Kevin Flynn (politician)

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The Honourable
Kevin Flynn
MPP
Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville.jpg
Minister of Labour
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 25, 2014
Premier Kathleen Wynne
Preceded by Yasir Naqvi
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 23, 2003
Preceded by Gary Carr
Constituency Oakville
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Residence Oakville, Ontario

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.[1]

He ran for election to the Legislative Assembly again, this time as a Liberal, in the provincial election of 1999, this time finishing second to incumbent Progressive Conservative Gary Carr.[2]

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. [3]

On November 18, 2010, Flynn was nominated as the Liberal party candidate in Oakville for the 2011 provincial election.[4]

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.[5]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Kevin Flynn 21,711 48.09 +0.62
Progressive Conservative Larry Scott 17,131 37.95 +3.08
New Democratic Lesley Sprague 4,625 10.24 +3.59
Green Andrew Chlobowski 878 1.94 -6.25
Independent Mike Harris 498 1.10
Family Coalition Jonathan Banzuela 188 0.42 -0.17
Freedom Steve Hunter 115 0.25
Total valid votes 45,146 100.00
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kevin Flynn 23,757 49.71% -0.10%
Progressive Conservative Rick Byers 16,666 34.87% -7.31%
Green Marion Schaffer 3,912 8.19%
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kevin Flynn 22,428 49.81% +17.06%
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
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Gary Carr 27,767 61.90%
Liberal Kevin Flynn 14,689 32.75%
New Democratic Sean Cain 1,667 3.72%
Family Coalition Adrian Ratelle 530 1.18%
Natural Law Linda Antonichuk 202 0.45%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eleanor Tait, "Halton salutes five councillors, 51 years of service". Hamilton Spectator, November 28, 2003, A6.
  2. ^ Leslie Papp, "3 mavericks vie for seat in Oakville". Toronto Star, May 24, 1999.
  3. ^ Hicham Safieddine, "Halton's green space grows; Province pledges to curb sprawl Environmentalists express caution". Toronto Star, November 6, 2004, B1.
  4. ^ Dominic Kurek, "Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn will run again for Liberals". Inside Halton, November 19, 2010.
  5. ^ David Lea, "Kevin Flynn not speaker". Inside Halton, November 21, 2011.

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