Rick Johnson (Canadian politician)
Rick Johnson is a former Canadian politician. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2009 to 2011 who represented the riding of Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock. He was elected in a by-election on March 5, 2009, defeating Progressive Conservative leader John Tory. He lost to Laurie Scott in the 2011 election who had previously held the riding.
|Preceded by||Laurie Scott|
|Succeeded by||Laurie Scott|
Before entering politics, Johnson was a musician, working alongside his wife Terri Crawford both in the Terry Crawford Band of the 1970s and 1980s and later as a children's music duo billed as Terri & Rick.
Johnson previously served as a public school trustee for, and chair of, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and as president of the Ontario Public School Boards Association. In his term on the OPSBA, Johnson introduced breakfast, co-operative education and literacy programs for his district. He has also served on the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce.
Johnson was the Liberal candidate in Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock in the 2007 provincial election, losing to Laurie Scott. On January 9, 2009 Scott resigned her seat, in order to provide Conservative Leader John Tory a seat in the legislature. Johnson capitalized on public anger from Scott's move to narrowly defeat Tory in the subsequent by-election.
Johnson served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, Bob Chiarelli. He previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. In the 2011 election, Johnson lost again to P.C. candidate Laurie Scott by 6,000 votes in the 2011 provincial election. He tried again in 2014 but lost again to Scott, this time by more than 3,000 votes.
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Laurie Scott||22,357||45.4||+4.3|
|New Democratic||Don Abel||8,517||17.3||+11.32|
|Total valid votes||48,942||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative||John Tory||14,576||41.17||-8.73|
|New Democratic||Lyn Edwards||2,117||5.98||-5.92|
|Family Coalition||Jake Pothaar||258||0.73||-0.07|
|Progressive Conservative||Laurie Scott||24,272||49.9|
|New Democratic||Joan Corrigan||5,773||11.9|
|Family Coalition||Jake Pothaar||364||0.8|
- Jim Coyle, "The rock ‘n’ roll road to Queen’s Park". Toronto Star, November 25, 2010.
- Trustees accept Johnson’s resignation
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 5 (xiv). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009.
- "John Tory loses bid for seat in by-election". Toronto Star. March 5, 2009.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "General Elections by District: Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.