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James Maloney (Canadian politician)

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James Maloney
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Assumed office
19 October 2015
Preceded byBernard Trottier
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 5 (Etobicoke—Lakeshore)
In office
7 July 2014 – 30 November 2014
Preceded byPeter Milczyn
Succeeded byJustin Di Ciano
Personal details
Born16 July 1964[1]
Fort William, Ontario (Thunder Bay), Canada[2]
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada
Residence(s)The Kingsway,[3] Etobicoke, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Windsor
University of Wales
Bishop's University

James V. Maloney[3] MP (born 16 July 1964) is a Canadian lawyer and politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 election.[4] He represents the electoral district of Etobicoke—Lakeshore as a member of the Liberal Party.[4]

Education and early career[edit]

Maloney has law degrees from the University of Windsor and University of Wales, as well as a B.A. from Bishop's University.[2]

Prior to his election, Maloney worked as a litigation lawyer with Hughes Amys LLP having been called to the Ontario Bar in 1996.[4] He served as a litigation lawyer for 20 years prior to entering politics.[5] He was involved in a number of significant cases including the tainted blood scandal of the 1980's and the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry.

An active volunteer, Mr. Maloney is the former President of the Toronto Lawyers’ Club and has served on the Board of Directors of the local Franklin Horner Community Centre, the Ontario Public Accountants Council, and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. For his significant contributions to Canada, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[5]

Municipal Politics[edit]

Maloney was appointed to Toronto City Council in 2014 to represent Ward 5 (Etobicoke—Lakeshore) as interim councillor following the resignation of Peter Milczyn from the council.[6]

Federal Politics[edit]

Prior to becoming the Liberal Party candidate in Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Maloney served as president of the electoral district association.[7]

Maloney was elected Member of Parliament for Etobicoke—Lakeshore in the 2015 election as part of the Liberal Party near-sweep of the Greater Toronto Area, and briefly was appointed to the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Between February 2016 and 2021, Maloney has served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and a member of the Liaison Committee. Following the 2019 general election he was appointed as a member of the standing committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Maloney served as Chair of the Toronto Government Caucus from 2016 until 2021 when he was elected to the Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus. He is also the Chair of the Canada/Ireland Parliamentary Group, the Canada/United Kingdom Parliamentary Association, vice-president of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, and vice-chair of the Canada/United States Interparliamentary Group. He is a member of the Canada/Israel Interparliamentary group, the Canada/Ukraine Parliamentary group, the Canada/Italy Interparliamentary group, the Canada/Japan Interparliamentary group, the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Canadian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary assembly, the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, the Canadian Group of the Interparliamentary Union and Parliamentary Friends of Tibet Canada.[8]

In addition to his role in several international parliamentary associations, Maloney is a member of the House of Commons Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying. In January 2020, the Prime Minister appointed him to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians. In September 2023, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.[5]

In October 2016 some community groups in south Etobicoke criticized Maloney for encouraging Metrolinx to drop an appeal of a rezoning decision made by city council, allowing a developer to build homes on a stretch of land south of Judson Street previously used for commercial and industrial purposes. Some groups claimed he was favouring the interests of his political allies Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano over the interests of local residents.[9] Maloney has stated that he has "no fiduciary relationship" with Dunpar Homes LTD, the developer of the project. Metrolinx warned that if homes were built in the area, noise complaints from residents could force the Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility to close.[10] As of 2023, those concerns have not materialized, and the facility remains open.[11]

Maloney was re-elected in the 2019 Canadian federal election.

In January 2020 Maloney introduced a Private member's motion proposing to declare March as Irish Heritage Month. The motion was adopted unanimously by the House of Commons on 10 March 2021.

