Joe Daniel

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Joe Daniel
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Don Valley East
In office
Preceded by Yasmin Ratansi
Succeeded by Yasmin Ratansi
Personal details
Born (1954-12-05) December 5, 1954 (age 62)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Political party Conservative
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Profession Engineer, Professor

Joe Daniel (born December 5, 1954) is a former Canadian politician. He was a Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2011 to 2015 who represented the Toronto riding of Don Valley East. He was the first Canadian MP of Malayali descent.[1]


Daniel was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He came to Canada in 1987 to work on a contract with the Canadian military. In 1995, he moved to Toronto and joined (IBM) Celestica Inc. where he worked for 14 years as a manager in engineering. He was also a part-time professor at Humber and Centennial College and during this period presented a number of papers on fibre optic technology.[2][3]


In the 2011 Canadian federal election, he ran as the Conservative candidate in the Toronto riding of Don Valley East. He defeated Liberal incumbent Yasmin Ratansi by 870 votes.[4] He served as a backbench member of the Stephen Harper government.

In the 2015 election he ran in the new riding of Don Valley North but lost to newcomer Geng Tan by 6,215 votes.[5] During the election, Daniel was recorded giving a talk in front of supporters where he was quoted as saying that the 2015 refugee crisis was part of a Muslim agenda, which he would oppose and not allow it to spread to Canada.[6] He refused media requests for clarification of his statement, as part of his policy to avoid all interviews with media until after the election.[7] Later, during an all-candidates debate in October, Daniel referred to the "so-called" Syrian refugees, questioned their need for food and water, and criticized the Middle East for not doing more to support them.[8]

In March 2017, Daniel attempted a comeback by running for the Conservative Party nomination for an April by-election in Markham—Thornhill, but was defeated by journalist and radio host Gavan Paranchothy.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Don Valley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Geng Tan 23,494 51.4 +14.1
Conservative Joe Daniel 17,279 37.8 -2.5
New Democratic Akil Sadikali 3,896 8.5 -12.3
Green Caroline Brown 1,018 2.2 +0.88
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0     $204,217.72
Total rejected ballots 259
Turnout 45,946
Eligible voters 71,812
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +8.3%
Source: Elections Canada[10][11]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Don Valley East
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Joe Daniel 14,422 36.78 +5.78
Liberal Yasmin Ratansi 13,552 34.56 -13.51
New Democratic Mary Trapani Hynes 9,878 25.19 +11.87
Green Akil Sadikali 1,114 2.84 -4.05
Christian Heritage Ryan Kidd 246 0.63 -0.07
Total valid votes 39,212 100.00
Total rejected ballots 218 0.55
Turnout 39,430 57.24
Eligible voters 68,890


  1. ^ "As multicultural as his constituents: MP Joe Daniel". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ "About Joe". Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. ^ "SPIE Digital Library: Search results (3 papers found)". SPIE. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Riding results from across Canada". Edmonton Journal. May 3, 2011. p. A6. 
  5. ^ "Canada Votes". The Toronto Star. October 20, 2015. pp. GT13–GT15. 
  6. ^ Harper, Tim (23 September 2015). "Conservative candidate claims Muslim ‘agenda’ in refugee crisis: Tim Harper". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Brennan, Richard J. and Robert Benzie (26 August 2015). "Tory candidates told to avoid debates, media during campaign". Toronto Star. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Campion-Smith, Bruce (2 October 2015). "Toronto Tory candidate Joe Daniel questions ‘so-called’ refugees". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
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  10. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Don Valley North, 30 September 2015
  11. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine.

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