Natural Law Party candidates, 1999 Ontario provincial election
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Brampton West—Mississauga: Mei Sze Viau
Viau is a web designer and developer, and is the project manager of Creative Design Pixel. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong (1989), and in 2002 was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Digital Media from the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Viau is fluent in English and Cantonese.
Broadview—Greenwood: Bob Hyman
Hyman, once a securities salesman, described himself in the 1990s as a meditation teacher and yogic flyer (Toronto Star, 30 May 1997). He was an Ontario organizer for the Natural Law Party of Canada in 1993 and 1997, and also served as a director of the Maharishi Vedic College. In 1999, he was listed as Natural Law Party chairman (Toronto Star, 22 October 1993, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 28 May 1999). A 1995 newspaper report lists him as thirty-eight years old (Toronto Star, 5 June 1995).
Hyman campaigned for the federal and provincial Natural Law parties on four occasions, and was also the NLP candidate for Mayor of Toronto in 1994. On election night, he presented victorious candidate Barbara Hall with a garland of flowers (Globe and Mail, 15 November 1994).
|1993 federal||Broadview—Greenwood||Natural Law||389||6/9||Dennis Mills, Liberal|
|1994 Toronto municipal||Mayor||-||857||11/11||Barbara Hall|
|1995 provincial||York South||Natural Law||176||0.70||6/9||Bob Rae, New Democratic Party|
|1997 federal||Broadview—Greenwood||Natural Law||205||7/8||Dennis Mills, Liberal|
|1999 provincial||Broadview—Greenwood||Natural Law||565||4/6||Marilyn Churley, New Democratic Party|
Don Valley West: Debbie Weberg
Weberg was a four-time candidate for the federal and provincial Natural Law parties. She worked as administrative assistant to an investment firm, and was a consultant to the proposed Maharishi Veda Land theme park in Niagara Falls. She was thirty-seven years old in 1995.
|1993 federal||Eglinton—Lawrence||Natural Law||384||0.96||5/7||Joseph Volpe, Liberal|
|1995 provincial||York Mills||Natural Law||173||5/6||David Turnbull, Progressive Conservative|
|1997 federal||Don Valley West||Natural Law||173||6/7||John Godfrey, Liberal|
|1999 provincial||Don Valley West||Natural Law||224||5/5||David Turnbull, Progressive Conservative|
Glengarry—Prescott—Russell: Mary Glasser
Mary L. Glasser was raised in Kitchener. She was identified as the director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Huntsville, Ontario, in a 1990 article in the Toronto Star. This centre promoted a form of alternative medicine known as "Maharishi Ayurveda", a form of Ayurveda healing designed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Glasser later moved to Ottawa, and ran the Maharishi Ayur Veda College in that city. She ran for the Natural Law Party of Ontario in the electoral division of Lincoln in the 1995 provincial election, arguing that relaxation techniques such as transcendental meditation and yoga could reduce health care costs by seventy-nine per cent. She later ran for the Natural Law Party of Canada in the 1997 federal election, and for the provincial party again in 1999.
|1995 provincial||Lincoln||Natural Law||288||0.78||5/5||Frank Sheehan, Progressive Conservative|
|1997 federal||Glengarry—Prescott—Russell||Natural Law||207||0.43||6/6||John Godfrey, Liberal|
|1999 provincial||Glengarry—Prescott—Russell||Natural Law||425||0.96||4/4||Jean-Marc Lalonde, Liberal|
London—Fanshawe: Wanda Beaver
Beaver was born in Ontario's Niagara District fruit belt, and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is the proprietor of Wanda's Pie in the Sky, a dessert franchise which sells pies, cakes and related goods to several upscale restaurants in Toronto. As of 2005, the business grossed nearly one million dollars per year.
Nepean—Carleton: Brian Ernest Jackson
Jackson was a perennial candidate for the Natural Law Party in provincial and federal elections. He operates Brian Jackson CFP, an independent planning group in Ottawa which places orders for mutual funds, personal insurance, segregated funds, GIC's and Labour Sponsored Investment Funds. Jackson is a supporter of Socially Responsible Investing, and is a Professional Member of the Social Investment Organization.
|1993 federal||Nepean||Natural Law||263||7/10||Beryl Gaffney, Liberal|
|1995 provincial||Nepean||Natural Law||259||0.73||5/6||John Baird, Progressive Conservative|
|1997 federal||Nepean—Carleton||Natural Law||238||6/6||David Pratt, Liberal|
|1999 provincial||Nepean—Carleton||Natural Law||239||0.47||5/5||John Baird, Progressive Conservative|
St. Catharines: Helene Anne Darisse
Sudbury: Bernard Fram
Trinity—Spadina: Ron Robins
Robins is a former Bay Street investment analyst, and a frequent candidate for the Natural Law Party. He has long been involved in the transcendental meditation movement, and was a TM instructor in Toronto as early as 1988 (Toronto Star, 10 April 1988). Robins has worked in stress management and creativity consulting programs for several Canadian corporations.(Toronto Star, 22 October 1993). In 2004, he argued that ethical investment practices would yield higher financial returns (National Post, 11 September 2004).
Robins first campaigned for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 1995 provincial election. During this campaign, he argued that transcendental meditation could be used in Ontario's prison population to reduce crime levels (Toronto Star, 5 June 1995).
|1993 federal||Scarborough West||Natural Law||212||0.54||7/8||Tom Wappel, Liberal|
|1994 municipal||City Ward 14||-||200||1.73||5/5||Howard Joy|
|1995 provincial||St. George—St. David||Natural Law||151||6/7||Al Leach, Progressive Conservative|
|1999 provincial||Trinity—Spadina||Natural Law||274||0.77||5/8||Rosario Marchese, New Democratic Party|
Windsor—St. Clair: Janet Shorten
Windsor West: Lynn Tobin
Tobin campaigned as a candidate of the Natural Law Party of Canada in the 1993 federal election, and received 370 votes in the Newfoundland riding of Bonavista—Trinity—Conception. The winner was Fred Mifflin of the Liberal Party of Canada. At the time of the election, Tobin listed herself as a health-care professional living in Huntsville.
She received 162 votes (0.44%) in the 1999 provincial election, finishing sixth against Liberal candidate Sandra Pupatello. She lived in Ottawa at the time of the election (Windsor Star, 21 May 1999).
- ^ "Eglinton-Lawrence", Toronto Star, 22 October 1993, A7.
- ^ "York Mills riding", Toronto Star, 1 June 1995, NY2.
- ^ Steve Arnold, "Profile Lincoln: Peach trees, jobs, good government", Hamilton Spectator, 1 June 1995, C2.
- ^ "Ancient Ayurveda focuses on self-healing", Toronto Star, 2 October 1990, B1.
- ^ Glasser was listed as being thirty-nine years old at the time. See Steve Arnold, "Profile Lincoln: Peach trees, jobs, good government", Hamilton Spectator, 1 June 1995, C2.