Ed Harper

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Ed Harper
MP for Simcoe Centre
In office
Preceded by Edna Anderson
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1931-04-09) April 9, 1931 (age 86)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party Reform
Residence Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Occupation businessman

Ed Harper (born April 9, 1931) is a former Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Simcoe Centre in the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 until 1997. A member of the Reform Party, Harper was the only MP from that party ever elected anywhere east of Manitoba.

He defeated Liberal candidate Janice Laking, the incumbent mayor of Barrie, by a margin of 123 votes. Ironically, political analysts largely credited his victory over Laking to her popularity rather than his, suggesting that many voters in Barrie switched their votes only because they didn't want Laking to step down as mayor.[1]

Harper did not stand for reelection in the 1997 election. Before being elected to Parliament, Harper was a businessman in Barrie.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes
Reform Ed Harper 25,404
Liberal Janice Laking 25,281
Progressive Conservative Doug Jagges 11,647
New Democratic Pat Peters 1,873
National Craig Busch 1,342
Independent Mike Ramsay 656
Christian Heritage Ann Marie Tomlins 412
Natural Law John Gregory 307
Independent John K. Carson 139
Abolitionist Gene Carter 41


  1. ^ "Lessons in right-wing reality from one Harper to another". The Globe and Mail, September 16, 2008.

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