Julia Munro

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Julia Munro
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for York—Simcoe
York North (1999-2007)
Assumed office
May 5, 1999
Preceded by Frank Klees
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Durham—York
In office
June 8, 1995 – May 5, 1999
Preceded by Larry O'Connor
Succeeded by Riding Abolished
Personal details
Born 1942 (age 74–75)
Hamilton, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Teacher

Julia Munro (born c. 1942) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 1995. She represents the riding of York—Simcoe.


Munro was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. She taught history in secondary school in Markham and Newmarket for 24 years.[1] She served as a department head in one of the high schools of the York Region Board of Education. She and her husband live on a farm near Sutton where they breed poodles, borzois and pointers.[2]

From 1992 to 1994, she was the president of the Durham—York Progressive Conservative Association.


Munro was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent New Democrat Larry O'Connor in the former Durham—York riding.[3] She was re-elected in the redistributed riding of York North in the 1999 election.[4] The Tories lost the 2003 general election, but Munro was able to retain her seat by a reduced margin.[5] She has been re-elected in 2007, 2011 and again in 2014, albeit by her narrowest margin, in the riding of York-Simcoe.[6][7][8]

Munro was parliamentary assistant to the premier from 1995 to 1998 in charge of promoting volunteerism and government whip from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002, Munro introduced a private member's bill to clamp down on puppy mills. Earlier, the government defeated a similar bill introduced by Liberal Mike Colle that would have licensed dog breeders and given SPCA officials the right to inspect breeding operations. Munro's bill introduced standards of care for dog breeding operations but did not call for licences or inspection rights. Critics alleged that Munro was in a conflict of interest when she introduced weaker legislation since she was a dog breeder herself. Colle said, "you don't need a licence to be a breeder, you don't get inspected. Anyone can claim to be a breeder and you don't need any qualifications."[9] The bill was eventually passed.

She is the party's critic for the new Ontario Pension Plan. As of July 2014 she is Deputy Opposition House Leader.


  1. ^ Moloney, Paul (1999-05-28). "Education hottest issue in fast-growing York North". Toronto Star. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Benzie, Robert (2001-12-07). "Harris Conservatives accused of being anti-puppy: Quash Liberal bid to ban breeding mills". National Post. p. A6. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 18 (xxvii). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 20. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ "General Election by District: York-Simcoe". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Boyle, Theresa (2002-12-13). "Animal protection law lacks teeth, critics say ; Won't stop abuse or keep tabs on breeders Bill's author accused of conflict of interest". Toronto Star. p. A07. 

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