Craig Scott (politician)
Scott in 2013
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
March 19, 2012 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Jack Layton|
|Succeeded by||Julie Dabrusin|
|Born||March 14, 1962|
Windsor, Nova Scotia
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
Craig M. Scott (born March 14, 1962) is a Canadian politician and academic. Formerly a law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and a director of the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, he was elected as the New Democratic Party candidate in a federal by-election in Toronto—Danforth on March 19, 2012, following the death of Jack Layton in August 2011.
Scott was born and raised in Windsor, Nova Scotia. From 1979 to 1981, he attended Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Canada, where he gained the International Baccalaureate Diploma. He then earned undergraduate degrees from McGill University and from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar at St John's College. He has a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Law from the London School of Economics. His academic specialty is international law with a focus on human rights law. Scott was a professor in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 1989 to 2001. He was Osgoode Law School's Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) from 2001 to 2004 and has remained on the faculty subsequently.
Scott was an advisor to the African National Congress during its period in exile during the Apartheid era and subsequently assisted in the drafting of portions of the post-apartheid Constitution of South Africa. In 1993-1994, he served as co-counsel for the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina before the International Court of Justice and has also been involved in human rights issues relating to Iraq, Sri Lanka and Honduras where he was involved with the Truth Commission held in the aftermath of the 2009 Honduran coup d'état.
Scott was selected as the New Democratic Party's candidate for the Toronto—Danforth by-election on January 9, 2012. He won the seat on March 19, 2012 winning 59% of the vote, despite a strong campaign by second-place Liberal finisher, Grant Gordon. Scott was defeated for re-election in 2015 by Liberal Julie Dabrusin amid the massive Liberal wave that swept through Toronto.
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Craig Scott||22,325||40.17||-20.70||–|
|Progressive Canadian||John Richardson||1,275||2.29||–|
|Animal Alliance||Elizabeth Abbott||354||0.64||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||55,581||100.00||$209,972.56|
|Total rejected ballots||269||0.48||–|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+22.73|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal by-election, March 19, 2012|
due to the death of Jack Layton
|New Democratic||Craig Scott||19,210||59.44||-1.36||–|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||208||0.64||–||–|
|Libertarian||John Christopher Recker||133||0.41||–||–|
|Canadian Action||Christopher Porter||75||0.23||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||32,319||100.00||–||–|
|Total rejected ballots||150||0.46||-0.13||–|
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