Carl DeFaria

Carl DeFaria (born c. 1949) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003 and was a cabinet minister in the government of Ernie Eves.

Carl DeFaria
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byJohn Sola
Succeeded byPeter Fonseca
ConstituencyMississauga East
Personal details
Born1949 (age 71–72)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Riina DeFaria


DeFaria has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall. He worked in criminal and constitutional law before entering political life. DeFaria was also an instructor of the Bar Admission Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada. His wife, Riina DeFaria, has also campaigned for the House of Commons of Canada on two occasions.[1]


He ran for the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, as the Tory candidate in the working-class riding of Cambridge. He finished a distant third, behind prominent New Democrat Mike Farnan and a Liberal candidate.[2]

DeFaria then ran for the federal Progressive Conservative Party in the federal election of 1993 in Mississauga East, placing a distant third, this time behind Liberal Albina Guarnieri and a Reform Party candidate.[3]

He was elected in Mississauga East by more than 6,000 votes over his Liberal opponent in the provincial election of 1995, amid a Tory sweep of the Mississauga region.[4] A moderate, DeFaria remained a backbencher during the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris.

DeFaria was re-elected in the provincial election of 1999, defeating his Liberal opponent by more than 4,000 votes.[5] He supported Ernie Eves to succeed Harris as party leader in 2002, and was named Minister of Citizenship with responsibility for Seniors on April 15, 2002.[6]

In late 2002, he was criticized by some for issuing a pamphlet of Christmas songs entitled "Sing Along With Carl". One of the works was a Stephen Foster song from 1851, which referred to blacks as "darkies". DeFaria quickly apologized, claiming that he had not scrutinized the pamphlet carefully enough before its release.[7]

In the provincial election of 2003, he lost to Liberal candidate Peter Fonseca (a well-known Olympic athlete) by about 3,000 votes, amid a general regional decline in Tory support.[8]

Cabinet positionsEdit

Ontario provincial government of Ernie Eves
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Cam Jackson Minister of Citizenship
Also Responsible for Senior Citizens
Marie Bountrogianni

Later lifeEdit

He ran for the Mississauga South federal Conservative nomination in 2004, losing to Phil Green.

In 2005, DeFaria was appointed director of the Serious Crimes Unit by Timorese President Xanana Gusmão. His task was to windup war crimes probes before the UN pullout on May 20, 2005. He faced some criticism that the UN was leaving before the war crime trial process was finished. He said, "Obviously, we would like to have all of the people who have been indicted brought to justice. It will be up to the Timorese government. I'm sure if they decide to pursue it, they will have a lot of support from the international community."[9]

In the 2006 federal election, DeFaria ran for the Conservative Party of Canada, finishing second to longtime Liberal incumbent Albina Guarnieri.[10]

Electoral record (incomplete)Edit

1993 Canadian federal election: Mississauga East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Albina Guarnieri (incumbent) 32,167 63.84
Reform Peter Zathey 9,473 18.80
Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria 6,427 12.76
New Democratic John Jackson 1,382 2.74
National Michael Patrick Curran 393 0.78
Natural Law Geraldine Jackson 323 0.64
Independent Adrienne Earl Crewson 148 0.29
Marxist–Leninist Yvon Turgeon 73 0.14
Total valid votes 50,386 100.00
Source: Parliament of Canada.


  1. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (June 21, 2004). "Long-time MP under threat; Mississauga riding's working class restless Many still undecided in diverse urban area". Toronto Star. p. B3.
  2. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.
  3. ^ Hill, Tony L. (2002). Canadian politics, riding by riding: an in-depth analysis of Canada's 301 federal electoral districts. Prospect Park Press. p. 240. ISBN 0-9723436-0-1.
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  6. ^ "Ont-Cabinet". Toronto, Ont: Canadian Press NewsWire. April 15, 2002.
  7. ^ Mallan, Caroline (January 11, 2003). "Minister's songsheet offends MPP". Toronto Star. p. A21.
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  9. ^ Jolliffe, Jill (February 24, 2005). "Timorese clamour for justice". The Montreal Gazette. p. A19.
  10. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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