John Cannis

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John Cannis
Member of Parliament
for Scarborough Centre
In office
1993–2011
Preceded by Pauline Browes
Succeeded by Roxanne James
Personal details
Born (1951-11-04) November 4, 1951 (age 65)
Kalymnos, Greece
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Mary Cannis
Children 3
Residence Toronto
Profession Human Resources Consultant

John Cannis (Greek: Γιάννης Κάννης; born November 4, 1951) is a former member of the House of Commons in Canada.

Background[edit]

Born in Kalymnos, Greece, Cannis was raised and educated in Toronto, Ontario. A successful entrepreneur for 18 years, Cannis owned a Toronto-based international executive search firm and was a member in good standing of Association of Professional Placement Agencies and Consultants. He also served as a computer and human resource consultant.

Cannis and his wife of more than 30 years, Mary, have three children; Irene (Tony), Paul (Christina), Daniel and four grandchildren.

Politics[edit]

Cannis ran as the Liberal candidate in the 1993 election in the riding of Scarborough Centre and was elected as a Member of Parliament. He continued to serve for 18 years before his defeat by Conservative Roxanne James in 2011.

From 1999 to 2001, Cannis served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry. As Parliamentary Secretary, he successfully guided four pieces of legislation through the House of Commons and committee stages; specifically, the Privacy Act, the Space Agency Act, the Canadian Tourism Commission Act and the Patent Act.

Notable committee appointments included Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence, Chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs, Chair of the Subcommittee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment (SINT) of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (FAAE) and as Vice-Chair on the Standing Committee on Transport.[1]

In 2004, when the Khadr family returned to Canada, they were met by a loud wave of public sentiment in favour of revoking their citizenship and deporting them. Cannis, as the Member of Parliament for their region, called for the entire family to be charged under the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act for "aiding a terrorist organization with which Canada is at war".[2] Prime Minister Paul Martin responded by saying that the Khadrs "have a right to their own opinions".[3]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Roxanne James 13,498 35.55 +5.45
Liberal John Cannis 12,028 31.68 -16.99
New Democratic Natalie Hundt 11,443 30.14 +14.39
Green Ella Ng 998 2.63 -2.83
Total valid votes/Expense limit 37,967 100.00 +3.10
Total rejected ballots 217 0.57 -0.07
Turnout 38,184 54.34 +2.21
Eligible voters 70,274   -1.15
Canadian federal election, 2008: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal John Cannis 17,927 48.67 -6.7 $61,436
Conservative Roxanne James 11,088 30.10 +2.8 $74,654
New Democratic Natalie Hundt 5,801 15.75 +1.8 $1,449
Green Ella Ng 2,011 5.46 +2.2 $1,784
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,827 100.00 $81,313
Total rejected ballots 235 0.63
Turnout 37,062 52.13
Canadian federal election, 2006: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal John Cannis 23,332 55.4 +1.7
Conservative Roxanne James 11,522 27.3 +5.3
New Democratic Dorothy Laxton 5,885 14.0 -1.9
Green Andrew Strachan 1,396 3.3 +0.6
Total valid votes 42,135 100.0
Canadian federal election, 2004: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal John Cannis 20,740 53.7 -13.8
Conservative John Mihtis 8,515 22.0 -0.2
New Democratic Greg Gogan 6,156 15.9 +8.0
Green Greg Bonser 1,045 2.7
Communist Dorothy Sauras 152 0.3
Total valid votes 36,608 100.0

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Canadian federal election, 2000: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal John Cannis 26,969 67.5 +10.1
Alliance Bill Settatree 8,849 22.2 +3.7
New Democratic Ali Mallah 3,171 7.9 -0.3
Marijuana Paul Coulbeck 959 2.4
Total valid votes 39,948 100.0

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Canadian federal election, 1997: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal John Cannis 25,185 57.4 +4.9
Reform Bill Settatree 8,106 18.5 -2.2
Progressive Conservative Brian Shedden 6,976 15.9 -4.6
New Democratic Chris Stewart 3,619 8.2 +4.2
Total valid votes 43,886 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1993: Scarborough Centre
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal John Cannis 21,084 52.50 $ 48,715
Reform John Pope 8,415 20.95 16,324
Progressive Conservative Pauline Browes 8,154 20.30 43,354
New Democratic Guy Hunter 1,599 3.98 24,751
National Jean Schilling 320 0.80 1,152
Natural Law David Gordon 190 0.47 0
Independent Steven Lam 184 0.46 7,341
Libertarian George Dance 153 0.38 0
Marxist–Leninist France Tremblay 38 0.09 105
Abolitionist Denis A. Mazerolle 21 0.05 0
Total valid votes 40,158 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 359 0.89
Turnout 40,517 68.17
Eligible voters 59,431

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