James Moore (Canadian politician)
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
June 28, 2004 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||new riding|
|Succeeded by||riding abolished|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
November 27, 2000 – June 28, 2004
|Preceded by||Lou Sekora|
|Succeeded by||riding abolished|
June 10, 1976 |
New Westminster, British Columbia
|Canadian Alliance (2000-2003)|
|Spouse(s)||Courtney Moore (2011-present)|
|Residence||Port Moody, British Columbia|
|Alma mater||University of Northern British Columbia|
|Portfolio||Minister of Industry|
Moore was the Conservative Member of Parliament from 2000 to 2015, representing Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam (2000-2004) and then Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam (2004-2015). He served as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and as the Secretary of State for Official Languages, Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics before becoming Industry Minister. Prior to entering cabinet he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and to the Minister for the Pacific Gateway & 2010 Olympics.
Moore was born in New Westminster, British Columbia and was raised in Coquitlam, BC. Following his graduation from Centennial Sr. Secondary, he pursued studies in economics and business administration at Douglas College. In 1996, started working as a broadcaster at CKST AM1040 in Vancouver. In 1997, he moved to Ottawa to work as the Communications Advisor for the Official Opposition, which at that time was the Reform Party of Canada. In 1998, Moore returned to broadcasting in Vancouver before moving to Prince George to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of Northern British Columbia. While in Prince George he continued in broadcasting by guest hosting at 550 CKPG and launching his own talk show entitled “’Behind the Headlines’ with James Moore.” In 2011, Moore earned his Master of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.
In the 2000 federal election Moore was the Canadian Alliance candidate in the federal riding of Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam. At the age of 24 Moore defeated Liberal Party incumbent Lou Sekora by a 20 percentage point margin. With his election win Moore became the youngest member of Parliament ever elected in the province of British Columbia. As a member of the Official Opposition Moore served as Deputy Foreign Affairs Critic and Deputy National Revenue Critic, and was later promoted to serve as the Senior Transport Critic and Vice-Chair of the Commons Transport Committee. In 2003, the Canadian Alliance merged with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to form the Conservative Party of Canada. In the 2004 federal election Moore was re-elected in the new riding of Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, winning 41% of the popular the vote. Following his re-election he served as the Official Opposition Transportation Critic, as well as Amateur Sport Critic.
In 2004, Moore was one of the few members of his caucus to vote in favour of same-sex marriage. After taking a long time to study the issue he stated "In short, I believe in equality under the law for all Canadians for civil marriages, which in a perfect world would be termed civil unions".
In the 2006 federal election the Conservative Party won a minority government and Moore was re-elected in his riding over former Coquitlam mayor, Jon Kingsbury. On February 7, 2006, Moore was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. Moore was responsible for answering questions regarding Public Works and Government Services during Question Period due to the minister, Michael Fortier, being a senator as opposed to a member of Parliament.
On June 25, 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Moore as the Secretary of State for the 2010 Olympics, the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Official Languages. With his appointment he became the youngest Cabinet Minister in British Columbia's history and the fourth youngest Cabinet Minister in Canadian history. Less than three months later Harper called an election for October 14, 2008. Moore was easily re-elected in the 2008 federal election and the Conservative Party won their second minority government.
Minister of Canadian Heritage
On October 30, 2008, Moore was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Moore's appointment came after Harper had sparked controversy during the recent election campaign when he made comments that “ordinary people” didn't care about arts funding. The comments were negatively received, particularly in Quebec, and it is thought to have contributed to the Conservatives not winning a majority government.
In the 2011 federal election Moore was once again re-elected in his riding and the Conservative Party won their first majority government. It was speculated that Moore could be promoted to a higher profile ministry when Harper shuffled his cabinet, however he remained Minister of Heritage when the new cabinet was sworn in. The resignation and defeat of several minister did lead to his appointment as the senior regional Minister from British Columbia, he became the youngest person to ever hold the post. Moore is seen as one of the most influential members within his caucus, and with Prime Minister Harper. Though Harper has not appointed a Deputy Prime Minister since taking office, Jason Kenney is seen by many as the de facto Deputy Prime Minister. Maclean's columnist Paul Wells wrote in 2011 that Moore, whose views contrast to the more socially conservative Kenney, was a near-equal to Kenney. Moore's portfolio is an important one to Quebeckers and with only four Conservative members of Parliament in the province Moore has become a central figure in the province for the party, despite hailing from British Columbia.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage Moore was nominally responsible for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Crown corporation. On November 19, 2008, Moore warned CBC executives to rein in their spending practises after it was revealed that CBC's executive vice-president for French services, racked up more than $80,000 in 2006 on expenses such as theatre tickets, hotels, and catering. The information was revealed the same week that other Canadian broadcasters were announcing hiring freezes and layoffs. The President of CBC announced on November 21, 2008 that the corporation would be cutting spending and reviewing its major projects.
Moore has been a defender of the CBC and has spoken about its importance as a key cultural institution. This despite calls from some within the Conservative Party to stop funding or sell the CBC. Downsizing and decentralizing of the broadcaster is a goal for Moore and the Conservative government. In December 2011, he stated that under his leadership staffing at the CBC had decreased by about 25%.
Interim Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
On February 15, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Moore as acting Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development after the sudden resignation of John Duncan. Duncan resigned after improperly advocating to a tax court on behalf of a constituent in June 2011. Moore remained interim minister until Bernard Valcourt was appointed on February 22, 2013.
