Drummond White

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Drummond White
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Allan Furlong
Succeeded by Jim Flaherty
Constituency Durham Centre
Personal details
Born (1951-03-19) March 19, 1951 (age 66)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party New Democrat[nb 1]
Spouse(s) Norah Love
Children 3
Residence Whitby, Ontario
Occupation Social worker, family counsellor

Drummond White (born March 19, 1951) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995.


White grew up in Oshawa, Ontario. He graduated with an Honours BA (University of Toronto), a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW), a Master in Social Work (Wilfrid Laurier University), and a Research Diploma in Social Work (University of Toronto). White is currently self-employed as a family counsellor and social worker.[1] His work emphasizes mediation and family assessment.[2]

He is married to Norah Love and they have three adult children: Amanda, Devin, and Lenore.[1]


White became involved in politics because he was concerned about the tax burden and the rising cost of raising a family. He said, "Nothing is more important in terms of family values than having bread on the table."[2] White had been involved in social justice, cooperative and political campaigns since high school. He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1990 provincial election, defeating incumbent Liberal Allan Furlong and Progressive Conservative Jim Flaherty by over 2,000 votes in the Greater Toronto Area riding of Durham Centre.[3]

The NDP won a majority in this election and White served as the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs on two occasions between 1992 and 1995.[4] White dealt especially with the Office of the Greater Toronto Area and participated in the creation of the Waterfront Trail. Drummond White also drove the reforms to the Municipal and Planning Acts through provincial parliament.

In 1992, White and fellow Durham MPP Jim Wiseman became involved in a minor controversy when it was found they were billing taxpayers for the cost of renting a shared apartment in Toronto. He claimed that working long hours as an MPP justified his need for the apartment. Due to the publicity, he and Wiseman ended the lease in August 1992.[5]

In December 1992, White moved a resolution advocating the creation of a regulating body for social workers in Ontario. At the time, Ontario was the only province that did not have a regulating body for social workers.[6] A spokesman for the Ministry of Social Services said that legislation for social work was a low priority.[7] While he was not successful in getting a bill passed during his time as MPP, a similar bill called the Social Work and Social Service Work Act was enacted in 1998.[8] Drummond was the final witness and speaker before the legislative committee that dealt with the bill and was pleased when this legislation was finally enacted.

In February 1994, White was charged with common assault. As a result of the charges he resigned from the NDP caucus and also from his role as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. He sat as an Independent member until his case was resolved.[4] In March 1994, a judge dismissed the charge against White. It turned out that he had confronted his 14-year-old daughter over cigarettes and tried to search her jacket. A tug of war ensued which led to the assault charge. The judge, John Payne said, "There was an indirect use of force which could be construed as an assault, but there was no physical assault." The incident was reported at school the next day which was why the charge was laid. "Mr. White was concerned about his daughter smoking," said Mr. Payne. "He acted like any concerned parent would."[9] Shortly after the trial, White returned to the NDP caucus and his role as assistant to Minister of Municipal Affairs.[10]

In the 1995 provincial election, White was defeated in his bid for re-election, finishing third against Conservative Jim Flaherty and Liberal Allan Furlong.[11]

Later life[edit]

After leaving politics, White returned to his profession as a social worker. In 1996 he served as co-chair to the Durham Region Coalition for Social Justice which sought to prevent the Harris government from reducing social services.[12] He also participated in other Durham advocacy groups such as Save Our Schools and Save Our Shores.[13]

He joined the board of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. In 2008, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer. In 2005, he was chosen as the Ontario recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers' Distinguished Service Award.[13] Drummond was also on the Board of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and was elected Vice-President in charge of Social and Professional Advocacy.

In addition to social and professional activity, Drummond has also been very involved in his local community serving as a Lay Chaplain with the Unitarian church in Durham (UUCD) and acting in community theatre.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Drummond White 12,594 35.9 +5.0
Liberal Allan Furlong 10,246 29.2 -11.2
Progressive Conservative Jim Flaherty 9,126 26.0 -1.5
Family Coalition Nino Maltese 1,186 3.4 -
Confederation of Regions Phil Wyatt 1,087 3.1 -
Green David Hubbell 857 2.4 +1.2
The Globe and Mail:[3]
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Jim Flaherty 25,107 58.3 +32.3
Liberal Allan Furlong 9,808 22.8 -6.4
New Democratic Drummond White 8,120 18.9 -17.0
Elections Ontario:[14]



  1. ^ White sat briefly as an Independent in 1994.


  1. ^ a b Irish, Paul (November 8, 1990). "Durham ignored says new MPP Drummond White". Toronto Star. p. E3. 
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Sterling (August 30, 1990). "Growth explosion major issue in Durham Centre". Toronto Star. p. E5. 
  3. ^ a b "Ontario Election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  4. ^ a b "MPP resigns pending trial on assault charge". The Star. Windsor. February 9, 1994. p. A11. 
  5. ^ "Tory MPPs give up tax-subsidized flats". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. June 24, 1992. p. A8. 
  6. ^ Andreae, Daniel (December 10, 1992). "Only Ontario doesn't regulate social work". Kitchener - Waterloo Record. p. A7. 
  7. ^ "Minister pans bid to license social workers". The Star. Windsor. December 12, 1992. p. C11. 
  8. ^ "Official Records for 16 December 1998". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. December 16, 1998. 
  9. ^ "Charge dropped against MPP". The Spectator. Hamilton. March 8, 1994. p. A6. 
  10. ^ "MPP returns to NDP caucus". Kitchener - Waterloo Record. March 12, 1994. p. A3. 
  11. ^ "Durham Centre Flaherty is tipped for cabinet". Toronto Star. June 9, 1995. p. F5. 
  12. ^ Hanes, Tracy (June 20, 1996). "Social and labor groups unite to survive cutbacks". Toronto Star. p. OS2. 
  13. ^ a b Blumenfeld, David (March 11, 2005). "Former MPP wins award for social work". This Week. 
  14. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes by Candidate: Durham Centre, June 8, 1995". Retrieved September 2, 2013. 

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