Joe Oliver (politician)
|38th Minister of Finance|
March 19, 2014 – November 4, 2015
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Jim Flaherty|
|Succeeded by||Bill Morneau|
|Minister of Natural Resources|
May 18, 2011 – March 19, 2014
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Christian Paradis|
|Succeeded by||Greg Rickford|
|Member of Parliament
May 2, 2011 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Joe Volpe|
|Succeeded by||Marco Mendicino|
May 20, 1940 |
|Alma mater||McGill University
Joseph "Joe" Oliver PC (born May 20, 1940) is a Canadian politician and the former Minister of Finance. He was elected to the House of Commons in the 2011 federal election and represented the electoral district of Eglinton—Lawrence as a member of the Conservative Party until his defeat in the 2015 election.
Early life and career
Oliver was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, to a Jewish family. His father was a dentist and his mother was a teacher. He grew up attending Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. He is currently married to Golda Goldman and has two sons, David and Jeffrey.
Following his studies he became an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and then Nesbitt Thomson. He became executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission and was also named the CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
Minister of Natural Resources
On May 18, 2011, Oliver was sworn in as the Minister of Natural Resources. In June 2011, Oliver repeated Harper's campaign promise to support Quebec's asbestos industry, by claiming that chrysotile asbestos, a carcinogen, could be used safely. As Natural Resources Minister, Oliver also oversaw SNC-Lavalin's purchase of Atomic Energy of Canada. Oliver has also defended pipeline projects for Canada's oil sands such as Keystone XL and the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines. In a January 2012 open letter defending Keystone XL Oliver called Canadians who opposed the project "radicals" who “use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.” During his time as natural resources minister, the ministry's advertising budget grew from $237,000 in 2010-11 to $40 million in 2012-13. Also under Oliver, the regulatory checks on the energy industry's super-projects such as Keystone were streamlined.
Minister of Finance
On March 19, 2014, Oliver was appointed to replace Jim Flaherty as Minister of Finance. In January 2015, Oliver announced that the budget would not be tabled until April, instead of the usual February to March, because of economic uncertainty caused by the rapid drop in oil prices. On April 21, 2015, Oliver presented the federal budget, which projected a $1.4 billion surplus by taking $2 billion from the country's contingency fund.
During the 2015 Canadian federal election, Canada was officially declared to be in a recession and fellow cabinet minister Jason Kenney, who unlike Oliver, was running in a safe riding, was the primary Conservative spokesperson on the economy. Meanwhile, Oliver kept a low profile: he cancelled two speaking events at men's only clubs in Toronto, discretely attended a G20 conference in Turkey, and focused on winning his riding.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Andrew Thomson||3,505||6.28||-5.32||–|
|Animal Alliance||Rudy Brunell Solomonvici||114||0.20||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||55,792||99.94||$210,250.87|
|Total rejected ballots||328||0.58||-0.04|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Justin Chatwin||5,613||11.60||+3.18|
|Total valid votes||48,389||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||302||0.62||+0.12|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+6.57|
Source: Elections Canada
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Justin Chatwin||3,663||8.42||-3.07||$4,729|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||43,498||100.00||$82,294|
|Total rejected ballots||219||0.50|
- Election 2011: Eglinton—Lawrence. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
- "JOE OLIVER, BA’61, BCL’64".
- "The Honourable Joe Oliver".
- Kingston, Anne (5 September 2014). "The PM’s latest secret weapon: Joe Oliver". Maclean's. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Canada, Parliament of. "Member of Parliament Profile". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- Josh Wingrove, Steven Chase, Bill Curry And Shawn McCarthy (March 19, 2014). "New Finance Minister Joe Oliver enters with a whisper". The Globe and Mail.
- Canadian Press (15 January 2015). "Federal budget to be delayed until April in light of low oil prices". Maclean's. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- "Fact-checking Joe Oliver: Doing the math on budget 2015". Maclean's. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
- Le Couteur, Mike and Monique Muise (17 September 2015). "Where’s Joe Oliver? Finance minister says he’s just been busy in his riding". Global News. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
- Gillis, Charlie (3 September 2015). "Where’s Joe Oliver? Why in Turkey, of course.". Maclean's. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "Joe Oliver in Turkey for G20 meeting during election campaign". CBC News. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Eglinton—Lawrence, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of Canada
- Joe Oliver – Parliament of Canada biography
- Speeches, votes and activity at OpenParliament.ca
|Parliament of Canada|
|Member of Parliament
|Minister of Natural Resources
|Minister of Finance