|Member of Parliament for Athabasca|
|Preceded by||Jack Shields|
|Succeeded by||Brian Jean|
|Member of Parliament for Westlock—St. Paul|
|Preceded by||first member|
|Succeeded by||Brian Storseth|
|Born||April 15, 1946
|Died||January 25, 2016
Westlock, Alberta, Canada
|Political party||Reform (1993-2000)
Canadian Alliance (2000-2003)
David Cameron Chatters (April 15, 1946 – January 25, 2016) was a Canadian politician. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 2006, representing the riding of Athabasca until the 2004 election, after which he represented Westlock—St. Paul.
Born in Westlock, Alberta, Chatters, formerly a farmer and rancher, was first elected as a member of the Reform Party of Canada (1993–2000), which became the Canadian Alliance in 2000, which became the Conservative Party of Canada in 2003. For over 10 years, he was the Senior Opposition Critic for Natural Resources and was a Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition. He was the Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics, but health reasons made Chatters retire at the 2006 election.
In May 1996, he was suspended from the Reform Party caucus for asserting, in the wake of the Delwin Vriend case on LGBT human rights, that schools should have the right to fire openly gay teachers. Another caucus colleague who had made a similar comment, Bob Ringma, was suspended at the same time; a third caucus colleague, Jan Brown, was also suspended at the same time for publicly criticizing Chatters and Ringma. All three were readmitted to the Reform caucus by September of that year. He died at the age of 69 on January 25, 2016. He had pancreatic cancer.
|Canadian federal election, 2000|
|Progressive Conservative||Doug Faulkner||4,224||12.25||+3.10||$26,660|
|New Democratic||Alysia Erickson||872||2.52||-2.17|
|Green||Harvey Alex Scott||345||1.00||-0.50||$194|
|Total valid votes||34,478||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||104||0.30||+0.03|
|Canadian federal election, 1997|
|Progressive Conservative||Don McGladdery||2,459||9.15||-9.96||$17,026|
|New Democratic||Bryan Nelson||1,262||4.69||-2.87|
|Total valid votes||26,865||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||72||0.27|
|Canadian federal election, 1993|
|Progressive Conservative||Jack Shields||6,223||19.11||-33.70|
|New Democratic||Ian Thorn||2,461||7.56||-19.73|
|Green||Harvey A. Scott||315||0.97|
|Natural Law||Roger Shapka||202||0.62|
|Total valid votes||32,560||100.00|
- "Gay Rights Bill Passes". Maclean's, May 13, 1996.
- "Back in caucus". Perceptions, P107 (v14n6)(Sept. 11, 1996): Page 19.
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