John Weston (politician)

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John Weston
MP
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Blair Wilson
Personal details
Born (1958-04-19) April 19, 1958 (age 56)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party Conservative
Residence West Vancouver, British Columbia
Profession Lawyer
Religion Christian

John D. Weston, MP (born April 19, 1958) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the electoral district of West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country in the 2008 Canadian federal election.[1][2] He is a member of the Conservative Party.

Weston studied International Relations at Harvard University and law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is able to speak Mandarin as well as French and English.[3] He then worked as a lawyer in Canada and in Taiwan. He is a founder of Pan Pacific Law Corporation and Access Law Group, as well as the Canadian Constitution Foundation.[4]

Weston ran in the 2006 Canadian federal election but was defeated, by Blair Wilson.[5] Weston lost by 1.5%, or 976 votes.

During the 40th Parliament, he served as a member of the Aboriginal Affairs, Fisheries, and Library of Parliament Standing Committees, and as the Government Liaison to the Persian and Iranian Community, and as the Vice Chair of the Conservative Community Relations Committee.

Since being re-elected in the 2011 Canadian federal election, Weston has served on the Citizenship and Immigration Committee and as a member of the Official Languages Committee.[6]

Weston introduced bill C-475, which amended the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to make it illegal to possess, produce, sell or import chemicals with the knowledge they will be used to create street drugs, though it was later tabled.[7]

Weston created a National Health and Fitness Day bill, saying “On a personal level I just saw when I reached Ottawa how unhealthy was the lifestyle that MPs lead — so much time on airplanes and in committees and sitting in Parliament. I just resolved that if I was going to remain productive and useful to the people who voted me in, I needed to work at staying healthy.”[8]

Electoral Record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative John Weston* 28,614 45.53 +0.96
New Democratic Terry Platt 14,828 23.59 +9.16
Liberal Daniel Veniez 14,123 22.47 -4.10
Green Brennan Wauters 4,436 7.06 -7.37
Progressive Canadian Roger Lagassé 293 0.47
Libertarian Tunya Audain 250 0.40
Western Block Allan Holt 156 0.25
Marxist–Leninist Carol Lee Chapman 87 0.14
Canadian Action Doug Hartt 64 0.10
Total valid votes/Expense limit 62,851 100.00
Total rejected ballots 221 0.35 +0.01
Turnout 63,072 64.17 -0.28
Eligible voters 98,293
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative John Weston 26,949 44.57 +8.60 $94,785
Liberal Ian Sutherland 16,069 26.57 -10.93 $74,135
New Democratic Bill Forst 8,728 14.43 -5.63 $18,762
Green Blair Wilson* 8,723 14.43 +8.20 $95,067
Total valid votes/Expense limit 60,469 100.00 $100,350
Total rejected ballots 208 0.34 +0.12
Turnout 60,677 64.45 -4.1
     Conservative gain from Green Swing +9.8
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Liberal Blair Wilson 23,867 37.50 +4.99 $82,304
     Conservative John Weston 22,881 35.97 +0.68 $86,639
     New Democratic Party Judith Wilson 12,766 20.06 -1.66 $50,621
Green Silvaine Zimmermann 3,966 6.23 -3.49 $3,532
     Marxist-Leninist Anne Jamieson 155 0.22 +0.02 $0
Total valid votes 63,635 100.00
Total rejected ballots 144 0.23 0.0
Turnout 63,635 68.6 +2.6
     Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +2.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country: 2008 Results
  2. ^ Conservatives make gains in B.C.
  3. ^ Aaron Wherry (April 1, 2009). "The Crimson in their midst". Beyond the Commons. Macleans.ca. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  4. ^ New MP profile: West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea-to-Sky's John Weston
  5. ^ Parliament of Canada. "Member of Parliament Profile - Elections". House of Commons. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Parliament of Canada. "Member of Parliament Profile - Committees". House of Commons. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Weldon, James. "The North Shore News - Weston tables bill for [http://www.nationalhealthandfitnessday.com national health and fitness day]". The North Shore News. The North Shore News. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Ingram, Ben. "The Coast Reporter -". The Coast Reporter. The Coast Reporter. 

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