Andrew Cash

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Andrew Cash
Andrew Cash, MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Davenport
In office
May 2, 2011[1] – August 4, 2015
Preceded byMario Silva
Succeeded byJulie Dzerowicz
Personal details
Born (1962-01-22) January 22, 1962 (age 60)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Michelle Shook[2]
Children4[3]
ResidenceToronto
OccupationMusician
ProfessionJournalist
Websiteandrewcash.net
Andrew Cash
GenresRock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1982–2011
Associated actsBird, The Cash Brothers, Ursula, L'Étranger, Skydiggers

Andrew Cash (born January 22, 1962) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and former politician who was the member of Parliament (MP) for the Toronto-area riding of Davenport from 2011 to 2015. A member of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Cash grew up in Toronto where he and Charlie Angus founded the Toronto punk band L'Étranger.[4] In the late 1990s he wrote for the Toronto weekly Now.

Music career[edit]

When L'Étranger broke up in 1986,[4] Cash signed to Island Records as a solo artist.[5] His first release on the label was a reissue of L'Étranger's last recording, Sticks and Stones. He released three albums as a solo artist, including Boomtown, which appeared on the RPM 100 Top Albums chart in 1989.[6] He had a number of hits, including "Time and Place", "Boomtown", "What Am I Gonna Do with These Hands", "Smile Me Down" and "A Lot of Talk". In 1993, his album Hi was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.

He then formed the band Ursula, who released the album Happy to Be Outraged in 1995. However, that band was not successful, and broke up after just the one album.[4]

Around the same time as Ursula's demise, however, his brother Peter Cash also decided to leave his band, Skydiggers.[4] Both available at the same time for the first time in their careers, Andrew and Peter decided to write and record together, and released their debut album as The Cash Brothers, Raceway, in 1999.

Since 1999 Cash provided the soundtrack music for various television shows, mostly Canadian. He also wrote for the Toronto-based Now magazine.[4] In 2000 he collaborated with Hawksley Workman and Jason Collett on Chrome Reflection, an album credited to Bird. In 2007 Cash released his latest solo album Murder=.

Political career[edit]

On October 5, 2009, Cash was nominated as the New Democratic Party candidate for the Toronto-area Davenport electoral district, in preparation for the 41st Canadian general election.[7] At the time, the House of Commons was controlled by a minority government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, that could fall at any time; in this unpredictable election situation Cash was a candidate for over a year and half.

When the election was called, on March 26, 2011, his main campaign issue was that Davenport's incumbent MP, Mario Silva, was not a "full-time" MP.[8] Cash campaigned with two main slogans, "Cash for Toronto" and "Trade your Silva for Cash",[8] with a focus on "issues of precarious employment, especially with regards to freelancers and people who are working serial contracts."[9] Near the end of April, both The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail newspapers started to predict that Cash might win, ending 49 years of continuous Liberal representation for that electoral district.[8][10] On May 2, he defeated Silva, becoming a caucus colleague of his former bandmate Charlie Angus, who is the MP for Timmins—James Bay since 2004.[4][11]

Cash lost his seat in the general election held October 19, 2015, one of many New Democrats who were swept away when the Liberal party came from third place to form a majority government. In the 2019 federal election, he attempted to win his seat back, coming second to the incumbent, Julie Dzerowicz.[12]

Discography[edit]

  • Time and Place (1988) (#57 CAN)[13]
  • Boomtown (1989) (#57 CAN)[14]
  • Hi (1993)
  • Happy to Be Outraged (1995, credited to Ursula)
  • Chrome Reflection (2000, credited to Bird)
  • Murder= (2007)

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election: Davenport
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Julie Dzerowicz 22,813 43.6 -0.66 $92,294.42
New Democratic Andrew Cash 21,341 40.8 -0.56 none listed
Conservative Sanjay Bhatia 5,014 9.6 -0.95 $35,793.71
Green Hannah Conover-Arthurs 2,341 4.5 +1.41 none listed
People's Francesco Ciardullo 492 0.9 - none listed
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 137 0.3 -0.23 $626.70
Independent Troy Young 85 0.2 - none listed
Independent Chai Kalevar 80 0.2 -0.02 $1,610.25
Total valid votes/expense limit 52,303 100.0  
Total rejected ballots
Turnout
Eligible voters 79,822
Liberal hold Swing -0.05
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]
2015 Canadian federal election: Davenport
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Julie Dzerowicz 21,947 44.26 +16.36 $81,434.76
New Democratic Andrew Cash 20,506 41.36 -12.36 $113,630.62
Conservative Carlos Oliveira 5,233 10.55 -3.67 $8,821.20
Green Dan Stein 1,530 3.09 -0.33 $8,434.06
Communist Miguel Figueroa 261 0.53
Independent Chai Kalevar 107 0.22 $1,430.00
Total valid votes/expense limit 49,584 100.00   $205,012.65
Total rejected ballots 287 0.58
Turnout 49,871 69.19
Eligible voters 72,082
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +14.36
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]
2011 Canadian federal election: Davenport
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Andrew Cash 21,096 53.74 +22.48
Liberal Mario Silva 10,946 27.89 -17.88
Conservative Theresa Rodrigues 5,573 14.20 +3.19
Green Wayne Scott 1,344 3.42 -7.07
Communist Miguel Figueroa 167 0.43 -0.03
Animal Alliance Simon Luisi 128 0.33 +0.07
Total valid votes/expense limit 39,254 100.00
Total rejected ballots 235 0.60 -0.10
Turnout 39,489 61.92 +8.88

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constituency Profile: Davenport". Parliament of Canada. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Meet Andrew". Cash for Toronto. Andrew Cash campaign. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Meet Isabella Cash!". Archived from the original on May 26, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dixon, Guy (May 7, 2011). "Punks in the House of Commons". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Cash among new pop generation sure enough to face its insecurities". Toronto Star, June 30, 1989.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums". RPM Magazine Volume 50, No. October 24, 14, 1989.
  7. ^ Hollett, Michael (October 7, 2009). "Cash for Toronto: Musician and journalist Andrew Cash wins NDP nomination in Davenport". Now Magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c Allen, Kate (April 25, 2011). "Davenport could flip orange after 49 years". The Toronto Star. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  9. ^ McGillivray, Kate (October 24, 2016). "Former Toronto MP picks up the pieces 1 year after losing 'punch in the gut' election". CBC News. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Alamenciak, Tim (May 2, 2011). "Liberals, NDP run neck-in-neck in narrow race for Davenport". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Kuitenbrouwer, Peter (May 3, 2011). "Historic win for Andrew Cash bittersweet". National Post. Archived from the original on May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Abedi, Maham (October 21, 2019). "NDP's Andrew Cash fails to win back Toronto's Davenport riding". Global News. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - July 16, 1988" (PDF).
  14. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - August 14, 1989" (PDF).
  15. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Election Night Results -". Elections Canada. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  17. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Davenport, 30 September 2015
  18. ^ Elections Canada – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits

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