|Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada|
September 17, 2012 – December 4, 2015
|Governor General||David Johnston|
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Denise Savoie|
|Succeeded by||Bruce Stanton|
|Member of Parliament|
Windsor—St. Clair (2000–2004)
|Preceded by||Rick Limoges|
|Succeeded by||Cheryl Hardcastle|
|Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons|
October 13, 2011 – April 19, 2012
|Preceded by||Thomas Mulcair|
|Succeeded by||Nathan Cullen|
Joseph John Comartin
December 26, 1947
Stoney Point, Ontario
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Profession||lawyer, managing director|
Joseph John "Joe" Comartin (born December 26, 1947) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. Comartin joined the New Democratic Party in 1969 and represented the party in the House of Commons of Canada from 2000 to 2015.
Life and career
Comartin was born in Stoney Point, Ontario. A civil litigation lawyer based in Windsor, Ontario, Comartin enjoyed strong support from local union members when he ran for a seat in the House of Commons, but narrowly lost in the 1997 general election and in a 1999 by-election.
He won the seat in the 2000 election, becoming the first federal NDP candidate to win a seat in Ontario in ten years (Mike Breaugh of Oshawa had been the last to win in a 1990 by-election ). He was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011.
Comartin stood as a candidate in the leadership of the NDP in 2003, and finished fourth.
He was the Opposition House Leader from October 18, 2011 to April 19, 2012.
|1997 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic Party||Joe Comartin||14,237|
|Progressive Conservative||Bruck Easton||4,253|
By-election: On Cohen's death:
|By-election on 12 April 1999|
|New Democratic Party||Joe Comartin||13,800|
|Progressive Conservative||Bruck Easton||2,074|
|2000 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic Party||Joe Comartin||17,001|
|Progressive Conservative||Bruck Easton||1,906|
|2004 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Joe Comartin||20,037||41.85|
|Total valid votes||47,878||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||362||0.75|
|2006 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Joe Comartin||22,646||44.62||+2.77|
|Total valid votes||50,747||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||261||0.51||-0.24|
|2008 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Joe Comartin||20,045||48.9%||+4.3%||$67,619|
|Conservative||Denise Ghanam||9,826||24.0%||-1.3 %||$15,626|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||41,014||100%||$88,944|
|Total rejected ballots||–|
|2011 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Joe Comartin||22,224||49.90%||+1.20%||–|
|Total valid votes||44,540||100.00%||–|
- Cohen, Tobi. "Ocanada.com-Joe Comartin named Deputy Speaker". Ocanada.com. Ocanada.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- Thompson, Chris. "The Windsor Star - Comartin acclaimed deputy Speaker in House". The Windsor Star. The Windsor Star. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- "Comartin calls it a career; New Democrat to retire after 14 year as Windsor-Tecumseh MP". Windsor Star, July 3, 2014.
- Official site
- How'd They Vote?: Joe Comartin's voting history and quotes
- Joe Comartin – Parliament of Canada biography
|Parliament of Canada|
| Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons