Gary Lunn

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The Honourable
Gary Vincent Lunn
PC
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Member of Parliament
for Saanich—Gulf Islands
In office
1997 – 2011
Preceded by Jack Frazer
Succeeded by Elizabeth May
Minister of State (Sport)
In office
2008–2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Helena Guergis
Succeeded by Bal Gosal
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
2006–2008
Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper
Preceded by John Efford
Succeeded by Lisa Raitt
Personal details
Born (1957-05-08) May 8, 1957 (age 57)
Trail, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Alexandra Lunn
Residence Sidney, British Columbia
Profession Lawyer
Portfolio Minister of State (Sport)

Gary Vincent Lunn, PC (born May 8, 1957, Trail, British Columbia) is a former Canadian Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands. His controversial political legacy has been marred by serious questions in the media about the possibility of election campaign over-spending from as far back as 2008[1] and his noted anti-environmental record when he was "trying to push nuclear power, rev up the oil sands, and make way for more pipelines and supertankers on B.C.'s coast.".[2] He served in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2011, first as a member of the Reform Party of Canada and subsequently as a member of the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative Party of Canada. He was Minister of State (Sport) in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Official Opposition Critic for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Minister of State for Northern Development, and Critic of the Secretary of State for Human Resources Development. Lunn lost his seat in the 2011 federal election in Canada in an upset to the Leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May.

Personal life[edit]

He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada as well as the Knights of Columbus. He attended the University of Victoria, where he completed a Bachelor of Law. He practised law in Victoria for two years before seeking the federal nomination for Saanich—Gulf Islands. He and his family reside in Sidney, British Columbia.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to Parliament in the federal election of 1997 as a member of the Reform Party of Canada and was re-elected in 2000 as a member of the Canadian Alliance. In April 2001, Lunn was one of the first Alliance MPs to openly criticize the leadership of Stockwell Day, and was suspended from caucus in May of the same year as a result. He briefly sat with the Democratic Representative Caucus under the leadership of Chuck Strahl, but in November 2001, he left to rejoin the Alliance after Day agreed to hold a leadership race. He was permitted to return to the party in January 2002, during the leadership of John Reynolds, following Day's resignation. In the federal election of 2006, he won re-election against Liberal Candidate Sheila Orr and NDP candidate Jennifer Burgis.[citation needed]

Minister of Natural Resources[edit]

Lunn was Minister of Natural Resources in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper from February 6, 2006 to October 30, 2008, when he became Minister of State (Sport) and Minister responsible for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Chalk River reactor shutdown[edit]

Lunn fired Linda Keen, the head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, on January 15, 2008. Keen, who was due to appear before a parliamentary committee the next day, had ordered a shutdown of the NRU reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, which is operated by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, in November 2007 over the AECL's failure to perform safety upgrades.[citation needed]

Appearing before a parliamentary committee January 16, 2008 Lunn refused to cite one example of what Linda Keen had done wrong in her job, only that she had lost the confidence of the government. "These are the kinds of Republican tactics this town has never seen before," Liberal MP David McGuinty (Ottawa South) told the natural resources committee. "The Prime Minister and the people around the Prime Minister will stop at nothing. ... They will fabricate, in my mind, a case to dismiss a senior official, an independent regulator," McGuinty told reporters later. Lunn told the committee: "We do not believe she fulfilled her duties. There was an urgency to this situation, make no mistake ... it would have meant life and death for some patients."[4]

AECL falls under Lunn's management as Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The reactor shutdown caused problems with supply shortage of medical radioisotopes, which are used for testing to determine whether a patient has a disease. Canada produces more than half the world's supply. The Canadian House of Commons passed emergency legislation in mid-December 2007, with unanimous support, to get NRU restarted quickly. There has been no backup reactor for NRU since NRX was decommissioned in 1992, making it very difficult for upgrades and maintenance to be performed on NRU.[citation needed]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1997: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Reform Gary Lunn 24,275 43.06% +5.91 $61,075
Liberal Clark Roberts 17,742 31.47% +5.45 $59,743
New Democratic Chuck Beyer 8,080 14.33% -4.53 $29,672
Progressive Conservative Marilyn Loveless 4,243 7.52% -4.00 $23,349
Green Julia Lerner 1,546 2.74% $745
Natural Law Andy Guest 248 0.43% -0.31 $321
Canadian Action Valerie Rampone 234 0.41% $4,335
Total valid votes 56,368 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 181 0.32%
Turnout 56,549 74.26%


Canadian federal election, 2000: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance Gary Lunn 25,392 43.15% +0.09 $61,497
Liberal Karen Knott 19,002 32.29% +0.82 $63,669
Progressive Conservative Don Page 6,049 10.28% +2.76 $10,385
New Democratic Pat O'Neill 4,721 8.02% -6.31 $9,666
Green Wally Du Temple 3,243 5.51% +2.77 $7,217
Natural Law Kathleen Lapeyrouse 217 0.36% -0.07 $100
Independent Dan Moreau 123 0.20%
Communist Charley Stimac 88 0.14% $189
Total valid votes 58,835 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 165 0.28%
Turnout 59,000 70.60%


Canadian federal election, 2004: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Gary Lunn 22,050 34.57% -18.86 $81,613
Liberal David Mulroney 17,082 26.78% -5.51 $61,819
New Democratic Jennifer Burgis 13,763 21.58% +13.56 $40,318
Green Andrew Lewis 10,662 16.71% +11.20 $79,731
Independent Mary Moreau 214 0.33% $12
Total valid votes 63,771 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 159 0.25%
Turnout 63,930 73.97%


Canadian federal election, 2006: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Gary Lunn 24,416 37.15% +2.58 $80,272
New Democratic Jennifer Burgis 17,455 26.54% +4.96 $50,412
Liberal Sheila Orr 17,144 26.08% -0.70 $79,489
Green Andrew Lewis 6,533 9.94% -6.77 $19,061
Western Block Patricia O'Brien 183 0.27% $0
Total valid votes 65,721 100.00
Total rejected ballots 134 0.20
Turnout 65,855 73.2


Canadian federal election, 2008: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Gary Lunn 27,988 43.43 +6.28
Liberal Briony Penn 25,367 39.36 +13.28
Green Andrew Lewis 6,732 10.45 +0.51
New Democratic Julian West 3,667 5.69 -20.85
Libertarian Dale P. Leier 246 0.38
Western Block Patricia O'Brien 195 0.3 +0.03
Canadian Action Jeremy Arney 139 0.2
Christian Heritage Dan Moreau 114 0.2
Total valid votes 64,448 100.00%


Canadian federal election, 2011: Saanich—Gulf Islands
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Green Elizabeth May 31,890 46.33 +35.88 $87,738
Conservative Gary Lunn 24,544 35.66 -7.77 $89,604
New Democratic Edith Loring-Kuhanga 8,185 11.89 +6.20 $66,273
Liberal Renée Hetherington 4,208 6.11 -33.25 $50,002
Total valid votes/Expense limit 68,827 100.00 $293,617
Total rejected ballots 160
Turnout 68,987 75.25
Eligible voters 91,673
  Green Party gain from Conservative Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ Gary Lunn official government webpage
  4. ^ Richard Brennan, Bruce Campion-Smith. "PM blasted for firing of nuclear watchdog". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-06-18. [dead link]

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