|Member of the Canadian Parliament
May 30, 2011 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Bonnie Crombie|
|Succeeded by||Gagan Sikand|
May 10, 1967 |
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
Brad Butt (born May 10, 1967) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election. He represented the electoral district of Mississauga—Streetsville as a member of the Conservative Party until his defeat in the 2015 election.
Until his election, Butt had been president & CEO of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association since May 1999.
Butt provoked controversy in 2012 for making a 'finger gun' gesture at Liberal Leader Bob Rae, pretending to shoot him in the House of Commons.
On February 6, 2014, Butt claimed during a parliamentary debate about a proposed bill on election reform that he witnessed people taking discard voter cards from the garbage and then handing them to other people outside voting stations to be used as identification. On February 24, he retracted the statement and admitted that he had made up the story. He said, "I misspoke during debate and corrected the record." He said that what actually happened was that he was relating stories that he had heard during his time as president with the Greater Toronto Apartment Association. "I did not see it personally and only said it in the House, not committee. I made a mistake."
In the 2015 election, Butt was defeated by Liberal candidate Gagan Sikand. Butt made headlines during the election when he raised the example of Thomas Mulcair, a dual citizen of Canada and France, as a hypothetical candidate for deportation if he was convicted of treason under the Conservative's new citizenship bill, C-24.
- Election 2011: Mississauga—Streetsville. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
- The Finger Gun Registry. Macleans, Dec 4, 2012.
- Payton, Laura. "Tory MP Brad Butt retracts claim he saw voter cards stolen". CBC News. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- Maloney, Ryan (20 October 2015). "6 Controversial Tory Incumbents Who Lost (And 2 Who Didn't)". Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
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