Peter Adams (politician)

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The Honourable
Peter Adams
PC
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Peterborough
In office
1993–2006
Preceded by Bill Domm
Succeeded by Dean Del Mastro
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Peterborough
In office
1987–1990
Preceded by John Melville Turner
Succeeded by Jenny Carter
Personal details
Born (1936-04-17) April 17, 1936 (age 78)
United Kingdom
Political party Liberal

Peter Adams, PC OOnt (born April 17, 1936) is a Canadian politician, and a former Liberal Member of Canada's House of Commons. He was a Member of Parliament from 1993 until 2006, representing the riding of Peterborough in eastern Ontario. Previously, Adams represented the provincial riding of Peterborough in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1990, sitting as a member of the Ontario Liberal Party.

Born in the United Kingdom, Adams was educated at the University of Sheffield and McGill University. He has served as director of the subarctic research laboratory in Schefferville, Quebec, and before entering political life was a member of the Geography department and coordinator of Northern Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, where he is now an Emeritus Professor. Adams also served as Vice President - Academic while at Trent. Adams has authored many books and articles, and co-edited the regional history Peterborough and the Kawarthas. In 1981, he was named as Peterborough's Citizen of the Year.

He first ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1977 provincial election, but finished third against Progressive Conservative John Turner (not to be confused with the former Liberal Prime Minister of the same name) and incumbent New Democrat Gill Sandeman. He ran again in the 1981 provincial election, and finished second against Turner.

Adams ran for the seat again in the 1987 provincial election, and won by a comfortable majority amid a landslide provincial victory for the Liberal Party. He was not appointed to the cabinet of David Peterson, but served as parliamentary assistant to Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley from 1989 to 1990.

The Liberals were unexpectedly defeated by the New Democratic Party in the 1990 provincial election, and Adams lost his seat to NDP candidate Jenny Carter by 185 votes.

Adams was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the federal election of 1993, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent Bill Domm by almost 16,000 votes. He was re-elected in the elections of 1997, 2000 and 2004, each time by a comfortable margin.

Adams is on the left-wing of the Liberal Party. He was for many years a prominent supporter of Jean Chrétien, opposing Paul Martin's bid to succeed Chrétien as party leader. Adams was appointed by Martin as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal on July 20, 2004. He did not stand for re-election in the 2006 federal election.

In 2012 he was made a member of the Order of Ontario.[1]

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2004: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Peter Adams 25,099 43.55 $82,907
     Conservative James Jackson 18,393 31.92 $51,318
     New Democratic Party Linda Slavin 10,957 19.01 $33,309
Green Brent Wood 3,182 5.52 $4,730
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 57,631 100.00 $83,531
Total rejected ballots 192 0.33 0.00
Turnout 57,823 65.19 4.42
Electors on the lists 88,695
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative percentages from 2000.
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.


Canadian federal election, 2000: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Peter Adams 25,310 48.41 $55,442
     Canadian Alliance Eric John Allan Mann 14,924 28.54 $61,961
     Progressive Conservative Darrin Langen 7,034 13.45 $22,256
     New Democratic Party Herb Wiseman 3,967 7.59 $20,021
Green Tim Holland 903 1.73 $1,738
     Independent Bob Bowers 147 0.28 $1,097
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 52,285 100.00
Total rejected ballots 175 0.33
Turnout 52,460 60.77
Electors on the lists 86,319
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Peter Adams 25,594 46.5 -1.0
Reform Nancy Branscombe 15,759 28.7 +5.4
Progressive Conservative Tom Macmillan 8,757 15.9 -4.1
New Democratic Fred Birket 4,874 8.9 +3.6
Total valid votes 54,984 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Peter Adams 27,575 47.6 +17.3
Reform Len Bangma 13,460 23.2
Progressive Conservative Bill Domm 11,628 20.1 -20.8
New Democratic Merv Richards 3,072 5.3 -22.2
National Herb Wiseman 1,858 3.2
Natural Law Sandy Callender 368 0.6
Total valid votes 57,961 100.0


Ontario general election, 1987: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Peter Adams 15,098 40.13 $41,229
     New Democratic Party Linda Slavin 10,641 28.29 $33,162
     Progressive Conservative Doris Brick 8,480 22.54 $30,135
Family Coalition Alex Calder 3,057 8.13 $5,128
     Libertarian John Conlin 344 0.91 $2,055
Total valid votes 37,620 100.00


Ontario general election, 1981: Peterborough
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative John Turner 17,962 45.92 $37,481
Liberal Peter Adams 11,263 28.80 $24,430
     New Democratic Party Paul Rexe 8,756 22.39 $21,400
     Libertarian John Hayes 787 2.01 $3,667
     Independent Bruce Knapp 286 0.73 $936
     Independent Kenneth T. Burgess 59 0.15 $0
Total valid votes 39,113 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 191
Turnout 39,304 63.06
Electors on the lists 62,332

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