Garfield Dunlop

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Garfield Dunlop
Garfield Dunlop MP 6-13-2009.jpg
Speaking at a conference in June 2009
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Patrick Brown
Constituency Simcoe North
Personal details
Political party Progressive Conservative
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Occupation Businessman

Garfield Dunlop is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1999 to 2015 who represented the riding of Simcoe North. He resigned from the legislature in 2015 in order to provide a vacancy so that PC leader Patrick Brown could seek a seat in the legislature.[1]


Dunlop was educated at the University of Waterloo. In 1971, he joined his family business, Glen Dunlop Plumbing, Heating and Supplies.[2]


In 1980, Dunlop was elected a councillor in the village of Coldwater, Ontario. He served as reeve of the village from 1982 to 1994, and as deputy mayor of the township of Severn from 1994 to 1999. In 1998, he was named warden of Simcoe County.[3]

Dunlop was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1999 provincial election. He won the Progressive Conservative nomination in Simcoe North following the resignation amid scandal of sitting MPP Al McLean. Dunlop defeated his Liberal opponent George MacDonald, in 1999, by about 7,000 votes.[4] He was re-elected in four times from 2003 to 2014. In 2014 his vote count dropped dramatically, while his opponents made significant gains, in what has been considered a safe riding for Progressive Conservative candidates.

Dunlop was appointed deputy government whip after his election, but was not given a cabinet position in the governments of Mike Harris or Ernie Eves. He was one of only 24 Tories re-elected in the 2003 election, defeating Liberal Paul Sloan by 3680 votes.[5][6]

Dunlop is socially conservative. While campaigning in 2003, he handed out literature against same-sex marriage, which he referred to as a sin.[7] Dunlop is also known to support private prisons.[8]

As an Opposition member, Dunlop served as chief opposition whip from 2003 to 2005 and was Progressive Conservative critic for community safety and correctional services from 2003 to 2011[2] and was chair of the Standing Committee on Estimates from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to 2014 he was critic for Training and Apprenticeship and from 2014 until 2015 he served as critic for Education as well as for Training, Colleges and Universities.[9]

During the 2015 Progressive Conservative leadership campaign, Dunlop supported Lisa MacLeod and criticized eventual winner Patrick Brown, at the time federal Member of Parliament for Barrie without a seat in the Ontario legislature, for being “a federal member who’s made no headway whatsoever in the Harper government in the eight or nine years he’s been there." Dunlop added: “How could I possibly think he could come to Ontario and do a good job when he couldn’t even make cabinet in Ottawa?”[1]

Nevertheless, on July 22, 2015 Dunlop announced he will step aside and allow Brown to run in the riding so that he could enter the legislature. Dunlop's resignation took effect August 1, 2015.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Veteran MPP to give up seat so new Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown can run". Toronto Star. July 22, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Garfield Dunlop". Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  3. ^ Bell, Roberta (July 24, 2015). "As his retirement looms, MPP Garfield Dunlop recalls his rise from small-town plumber to powerhouse politico". Orillia Packet & Times. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Ontario Votes 2003 - Ridings". CBC. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ Susan Bourette (September 22, 2003). "Canada's conservatives shift right". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  8. ^ "CANADA: MTC non-compliance exposed". Prison Privatisation Report International. Public Services International Research Unit (64). September 2004. Archived from the original on 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  9. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Ontario – MPP Garfield Dunlop". Retrieved 2015-07-22. 

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