|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for London North Centre
November 27, 2006 – 2011
|Preceded by||Joe Fontana|
|Succeeded by||Susan Truppe|
December 26, 1950 |
|Religion||United Church of Canada|
Life and career
Pearson was born in Calgary, Alberta. He is a professional firefighter in London, Ontario, Canada, well known for his charitable and humanitarian activities. He has recently retired as a captain in the London Fire Department, where he has worked for the past 29 years, but he is perhaps better known as the co-founder and volunteer executive director of the London Food Bank for the past 20 years. He has also previously been involved in the Ontario Association of Food Banks as a Board member, serving one term as Chairperson.
In 1998, along with his wife, Jane Roy, Pearson worked on human rights and development projects in Sudan. This work included building schools and infrastructure, general community development and campaigning against slavery.
On August 15, 2007, Pearson reunited his Sudanese born adoptive daughter, Abuk Roy, with her twin sister, Achan and brother Ater, who were previously thought to be dead.
Following the resignation of Joe Fontana in London North Centre, he was elected in the resulting by-election on November 27, 2006. His closest competition was Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May, who received 26% of the vote.
His campaign emphasized environmental, health care and accountability issues.
A father of seven and grandfather of three, Pearson lives with his wife and their adopted children, Abuk, Achan and Ater in London, Ontario.
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|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||German Gutierrez||12,996||24.67||+7.20||–|
|Green||Mary Ann Hodge||2,177||4.13||-6.30||–|
|Animal Alliance||AnnaMaria Valastro||229||0.43||–||–|
|Total valid votes||52,673||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||231||0.44||+0.03||–|
|London North Centre - Canadian federal election, 2008|
|Conservative||Paul Van Meerbergen||17,712||32.97%||+8.49%|
|New Democratic||Steve Holmes||9,387||17.47%||+3.39%|
|Green||Mary Ann Hodge||5,603||10.43%||-15.41%|
|Total valid votes||53,720|
|Total rejected ballots||222|
|London North CentreCanadian federal by-election, November 27, 2006:|
|New Democratic||Megan Walker||5,388||14.13%||-9.62|
|Progressive Canadian||Steven Hunter||145||0.38%||-0.09|
|Canadian Action||Will Arlow||53||0.14%||–|
|Called as a result of Mr. Fontana's resignation on 20 September 2006.|
|London—Fanshawe - Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Irene Mathyssen||16,067|