Christian Heritage Party of Canada candidates in the 1997 Canadian federal election

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The Christian Heritage Party of Canada ran 53 candidates in the 1997 federal election, none of whom were elected.


Martin Dewit (Portage—Lisgar)[edit]

Dewit is a resident of Carman, Manitoba, and has listed his occupation as a construction contractor, he first campaigned for the House of Commons of Canada in the 1993 federal election, and finished fifth against Reform candidate Jake Hoeppner with 399 votes in Lisgar—Marquette.

He received 517 votes (1.53%) in the 1997 election, again placing fifth against Hoeppner.

A Martin Dewit has been credited by the Carman Fire Department for playing the character "Sparks the Clown" in instructional lessons for children.[1] This is presumably the same person. As of 2005, there is a Martin Dewit Auctioneering Company in Carman.

Paul Kalyniuk (Selkirk—Interlake)[edit]

Kalyniuk was a bus driver for Winnipeg Transit,[1] he wrote a letter to the Winnipeg Free Press during the 1993 federal election, supporting the Christian Heritage Party and suggesting that party leader Heather Stilwell be including in the federal party leaders' debate.[2] In 1997, he received 363 votes (0.94%) to finish fifth against Reform Party candidate Howard Hilstrom.

In 1999, Kalyniuk complained that his tax dollars went toward services he disapproved of, including abortion, sex change operations and NATO's military actions in Kosovo.[3] Two years later, he criticized efforts to promote judicial lenience for Robert Latimer, a Saskatchewan man who was found guilty of murdering his severely handicapped daughter in what some described as a mercy killing.[4]

Other Candidates (detailed entry not prepared)[edit]

Byelection candidate, 1997-2000[edit]


  1. ^ History of Federal Ridings since 1867: Selkirk—Interlake, 1997.
  2. ^ Paul Kalyniuk, Letter, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1993.
  3. ^ Paul Kalyniuk, Letter, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1999, A11. He identified himself as 67 years old.
  4. ^ Paul Kalyniuk, "Robert Latimer is not folk hero", Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 2001, A9.