|41st Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
November 21, 2011
Kathleen O. Wynne
|Lieutenant Governor||David C. Onley
|Preceded by||Steve Peters|
|Preceded by||Ron Johnson|
April 6, 1954 |
David Joseph "Dave" Levac (born April 6, 1954) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 1999. He represents the riding of Brant. He was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2011.
Born in Brantford, Ontario, Levac was educated at Wilfrid Laurier University, Queen's University and Niagara University. He became a teacher in the early 1980s, and a principal in Brantford in 1989. Levac received the Canada 125 Medal in 1993, was named OECTA Distinguished Teacher in 1994 for his work in conflict resolution programs, and was named Brantford's Citizen of the Year in 1997 by readers of the Brantford Expositor. He also served as co-ordinator of Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Visit to Brantford in 1997. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. In 2011 he was awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Merit for his educational efforts with respect to the Ukrainian famine in the 1930s.
Levac was elected in the 1999 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Alayne Sokoloski by 956 votes in the riding of Brant. The Conservatives won a majority government in this election, and Levac sat as an opposition member for the next four years.
The Liberals won a majority government in the 2003 provincial election and Levac again defeated Sokoloski, this time by over 10,000 votes. Levac was named chief government whip. Levac was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.
On April 9, 2009 Levac, along with co-sponsors Cheri DiNovo and Frank Klees passed bill 147 – The Holodomor Memorial Day Act. This was the first piece of legislation in the Province’s history to be introduced with Tri-Partisan sponsorship. This historic legislation recognizes the victims of the Ukrainian famine.
On January 25, 2010, Levac was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
After the 2011 election, Levac was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He beat three other Liberal members, David Zimmer, Kevin Flynn, and Donna Cansfield. Cansfield was an early favourite for the position but lost to Levac on a second ballot after all the NDP members voted in a bloc for Levac. No New Democrats or Conservatives put their names forward due to the delicate minority status of the Liberal government. He was re-elected as Speaker after the 2014 election defeating four other contenders.
|Ontario general election, 2014|
|Progressive Conservative||Phil Gillies||16,041||30.80||-3.85|
|New Democratic||Alex Felsky||13,992||26.86||+2.66|
|Total valid votes||52,088||100.00|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Michael St. Amant||15,761||34.65||+5.77|
|New Democratic||Brian Van Tilborg||11,006||24.20||+10.53|
|Family Coalition||Daniel Hockley||237||0.52||-0.32|
|Total valid votes||45,484||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||195||0.43|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Brant|
|Progressive Conservative||Dan McCreary||13,787||28.86||-3.44||$55,566|
|New Democratic Party||Brian Van Tilborg||6,536||13.68||+1.70||$18,838|
|Family Coalition||Rob Ferguson||403||0.84||–||$380|
|Total valid votes||47,772||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||349|
|Electors on the lists||91,333|
Note: Percentage changes are factored for redistribution. Sources: Official 2007 Poll by Poll Results and 2007 Annual Returns, Candidate and Constituency Associations, Elections Ontario.
|Ontario general election, 2003: Brant|
|Progressive Conservative||Alayne Sokoloski||13,618||30.65||$49,989|
|New Democratic Party||David Noonan||5,262||11.84||$12,461|
|Total valid votes||44,425||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||286|
|Electors on the lists||79,647|
Sources: Ontario Election Returns with Statistics from the Records (2003) and Financial Returns, Candidate and Constituency Associations (2003), Elections Ontario.
|Ontario general election, 1999|
|Progressive Conservative||Alayne Sokoloski||20,210||44.86||-|
|New Democratic||David Sharpe||2,889||6.41||-|
|Natural Law||Eleanor T. Hyodo||294||0.65|
- "The Golden Jubilee Medal". The Governor General of Canada. 2002.
- Ball, Vincent (January 24, 2011). "Levac made a Chevalier of the Ukrainian Order of Merit". Brantford Expositor.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 2 (xi).
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 2.
- "General Election by District: Brant". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014.
- Howlett, Karen (November 22, 2011). "Ex-principal becomes Ontario Speaker: Dave Levac, who beat out three ...". The Globe and Mail. p. A11.
- Babbage, Maria (July 2, 2014). "Throne speech to lay out Liberals' long-term agenda, including pension plan". Toronto,, Ont.: The Canadian Press.