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John Carmichael (politician)

John Carmichael (born February 14, 1952) is a former Canadian politician. He was a Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada from 2011 to 2015 who represented the Toronto riding of Don Valley West.

John Carmichael
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Don Valley West
In office
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
Preceded byRob Oliphant
Succeeded byRob Oliphant
Personal details
Born (1952-02-14) February 14, 1952 (age 67)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Kerry
Children3 including Christin
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
ProfessionBusinessman

BackgroundEdit

Carmichael was born in Toronto. He owned and operated City Buick Pontiac Cadillac GMC Ltd. He and his wife Kerry raised three children. His daughter Christin Carmichael Greb was a Toronto City Councillor, serving till October 2018. She was defeated by former MPP Mike Colle.

PoliticsEdit

 
John Carmichael, MP; Gary Goodyear, Minister of State; Slawko Klykiw; Christina Jennings, Chair, CFC Board of Directors; Ana Serrano @ Canadian Film Centre

Carmichael ran as the Conservative party candidate in the riding of Don Valley West in 2006 and 2008 federal elections, losing both times to Liberals John Godfrey and Rob Oliphant.[1][2] In the 2011 election, he defeated incumbent Oliphant by 611 votes.[3] He served as a backbench member of the Stephen Harper government.

In 2011, he sponsored a private member's bill called National Flag of Canada Act that provided protections for anyone who wants to fly the flag of Canada. The new law makes it illegal for anyone to prevent someone else from flying the flag. Penalties range from fines to up to two years in jail. Critics called the bill an excuse to enshrine patriotism in law.[4][5]

In 2015, he was defeated by Oliphant in a rematch of the 2011 election.[6]

Electoral recordEdit

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Rob Oliphant 27,472 53.78 +12.29
Conservative John Carmichael 19,206 37.6 -5.33
New Democratic Syeda Riaz 3,076 6.02 -4.73
Green Natalie Hunt 848 1.66 -1.91
Libertarian John Kittredge 325 0.64
Communist Elizabeth Hill 84 0.16 -0.19
Independent Sharon Cromwell 75 0.15
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,086 100.0 -4.48 $202,821.40
Total rejected ballots 217 0.4 +0.07
Turnout 51,303 72.75 +5.91
Eligible voters 70,524 -12.15
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative John Carmichael 22,962 42.93 +4.11
Liberal Rob Oliphant 22,351 41.79 -2.57
New Democratic Nicole Yovanoff 6,280 11.74 +1.55
Green Georgina Wilcock 1,703 3.18 -3.12
Communist Dimitris Kabitsis 186 0.35 +0.02
Total valid votes 53,482 100.00
Total rejected ballots 176 0.33
Turnout 53,658 66.84
Eligible voters 80,276
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Rob Oliphant 22,212 44.36 -9.2 $60,129
Conservative John Carmichael 19,441 38.83 +5.6 $82,633
New Democratic David Sparrow 5,102 10.19 +1.1 $67,984
Green Georgina Wilcock 3,155 6.30 +2.8 $10,725
Communist Catherine Holliday 162 0.32
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,072 100.00 $85,470
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 62.8
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Godfrey 28,709 53.4 -6.4
Conservative John Carmichael 17,908 33.3 +5.0
New Democratic David Thomas 4,902 9.1 +0.5
Green Daphne So 1,906 3.5 +0.2
Libertarian Soumen Deb 226 0.4
Canadian Action Paul Barnes 151 0.3
Total valid votes 53,802 100.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16.
  2. ^ "Greater Toronto Area Results". The Toronto Star. October 15, 2008. p. U2.
  3. ^ "Riding results from across Canada". Edmonton Journal. May 3, 2011. p. A6.
  4. ^ Taber, Jane (28 September 2011). "MP's bid to protect flag adds another notch to Harper's patriotic belt". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  5. ^ Taber, Jane (October 6, 2011). "Tory MP wraps himself in flag, but forgets to fly one at home". The Globe and Mail. p. A4.
  6. ^ "Canada Votes". The Toronto Star. October 20, 2015. pp. GT13–GT15.
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Don Valley West, 30 September 2015
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

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