Jennifer Cossitt

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Jennifer Cossitt
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Leeds—Grenville
In office
1982–1988
Preceded by Thomas Cossitt
Succeeded by Jim Jordan
Personal details
Born (1948-06-22) 22 June 1948 (age 69)
Redcar, Yorkshire, England
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Thomas Cossitt
Occupation business executive

Jennifer Cossitt (née Birchall, born 22 June 1948 in Redcar, Yorkshire, England) was a Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons. She was a business executive by career.

Her husband was Thomas Cossitt, member of Parliament for the Leeds—Grenville electoral district. Cossitt served as her husband’s executive assistant for nine years. [1] Following his death in 1982, she campaigned at the riding in a 12 October 1982 by-election and won the seat. Cossitt took a fifth-ballot victory at a nominating convention of Leeds-Grenville Conservative Riding Association in the town of Prescott, Ontario, gaining 262 votes. [1] On her first day in the House of Commons (27 October 1982), she spoke against Liberal employment policies and entered an unsuccessful motion to debate these.[2]

Jennifer Cossitt won re-election in the 1984 federal election, but was defeated in the following 1988 federal election by Jim Jordan of the Liberal party. She served for the latter part of the 32nd Canadian Parliament and a full term in the 33rd Parliament.

Election Results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Jordan 20,141 43.39 +20.07
Progressive Conservative Jennifer Cossitt 18,053 38.89 -22.61
New Democratic Barry Grills 5,141 11.08 -2.88
Christian Heritage David Butcher 1,584 3.41
Confederation of Regions Faye Garner 1,497 3.23
Total valid votes 46,416 100.00
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Jennifer Cossitt 26,961 61.50 +4.50
Liberal Chuck Anderson 10,222 23.32 +2.59
New Democratic Jan Allen 6,121 13.96 +5.44
Green Mike Nickerson 348 0.79
Libertarian Hans Wienhold 190 0.43 -13.01
Total valid votes 43,842 100.00
Canadian federal by-election, 12 October 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
upon Tom Cossitt's death on 15 March 1982
Progressive Conservative Jennifer Cossitt 18,401 57.00 +5.78
Liberal Chuck Anderson 6,693 20.73 -10.98
Libertarian Neil Reynolds 4,337 13.44
New Democratic Mildred Smith 2,751 8.52 -8.55
Independent Ray Turmel 99 0.31
Total valid votes 32,281 100.00

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jennifer Cossitt, widow of the late Parliamentary gadfly Thomas". UPI. June 19, 1982. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cossitt slams PM in House debut". Ottawa Citizen. 28 October 1982. p. 5. 

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