party
2004 federal Elmwood—Transcona Marijuana 311 1.06 6/7 Bill Blaikie, New Democratic Party

Kildonan—St. Paul: Rebecca Whittaker[edit]

Rebecca Whittaker (born in Kenora, Ontario[10]) listed herself as an administrative assistant in 2004.[11] She received 290 votes (0.80%), finishing fifth against Conservative candidate Joy Smith. Her partner, Gavin Whittaker, has also been a Marijuana Party candidate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swiss Films, Nicholas Frichot, accessed 21 January 2010.
  2. ^ Arnaud Bertrand, Portraits de candidats (4) : Nicolas Frichot, monlimoilou.com, 14 October 2009, accessed 21 January 2010.
  3. ^ Luc Fournier, Le Défi vert de Québec veut fermer l’incinérateur dans les plus brefs délais, Québec Hebdo, 13 October 2009, accessed 21 January 2010.
  4. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: RICHELIEU (2004/06/28), Parliament of Canada, accessed 7 August 2009.
  5. ^ Marcel Aubry, ""C’est la prohibition qui génère la violence", Le Nouvelliste, 19 novembre 2005, accessed 7 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Clark to battle pot activist, history's biggest loser in NS byelection," Canadian Press, 22 August 2000; Alex Neron, arondissement.com, 14 October 2010, accessed 23 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Manitoba rappers gather for hot hip-hop happening", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1996, D1. The article lists him as 22 years old.
  8. ^ John Lyons, "Police a welcome sight at pot rally", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 1999, A3.
  9. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: Elmwood—Transcona: 2004, Parliament of Canada, accessed 2 March 2007.
  10. ^ Rebecca Whittaker - Myspace page, accessed 21 October 2010.
  11. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: KILDONAN--ST. PAUL (2004/06/28), Parliament of Canada, accessed 21 October 2010.