Helen Johns

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Helen Johns
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byPaul Klopp
Succeeded byCarol Mitchell
ConstituencyHuron (1995–99) & Huron—Bruce (1999–2003)
Personal details
Born (1953-04-24) April 24, 1953 (age 65)
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Alma materYork University
University of Windsor
Simon Fraser University

Helen Johns (born April 24, 1953) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003 and served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.


Johns was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended York University, the University of Windsor and Simon Fraser University where she majored in business and commerce. She worked as a controller of small and medium-sized businesses for fifteen years before entering public life, and was also the Director and Treasurer of the Huron United Way.


Johns was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1995, defeating Liberal John Jewitt and incumbent New Democrat Paul Klopp in the riding of Huron.[1] For the next four years, she served as a backbench government member.

Prior to the 1999 election, the number of seats was reduced from 130 to 103. Johns and fellow MPP Barb Fisher (riding of Bruce) competed for the Tory nomination in the redistributed riding of Huron—Bruce. Johns won the nomination battle. In the ensuing election campaign, she narrowly defeated Liberal candidate Ross Lamont.[2] On June 17, 1999, she was named Citizenship, Culture and Recreation.[3] Following a cabinet shuffle on February 8, 2001, she was named Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, under Tony Clement.[4]

When Ernie Eves replaced Harris as Premier on April 15, 2002, he named Johns as his Minister of Agriculture and Food.[5] and also served as interim Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in early 2003.[6]

In the 2003 provincial election she was defeated by Liberal Carol Mitchell by about 3,000 votes.[7]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Ernie Eves
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Chris Hodgson Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
2003 (January–February)
Appointed as interim minister
David Young
Brian Coburn Minister of Agriculture and Food
Steve Peters
Ontario Provincial Government of Mike Harris
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
New position Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Dan Newman
Isabel Bassett Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation
Cam Jackson

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003: Huron—Bruce
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Carol Mitchell 19,879 45.79 +3.96 $ 43,587.07
Progressive Conservative Helen Johns 16,594 38.23 −7.53 68,667.03
New Democratic Grant I. Robertson 4,973 11.46 +2.33 18,246.88
Green Shelley Hannah 934 2.15   3,146.98
Family Coalition Dave Joslin 902 2.08 −1.21 7,273.45
Freedom Robert Sabharwal 127 0.29   0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,409 100.0   −4.39 $ 63,013.44
Total rejected ballots 212 0.49 −0.80
Turnout 43,621 66.46 −0.32
Eligible voters 65,639   −4.70
"General Election of October 2, 2003 — Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario.
"General Election of October 2, 2003 — Statistical Summary". Retrieved June 13, 2014.
"2003 Election and Annual Returns - Candidate and Constituency Association Returns".
Ontario general election, 1999: Huron—Bruce
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Helen Johns 20,772 45.75 $ 60,434.00
Liberal Ross Lamont 18,993 41.83 36,010.47
New Democratic Tony McQuail 4,142 9.12 19,753.75
Family Coalition Linda Freiburger 1,494 3.29 6,769.68
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,401 100.0   $ 66,118.08
Total rejected ballots 591 1.29
Turnout 45,992 66.78
Eligible voters 68,873


  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  3. ^ "Ontario Cabinet". The Spectator. Hamilton, Ont. June 18, 1999. p. C8.
  4. ^ "Flaherty to be new Ontario finance chief". Sudbury Star. February 8, 2001. p. A5.
  5. ^ "Ont-Cabinet". Toronto, Ont: Canadian Press NewsWire. April 15, 2002.
  6. ^ "A list of Ontario's cabinet following Tuesday's shuffle". Canadian Press NewsWire. February 25, 2003. p. 1.
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]

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