Kevin Flynn (politician)
|Minister of Labour|
March 25, 2014
|Preceded by||Yasir Naqvi|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
October 23, 2003
|Preceded by||Gary Carr|
Kevin Daniel Flynn is a politician in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Oakville for the Ontario Liberal Party. He currently serves as Minister of Labour in the Ontario cabinet.
Flynn initially ran for the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1985, as a New Democrat. He finished a distant third in Oakville, where the NDP has a limited base of support. Later in the year, he was elected as an Oakville Town Councillor and a Halton Regional Councillor, and would remain in these positions for 18 years until his election to the Legislative Assembly in 2003.
He developed a reputation for both fiscal conservatism and social responsibility while in municipal government where he served for 18 years as a Town and Regional Councillor. Flynn has also served as Chair of the Financial Department for the Royal Botanical Gardens, and owned and operated several small businesses.
Carr retired in 2003, and later joined the federal Liberal Party. In 2003, Flynn ran for the seat again and this time defeated Progressive Conservative (and fellow Town and Regional Councillor) Kurt Franklin by about 3500 votes. The Premier first appointed Flynn as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour in 2004. Subsequently, Flynn served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Energy, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Flynn has most recently been appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education.
In the 2007 election, Flynn ran for re-election and increased his margin of victory to 7096 votes over the Progressive Conservative challenger, Rick Byers. The NDP finished fourth for the first time that election, eclipsed by the Ontario Green Party candidate, Marion Schaffer.
Flynn has worked to ensure the protection of environmentally-sensitive land in his riding and his town, which is larger than his riding. In November 2004, he was applauded by the local media for his work in reserving 1286 acres (5 km²) of land in North Oakville as public greenspace. 
In the 2011 election, which saw the Liberals reduced to a minority government, Flynn ran for re-election and increased his percentage of victory, although his margin of victory was reduced to 4580 votes over the Progressive Conservative challenger, Larry Scott. Following the election, Flynn unsuccessfully ran to become Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, losing to fellow Liberal Dave Levac, MPP for Brant.
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Larry Scott||17,131||37.95||+3.08|
|New Democratic||Lesley Sprague||4,625||10.24||+3.59|
|Family Coalition||Jonathan Banzuela||188||0.42||-0.17|
|Total valid votes||45,146||100.00|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||Rick Byers||16,666||34.87%||-7.31%|
|New Democratic||Tony Crawford||3,178||6.65%||+0.30%|
|Family Coalition||Michael James Toteda||281||0.59%||-1.08%|
|Total valid votes||47,794||100.00%|
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Kurt Franklin||18,991||42.18%||-19.72%|
|New Democratic||Anwar Abbas Naqvi||2,858||6.35%||+2.63%|
|Family Coalition||Theresa Tritt||751||1.67%||+0.49%|
|Ontario general election, 1999|
|Progressive Conservative||Gary Carr||27,767||61.90%|
|New Democratic||Sean Cain||1,667||3.72%|
|Family Coalition||Adrian Ratelle||530||1.18%|
|Natural Law||Linda Antonichuk||202||0.45%|
- Eleanor Tait, "Halton salutes five councillors, 51 years of service". Hamilton Spectator, November 28, 2003, A6.
- Leslie Papp, "3 mavericks vie for seat in Oakville". Toronto Star, May 24, 1999.
- Hicham Safieddine, "Halton's green space grows; Province pledges to curb sprawl Environmentalists express caution". Toronto Star, November 6, 2004, B1.
- Dominic Kurek, "Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn will run again for Liberals". Inside Halton, November 19, 2010.
- David Lea, "Kevin Flynn not speaker". Inside Halton, November 21, 2011.