John Cummins (Canadian politician)

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John Cummins
Leader of the British Columbia Conservative Party
In office
May 28, 2011 – July 13, 2013
Preceded by Wilf Hanni
Succeeded by Dan Brooks
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Delta—Richmond East
Delta (1993–1997)
Delta—South Richmond (1997–2004)
In office
October 25, 1993 – May 1, 2011
Preceded by Stan Wilbee
Succeeded by Kerry-Lynne Findlay
Personal details
Born (1942-03-12) March 12, 1942 (age 75)
Georgetown, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sue Cummins
Residence Richmond, British Columbia
Profession Commercial fisherman, teacher
Religion Roman Catholic [1]

John Martin Cummins (born March 12, 1942) is a Canadian politician. He was the leader of the British Columbia Conservative Party from 2011 until resigning after the 2013 election.[1] He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Delta—Richmond East in British Columbia from 1993 until 2011, when he turned to provincial politics becoming the leader of the unaffiliated provincial party.

Born in Georgetown, Ontario, he was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1993 election, as a Reform Party member. He was re-elected in 1997, 2000 (as a member of the Canadian Alliance), 2004, 2006, and 2008 (as a Conservative).


Cummins obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario where he attended King's University College and a master's degree from the University of British Columbia.

Before politics[edit]

Before entering politics, Cummins worked in the pulp and paper industry in Ontario, the oil fields of Alberta and on the construction of the Bennett hydroelectric dam in Northern BC. He taught school in the Northwest Territories and in the Peace River district of Northern Alberta, then spent fifteen years teaching in Delta, British Columbia. Cummins is also a commercial fisherman; he owned and operated commercial fishing boats in BC for over 20 years.


As a Member of Parliament, Cummins served twice as party critic for Fisheries and Oceans, in addition to his work on various other House of Commons and Joint Committees.

On October 19, 2010, Bill Tieleman wrote about John Cummins convention speech where Tieleman writes that "the BC Conservatives are going to target not only disgruntled BC Liberal voters but also the NDP's traditional support bases".[2]

On March 12, 2011, Cummins announced that he would not be seeking re-election in the federal election held on May 2, 2011.[3] On March 29, 2011, Cummins announced he would seek the leadership of the British Columbia Conservative Party,[4] and was acclaimed leader at the party's convention on May 28, 2011.

On November 28, 2011, Cummins recommended that a review of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in BC, including whether a provincial police force should be considered. This was announced following a review from Brian Peckford.[5]


During an interview on CFAX 1070 Radio on May 11, 2011, prior to becoming leader of the BC Conservatives, Cummins was questioned by the host of the radio show about his stance on gay rights following a suggestion that homosexuality was a choice. His response was: "That's my understanding of the issue,". He followed up by stating "There are folks that will tell you they're born that way, and that's fine. I don't discriminate".[6] He issued an apology a couple days later, saying “My comments on CFAX radio this past Wednesday may have been misinterpreted and may have offended some. I apologize for that".[7]


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