Gary Stewart (politician)
|Preceded by||Jenny Carter|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Leal|
March 23, 1938 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Richard Gary Stewart (born March 23, 1938) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003, and briefly served as a cabinet minister under Mike Harris.
Stewart was educated at Banting Institute, receiving a Mortician Certificate, and worked for a time at Comstock Funeral Home in Peterborough. In 1974, he became president of G. Stewart Travel Services in Peterborough, which he continued to operate throughout his political career. He also served as a director of the Peterborough Civic Hospital.
He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1995, defeating Liberal candidate Sylvia Sutherland and incumbent New Democrat Jenny Carter by a significant margin. He was a backbench supporter of Mike Harris for the next four years.
In the provincial election of 1999, Stewart was elected over Liberal Jeff Leal by about 2,500 votes. He served as chief government whip and minister without portfolio from July 31, 2001 to April 14, 2002. When Ernie Eves became premier in 2002 he was dropped from cabinet. In 2003, Stewart recommended that provincial governments stop enforcing the federal gun registry.
|Provincial Government of Mike Harris|
|Minister Without Portfolio
|Special Parliamentary Responsibilities|
|Frank Klees||Chief Government Whip
|Ontario general election, 2003: Peterborough|
|Progressive Conservative||Gary Stewart||18,418||33.46||−11.53||$83,317|
|New Democratic||Dave Nickle||9,796||17.80||+4.80||$22,783|
|Family Coalition||Max Murray||414||0.75||–||$212|
|Independent||Bob Bowers||178||0.32||+0.05||not listed|
|Total valid votes||55,037||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||245|
|Electors on the lists||88,080|
|Ontario general election, 1999: Peterborough|
|Progressive Conservative||Gary Stewart||24,422||44.99||$66,248|
|New Democratic||Dave Nickle||7,058||13.00||$26,105|
|Independent||Kenneth T. Burgess||125||0.23||not listed|
|Natural Law||Robert Mayer||106||0.20||$0|
|Total valid votes||54,280||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||297|
|Electors on the lists||86,951|
|Ontario general election, 1995: Peterborough|
|Progressive Conservative||Gary Stewart||22,735||52.66||$45,102|
|New Democratic||Jenny Carter||7,581||17.56||$26,275|
|Family Coalition||Paul Morgan||2,064||4.78||–||$12,225|
|Natural Law||Peter Leggat||213||0.49||$0|
|Total valid votes||43,170||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||329|
|Electors on the lists||65,678|
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Ontario: Harris adds to Cabinet by naming new chief whip". National Post. August 8, 2001. p. A11.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2014-03-02.