Chris Charlton

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Chris Charlton
BA (Western) MA (McMaster), MP
Chris Charlton.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Hamilton Mountain
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 3, 2006
Preceded by Beth Phinney
Personal details
Born Chris Happel
(1963-07-04) July 4, 1963 (age 51)
Dortmund, West Germany
Nationality Canadian
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Brian Charlton
Residence Hamilton, Ontario
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
McMaster University
Occupation Politician
Profession Director, Political Adviser, Public Affairs Consultant, Teaching Assistant
Website http://www.chrischarlton.ca/

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

Background[edit]

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.

Politics[edit]

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 TA 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.

In the 2009 Ontario New Democratic Leadership race, Charlton officially endorsed Andrea Horwath for leader, who would win the position on the third ballot.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Federal[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
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  %
Canadian federal election, 2008
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  %
Canadian federal election, 2006
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
Canadian federal election, 2004
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
Canadian federal election, 1997
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

Provincial[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003
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
Ontario general election, 1999
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

Municipal[edit]

Councillor - Ward 7[7]

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

References[edit]

  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 25th, 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. ^ http://www.andreahorwath.com/flash/endorsement.html
  7. ^ "Expressway, balance sheet weigh heavy in Ward 7", October 30, 2003 Thursday Final Edition, LOCAL; Pg. A08, 948 words

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