Anthony Rota MP (born May 15, 1961) is a Canadian politician and political science professor at Nipissing University. A member of the Liberal Party, he currently serves in the House of Commons of Canada as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Nipissing—Timiskaming. He previously represented Nipissing—Timiskaming as MP from 2004 to 2011.
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Jay Aspin|
June 28, 2004 – May 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Bob Wood|
|Succeeded by||Jay Aspin|
|Born||May 15, 1961|
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||North Bay, Ontario|
|Profession||Administrator, Business advisor|
Early life and careerEdit
Born in North Bay, Ontario, Rota holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University, a diploma in finance from Algonquin College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.
Prior to his election, Rota worked for the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) as regional manager for Ontario. He has also served with the Canadian Technology Network in Ottawa, and has worked in the private sector. Rota is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and English.
Rota began his political career at the municipal level, serving as a city councillor for North Bay City Council and chairing the city's planning and economic development committee. He won the federal Liberal nomination for Nipissing—Timiskaming in early 2004, defeating rival candidates Susan Church, Hugh McLachlan and Joe Sinicrope with 52% on the second ballot. In the general election held in June of that year, he narrowly defeated Conservative candidate Al McDonald.
Rota was re-elected in the 2006 election, defeating the Conservative Party's Peter Chirico, the NDP's Dave Fluri, and the Green Party's Meg Purdy. In the 2008 election, he was again re-elected. He served as the Liberal Party caucus chair, and as critic for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.
He ran again in the 2011 election, but lost by just 14 votes to Jay Aspin of the Conservative Party. Due to the narrow margin, however, an automatic judicial recount was required, confirming the margin at 18 votes. Since his 2011 loss, Rota has begun teaching at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
In the 2015 election, he was again the Liberal candidate, defeating Jay Aspin (who defeated him in 2011) and once again becoming the MP in the 42nd Canadian Parliament. On December 9, 2015, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming|
|New Democratic||Kathleen Jodouin||7,936||16.2||-4.93||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||48,875||100.0||$217,533.50|
|Total rejected ballots||224||0.45||-0.05|
|Liberal notional hold||Swing||+11.26|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming|
|New Democratic||Rona Eckert||8,781||20.8||+5.0||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||42,271||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||225||0.5||+0.1|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+6.2|
|This vote was subject to mandatory recount because of the margin of win being less than 1/1000 of the total votes.|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming|
|New Democratic||Dianna Allen||6,582||15.8||–1.5||$8,409|
|Canadian Action||Andrew Moulden||204||0.5||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||41,536||100.0||$87,383|
|Total rejected ballots||167||0.4||0.0|
|2006 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming|
|New Democratic||Dave Fluri||8,268||17.3||+0.3|
|Total valid votes||47,870||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||211||0.4||-0.1|
|2004 Canadian federal election: Nipissing—Timiskaming|
|New Democratic||Dave Fluri||7,354||17.0|
|Canadian Action||Ross MacLean||204||0.5|
|Total valid votes||43,142||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||222||0.5|
- "Sudbury-area voters part of orange wave"[permanent dead link]. Sudbury Star, May 2, 2011.
- "Official recounts triggered in two Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail, May 3, 2011.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Nipissing—Timiskaming, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine