Kathryn McGarry

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Kathryn McGarry
6th Mayor of Cambridge, Ontario
Assumed office
December 1, 2018
Preceded byDoug Craig
Minister of Transportation
In office
January 18, 2018 – June 7, 2018
Preceded bySteven Del Duca
Succeeded byJohn Yakabuski
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
In office
June 13, 2016 – January 18, 2018
PremierKathleen Wynne
Preceded byBill Mauro
Succeeded byNathalie Des Rosiers
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Cambridge
In office
June 12, 2014 – June 7, 2018
Preceded byRob Leone
Succeeded byBelinda Karahalios
Personal details
Political partyIndependent
(municipal politicians are elected on a non-partisan basis)
Other political
Spouse(s)Fred McGarry
ResidenceNorth Dumfries, Ontario
ProfessionCritical Care Nurse

Kathryn McGarry is a Canadian politician serving as the current mayor of Cambridge, Ontario.[1] Prior to her election as mayor, she represented the riding of Cambridge in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2014 to 2018. She was a Minister in the Cabinet of Premier Kathleen Wynne.


McGarry began her career as a critical care nurse since 1978, working first at the Hospital for Sick Children, as well as Grand River Hospital and Cambridge Memorial hospital.[2]

McGarry was a founding member of Hospice Waterloo Region; past president of the Heritage Cambridge Board of Directors; and past chair of the Heritage Master Plan Implementation Committee. She is a member of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, and was a contributing member of the Community Leaders' Task Force on Municipal Restructuring.[3] McGarry has been a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for voluntary, community and humanitarian service,[4] and the Bernice Adams Special Trustee award.[5]

Provincial politics[edit]

In the 2007 provincial election, McGarry vied as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Cambridge. She was defeated by Progressive Conservative incumbent Gerry Martiniuk by 3,238 votes.[6] McGarry ran a second time in the 2011 provincial election but was defeated by a reduced margin of 1,954 votes to new PC candidate Rob Leone.[7] McGarry ran a third time in 2014, this time defeating Leone by 3,067 votes.[8][9]

On June 24, 2014, McGarry was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and given responsibility for drafting the province's driverless car regulation, reforming the province's intercity bus system and strengthening cycling and road safety.[10][11]

On November 20, 2014, McGarry introduced a private member's bill, The Lung Health Act 2014,[12] which called for the development and implementation of a comprehensive Ontario Lung Health Action Plan covering research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.[13]

On June 13, 2016, McGarry was appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.[14] She introduced and passed legislation that increased accountability and oversight of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities.[15] She also introduced the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, which modernized the province's resource extraction rules by updating processes for fee and royalty increases on aggregates, expanded public participation in the extraction application process and enhanced environmental protections through clearer regulations and better oversight for aggregate companies.[16]

In a cabinet shuffle on January 18, 2018, McGarry was named Minister of Transportation.[17] As Minister, McGarry announced the government would conduct a feasibility study to extend GO Transit rail service to Cambridge, connecting the city to the Kitchener line through Guelph via a currently unused CN Rail owned track.[18]

McGarry lost her re-election bid in the 2018 provincial election to Belinda Karahalios.[19]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario provincial government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Steven Del Duca Minister of Transportation
2018 (January–June)
John Yakabuski
Bill Mauro Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Nathalie Des Rosiers

Municipal politics[edit]

On July 18, 2018, McGarry announced that she was running for Mayor of Cambridge, Ontario,[20] stating that the people of the city were no longer satisfied with Craig's leadership style, and pledged to run city hall in a more communicative and consultative manner.[20] During the campaign, Craig was forced to apologize to McGarry when his campaign staff edited her out of a photograph of a public event they had both attended while McGarry was still sitting in the Legislative Assembly.[21] On October 22, 2018, McGarry was elected Mayor of Cambridge, defeating 18 year incumbent Doug Craig as well as three other candidates with 13,404 votes and 47.7% of the vote, becoming the first candidate in the city's history to defeat an incumbent mayor.[22]

Election results[edit]

Cambridge mayoral election, 2018
Candidate Votes %
Kathryn McGarry 13,404 47.72
Doug Craig (X) 7,394 26.32
Ben Tucci 4,902 17.45
Colin Tucker 1,553 5.53
Randy Carter 836 2.98
Total 28,089 100.00
Source: City of Cambridge [23]
2018 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Belinda Karahalios 17,793 36.97% +4.41
New Democratic Marjorie Knight 15,639 32.49% +10.88
Liberal Kathryn McGarry 11,191 23.25% -15.67
Green Michele Braniff 3,018 6.27% +0.61
Libertarian Allan Dettweiler 490 1.02% -0.24
Total valid votes 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -
Source: Elections Ontario[24]
2014 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Kathryn McGarry 18,763 38.92 +5.85
Progressive Conservative Rob Leone 15,694 32.56 -5.13
New Democratic Bobbi Stewart 10,413 21.59 -3.02
Green Temara Brown 2,726 5.68 +3.18
Libertarian Allan R. Dettweiler 605 1.25 -0.24
Total valid votes 48,200 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 814
Turnout 49,015 49.04
Eligible voters 100,130
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +5.85
Source: Elections Ontario[8]
2011 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Rob Leone 15,947 37.69 -3.97
Liberal Kathryn McGarry 13,993 33.07 -1.04
New Democratic Atinuke Bankole 10,414 24.61 +10.81
Green Jacques Malette 1,056 2.50 -6.43
Libertarian Allan Dettweiler 629 1.49  
Independent Robert Ross 271 0.64  
Total valid votes 42,310 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 187 0.44
Turnout 42,497 46.04
Eligible voters 92,310
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -1.47
Source: Elections Ontario[7]
2007 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Gerry Martiniuk 17,884 41.66 -0.84
Liberal Kathryn McGarry 14,641 34.11 -1.08
New Democratic Mitchell Healey 5,923 13.80 -4.29
Green Colin Carmichael 3,835 8.93 +6.84
Family Coalition Paul Vendervet 650 1.50 -0.63
Total valid votes 42,933 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario[6]


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  9. ^ "Liberal Kathryn McGarry beats Tory in historic Cambridge win". CBC News. June 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Herhalt, Chris (Nov 5, 2014). "Waterloo Region's Liberal MPPs will help with jobs fund, driverless cars law". Waterloo Region Record. Waterloo Region. Archived from the original on 2014-11-13.
  11. ^ "2014 Parliamentary Assistant Mandate Letter: Transportation The Minister's instructions to the Parliamentary Assistant on priorities for the year 2014". Ontario.ca. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  12. ^ "Bill 41, Lung Health Act, 2016 - Legislative Assembly of Ontario - Bills & Lawmaking - Current Parliament". www.ontla.on.ca. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  13. ^ "MPP McGarry stands up for lung health - CambridgeTimes.ca". 10 December 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  14. ^ Hicks, Jeff (June 13, 2016). "McGarry gives Waterloo Region voice in Ontario cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Waterloo Region.
  15. ^ Werner, Kevin (June 12, 2017). "Ontario proposes stricter oversight of conservation authorities". Stoney Creek News. Hamilton.
  16. ^ "Bill 39, Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2017 - Legislative Assembly of Ontario - Bills & Lawmaking - Current Parliament". www.ontla.on.ca.
  17. ^ Martin, Ray (January 18, 2018). "McGarry surprised and excited with new post". Cambridge Times. Cambridge.
  18. ^ Davis, Brent (May 3, 2018). "GO train service to Cambridge to be studied". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener.
  19. ^ "PC Belinda Karahalios wins in Cambridge riding". CBC Kitchener-Waterloo. June 7, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Kathryn McGarry running for mayor in Cambridge". Waterloo Region Record. July 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "Cambridge, Ont., mayor apologizes after image of political rival edited out of campaign photo". CBC Kitchener-Waterloo, September 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "Mayor Doug Craig defeated as Cambridge elects a new mayor". Cambridge Times. October 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "2018 Election Results". City of Cambridge. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Candidate Search". Elections Ontario. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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