Gary Stewart (politician)

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Gary Stewart
Ontario MPP
In office
1995–2003
Preceded by Jenny Carter
Succeeded by Jeff Leal
Constituency Peterborough
Personal details
Born (1938-03-23) March 23, 1938 (age 76)
Peterborough, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Business Owner

Richard Gary Stewart (born March 23, 1938) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003, and briefly served as a cabinet minister under Mike Harris.

Background[edit]

Stewart was educated at Banting Institute, receiving a Mortician Certificate, and worked for a time at Comstock Funeral Home in Peterborough. In 1974, he became president of G. Stewart Travel Services in Peterborough, which he continued to operate throughout his political career. He also served as a director of the Peterborough Civic Hospital.

Politics[edit]

Stewart became deputy reeve of the Township of Otonabee in 1985, and was a warden of Peterborough County from 1992 to 1994.

He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1995, defeating Liberal candidate Sylvia Sutherland and incumbent New Democrat Jenny Carter by a significant margin.[1] He was a backbench supporter of Mike Harris for the next four years.

In the provincial election of 1999, Stewart was elected over Liberal Jeff Leal by about 2,500 votes.[2] He served as chief government whip and minister without portfolio from July 31, 2001 to April 14, 2002.[3] When Ernie Eves became premier in 2002 he was dropped from cabinet. In 2003, Stewart recommended that provincial governments stop enforcing the federal gun registry.

In the 2003 provincial election, Stewart lost to Leal by over 6,000 votes in a rematch from 1999.[4]

Parliamentary positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Mike Harris
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister Without Portfolio
(2001-2002)
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Frank Klees Chief Government Whip
(2001-2002)
John Baird

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jeff Leal 24,626 44.74 +4.54 $59,358
     Progressive Conservative Gary Stewart 18,418 33.46 -11.53 $83,317
     New Democratic Party Dave Nickle 9,796 17.80 +4.80 $22,783
Green Tim Holland 1,605 2.92 +1.82 $6,817
Family Coalition Max Murray 414 0.75 $212
     Independent Bob Bowers 178 0.32 +0.05 not listed
Total valid votes 55,037 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 245
Turnout 55,282 62.76 -0.01
Electors on the lists 88,080


Ontario general election, 1999: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Gary Stewart 24,422 44.99 $66,248
Liberal Jeff Leal 21,820 40.20 $45,608
     New Democratic Party Dave Nickle 7,058 13.00 $26,105
Green Larry Tyldsley 598 1.10 $1,651
     Independent Bob Bowers 151 0.28 $862
     Independent Kenneth T. Burgess 125 0.23 not listed
     Natural Law Robert Mayer 106 0.20 $0
Total valid votes 54,280 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 297
Turnout 54,577 62.77
Electors on the lists 86,951


Ontario general election, 1995: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Gary Stewart 22,735 52.66 $45,102
Liberal Sylvia Sutherland 10,326 23.92 $42,101
     New Democratic Party Jenny Carter 7,581 17.56 $26,275
Family Coalition Paul Morgan 2,064 4.78 $12,225
     Libertarian Vic Watts 251 0.58 $1,047
     Natural Law Peter Leggat 213 0.49 $0
Total valid votes 43,170 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 329
Turnout 43,499 66.23
Electors on the lists 65,678

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Ontario: Harris adds to Cabinet by naming new chief whip". National Post. August 8, 2001. p. A11. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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