On 19 November 2020, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released an investigative report claiming that Maloney violated the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons when he missed the deadline to disclose his and his family’s private interests. The report has been criticized by MPs both within and outside of Maloney’s own Liberal party, most notably Conservative MP Scott Reid, who released a blog post calling the report and process behind it “vindictive”, and criticizing the appropriateness of forcing Maloney to publicly apologize for a mistake made in good faith and corrected immediately.[12] On 19 February 2021, the House of Commons rejected the report 153 to 133, with support from all parties.[13] Maloney was re-elected in the 2021 Canadian federal election.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Maloney was born in Thunder Bay and has lived in Etobicoke most of his life, attending Michael Power High School. He lives in south Etobicoke with his wife and their dog, Walnut. His father, William Maloney, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in July 1975 and his mother Marian Maloney, a lifelong activist for women’s participation in the Canadian government, was appointed by Prime Minister Chretien to serve in the Canadian Senate in 1999.[15] Maloney identifies as a Roman Catholic.

Electoral record[edit]

2021 Canadian federal election: Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal James Maloney 30,355 47.4 -4.5 $83,584.34
Conservative Indira Bains 20,457 31.9 +3.2 $119,099.99
New Democratic Sasha Kane 8,775 13.7 +1.8 $12,774.33
People's Bill McLachlan 2,857 4.5 +3.2 $0.00
Green Afam Elue 1,363 2.1 -3.9 $4,336.35
Marxist–Leninist Anna Di Carlo 139 0.2 ±0.0 $0.00
Rhinoceros Sean Carson 119 0.2 N/A $0.00
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,065 99.4 $128,462.93
Total rejected ballots 397 0.6
Turnout 64,462 63.1
Eligible voters 102,151
Liberal hold Swing -3.9
Source: Elections Canada[16]
2019 Canadian federal election: Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal James Maloney 36,061 51.88 -1.82 $117,733.35
Conservative Barry O'Brien 19,952 28.70 -3.75 $107,171.56
New Democratic Branko Gasperlin 8,277 11.91 +1.01 $19,071.10
Green Chris Caldwell 4,141 5.96 +3.62 none listed
People's Jude Sulejmani 921 1.32 - none listed
Marxist–Leninist Janice Murray 163 0.23 -0.03 $0.00
Total valid votes/expense limit 69,515 99.25
Total rejected ballots 525 0.75 +0.28
Turnout 70,040 67.19 -1.85
Eligible voters 104,246
Liberal hold Swing +0.96
Source: Elections Canada[17][18]
2015 Canadian federal election: Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal James Maloney 34,638 53.70 +18.60 $154,037.25
Conservative Bernard Trottier 20,932 32.45 -7.78 $114,083.23
New Democratic Phil Trotter 7,030 10.90 -9.40 $27,861.80
Green Angela Salewsky 1,507 2.34 -1.68 $2,045.10
Animal Alliance Liz White 233 0.36 $4,975.83
Marxist–Leninist Janice Murray 168 0.26 -0.10
Total valid votes/expense limit 64,508 99.53   $233,887.62
Total rejected ballots 307 0.47
Turnout 64,815 69.04
Eligible voters 93,880
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +13.19
Source: Elections Canada[19][20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shephard, Tamara (20 August 2015). "South Etobicoke youth question federal election candidates". Etobicoke Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b James V. Maloney, Hughes Amys LLP.
  3. ^ a b "Search For Contributions". Elections Canada. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Liberal James Maloney wins Etobicoke-Lakeshore". Toronto Star, 19 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "James Maloney". 15 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Toronto council votes Ceta Ramkhalwansingh, James Maloney in caretaker council roles". CBC News, 7 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Etobicoke seniors mingle with Trudeau". Inside Toronto, 12 September 2013.
  8. ^ "James Maloney - Member of Parliament - Members of Parliament - House of Commons of Canada".
  9. ^ "Residents group says Etobicoke MP James Maloney is backing developer, not residents". CBC News, 20 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Etobicoke MP denies backing developer instead of residents". CBC News
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Why I voted against concurrence in the Ethics Commissioner's Maloney Report : Scott Reid M.P."
  13. ^ "Votes - Members of Parliament - House of Commons of Canada".
  14. ^ "List of confirmed candidates – September 20, 2021 Federal Election". Elections Canada. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Profile".
  16. ^ "List of confirmed candidates – September 20, 2021 Federal Election". Elections Canada. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  17. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  19. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Etobicoke—Lakeshore, 30 September 2015
  20. ^ Elections Canada – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits

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