David Tilson

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David Allan Tilson
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Dufferin—Caledon
Assumed office
June 28, 2004
Preceded by Murray Calder
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey
Dufferin—Peel (1990-1999)
In office
September 6, 1990 – April 2, 2002
Preceded by Mavis Wilson
Succeeded by Ernie Eves
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Citizenship & Immigration
In office
February 3, 2009 – August 2, 2015
Minister Jason Kenney
Chris Alexander
Preceded by Norman Doyle
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born (1941-03-19) March 19, 1941 (age 74)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative, 1990-2002
Conservative, 2002-Present
Spouse(s) Judith Tilson
Residence Orangeville, Ontario
Profession Lawyer

David Allan Tilson, MP (born March 19, 1941) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2002, and was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Conservative Member of Parliament in 2004. He is currently the oldest serving MP in the 42nd Parliament.

Background[edit]

Tilson was educated at the University of New Brunswick and Queen's University, and began practicing law in Orangeville, Ontario in 1970. He served as a trustee on the Dufferin County Board of Education for two terms, and then as a municipal councillor in Orangeville for six years. In the latter capacity, he was the founding Chair of Orangeville's Blue Box program and a Director of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. He also served on the board of Westminster United Church.

Ontario politics[edit]

Tilson was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, defeating incumbent Liberal Mavis Wilson in Dufferin—Peel by 572 votes.[1] The New Democratic Party won this election, and Tilson spent the next five years as an opposition member.

The Ontario Tories won a majority government in the provincial election of 1995, and Tilson greatly increased his margin of victory, defeating Wilson by almost 15,000 votes in a rematch.[2] He was appointed chair of the government caucus in November 1997.

Tilson won another landslide re-election victory for the new riding of Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey in the 1999 election.[3] On April 2, 2002, he resigned his seat in the legislature to allow Premier Ernie Eves (who had been elected party leader without holding a seat) to run as a parachute candidate in a by-election. In 2003-04, he served as vice-chair of the Ontario Municipal Board.

Federal politics[edit]

Tilson ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the federal election of 2004 and defeated incumbent Liberal Murray Calder by a margin of 43% to 39% in the new riding of Dufferin—Caledon.[4]

Tilson supported plans to cut farm support programs, including the AgriRecovery Program, by $2 billion over the next year.[5]

Electoral record[edit]

Federal[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 27,977 46.3 -12.7
Liberal Ed Crewson 23,643 39.1 +26.0
Green Nancy Urekar 4,433 7.3 -7.3
New Democratic Rehya Yazbek 4,398 7.3 -5.9
Total valid votes/Expense limit 60,451 100.0     $233,489.35
Total rejected ballots 232
Turnout 60,683 65.63 +4.32
Eligible voters 92,461
Conservative hold Swing -19.35
Source: Elections Canada[6][7]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 28,647 59.00 +5.85
Green Ard Van Leeuwen 7,132 14.69 -2.11
New Democratic Leslie Parsons 6,409 13.20 +3.21
Liberal Bill Prout 6,361 13.10 -6.25
Total valid votes 48,549 100.00
Total rejected ballots 187 0.38 0.00
Turnout 48,736 60.91 +3.20
Eligible voters 80,019
Conservative hold Swing +3.98
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 23,363 53.21 +5.28 $61,440
Liberal Rebecca Finch 8,495 19.35 -10.58 $18,089
Green Ard Van Leeuwen 7,377 16.80 +6.80 $66,728
New Democratic Jason Bissett 4,385 9.99 -2.14
Canadian Action Dean Woods 284 0.65 * $384
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,904 100.00 $84,072
Total rejected ballots 168 0.38
Turnout 44,072 57.71
Conservative hold Swing +7.93
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 23,641 47.93 +1.01 $49,542
Liberal Garry Moore 14,777 29.93 -12.82 $34,414
New Democratic Chris Marquis 5,983 12.13 +2.88 $3,352
Green Ted Alexander 4,912 10.00 +0.39 $10,218
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,313 100.00
Total rejected ballots 166 0.34
Turnout 49,479 64.94
Conservative hold Swing +6.9
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 19,270 42.81 -5.00
Liberal Murray Calder 17,557 39.00 -6.93
Green Ted Alexander 3,947 8.77 +5.53
New Democratic Rita Landry 3,798 8.44 +5.42
Christian Heritage Ursula Ellis 443 0.98 -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,015 100.00
Conservative hold Swing +1.0

Provincial[edit]

Ontario general election, 1999: Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 30,532 64.76
Liberal Steve White 13,591 28.83
New Democratic Noel Duignan 1,871 3.97
Green Richard Procter 1,156 2.45
Total valid votes/ 47,150 100.00
Total rejected ballots 342
Turnout 49,492 58.6
Eligible voters 81,020
Progressive Conservative hold Swing
Ontario general election, 1995: Dufferin—Peel
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 23,239 66.00 +31.30
Liberal Mavis Wilson 8,501 24.14 -8.66
New Democratic Sandra Crane 3,470 9.85 -17.55
Total valid votes/ 35,210 100.00
Total rejected ballots 204
Turnout 35,414 65.2
Eligible voters 54,176
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +19.98
Ontario general election, 1990: Dufferin—Peel
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 10,899 34.70 +3.41
Liberal Mavis Wilson 10,327 32.80 -20.26
New Democratic Sandra Crane 8,627 27.40 +11.76
Libertarian Bob Shapton 1,594 5.10
Total valid votes/ 35,210 100.00
Total rejected ballots 204
Turnout 35,414
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +11.84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14. 
  5. ^ Valeriote, Frank. "Drought inspires Conservatives to cut farm relief". The Caledon Citizen. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Dufferin—Caledon, 30 September 2015
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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