|Member of the Canadian Parliament
June 28, 2004 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Riding Created|
|Succeeded by||John Nater|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
May 21, 2003 – June 28, 2004
|Preceded by||John Richardson|
|Succeeded by||Riding Abolished|
|Chair of the Standing Committee on
9 May 2006 – 4 October 2010
|Preceded by||Marlene Catterall|
|Succeeded by||Michael Chong|
September 15, 1943 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative (1997–2004)
|Profession||Businessman, interior decorator, painter|
Gary Ralph Schellenberger (born September 15, 1943) is a Canadian politician. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2003 to 2015, and represented the riding of Perth—Wellington for the Conservative Party. Schellenberger won five successive elections in eight years from 2003 to 2011. He did not stand for re-election in 2015.
Schellenberger owned a painting and decorating store in Stratford before entering political life. Schellenberger also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Perth East Fire Department for 14 years. He is a freemason, and an elder at Avonton Presbyterian Church.
In 1996 Schellenberger raised $26,000 for the Sebringville Community Center and the Sebringville Athletic Association by walking from Tobermory to Sebringville.
A councillor in the former Downie Township, Ontario from 1988 to 2000, he first ran for parliament in the 1997 federal election as a Progressive Conservative in Perth—Middlesex. He lost to Liberal John Richardson by over 8,000 votes; former Liberal MP-turned-Reformer Garnet Bloomfield was third. Richardson, Schellenberger and Bloomfield all ran again in the 2000 election, with the same overall result.
Richardson resigned his seat on November 10, 2002, suffering from a terminal illness. The subsequent by-election in 2003 garnered national attention, as both the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance candidates attempted to displace the governing Liberals in the riding. Schellenberger, still running as a Progressive Conservative, defeated Liberal Brian Innes by 1,001 votes; despite several appearances from party leader Stephen Harper, the Alliance candidate, Marian Meinen, finished a distant third. Many interpreted this as a sign that the Alliance would be unable to win many Ontario seats in the next election. Shortly after his election, Schellenberger endorsed Peter MacKay for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party.
Schellenberger was appointed Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party in September 2003. In early 2004, the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties merged as the Conservative Party of Canada.
In the federal election of 2004, Schellenberger was elected to the newly created riding of Perth-Wellington. He defeated Innes by almost 4,000 votes.
In the 2006 federal election, Schellenberger was re-elected by a margin of 9,703 votes, defeating the Liberal candidate, David Cunningham. In the 39th Canadian Parliament, Schellenberger was elected Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
In the 2008 federal election, Schellenberger won Perth-Wellington for a third time with 20,765 votes (48.08% of valid ballots) defeating Liberal challenger Sandra Gardiner by 10,540 votes. NDP candidate Kerry McManus finished third. In the 40th Canadian Parliament Schellenberger again served as Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. In November 2010 Schellenberger became chair of a second House of Commons committee, the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.
In the 2011 federal election, Schellenberger won Perth-Wellington for a fourth time with 25,281 votes (54.5% of valid ballots) defeating NDP candidate Ellen Papenburg (9,861 votes) and Liberal candidate Bob McTavish (8,341 votes). In the 41st Canadian Parliament Schellenberger served as a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as well as the Subcommittee on International Human Rights.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Ellen Papenburg||9,861||21.3||+4.3||–|
|Christian Heritage||Irma DeVries||806||1.7||-0.4||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||46,401||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||179||0.4||–|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Kerry McManus||7,234||17.0||-1.8||$23,081|
|Christian Heritage||Irma DeVries||898||2.1||-0.8||$8,662|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||43,048||100.0||$82,152|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Keith Dinicol||8,876||18.6||+3.0|
|Christian Heritage||Irma DeVries||1,396||2.9||+0.1|
|Total valid votes||47,694||100.0|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Robert Roth||7,027||15.6|
|Christian Heritage||Irma Nicolette Devries||1,273||2.8|
|Total valid votes||44,981||100.0|
|Canadian federal by-election, 21 May 2003: Perth—Middlesex|
|Progressive Conservative||Gary Schellenberger||10,413|
|New Democratic||Sam Dinicol||4,703|
|Christian Heritage||Ron Gray||902|
|By-election called upon Mr. Richardson's resignation.|
|Canadian federal election, 2000: Perth—Middlesex|
|Liberal||RICHARDSON, John Alexander||16,988||40.37||-3.64|
|Progressive Conservative||SCHELLENBERGER, Gary||11,545||27.44||+2.56|
|New Democratic||DINICOL, Sam||2,800||6.65||-1.90|
|No affiliation||KROESBERGEN, Tom||141||0.34||–|
|Canadian Action||CARRUTHERS, Larry||128||0.30||–|
|Total valid votes||42,076||100.00|
|Canadian federal election, 1997: Perth—Middlesex|
|Progressive Conservative||Gary Schellenberger||11,073||24.88|
|Reform||BLOOMFIELD, Garnet M.||9,180||20.63|
|New Democratic||HAM, Linda||3,806||8.55|
|Christian Heritage||HARRIS, Jamie||858||1.93|
|Total valid votes||44,500||100.00|
- "Tories capture first seat in Ontario". The Globe and Mail. May 13, 2003. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
- "Schellenberger wins riding again". Mitchell Advocate. October 22, 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
- "German Ambassador tours area as guest of MP Schellenberger". St. Marys Journal Argus. July 31, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
- "Perth-Wellington MP Schellenberger to retire, not seek re-election". CTV News. Kitchener. September 25, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
- "Perth-Wellington Conservative MP Gary Schellenberger won't seek re-election". The Beacon Herald. September 25, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-26.