Catherine Fife

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Catherine Fife
MPP
Catherine Fife Official.jpg
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Kitchener—Waterloo
Assumed office
September 6, 2012
Preceded by Elizabeth Witmer
Personal details
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Dale Fife
Children 2
Residence Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Occupation Research coordinator

Catherine Fife (born c. 1969) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who represents the riding of Kitchener—Waterloo. She has been an MPP since 2012.

Background[edit]

Prior to entering politics, she spent 10 years with the Toronto District School Board as an educational assistant, a school community advisor and a settlement worker for new immigrants. She was the research coordinator for the Partnerships for Children and Families Project at Wilfrid Laurier University. She lives in Kitchener-Waterloo with her husband Dale and their two children.

Politics[edit]

Fife was elected to represent Waterloo/Wilmot as a trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board in 2003, and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010.

In the 2007 provincial election, Fife ran as the New Democrat candidate in the riding of Kitchener—Waterloo. She came in third behind incumbent Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer and Liberal candidate Louis Ervin.[1]

After Witmer resigned to take a position with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, Fife ran in a by-election on September 6, 2012 to replace her. She defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Tracey Weiler by 3,748 votes.[2][3] She was re-elected in the 2014 provincial election defeating Liberal candidate Jamie Burton by 3,843 votes.[4]

She is the party's critic for Finance and the Treasury Board.[5]

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Kitchener—Waterloo
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Catherine Fife 20,536 37.43 -2.44
Liberal Jamie Burton 16,534 30.14 +6.15
Progressive Conservative Tracey Weiler 14,450 26.34 -5.49
Green Stacey Danckert 2,859 5.21 +1.94
Libertarian James Schulz 481 0.88 +0.55
Total valid votes 54,860 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 623 1.12
Turnout 55,483 54.95
Eligible voters 100,972
New Democratic hold Swing -4.29
Ontario provincial by-election, September 6, 2012: Kitchener—Waterloo
Resignation of Elizabeth Witmer
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Catherine Fife 18,599 39.87 +23.20
Progressive Conservative Tracey Weiler 14,851 31.83 -11.94
Liberal Eric Davis 11,194 23.99 -12.05
Green Stacey Danckert 1,525 3.27 +0.63
Libertarian Allan Dettweiler 156 0.33
Freedom David Driver 95 0.20 -0.05
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 85 0.18
Independent Garnet Bruce 77 0.17
People's Political Party Kevin Clarke 48 0.10
Pauper John Turmel 23 0.05
Total valid votes 46,653 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 128 0.27
Turnout 46,781 47.00
Eligible voters 99,544
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +17.57
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer 20,748 40.84 -2.24
Liberal Louise Ervin 15,848 31.20 -9.18
New Democratic Catherine Fife 8,902 17.52 +6.58
Green Judy Greenwood-Speers 4,707 9.27 +6.08
Family Coalition Louis Reitzel 598 1.18 -0.53
Total valid votes 50,803 100.00
Total rejected ballots 313
Turnout 51,116 53.63
Eligible voters 95,319

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 7 (xvi). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. September 6, 2012. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Ontario NDP’s by-election win leaves majority outside Liberals’ grasp". The Globe and Mail, September 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "General Election by District: Kitchener-Waterloo". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Reevely, David (June 25, 2014). "Horwath sticks around, names NDP shadow cabinet". 

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