Ken James (politician)

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Ken James
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sarnia—Lambton
In office
1984–1993
Preceded by Bud Cullen
Succeeded by Roger Gallaway
Personal details
Born (1934-08-05)5 August 1934
Sarnia, Ontario
Died 24 September 2014(2014-09-24) (aged 80)
Sarnia, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Mary Ellen James
Profession Entrepreneur, Farmer

Kenneth Albert James (5 August 1934 – 24 September 2014) was a Progressive Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he was a businessman, farmer, marketing and sales manager by career. He attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.[1]

James served as reeve and councillor for the Township of Sarnia for a decade.[1]

In federal politics, he represented the Ontario riding of Sarnia—Lambton where he was first elected in the 1984 federal election and re-elected in 1988, therefore becoming a member in the 33rd and 34th Canadian Parliaments.

James left federal politics after his defeat in the 1993 federal election to Roger Gallaway of the Liberal Party. He served as chair of the Blue Water Bridge Authority from 2007 until 2012.[1][2] He died on 24 September 2014 at the age of 80.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

Sarnia—Lambton[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Roger Gallaway 20,331 47.5% +15.7%
Progressive Conservative Ken James 9,706 22.7% -22.4%
Reform Bruce Brogden 9,061 21.2%
New Democratic Julie Foley 2,634 6.2% -16.1%
Christian Heritage Louis Duke 610 1.4%
Independent John Kenneth Elliot 192 0.4% -0.5%
Natural Law Shannon M. Bourke 178 0.4%
Independent O'Doug Dell 68 0.2%
Total valid votes 42,780 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Ken James 19,304 45.0% -9.6%
Liberal Joe Foreman 13,624 31.8% +6.1%
New Democratic Julie Foley 9,525 22.2% +2.8%
Rhinoceros John Elliott 408 1.0%
Total valid votes 42,861 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Ken James 24,066 54.6% +19.8%
Liberal Michael Bradley 11,313 25.7% -14.9%
New Democratic Julie Foley 8,538 19.4% -5.1%
Independent Douglas O'Dell 90 0.2%
Independent Fred Kahanek 51 0.1%
Total valid votes 44,058 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (Canada) (3 August 2007). "Appointment to the Blue Water Bridge Authority". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ken James reappointed to bridge commission". Sarnia Observer. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Barbara Simpson (26 September 2014). "Former MP Ken James served from 1984-1993". The Sarnia Observer. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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