Greg Rickford

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The Honourable
Greg Rickford
PC, MPP
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Kenora—Rainy River
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded by Sarah Campbell
Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Assumed office
June 29, 2018
Premier Doug Ford
Preceded by Glenn Thibeault (Energy)
Michael Gravelle (Northern Development & Mines)
Ontario Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Assumed office
June 29, 2018
Premier Doug Ford
Preceded by David Zimmer
Canadian Minister of Natural Resources
In office
March 19, 2014 – November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Joe Oliver
Succeeded by Jim Carr
Canadian Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
In office
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Tony Clement
Succeeded by Position abolished
Canadian Minister of State for Science and Technology
In office
July 15, 2013 – March 19, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Gary Goodyear
Succeeded by Ed Holder
Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs
In office
January 30, 2011 – July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Succeeded by Mark Strahl
Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages
In office
August 30, 2010 – January 30, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kenora
In office
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
Preceded by Roger Valley
Succeeded by Bob Nault
Personal details
Born (1967-09-24) September 24, 1967 (age 50)
Paris, Ontario, Canada
Political party Ontario PC
Other political
affiliations
Conservative Party of Canada
Alma mater
Occupation Nurse, Lawyer

Greg Rickford PC MPP (born September 24, 1967) is a Canadian politician who presently serves as Minister of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs in the cabinet of Premier Doug Ford, and represents the riding of Kenora-Rainy River in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Rickford previously served as the Minister of Natural Resources in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was elected to the House of Commons in the 2008 federal election[1] and represented the electoral district of Kenora as a member of the Conservative Party until his defeat in the 2015 election.

Life and career[edit]

Rickford was born in Paris, Ontario on September 24, 1967. He has worked as a nurse and lawyer in the remote First Nations communities of the Kenora District.[2] Rickford holds degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, an MBA from Université Laval, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Victoria University and a Diploma in Nursing from Mohawk College.[citation needed]

Federal Politics[edit]

Rickford was elected to represent the Ontario electoral district of Kenora in the 2008 federal election and re-elected in the 2011 election.

A member of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rickford was the first Conservative MP elected in the Kenora riding and the first right-wing MP to represent the Kenora area since 1921.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Rickford to become Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages on August 30, 2010.

On January 30, 2011, Rickford was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

On July 15, 2013, he was appointed the Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario).[3]

On March 19, 2014, he was appointed to succeed Joe Oliver as Minister of Natural Resources.[4]

He was defeated in the October 19, 2015 Canadian federal election by Bob Nault. Nault had represented the predecessor riding of Kenora-Rainy River from 1988 until 2004, when he chose not to run in the 2004 Canadian federal election. Rickford was pushed into third place, behind Nault and former Ontario New Democratic Party leader Howard Hampton.

Provincial Politics[edit]

Rickford re-entered politics on November 18, 2017, when he was acclaimed as the Ontario PC Party candidate in Kenora—Rainy River for the 2018 election.[5] The Progressive Conservatives won a majority government in the June 7, election and Rickford was elected in his riding.

On June 29, 2018, Rickford was appointed Ministry of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs in the cabinet of Premier Doug Ford.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Greg Rickford 9,693 48.38
New Democratic Glen Archer 7,503 37.45
Liberal Karen Kejick 2,118 10.57
Green Ember McKillop 721 3.60
Total valid votes 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[6]


Canadian federal election, 2015: Kenora
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 10,898 35.39
New Democratic Howard Hampton 10,379 33.71
Conservative Greg Rickford 8,760 28.45
Green Ember C. McKilop 501 1.63
Independent Kelvin Boucher-Chicago 162 0.53
Total valid votes 30,791 100.00
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Greg Rickford 11,567 47.05 +6.59
New Democratic Tania Cameron 6,855 27.88 +4.65
Liberal Roger Valley 5,381 21.89 -9.74
Green Mike Schwindt 636 2.59 -2.09
Independent Kelvin Chicago-Boucher 147 0.60
Total valid votes 24,586 100.00
Total rejected ballots 120 0.49 +0.09
Turnout 24,706 60.38 +5.01
Eligible voters 40,917
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Greg Rickford 9,395 40.46 +9.47 $80,724
Liberal Roger Valley 7,344 31.63 -4.89 $63,788
New Democratic Tania Cameron 5,394 23.23 -6.72 $59,298
Green JoJo Holiday 1,087 4.68 +2.14 $362
Total valid votes/Expense limit 23,220 100.00 $90,484
Total rejected ballots 94 0.40 +0.09
Turnout 23,314 55.37 -8.11
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -7.18

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Glenn Thibeault Minister of Energy
June 29, 2018 – present
Incumbent
David Zimmer Minister of Indigenous Affairs
June 29, 2018 – present
Incumbent
Michael Gravelle Minister of Northern Development and Mines
June 29, 2018 – present
Incumbent
28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Joe Oliver Minister of Natural Resources
March 19, 2014 – November 4, 2015
Jim Carr
Tony Clement Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
July 15, 2013 – November 4, 2015
Position Abolished
Gary Goodyear Minister of State for Science and Technology
July 15, 2013 – March 19, 2014
Ed Holder

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