David William Warner

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David William Warner
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Frank Faubert
Succeeded by Marilyn Mushinski
Constituency Scarborough—Ellesmere
In office
Preceded by Alan Robinson
Succeeded by Frank Faubert
Constituency Scarborough—Ellesmere
In office
Preceded by Riding established
Succeeded by Alan Robinson
Constituency Scarborough—Ellesmere
Personal details
Born (1941-11-18) November 18, 1941 (age 75)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Occupation Teacher

David William Warner (born November 18, 1941) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on three separate occasions (spanning four terms) between 1975 and 1995, and served as Speaker of the Assembly during Bob Rae's administration.


Warner worked as a teacher and served as chair of Elementary Public Schools in Scarborough. His daughter Barbara Warner ran for the Ontario NDP in the 2003 provincial election, in the riding of Scarborough Southwest.


Warner ran for the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate of the federal New Democratic Party in the elections of the 1972 and 1974, but finished a distant third in the riding of York—Scarborough on both occasions.[1][2]

In 1975, he was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Brian Harrison by fewer than 1,000 votes in the riding of Scarborough—Ellesmere.[3] He was re-elected by roughly the same margin in the 1977 provincial election.[4] The Progressive Conservatives under Bill Davis held a minority government throughout this period, and Warner served as a member of the opposition. He was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Alan Robinson in the 1981 election, when the Davis government won a majority victory.[5]

Warner was re-elected in the 1985 provincial election, defeating Robinson by 219 votes as the Tories were reduced to a precarious minority government under the new leadership of Frank Miller.[6] The Liberals under David Peterson were able to form a minority government with outside support from the NDP, and Warner served as his party's critic for Education and Skills Development over the next two years. He was again defeated in the 1987 provincial election, losing to Liberal Frank Faubert by 481 votes.[7]

The NDP won a majority government in the 1990 provincial election, as Warner defeated Faubert by about 4,500 votes in a rematch from 1987.[8]

On November 19, 1990, the house chose their Speaker using a secret ballot system. Previously, the Speaker had been appointed by the government. Warner won the ballot over other candidates including Liberal Jean Poirier and PC Norm Sterling.[9][10] He held this position throughout the Rae government's mandate. His tenure in this office was generally free of controversy, unlike the tenures of his Progressive Conservative successors.

The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Warner lost his seat to Progressive Conservative Marilyn Mushinski by over 5,000 votes.[11]

After politics[edit]

Warner is now a board member of the United Nations Association of Canada, and is also the president of the Canadian Cuban Friendship Association in Toronto.[12]


  1. ^ "How the 1,117 candidates fared across Canada". Toronto Star. October 31, 1972. p. A15. 
  2. ^ "Federal election 1974: riding results as votes are counted from Newfoundland...". Globe and Mail. July 9, 1974. p. B12. 
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1975-09-19). "Results from the 29 ridings in Metro". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. A18. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (1977-06-10). "How they voted in Metro area". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. p. A10. 
  5. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Election results for Metro Toronto ridings". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  6. ^ Canadian Press (1985-05-03). "The night the Tories tumbled; riding by riding results". Ottawa Citizen. Toronto. p. 43. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  7. ^ "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1987-09-11. p. A12. 
  8. ^ "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. September 7, 1990. p. A10. 
  9. ^ Hall, Chris (November 18, 1990). "3 area MPPs after Speaker's job in legislature's first free vote; Toronto New Democrat is fourth entry in race". The Ottawa Citizen. p. D2. 
  10. ^ "Elected speaker promises to keep MPPs 'thoughtful'". The Windsor Star. November 20, 1990. p. A2. 
  11. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  12. ^ Nicholson, Ann (Sep–Oct 2004). "Let the "Suns" Shine — Spectacular: 9th Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day". Amistad: Newsletter of the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto. Canadian Cuban Friendship Association. p. 7. 

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