James Maloney (Canadian politician)

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James Maloney
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byBernard Trottier
Toronto City Councillor for Ward 5 (Etobicoke—Lakeshore)
In office
July 7, 2014 – November 30, 2014
Preceded byPeter Milczyn
Succeeded byJustin Di Ciano
Personal details
BornJuly 16, 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 July 16, 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 caucus.[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]

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.[5]

Federal Politics[edit]

Prior to become the Liberal Party candidate in Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Maloney served as president of the electoral district association.[6]

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. He was appointed to the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Since February 2016 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 has served as Chair of the Toronto Government Caucus since 2016. He is also the Chair of the Canada/Ireland Parliamentary Group and vice-chair of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association. He is a member of the Canada/United Kingdom Parliamentary Association and of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association.

In October 2016 community groups in south Etobicoke criticized Maloney for encouraging Metrolinx to drop an appeal of a rezoning decision made by city council. Residents claimed he was favouring the interests of his political allies Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano over the interests of local residents.[7]

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 by the House of Commons on March 10, 2021.

On November 19, 2020, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released an investigative report that ruled Maloney violated the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons for missing the deadline to disclose his private interests and those of his family members. Dion recommended the House of Commons "require Mr. Maloney to apologize to it for having failed to fulfil his obligations as a Member" The matter was debated in the House of Commons on Friday February 19, 2021 and in a vote by all Members of Parliament the House of Commons declined to accept the report from Commissioner Dion. MP Scott Reid, a Conservative from Ontario, wrote about his vote against the report of the Commissioner saying "The content and structure of the Maloney Report gives some indication that the Commissioner may be acting out of vindictiveness.[8]

Maloney made an apology in the House of Commons on December 11, 2020 and blamed the COVID-19 Pandemic and miscommunication with the Ethics Commissioner for submitting the required information after the deadline. He further state "I stood in the House and apologized, because that is what I was required to do".[9]

Maloney was re-elected in the 2021 Canadian federal election.

Personal life[edit]

Maloney has lived in Etobicoke most of his life and attended Michael Power High School. He lives in south Etobicoke with his partner and their dog. His father, William Maloney, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in July 1975 and his mother Marian Maloney was appointed by Prime Minister Chretien to serve in the Canadian Senate in 1999.

Electoral record[edit]

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[10][11]
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[12][13]


  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, October 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Toronto council votes Ceta Ramkhalwansingh, James Maloney in caretaker council roles". CBC News, July 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Etobicoke seniors mingle with Trudeau". Inside Toronto, September 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "Residents group says Etobicoke MP James Maloney is backing developer, not residents". CBC News, October 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Why I voted against concurrence in the Ethics Commissioner's Maloney Report : Scott Reid M.P."
  9. ^ https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43-2/house/sitting-48/hansard "Hansard', December 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  12. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Etobicoke—Lakeshore, 30 September 2015
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits

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