Julia Munro

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Julia Munro
Ontario MPP
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Preceded by New riding
Constituency York—Simcoe
In office
1999–2007
Preceded by Frank Klees
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency York North
In office
1995–1999
Preceded by Larry O'Connor
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Durham—York
Personal details
Born 1942 (age 71–72)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Teacher

Julia Munro (born c. 1942) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of York—Simcoe for the Progressive Conservative Party. She has been a MPP since 1995.

Background[edit]

Munro was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She taught history in secondary school in Markham and Newmarket for 24 years.[1] She served as a department head in one of the high schools of the York Region Board of Education. She and her husband live on a farm near Sutton where they breed poodles, borzois and pointers.[2]

From 1992 to 1994, she was the president of the Durham—York Progressive Conservative Association.

Politics[edit]

Munro was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent New Democrat Larry O'Connor in the former Durham—York riding.[3] She was re-elected in the redistributed riding of York North in the 1999 election.[4]

Munro was parliamentary assistant to the premier from 1995 to 1998 in charge of promoting volunteerism and government whip from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002, Munro introduced a private member's bill to clamp down on puppy mills. Earlier, the government defeated a similar bill introduced by Liberal Mike Colle that would have licenced dog breeders and given SPCA officials the right to inspect breeding operations. Munro's bill introduced standards of care for dog breeding operations but did not call for licences or inspection rights. Critics alleged that Munro was in a conflict of interest when she introduced weaker legislation since she was a dog breeder herself. Colle said, "you don't need a licence to be a breeder, you don't get inspected. Anyone can claim to be a breeder and you don't need any qualifications."[5] The bill was eventually passed.

The Tories lost the 2003 general election, but Munro was able to retain her seat by a reduced margin.[6] She became the opposition critic of Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur. She has been re-elected in 2007, 2011 and again in 2014 in the riding of York-Simcoe.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moloney, Paul (1999-05-28). "Education hottest issue in fast-growing York North". Toronto Star. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Benzie, Robert (2001-12-07). "Harris Conservatives accused of being anti-puppy: Quash Liberal bid to ban breeding mills". National Post. p. A6. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ Boyle, Theresa (2002-12-13). "Animal protection law lacks teeth, critics say ; Won't stop abuse or keep tabs on breeders Bill's author accused of conflict of interest". Toronto Star. p. A07. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 18 (xxvii). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 20. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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