Judi Longfield

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The Honourable
Judi Longfield
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Whitby—Ajax (1997-2004);
Whitby—Oshawa (2004-2006)
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Jim Flaherty
Personal details
Born (1947-04-23) April 23, 1947 (age 70)
Timmins, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Alan Longfield
Residence Whitby, Ontario
Profession Executive assistant, teacher

Judi Longfield, PC[note 1] (born April 23, 1947) is a former Canadian politician. She was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1997 to 2006, representing the riding of Whitby—Oshawa as a member of the Liberal Party. She has also campaigned for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.


Longfield was born in Timmins, Ontario. She graduated from North Bay Teacher's College, and worked as a community college teacher before taking time off to raise a family. She was a governor of the Trafalgar Castle School for Girls. Longfield began working for the Liberal Party in 1965 as an organizer, and was an executive assistant to Ontario Liberal Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) Allan Furlong and Steve Mahoney. She was a field organizer in Jean Chrétien's 1990 leadership campaign, and co-managed Dalton McGuinty's bid to become provincial leader in 1996.[1]


Longfield was elected to the Whitby municipal council in 1991, winning a close victory in the city's second ward.[2] She was re-elected in 1994.[3] Longfield was involved with the local government division of the National Democratic Institute in this period, and represented Canada on delegations to Romania and Guyana.[1]

Longfield was designated as the Liberal candidate for Whitby—Ajax in the 1997 federal election, as part of an effort by Prime Minister Chrétien to increase the number of female Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Liberal caucus.[4] She won a convincing victory, and was returned in the 2000 and 2004 elections, fending off a strong challenge from the Conservative Party on the latter occasion.[5]

Longfield served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Labour from 1999 to 2001 under Chrétien, and was parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Labour and Housing in Paul Martin's government from 2004 to 2006. She also remained active with the Ontario Liberal Party, co-chairing that party's campaign in the 1999 provincial election.[6] Initially associated with the Chrétien wing of the Liberal Party, Longfield sided with supporters of Chrétien's rival Paul Martin during a key procedural vote in 2002.[7]

Longfield was a supporter of pay equity policies, and criticized her own government for appealing a Supreme Court decision on the issue in 1998.[8] She was also a vocal proponent of affordable housing.[9]

Longfield was defeated in the 2006 federal election by Conservative candidate Jim Flaherty, a former cabinet minister from the provincial government of Mike Harris. Shortly thereafter, she was chosen as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Flaherty's vacated provincial seat in a provincial by-election held on March 30, 2006. She finished a close second against Progressive Conservative candidate Christine Elliott, Flaherty's wife.[10]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006: Whitby—Ajax
Resignation of Jim Flaherty
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Christine Elliott 15,843 46.23 −2.2
Liberal Judi Longfield 14,529 42.40 +2.2
New Democratic Julie Gladman 3,204 9.35 +0.2
Green Nick Boileau 307 0.90 −1.5
Freedom Paul McKeever 197 0.57
Family Coalition Victor Carvalho 102 0.30
Libertarian Marty Gobin 87 0.25
Total valid votes 34,269 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 107 0.31
Turnout 34,376 32.42
Eligible voters 106,028
Progressive Conservative hold Swing

Canadian federal election, 2006: Whitby—Oshawa
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Jim Flaherty 29,294 43.86 +7.80 $ 88,591.06
Liberal Judi Longfield 25,882 38.75 −6.29 78,783.33
New Democratic Maret Sadem-Thompson 8,716 13.05 −1.00 9,898.30
Green Ajay Krishnan 2,407 3.60 −1.25 238.56
Libertarian Marty Gobin 274 0.41   258.75
Canadian Action Tom Cochrane 217 0.32   120.18
Total valid votes/Expense limit 66,790 100.0   +17.30 $ 88,730.91
Total rejected ballots 237 0.35 −0.14
Turnout 67,027 70.60 +6.52
Electors on the lists 94,938   +6.32
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2004: Whitby—Oshawa
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Judi Longfield 25,649 45.04 $80,842
Conservative Ian MacNeil 20,531 36.06 $30,004
New Democratic Maret Sadem-Thompson 8,002 14.05 $13,477
Green Michael MacDonald 2,759 4.85 $0
Total valid votes 56,941 100.00
Total rejected ballots 283 0.49
Turnout 57,224 64.08
Electors on the lists 89,296
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative percentages from 2000.
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

Canadian federal election, 2000: Whitby—Ajax
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Judi Longfield 25,693 52.68 $68,465.75
Alliance Shaun Gillespie 13,159 26.98 $28,304.89
     Progressive Conservative Rob Chopowick 7,563 15.51 $12,247.43
New Democratic Vic Perroni 2,359 4.84 $2,493.06
Total valid votes 48,774 100.00
Total rejected ballots 153
Turnout 48,927 58.64
Electors on the lists 83,443
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

Canadian federal election, 1997: Whitby—Ajax
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Judi Longfield 23,551 47.69 $43,611
Reform Bill Serjeantson 11,977 24.25 $157
     Progressive Conservative Frank Snyder 10,107 20.47 $44,118
New Democratic Karen Dolan 3,354 6.79 $30,424
Canadian Action Robert Charles Radford 394 0.80 $1,904
Total valid votes 49,383 100.00
Total rejected ballots 248
Turnout 49,631 66.83
Electors on the lists 74,268
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.

1994 Whitby municipal election, Council, Ward Twoedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Judi Longfield acclaimed -

1991 Whitby municipal election, Council, Ward Twoedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Judi Longfield elected -
David Wall - -

All federal electoral information is taken from Elections Canada. Italicized expenditures from elections after 1997 refer to submitted totals, and are presented when the final reviewed totals are not available. Expenditures from 1997 refer to submitted totals.



  1. ^ Parliamentary Secretaries who served under Prime Minister Paul Martin were made Privy Council members.


  1. ^ a b "Canadian Broadcasting Corporation riding profile, 1997 federal election, Whitby—Ajax". 1997. Archived from the original on November 16, 2004. 
  2. ^ Ibbitson, Doug (November 13, 1991). "Oshawa mayor loses to local councillor". Toronto Star. p. E6. 
  3. ^ van Rijn, Nicolaas (November 16, 1994). "Some new faces on area councils". Toronto Star. p. A9. 
  4. ^ Brown, Jim (March 12, 1997). "Chrétien appoints four women". Winnipeg Free Press. p. B1. 
  5. ^ Huffman, Tracy (June 28, 2004). "Liberal wins after hard fight". Toronto Star. p. E10. 
  6. ^ Walker, William (March 17, 1999). "Support from federal Liberals half-hearted". Toronto Star. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Taber, Jane (November 6, 2002). "Backroom bid for solidarity fails to rally MPs to cause". The Globe and Mail. 
  8. ^ LeBlanc, Daniel (September 22, 1998). "Protests indicate rising anger with Liberals". The Globe and Mail. p. A7. 
  9. ^ Vallis, Mary (December 19, 2005). "Two successful politicians, just one federal seat". National Post. p. A4. 
  10. ^ Urquhart, Ian (March 29, 2006). "Conservative Elliott no shoo-in in byelection". Toronto Star. 

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