Independent candidates, 1997 Canadian federal election

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There were several independent and non-affiliated candidates in the 1997 Canadian federal election. One such candidate, former Liberal John Nunziata, was elected in York South—Weston. Information about other candidates may be found here.


Geoff Gorf Borden (Brandon—Souris)[edit]

Geoff Borden, nicknamed "Gorf" first campaigned for public office in the 1995 Brandon mayoral election. He was a twenty-year-old part-time student, and said that he was running because he was tired of older people making decisions for him. He opposed Sunday shopping.[1] Borden ran as an independent candidate in the 1997 federal election, campaigned for mayor again later in the year, and sought election to the Brandon City Council in 2002.[2]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1995 municipal Mayor of Brandon n/a 1,175 8.34 3/3 Rick Borotsik
1997 federal Brandon—Souris Non-affiliated 244 0.66 5/6 Rick Borotsik, Progressive Conservative
by-election, 24 September 1997 Mayor of Brandon n/a not listed not listed not listed Reg Atkinson
2002 municipal Brandon City Council, Ward Two n/a 205 2/4 Vince Barletta

Greg Krawchuk (Winnipeg Centre)[edit]

Krawchuk was listed as a grocer.[1] It is not clear why he contested the election, or what ideology he represented. He received 148 votes (0.55%), finishing fifth against New Democratic Party candidate Pat Martin.


Sam Dyck (Wanuskewin)[edit]

Dyck listed himself as a farmer and businessman. He unsuccessfully sought the Reform Party nomination against Maurice Vellacott, and later entered the contest as an independent. Although a conservative on both fiscal and social issues, Dyck argued that he would not impose his personal views on others. He was quoted as saying, "You can't legislate morality and that's the direction he (Vellacott) is going" (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 17 May 1997). He received 420 votes (1.28%), finishing fifth against Vellacott.

He was elected to Ward Ten of the new Saskatoon district school board in 2005 (17 June 2005).


  1. ^ Bud Robertson, "Election-Profile-Brandon", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1995, A1.
  2. ^ Geoff Borden Myspace page, accessed 15 October 2007.