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Corneliu Chisu

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Corneliu Chisu
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Pickering—Scarborough East
In office
May 2, 2011 – 2015
Preceded by Dan McTeague
Succeeded by Jennifer O'Connell (Pickering—Uxbridge)
Personal details
Born (1949-02-13) February 13, 1949 (age 68)
Satu Mare, Romania
Political party Conservative
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Military service
Rank Major
Unit Royal Corps of Military Engineers, 2 Area Support Group
Battles/wars Nato missions in Balkans, Afghanistan

Corneliu Emil Eugen Chisu (born February 13, 1949) is a Romanian-born Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election.[1] He represented the riding of Pickering—Scarborough East as a member of the Conservative Party before being defeated by Jennifer O'Connell in the 2015 Canadian federal election in the redistributed riding of Pickering—Uxbridge.


Chisu was born in Satu Mare, Romania, and he attended high school at Mihai Eminescu National College. He graduated from Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1971 with a degree in engineering physics. He worked as a researcher at the Research Energy Institute in Bucharest and as a teaching assistant at the Polytechnic University while pursuing his Ph.D., specializing in the field of photovoltaic conversion of solar energy. In 1976 he joined the Italian Trade Commission in Bucharest as a trade analyst. He emigrated to Italy in 1981, and to Canada in 1982.[citation needed]

In Canada Chisu worked at the Italian Trade Commission in Toronto as a senior trade analyst in the field of industrial cooperation in the manufactured goods area, and pursued his Master of Engineering degree at the University of Toronto, from which he graduated in 1988.[citation needed] In 1989 he was certified as a professional engineer.[2]

He also acted for several years as the honorary consul of the Republic of Moldova in Toronto. He was recognized for his work by the President of Moldova, who conferred on him the Medal of Civic Merit in 2012.[3][4]

For his work in strengthening the relations between Hungary and Canada, Chisu in 2014 received a Knights Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.[5]

Military service

In 1990 Chisu joined the Canadian Forces, and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Corps of Military Engineers, first in the reserve, then in the regular force. In 2002 he graduated from the Canadian Staff College in Kingston, Ontario. While serving in the reserve, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and later that year, received the Canadian Forces Decoration. While serving in the regular force, he was posted in 2003 as a construction engineer officer at the Canadian Forces Training Centre in Meaford, Ontario. In 2004 he was deployed in the Balkans in Banja Luka as the engineering advisor to the Commander of NW Brigade. While serving in the Balkans, he received the NATO Medal and the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal.

In 2007 he was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the second in command to the Engineer Support Unit,[6] where he contributed to the infrastructure projects on the airfield and forward operating bases and contributed to the improvement of the Military Role 3 Hospital.[6] While serving in Afghanistan, he received the General Campaign Star Afghanistan Medal.[citation needed]

In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted to Petawawa as the 2 Area Support Group engineer. In 2009 he retired from the Regular Force, and joined the Cadet Corps as a Cadet Officer cadre. While serving in the Cadet Corps, he received the Canadian Forces Decoration First clasp (CD1) after 22 years of service in the Canadian Forces. He is one of 13 current Members of Parliament who have military service in their career backgrounds, and the only sitting MP who is a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan.[7]


Chisu ran for election in the riding of Pickering—Scarborough East in the 2011 federal election. He beat incumbent Dan McTeague by 1,207 votes.[8] During the campaign, Chisu did not appear at an all-candidates debate for the riding. One of the organizers of the debate alleged that the Conservative party's national headquarters instructed its candidate to not show up. However, Chisu's campaign office replied that it was more important for their candidate to be out campaigning rather than spend time preparing for a debate.[9][10]

During the 2015 election campaign Chisu entered the debate on the future of the Pickering Airport lands that had previously been expropriated by the Government of Canada. He expressed support for an airport on the lands in contrast to the position taken by all his opponents.[11]

In the 2015 Canadian federal election he was defeated by the Liberal candidate Jennifer O'Connell in the redistributed riding of Pickering—Uxbridge.[12]

In 2017, Chisu was one of the applicants for appointment to Toronto City Council to succeed the late Ron Moeser in Ward 44.[13]

Election results

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jennifer O'Connell 29,110 50.30 +16.73 $90,112.46
Conservative Corneliu Chisu 22,084 38.19 -7.79 $119,840.70
New Democratic Pamela Downward 5,339 9.21 -6.54
Green Anthony Jordan Navarro 1,327 2.31 -2.21 $4,275.04
Total valid votes/Expense limit 59,159 100.0     $223,459.17
Total rejected ballots 222 0.3%
Turnout 59,381
Eligible voters 85,794
Source: Elections Canada[14][15][16]
2011 federal election redistributed results[17]
Party Vote  %
  Conservative 22,574 45.98
  Liberal 16,480 33.57
  New Democratic 7,731 15.75
  Green 2,217 4.52
  Others 95 0.19
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Corneliu Chisu 19,220 40.11 +7.66
Liberal Dan McTeague 18,013 37.59 -12.10
New Democratic Andrea Moffat 8,932 18.64 +8.05
Green Kevin Smith 1,751 3.65 -2.91
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,916 100.00
Total rejected ballots 156 0.32 -0.02
Turnout 48,072 62.01 +1.79
Eligible voters 77,522


  1. ^ "Election 2011: Pickering—Scarborough East". The Globe and Mail. May 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Professional Engineers Ontario Licence Holder Directory; License or EIT Number: "90169988", accessed on 1 March 2016
  3. ^ Government of Moldova (12 October 2012). "Decret privind conferirea medaliei "Meritul Civic"domnului Corneliu CHIŞU" (PDF). MONITORUL OFICIAL AL REPUBLICII MOLDOVA (in Romanian). Chişinău, Moldova: MOLDPRES: 7. Retrieved 1 March 2016. [translated] For his substantial contribution to the development and deepening of Moldovan-Canadian friendship and cooperation, assistance and consular protection granted to Moldovan citizens, Mr. Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament of Canada, former honorary consul of the Republic of Moldova, is conferred the Civic Merit Medal. 
  4. ^ Government of Canada (31 August 2013). "AWARDS TO CANADIANS". Canada Gazette. 147 (35). Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Magyar Kozlony (Hungarian)" (PDF). April 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "A Soldier's Life in Kandahar". Engineering Dimensions, March/April 2008.
  7. ^ Levitz, Stephanie (November 11, 2012). "Few ex-soldiers among ranks of MPs". The Chronicle Herald. The Canadian Press. 
  8. ^ "Riding results from across Canada". Edmonton Journal. May 3, 2011. p. A6. 
  9. ^ "All-candidate debates, without all the candidates". CBC News. April 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "All-candidates’ debates: relics of the past?". National Post. April 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Candidates face off on the issues in Uxbridge". Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Canada Votes". The Toronto Star. October 20, 2015. pp. GT13–GT15. 
  13. ^ "Former councillor David Soknacki seeks council appointment for Scarborough East". Toronto Star, June 13, 2017.
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Pickering—Uxbridge, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Jennifer O’Connell wins Pickering-Uxbridge riding for Liberals". 
  17. ^ Pundits' Guide to Canadian Elections

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