Dan Carter (Canadian politician)

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Dan Carter
Dan Carter - 2018 (46025011702) (cropped).jpg
Carter in 2018
Mayor of Oshawa, Ontario
Assumed office
December 1, 2018
Preceded byJohn Henry
Durham Region Councillor
In office
Personal details

Dan Carter is a Canadian politician, currently the mayor of Oshawa, Ontario.[1] Elected in the 2018 municipal election, he succeeded John Henry on December 1, 2018.[2]


Carter campaigned on the theme that his background gave him special insight into how to manage the city's social and economic problems.[3] He struggled with severe dyslexia as a child, leaving him functionally illiterate, and was sexually abused by a stranger at age 8.[4] After his older brother Michael was killed in a motorcycle accident when Carter was 13, he fell into drug and alcohol addiction, and was homeless for most of his late teens and 20s,[4] but when his sister Maureen gave him an ultimatum at age 31 that it was time for him to either sober up or die, he entered rehab and began to rebuild his life.[4]

He went onto a successful career in broadcasting, becoming executive producer of programming for the city's CHEX-TV,[5] as well as serving as a motivational speaker and on various local mental health and youth education charity boards.[4]

Political career[edit]

In the 2014 municipal election, Carter was elected to a regional council seat.[5] He served as vice-chair of the council's finance committee under Nancy Diamond, and ascended to chair after Diamond's death in 2017.[6] His campaign pledges in that election included the creation of an angel fund to provide financial assistance to new business startups, as part of a comprehensive economic diversification strategy.[5]

He won the mayoral election in 2018 with 69 per cent of the vote.[4] One of his main campaign themes in the mayoral election was improving access to health and social services in the city, in light of its ongoing crises with homelessness and opioid addiction.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

Candidate Vote %
Dan Carter 17,630 69.39
Sara Lear 2,892 11.38
Joe Ingino 1,407 5.54
Bob Rutherford 1,076 4.24
Adam Kunz 1,057 4.16
Kenneth Carruthers 977 3.85
Rosaldo Russo 367 1.44