|Preceded by||New riding|
|Succeeded by||Granville Anderson|
|Preceded by||Gord Mills|
|Succeeded by||Riding dissolved|
|Born||1944 (age 70–71)
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
John O'Toole (born c. 1944) is a retired politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2014, representing the riding of Durham for the Progressive Conservative Party.
O'Toole's ancestors arrived in Canada in 1845, fleeing the Irish potato famine. He was born in Peterborough, Ontario, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. After graduation he worked in a variety of positions for General Motors in Ontario and Quebec. His son Erin O'Toole was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on November 26, 2012, also to represent Durham.
He was elected as a school trustee in the Peterborough-Victoria-Northumberland district in 1982, and in the Newcastle district in 1988. In 1991, O'Toole was elected as a municipal councillor in Bowmanville, Ontario and in 1994, he was elected as councillor for Durham Region.
O'Toole scored a significant victory over incumbent New Democrat Gord Mills in the provincial election of 1995, scoring 62% of the popular vote. He was re-elected in the 1999 election, again without difficulty. He was appointed as parliamentary assistant to a several ministers including Consumer and Commercial Relations, Finance, and Health and Long-Term Care.
The Progressive Conservatives were defeated in the 2003 provincial election, although O'Toole managed to retain his own riding. In 2004, O'Toole endorsed John Tory's successful bid to lead the Progressive Conservative party (even though his riding is adjacent to that of Tory's main rival, Jim Flaherty).
In January 2014, he announced that he wouldn't be running for re-election. He said, "This has not been an easy decision... Nevertheless, I feel this is the right time to open a new chapter in my life."
In September 2014, O'Toole announced his intentions to run for mayor of Clarington in the 2014 municipal election. He officially filed his papers just before the deadline on September 2, 2014. On October 27, he was defeated by incumbent mayor Adrian Foster by 1,362 votes.
|Ontario general election, 2011: Durham|
|Progressive Conservative||John O'Toole||22,393||49.07||+2.14|
|New Democratic||James Terry||8,027||17.59||+5.53|
|Total valid votes||45,631||100.0||-0.41|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||173||0.38||-0.14|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+2.49|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Durham|
|Progressive Conservative||John O'Toole||21,515||46.96||-0.14|
|New Democratic||Catherine Robinson||5,521||12.05||-0.36|
|Total valid votes||45,819||100.0||-9.39|
|Total Rejected Ballots||240||0.52||-0.22|
|Sources: "Summary of valid votes cast for each candidate – October 10, 2007 General Election" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Aug 14, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
|Ontario general election, 2003: Durham|
|Progressive Conservative||John O'Toole||23,814||47.09||-9.98|
|New Democratic||Teresa Williams||6,274||12.41||+3.15|
|Green||Gordon H. Macdonald||1,183||2.34||+1.32|
|Total valid votes||50,568||100.0||+10.55|
|Total Rejected Ballots||378||0.74||+0.19|
|Sources: "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate – General Election of October 2, 2003". Elections Ontario. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
"Statistical Summary — General Elections of October 2, 2003". Elections Ontario. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
|Ontario general election, 1999: Durham|
|Progressive Conservative||John O'Toole||26,103||57.07|
|New Democratic||Jim Morrison||4,235||9.26|
|Natural Law||Jacinthe Millaire||242||0.53|
|Total valid votes||45,741||100.0|
|Total Rejected Ballots||253||0.55|
|Sources: "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate – General Election June 3 1999". Elections Ontario. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
"Statistical Summary — General Election of June 3 1999". Elections Ontario. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
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- "Two veteran Ontario politicians say they won't run in next election". CTV news. February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- Andrews, Brad (September 12, 2014). "John O’Toole running for Clarington mayor". DurhamRegion.com (Metroland Media).
- Andrews, Brad (October 12, 2014). "Clarington election results: Adrian Foster beats John O'Toole for mayor's seat". DurhamRegion.com (Metroland Media).