October 2, 2003 – September 24, 2013
|Preceded by||Bart Maves|
|Niagara Falls Alderman|
September 22, 1946 |
|Residence||Niagara Falls, Ontario|
|Profession||Human resource development|
Kim Craitor (born September 22, 1946) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the constituency of Niagara Falls for the Ontario Liberal Party from 2003 to 2013.
Craitor grew up in the foster care system as a child before being adopted. This is evidenced in Hansard where on March 24, 2008, he is quoted as saying "One personal story-and I think I should share mine. You know, politics is a funny world. People sometimes think we do everything because it's politically what we do. I never knew my parents. I was raised through the children's aid society. Somehow, while I was going through that system, these two elderly people, for whatever reason, took me in, kept me and raised me."
Craitor worked in human resource development before entering politics. He was Executive Director of the Niagara Falls Employment Help Centre, and was a Human Relations Officer and Investigation and Control Officer at Human Resources Development Canada for 26 years.
Craitor was elected as an alderman to the Niagara Falls city council in 1990, and served in that capacity until 2003, often quarrelling with Mayor Wayne Thomson. He also served for ten years on the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to the 2003 provincial election, Craitor defeated former party candidate Selena Volpatti for the Liberal nomination in Niagara Falls. He was successful in the general election, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent Bart Maves by about 3,500 votes. In March 2006, Kim Craitor was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
He has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Energy and Infrastructure. Craitor was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism and Culture (Tourism) from ___ to ___.
As a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly Mr. Craitor has advocated for a Transparent and Open Government Policy for public bodies, the right of GrandParents to have reasonable access to their grand children and right of the public to access to shoreline beaches along the Great Lake coastline.
Craitor was re-elected for a third time as Member for Niagara Falls during the 2011 Ontario Election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate George Lepp by 551 votes.
On September 24, 2013 Craitor announced his resignation as MPP.
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||George Lepp||16,170||34.76|
|New Democratic||Wayne Redekop||12,233||26.30|
|Family Coalition||John Jankovic||191||0.41|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||Bart Maves||14,573||31.22||-6.86|
|New Democratic||Mike Piché||4,591||9.84||-2.50|
|Total valid votes||46,679||100.00|
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Bart Maves||15,353||38.06||-7.64|
|New Democratic||Claude Sonier||4,962||12.30||+2.45|
|Total valid votes||40,343||100.00|