Alan Redway

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Alan Redway
Member of Parliament
for Don Valley East
In office
1988–1993
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded byDavid Collenette
Member of Parliament
for York East
In office
1984–1988
Preceded byDavid Collenette
Succeeded byRiding Abolished
Mayor of East York
In office
1977–1982
Preceded byLeslie Saunders
Succeeded byDavid Johnson
Personal details
Born (1935-03-11) March 11, 1935 (age 87)
Political partyConservative
Residence(s)Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ProfessionLawyer
CabinetHousing (1989-1991)

Alan Redway, PC QC (born 11 March 1935) is a Canadian lawyer and former politician.

After a career in municipal politics culminating in the role of mayor of East York, a borough of Metropolitan Toronto, Redway entered federal politics. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1984 election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for York East, now Don Valley East.

In 1989, he was appointed to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as Minister of State for Housing, including responsibility for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Redway, a Red Tory and supporter of public investment in housing, was forced to resign from Cabinet in 1991 for contravening the Aeronautics Act by joking that his friend was carrying a gun while boarding a plane at Ottawa International Airport. He was defeated in the 1993 Canadian election that reduced the Tories to only two seats in the House of Commons.

Since leaving electoral politics, Redway has been involved in anti-poverty work with the Daily Bread Food Bank as a member of its board of directors from 1996 to 2004. In 2000, as co-chair of the group "Putting Housing Back on the Public Agenda", he addressed the Ontario legislature's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, lobbying the Progressive Conservative Ontario government of Mike Harris against the selling off of public housing units and for increased investment for supportive housing [1].

Redway practised civil law in Toronto as a partner of the firm Redway & Butler LLP for many years. He retired in December 2010.

1993 Canadian federal election: Don Valley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Collenette 21,511 54.1 +16.2
Progressive Conservative Alan Redway 9,279 23.3 -21.4
Reform Gordon E. Honsey 6,877 17.3
New Democratic Janice Waud Loper 1,538 3.9 -11.2
Libertarian Mark Meschino 238 0.6 -0.7
Natural Law Fred Fredeen 205 0.5
Marxist–Leninist Roger Carter 90 0.2
Abolitionist Michael Mazerolle 22 0.1
Total valid votes 39,760 100.0
1988 Canadian federal election: Don Valley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Alan Redway 18,719 44.7 -9.7
Liberal Yasmin Ratansi 15,881 37.9 +3.9
New Democratic Brant Loper 6,310 15.1 +4.4
Libertarian Mark Meschino 538 1.3 +0.6
Independent David Smith 271 0.6
Communist Maria Kontopidis 155 0.4
Total valid votes 41,874 100.0

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