Minister of Industry
On December 15, 2013 while commenting on a report that B.C. had the worst rate of child poverty in Canada, Moore said, "Is it my job to feed my neighbour's child? I don't think so" to Vancouver radio station News1130 reporter Sara Norman. His comments were criticized[who?] as “dismissive” and Scrooge-like, especially given the Christmas season. Initially the minister denied making any such statement in a series of tweets. On December 16, Moore issued a written apology on his website.
Out of politics
On June 19, 2015, Moore announced he was not running as a candidate in the 2015 federal election. In November 2015, it was announced that Moore had been chosen to be the next chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, his alma mater, starting a three-year term in May 2016.
|Canadian federal election, 2000: Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam|
|New Democratic||Jamie Arden||5,340||9.26||-7.72||$25,248|
|Progressive Conservative||Joe Gluska||4,506||7.82||+3.00||$4,011|
|Canadian Action||Will Arlow||452||0.78||+0.24||$2,886|
|Total valid votes||57,621||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||187||0.32|
|Alliance gain from Liberal||Swing||+12.04|
|Change for the Canadian Alliance is based on the Reform Party.|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam|
|New Democratic||Charley King||12,023||26.37||$54,851|
|Canadian Action||Pat Goff||111||0.24||$869|
|Total valid votes||45,584||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||169||0.37|
|This riding was created from parts of Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, where Canadian Alliance candidate James Moore was the incumbent.|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam|
|New Democratic||Mary-Woo Sims||11,196||23.06%||-3.31%||$25,808.51|
|Total valid votes||48,540|
|Total rejected ballots||141|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam|
|New Democratic||Zoë Royer||10,418||22.28%||-0.78%||$14,957.53|
|Total valid votes||46,760|
|Total rejected ballots||168|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam|
|New Democratic||Mark Ireland||14,600||30.12||+7.84||$2,513.96|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||48,473||100.00||–||$91,072.64|
|Total rejected ballots||188||0.39||+0.03|
- "Biography". www.jamesmoore.org. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "History of Federal Ridings Since 1867". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- Morton, Brian. "James Moore the right man for the job as aboriginal affairs minister, fellow MP says". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- "Alliance leader admits 'significant concessions' to get unite the right merger". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 October 2003. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "History of Federal Ridings Since 1867". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Same-sex marriage law passes 158-133". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Statement on Same-Sex Marriage". Jamesmoore.org. 18 December 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "B.C. Tory sees no 'public harm' in gay marriage". Vancouver Sun. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "PM gives unelected minister a big role in spending". Ottawa Citizen. 15 February 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Who's who in cabinet mini-shuffle". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "The race is on: Harper calls election for Oct. 14". CTV News. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Harper shuffles cabinet to create 'right team for these times'". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Harper defends arts cuts during stop in Saskatoon". The Journal Pioneer. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Benzie, Robert (24 September 2008). "Ordinary folks don't care about arts: Harper". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- MacDonald, Nancy (29 April 2011). "James Moore: a new breed of Tory". Maclean's. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- "Baird to get Foreign Affairs in cabinet shuffle". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Kennedy, Mark (14 May 2013). "Harper's reputation rests on new cabinet". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- McMahon, Tamsin (18 May 2011). "Baird, Clement and rookie MPs promoted in cabinet shuffle". National Post. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Parlinfo". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Wells, Paul (12 September 2011). "Harper's single white males". Maclean's. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
- Castonguay, Alec (2 February 2013). "The inside story of Jason Kenney's campaign to win over ethnic votes". Maclean's. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Oliver, Craig (22 May 2011). "Craig's Take: Jason Kenney's new gig". CTV News. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Hebert, Chantal (16 April 2012). "Hébert: James Moore can't repair Quebec rift on his own". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Heritage minister warns CBC about excessive spending". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "CBC defends itself against report on expenses". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Hiring freeze, layoffs to come at CTV: memo". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "CBC to cut spending, review major projects in tough times: president". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 November 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "CBC funding secure, heritage minister says". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "CBC Cuts: Conservative MPs' Petitions Call For End Of Government Funding Or Sale As Salary Info Released". The Huffington Post. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Downsized, decentralized CBC remains key goal for Tories: Heritage Minister James Moore". National Post. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Delacourt, Susan (29 November 2011). "Heritage Minister Moore defends CBC". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "James Moore the right man for the job as aboriginal affairs minister, fellow MP says". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
- Dobby, Christine (15 July 2013). "James Moore to replace Christian Paradis as federal industry minister". Financial Post. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa's problem". NEWS1130 (Interview). Interview with Sara Norman. Vancouver, British Columbia. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "James Moore apologizes for poverty comment: 'Is it my job to feed my neighbour's child? I don't think so'". National Post. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "James Moore, Conservative cabinet minister, leaving federal politics". CBC News. June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- Chan, Cheryl (1 December 2015). "Ex-Conservative Minister James Moore faces backlash over B.C. university appointment". National Post. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- James Moore official site
- Profile at Parliament of Canada
- James Moore – Parliament of Canada biography
- Speeches, votes and activity at OpenParliament.ca
- James Moore at PoliTwitter
Table of offices held
|28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper|
|Cabinet Posts (3)|
|John Duncan||Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
February 15–22, 2013
|Josée Verner||Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
|Christian Paradis||Minister of Industry
|Position created in 2008||Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Trade
(2008/06/25 – 2008/10/29)
|Position abolished in 2008|