Dean Allison

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Dean Allison
Official Opposition Critic for International Trade
Assumed office
August 30, 2017
Leader Andrew Scheer
Preceded by Gerry Ritz
Member of Parliament
for Niagara West
Niagara West-Glanbrook (2004-2015)
Assumed office
June 28, 2004
Preceded by Riding Established
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Foreign Affairs
In office
March 9, 2010 – August 2, 2015
Minister Lawrence Cannon
John Baird
Rob Nicholson
Preceded by Kevin Sorenson
Succeeded by Bob Nault
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Human Resources
In office
May 4, 2006 – March 8, 2010
Minister Monte Solberg
Diane Finley
Preceded by Raymonde Folco
Succeeded by Candice Bergen
Personal details
Political party Conservative
Residence Beamsville
Profession businessman, entrepreneur, restaurant owner

Dean Allison (born February 18, 1965 in London, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2004 federal election for the new riding of Niagara West—Glanbrook. Allison is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and has been re-elected in each subsequent election.

Early life and career[edit]

Allison holds a degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.[1] Upon graduation, Allison established himself in the Niagara area through accumulating businesses and working for a major franchise organization.[1] Outside of his capacities as a Member of Parliament, Allison also owns a Private Equity Firm that assists in small business and startups.[1]

Community involvement[edit]

Allison has served as President of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, as President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and board member of Junior Achievement in Niagara.[1] Allison is also a founding member of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in Canada and the Belarus’ Children of Chernobyl program that brings children affected by the Chernobyl disaster to Canada.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

M.P. Dean Allison and Phil McColeman as 2013 Canadian delegation attended the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Annual Session

Since taking office, Allison has served on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, International Trade and as Past Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Skills Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities and has also served on the Advisory Panel on the Funding of Officers of Parliament. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Ontario Conservative Caucus and been on the executive of the Intraparliamentary Union Association and the Commonwealth Association.

Presently, Allison serves as the Shadow Minister for International Trade as well as the Vice-Chair of Standing Committee on International Trade.

Allison is also a Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

Allison has tabled a number of different legislative initiatives in Parliament including a bill aimed at removing the faint hope clause from the Criminal Code,[3] and motions to entrench property rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms[4] and to raise awareness of Anaphylaxis.[5]

Allison was one of thirteen Canadians banned from traveling to Russia under retaliatory sanctions imposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2014.[6]

Election results[edit]

Allison first ran for federal politics as the Canadian Alliance candidate in the Erie-Lincoln riding in 2000. Allison received 37.1% of the vote but was defeated by Liberal candidate John Maloney who received 42.2% of the votes.

Allison ran, and was elected, in the 2004 election as the Conservative candidate for Niagara West-Glanbrook. Allison has won the subsequent federal elections for Niagara West-Glanbrook.

In 2015, as a result of riding redistribution, the name was changed to Niagara West. The riding now consists of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham and a portion of west St. Catharines. Allison once again won his fifth consecutive election and returned to the House of Commons as the MP for Niagara West. He was subsequently named as the Conservative Deputy Critic for International Development.

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Dean Allison 24,732 48.8 -10.67
Liberal Phil Rose 16,681 32.7 +17.80
New Democratic Nameer Rahman 5,805 11.5 -7.72
Green Sid Frere 1,51; 3.0 -1.51
Christian Heritage Harold Jonker 1,234 2.4
Libertarian Allan de Roo 797 1.6
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,657 100.0     $202,020.07
Total rejected ballots 242
Turnout 50,889 73.81
Eligible voters 68,937
Conservative hold Swing -14.24
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dean Allison 33,701 57.3% +5.33%
New Democratic David Heatley 12,734 21.6% +6.84%
Liberal Stephen Bieda 8,699 14.8% -9.17%
Green Sid Frere 2,530 4.3% -2.91%
Christian Heritage Bryan Jongbloed 1,199 2% -0.06%
Total valid votes 58,863 100%

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dean Allison 28,089 52.0% +4.60%
Liberal Heather Carter 12,955 24.0% -6.71%
New Democratic Dave Heatley 7,980 14.8% -1.26%
Green Sid Frere 3,897 7.2% +3.26%
Christian Heritage Dave Bylsma 1,118 2.1% +0.17%
Total valid votes 54,039
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Dean Allison 27,351 47.4% +7.09%
Liberal Heather Carter 17,712 30.7% -8.32%
New Democratic Dave Heatley 9,251 16.0% +1.20%
Green Tom Ferguson 2,284 4.0% +0.56%
Christian Heritage David W. Bylsma 1,132 2.0% -0.17%
Total valid votes 57,730
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes
Conservative Dean Allison 20,874
Liberal Debbie Zimmerman 20,210
New Democratic Dave Heatley 7,681
Green Tom Ferguson 1,761
Christian Heritage David Bylsma 1,107
Canadian Action Phil Rose 179
Total valid votes 51,812
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes
Liberal John Maloney 17,054
Alliance Dean Allison 14,992
Progressive Conservative David Hurren 5,174
New Democratic Jody Di Bartolomeo 2,423
Christian Heritage David W. Blysma 476
Natural Law John Gregory 143
Canadian Action William Schleich 137


  1. ^ a b c d Official website: Meet Dean Archived 2011-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Conservative Party of Canada: Meet our MPs. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "Private Members Bill Seeks to Eliminate the Faint Hope Clause"[permanent dead link]., April 16, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Allison helps government take first step towards entrenching property rights" Archived 2012-07-24 at, April 23, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Niagara families & MP Dean Allison raise awareness for Anaphylaxis" Archived 2012-07-29 at, June 7, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Susana Mas (March 24, 2013). "Russian sanctions against Canadians a 'badge of honour'". CBC News. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Niagara West, 30 September 2015
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

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