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Chris Charlton (born July 4, 1963) is a German-born, Canadian politician from the City of Hamilton, Ontario. As a New Democrat, she served as the Member of Parliament for Hamilton Mountain from 2006 until 2015.

Chris Charlton

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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Hamilton Mountain
In office
April 3, 2006 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byBeth Phinney
Succeeded byScott Duvall
Personal details
Chris Happel

(1963-07-04) July 4, 1963 (age 56)
Dortmund, West Germany
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Brian Charlton
ResidenceHamilton, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
McMaster University
ProfessionDirector, Political Adviser, Public Affairs Consultant, Teaching Assistant


Charlton was born in Dortmund, Germany and immigrated to Canada with her parents in 1975. She attended the University of Western Ontario for undergraduate studies and then McMaster University to pursue a master's degree in Political Science. During this time, she became active with the New Democratic Youth club on campus.[1] Soon after, Bob Rae and the New Democrats came to power in Ontario, and Charlton received a job as a political advisor with the government, where her husband, Brian Charlton (whom she married in 1992), was a cabinet minister. When the Progressive Conservatives defeated Rae's government in the 1995 provincial election.


At the time the Hamilton Mountain New Democrats held their nomination meeting to declare a candidate to run against Beth Phinney in 1997, Charlton had become a Teaching Assistant at U of T and had nearly completed her studies.[2] Though only 33 at the time, she had already served as an advisor to Bob Rae's government, and went unopposed in the nomination.[3] On election night, she placed 4th out of 6 candidates, which would be the lowest she would ever poll in an election campaign.

Over the course of the next 9 years, she would run in the 1999 provincial election and the 2003 provincial election, the Hamilton municipal election of 2000 and two federal elections in 1997 and 2004.

Just prior to the 2006 election, she was the Director of Community Relations with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada,[4] but resigned her position to stand again, this time against Ward 7 Councillor Bill Kelly, who she attempted to unseat in the Hamilton municipal election of 2000. Charlton won that race by a 6-point margin, and retook the riding for the New Democrats after 17 years of Liberal representation.

In 2008, Charlton faced another former Ward 7 councillor, Terry Anderson of the Conservatives and local lawyer Tyler Banham of the Liberals. Despite an aggressive internet campaign on behalf of the Liberals,[5] the race became a New Democrat-Conservative match, which saw Charlton increase voter support despite a lower voter turnout than in 2006.

Charlton announce on December 5, 2014 that she was not going to run for re-election in the next federal election in a year's time, after almost a decade in parliament and 25 years in politics.[6]

In the 2009 Ontario New Democratic Leadership race, Charlton officially endorsed Andrea Horwath for leader, who would win the position on the third ballot.[7]

Electoral historyEdit


2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Chris Charlton 25,573 47.2 +3.4%
Conservative Terry Anderson 17,946 33.1 +2.4%
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 8,795 16.2 -4%
Green Stephen Brotherston 1,508 2.8 -2.7%
Total valid votes 54,264 -10.9%
Total rejected ballots 261
Turnout  %
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Chris Charlton 22,796 43.7 +6.4%
Conservative Terry Anderson 16,010 30.7 +3.5%
Liberal Tyler Banham 10,531 20.2 -11.7%
Green Stephen Brotherston 2,884 5.5 +2.9%
Total valid votes 52,221 -10.9%
Total rejected ballots 293
Turnout  %
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Chris Charlton 21,869 37.3%
Liberal Bill Kelly 18,697 31.9%
Conservative Don Graves 15,915 27.2%
Green Susan Wadsworth 1,510 2.6%
Christian Heritage Stephen Downey 458 0.8%
Marxist–Leninist Paul Lane 131 0.2%
Total valid votes 58,580
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Beth Phinney 18,548
New Democratic Chris Charlton 17,552
Conservative Tom Jackson 15,590
Green Jo Pavlov 1,378
Marxist–Leninist Paul Lane 214
1997 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal Beth Phinney 21,128
Progressive Conservative John Smith 8,877
Reform Richard F. Gaasenbeek 8,154
New Democratic Chris Charlton 7,440
Canadian Action Christopher M. Patty 374
Marxist–Leninist Iqbal Sumbal 146


2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 23,524 51.79 +11.54
New Democratic Chris Charlton 12,017 26.46 4.05
Progressive Conservative Shakil Hassan 8,637 19.02 -15.58
Family Coalition Eleanor Johnson 748 1.65 +0.75
Green Selwyn Inniss 494 1.09 +0.13
1999 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Marie Bountrogianni 19,076 40.25
Progressive Conservative Trevor Pettit 16,397 34.6
New Democratic Chris Charlton 10,622 22.41
Green Kelli Gallagher 456 0.96
Family Coalition Jim Enos 426 0.9
Natural Law Bob Danio 261 0.55
Independent Rolf Gerstenberger 159 0.34


Councillor - Ward 7[8]

  • Bill Kelly (Incumbent) 10,482
  • Chris Charlton 6,011
  • Mark Allan Whittle 740


  1. ^ "A campaign to put more women on the ballot", Dana Brown, May 26, 2007 Saturday Final Edition, LOCAL; Pg. A12, 1192 words
  2. ^ "Charlton seeks federal NDP nod", January 21, 1997 Tuesday Final Edition, LOCAL NEWS; Pg. A4, 168 words
  3. ^ Another Charlton will run on Mountain, February 6, 1997 Thursday Final Edition, LOCAL NEWS; Pg. A5, 261 words, Lee Prokaska
  4. ^ "Perseverance pays off; NDP's Charlton, Marston finally make it", Wade Hemsworth, January 25, 2006 Wednesday Final Edition, LOCAL; Pg. A06, 386 words
  5. ^ Charlton off to Ottawa for a second term; Hamilton Mountain, October 15, 2008 Wednesday, LOCAL; Pg. A06, 413 words, Jackson Hayes
  6. ^ "Chris Charlton won't run for Hamilton Mountain MP again". CBC News. December 5, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Expressway, balance sheet weigh heavy in Ward 7", October 30, 2003 Thursday Final Edition, LOCAL; Pg. A08, 948 words

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