Nepean-Carleton, composed on the former provincial ridings on Carleton (43%), Nepean (62%) and Ottawa-Rideau (11%), has a population of 9,709 with an average household income of $69,700.
Progressive Conservative candidate John Baird, a lifetime resident of Nepean and graduate of political studies from Queen's University, was elected MPP for Nepean in 1995, served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Communications and the Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Elected president of the Conservative Party Youth Wing in 1988, he served on the provincial party executive for two years. He has served as parliamentary assistant to the labour minister, and assistant to the Chair of the Management Board and was appointed in 1997 to his current position of parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance.
Liberal candidate Gord Hunter, 53, a teacher at Confederation High School in Nepean since 1968 after receiving his BA. from Dalhousie University, has been a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Council since 1980 and a long-time Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee at the Region.
He was a member of Nepean council, 1980-94, serving three terms as deputy mayor, a member of the Library Board and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
NDP candidate Craig Parsons, a graduate of Carleton University majoring in political science, works in the service industry as head cook/manager and devotes his spare time to canvassing for Friends of the Wolf and other environmental causes. He sits on a management relations committee to improve manager-employee relations and foster a positive atmosphere in the workplace.
Ottawa West-Nepean, composed of the former provincial ridings of Nepean (38%), Ottawa Rideau (21%) and Ottawa West (77%), has a population of 107,336 with an average household income of $52, 691.
Elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1995, Garry Guzzo, 57, the first PC ever elected to the Ottawa-Rideau riding, served as Parliamentary Assistant for Energy to Minister of the Environment and Energy from July 1995 to April 1997 and was recently appointed Chair of the Agency Reform Board.
Guzzo, a lawyer, was elected alderman of Ottawa city council in 1970 and was a member of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, serving as chairman of the Planning Committee from 1974-76. He was a provincial court judge from 1978-89 before returning to the private sector.
An Ottawa native, Liberal candidate Rick Chiarelli, BA. in Communications, B.S.Sc. in Economics, LLB, was elected to his local school board at 19 and has run a communications business and articled to a law firm. At 25, he was elected councillor and now represents Nepean Centre.
He has served as Acting Mayor and Chair of the Public Library Board and of the Communications, Impaired driving and Environment Committees. Chiarelli was the founding President of the Alliance to Save our Greenbelt, writes a regular column on municipal issues for a local newspaper and is a commentator on provincial issues on local radio.
NDP candidate Allen Cullen, 48, served on numerous community associations, the school board and regional council before being elected MPP for Ottawa West in the 1997 by-election.
With a Master's degree in economics, Cullen has worked as a policy analyst for the Department of National Health and Welfare, and served as Vice-President of Economists, Statisticians and Sociologists Association, a public service union.