Carol Mitchell

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Carol Mitchell
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Helen Johns
Succeeded by Lisa Thompson
Constituency Huron—Bruce
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
Clinton, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Larry
Children 2
Residence Clinton, Ontario
Occupation Businesswomen

Carol Mitchell (born c. 1957) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2011 representing the riding of Huron—Bruce. She was a cabinet minister in the government of Dalton McGuinty.


Mitchell was born in Clinton, Ontario in Huron County and was educated at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. She worked in retailing after her graduation, and ran stores selling children's clothes in Clinton and Bayfield.


She was elected to Clinton's town council in 1993, and became its reeve later in the decade. She also served on the Huron County council, and was elected as the first reeve of the amalgamated municipality of Central Huron. She was elected as warden of Huron County in 1999 and 2000.[1]

In the 2003 provincial election she ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Huron—Bruce and defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Helen Johns by about 3,000 votes.[2] On October 23, 2003, she was named parliamentary assistant to Steve Peters, the Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food.[3] In March 2006, Mitchell was named parliamentary assistant to David Caplan, the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal.[4] Upon re-election in the fall of 2007,[5] Mitchell was named Government Caucus Chair and parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, with a concentration on Municipal Affairs.[6]

On January 18, 2010, Mitchell was named Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as part of a cabinet shuffle by Premier Dalton McGuinty.[7]

She was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Lisa Thompson in the 2011 election.[8]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Helen Johns Minister of Agriculture and Food
Ted McMeekin

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Carol Mitchell 19,879 45.79% +3.96%
Progressive Conservative Helen Johns 16,594 38.23% -7.52%
New Democratic Grant I. Robertson 4,973 11.46% +2.34%
Green Shelley Hannah 934 2.15% --
Family Coalition Dave Joslin 902 2.08% -1.21%
Freedom Robert Sabharwal 127 0.29% --
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Carol Mitchell 20,461 46.0%
Progressive Conservative Bob Morley 13,566 30.5%
New Democratic Paul Klopp 5,927 13.3%
Green Victoria Serda 2,910 6.5%
Family Coalition Dave Joslin 1,044 2.4%
Independent DEnnis Valenta 394 0.9%
Independent Ronald John Stephens 201 0.5%


  1. ^ Ash, Stacey (September 19, 2003). "Huron-Bruce riding; Area has had its share of controversy with E. coli, George shooting and struggling beef industry". The Record. Kitchener, Ont. p. B2. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Ash, Stacey (October 24, 2003). "Cabinet devoid of local faces". The Record. Kitchener, Ont. p. A1. 
  4. ^ "Premier McGuinty appoints new parliamentary assistants". Ottawa: Canada NewsWire. March 6, 2006. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 6 (xv). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Carol Mitchell, MPP". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  7. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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