Terence Young (politician)
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Bonnie Brown|
|Born||Terence Hart Young
July 24, 1952
Terence Hart Young (born July 24, 1952) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was elected for the riding of Oakville in the 2008 federal election, as a Conservative candidate, and re-elected in 2011. Previously, Young was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario between 1995 and 1999.
Young was the fourth of five sons of Canon George V. Young, Rector at St. Annes' Anglican Church in Toronto's west end. In his youth Young performed on radio and TV commercials and at age thirteen shared billing with Canadian icon William Hutt and Frances Hyland at The Manitoba Theatre Centre in the William Kinsolving play Nicholas Romanoff. Young's mother Judith is a member of the Massey family, prominent business leaders and philanthropists in the Toronto area. His great uncle Denton Massey represented the riding of Greenwood in Toronto in parliament from 1935 until 1949, and cousin Raymond Massey was Canada's first Canadian born Governor General.
Entrance to politics
Young ran for the House of Commons of Canada as an independent candidate in the 1974 federal election, in the Toronto riding of Parkdale. He received 144 votes, finishing well behind winner Stanley Haidasz of the Liberal Party. Young was still a student at the time, and says that this first exposure to politics was a great experience.
Before returning to political life, Young was a manager for Bell Canada. He was elected to the provincial legislature in the 1995 election, defeating incumbent Liberal Barbara Sullivan by 16,644 votes in Halton Centre amid a Tory sweep of the region. He served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education for three years with responsibility for Colleges and Universities, and later as Parliamentary Assistant to Finance Minister Ernie Eves, who later became Premier of Ontario, and Chair of the Legislative Assembly Finance Committee.
Young was part of a "family values caucus" in the Progressive Conservative party, a group which was frequently marginalized by the Mike Harris government. The group is often classified socially conservative , however Young however disagrees with the "social conservative" label. As a legislator, Young criticized the Halton School Board for approving Joyce Carol Oates's novel, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, for Grade Twelve English, against the wishes of parents who considered it obscene and overly violent. In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of provincial ridings from 130 to 103. As a result, some MPPs from the same party were forced to compete against one another for re-nomination. Young ran for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the new constituency of Oakville, but lost to fellow MPP Gary Carr, 651 votes to 432.
Young endorsed Frank Klees's bid to become leader of the Ontario PC Party in 2004.
Young's fifteen-year old daughter Vanessa died in 2000 after taking the Johnson & Johnson prescription drug Cisapride (Prepulsid). Young became a consumer advocate after this incident, and has been fighting for a more stringent and protective drug-monitoring system in Canada. He founded Drug Safety Canada to advocate for safe prescription drugs, and also initiated a hundred million dollar class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Health Canada in 2000, and an individual lawsuit, later settled after a six-year court battle. This story is told in detail in Young's book Death by Prescription, available on line. In June 2013 at a pharmacy in Etobicoke Ontario. Canada's Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and Young announced that the government of Canada would introduce plain language labelling for prescription and over-the-counter drugs similar to the risk communications provided to patients and doctors in the US and UK to help reduce adversee drug reactions, the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. This was a culmination of thirteen years advocacy by Young to provide Canadian patients with the same type of warnings that US patients received for years.
He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2008 federal election, defeating Liberal incumbent Bonnie Brown in Oakville. On May 2, 2011, Young was reelected in Oakville with a larger majority of 12,178 votes, defeating local Oakville councillor Liberal Max Khan.
In April 2009, Young's book Death by Prescription was published by independent publisher Key Porter in hardcover format, and has now[when?] sold over 2500 copies in English. On April 20, 2009, Young placed a Private Member's Motion on the Order Paper of the Parliament of Canada that would create an independent drug agency for Canada similar to the Nuclear Safety Agency or Transportation Safety Board, focussing solely on prescription drug safety. Young also began a cross-Canada tour promoting the book and his motion that took him from Ottawa and Oakville to Winnipeg, Vancouver, St. John's Newfoundland and Iqaluit. Death by Prescription was translated into French for publication by Ecosociete in Quebec in the spring of 2010 by as Mourir sur ordonnance. Death by Prescription is being published in a second edition by Mosaic Press of Oakville Ontario in the fall of 2013 and in the US by Bookmasters Inc. of Ashland, Ohio, to be distributed by the largest book distributor in the US, Blake & Taylor. It will also be available in four ebook formats.
As a Parliamentarian, Young has served on The Standing Committees for Public Accounts, Citizenship and Immigration, Scrutiny of Regulations, and Canadian Heritage, and worked with opposition members to create an ad hoc parliamentary committee which addressed the concerns of the aerospace industry, which he co-Chaired. He is a member of several Interparliamentary Associations and serves as Vice-Chair of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group. Young is also working with Citizens for Safe Technology a national advocacy group based in Oakville to address concerns about health issues related to the radio frequency emitted by cellular towers, and is promoting the precautionary principle with regard to where these towers are placed.
Young lives in Oakville with Gloria, his wife since 1985, they have two children: Madeline, of Calgary Alberta, founder of Opera Jeunesse and mother of Eleanor, b. June 2012; and son Hart, a landscape architect with Nak Design in Toronto.
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- Terence Young (politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
- Legislative Assembly of Ontario Parliamentarian History