Khalil Ramal

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Khalil Ramal
Ontario MPP
In office
2003–2011
Preceded by Frank Mazzilli
Succeeded by Teresa Armstrong
Constituency London—Fanshawe
Personal details
Born 1960 (age 56–57)
Lebanon
Political party Ontario Liberal Party
Liberal Party of Canada
Residence London, Ontario
Occupation Teacher, journalist

Khalil Ramal (born c. 1960) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2011. Ramal won the federal Liberal nomination for London—Fanshawe in 2015. Khalil Ramal ran unsuccessfully in the 2015 federal elections, but finished second after Irene Mathyssen of the rival New Democratic Party by a difference of around 3600 votes.

Background[edit]

Ramal has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a Master of Arts degree in social politics from Lebanese University, and has received further diplomas in accounting and teaching. At the time of the 2003 election, he was pursuing a Ph.D. in social politics.

He arrived in Canada in 1989, after leaving war-ravaged Lebanon, and has worked as a teacher, journalist, and as a counsellor with physical and mentally disabled patients at the Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock, Ontario. He also runs a small business, and has served as Vice President of the Orchard Farm Distribution Company.

Politics[edit]

Ramal was elected for London—Fanshawe in the 2003 provincial election, defeating New Democrat Irene Mathyssen and incumbent Progressive Conservative Frank Mazzilli in a close three-way race.[1]

On September 27, 2004, Ramal was named parliamentary assistant to Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

He was defeated in the 2011 provincial election.[2]

Ramal won the federal Liberal nomination for London—Fanshawe in 2015. He is now running federally in the upcoming general election.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Khalil Ramal 13,814 38.8% +2.9%
Progressive Conservative Jim Chapman 9,790 27.5% -2.9%
New Democratic Stephen Maynard 9,351 26.2% -4.9%
Green Daniel O'Neail 2,559 7.2% +5.7%
Independent Ma'in Sinan 129 0.4%
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Khalil Ramal 13,920 35.9% 0.8%
New Democratic Irene Mathyssen 12,051 31.1% +6.4%
Progressive Conservative Frank Mazzilli 11,777 30.4% -8.9%
Green Bryan Smith 568 1.5% +0.9%
Freedom Mike Davidson 493 1.3% +0.5%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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