Larry Maguire

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Larry Maguire
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brandon—Souris
Assumed office
November 25, 2013
Preceded by Merv Tweed
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for Arthur-Virden
In office
September 21, 1999 – October 18, 2013
Preceded by Jim Downey
Succeeded by Doyle Piwniuk
Personal details
Born (1949-06-01) June 1, 1949 (age 66)
Souris, Manitoba
Political party Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba
Conservative Party of Canada
Residence Virden, Manitoba

Larry Maguire (born June 1, 1949) is a politician and activist farmer in Manitoba, Canada. Formerly a Progressive Conservative MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on November 25, 2013. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and sits on the House Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and the House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

Farming activist[edit]

Maguire is the owner and operator of Maguire Farms Limited in Elgin. He was named mid-Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer in 1986, and received a Certificate of Merit from the Manitoba Agricultural and Food Sciences Grads Association in 1990. He was twice elected as the Canadian Wheat Board Advisory Committee's Western Manitoba Representative, serving from 1987 to 1994.[1] He was also chairman of the Agricultural Diversification Alliance (ADA) and a public governor of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange in this period, and advocated changes to the federal Crow Equity Fund.[2]

Maguire served as president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association from 1995 to 1999. This group opposed the Canadian Wheat Board's single-desk marketing policy, and favoured market competition in wheat and barley. Maguire campaigned for re-election as a Wheat Board advisor in 1994 on an openly anti-monopoly platform, arguing that sellers could receive higher prices through an open market. Others disagreed with his assessment.[3] He was defeated by pro-monopoly candidate Bill Nicholson, 2,728 votes to 1,544.[4]

Maguire supported the anti-monopoly position in a 1997 CWB referendum on barley sales. Farmers rejected this position, with 67% opting to remain with single-desk marketing. Maguire was critical of the referendum question, arguing that it should have included a dual-market option.[5]

In 1998, Maguire was appointed to a council evaluating proposals for the Agri-food Research and Development Initiative. This was a joint project from the federal and provincial governments.[6] Later in the same year, he endorsed anti-monopoly candidates in the first ever election of the Canadian Wheat Board's directors. Pro-monopoly candidates won eight of the ten positions.[7]


Federal politics

In June 1993, Maguire upset provincial cabinet minister Jim McCrae to win the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada nomination for Brandon—Souris in the 1993 federal election.[8] The final vote among party members was 1,520 to 1,194. Maguire emphasized farming issues in his nomination speech, and argued that he would be successful in bringing Reform Party supporters back to the Progressive Conservatives.[9]

The Brandon—Souris riding had been held by the PCs since 1953, and was considered a safe seat for the party. The party's support base in western Canada collapsed, however, and Maguire finished third against Liberal Party of Canada candidate Glen McKinnon. He planned to seek the PC nomination again for the 1997 election, but withdrew in favour of Brandon Mayor Rick Borotsik.[10] On August 12, 2013, Merv Tweed, Borotsik's successor, announced his resignation from the House of Commons. The following week, Maguire announced his intention to seek the Conservative Party of Canada's nomination in the electoral district.

Provincial politics

Maguire sought the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba nomination for Arthur-Virden in April 1999, but lost to rival candidate Gary Nestibo.[11] Nestibo forfeited his nomination following allegations of dubious land sales and vote-stacking, however, and a new nomination meeting was scheduled for August.[12] Maguire finished second on the first ballot, behind Gary's wife Lorna Nestibo, but won on the second count with support from third-place candidate Grant Fotheringham.[13] He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba in the 1999 provincial election, as the New Democratic Party won a majority government under Gary Doer. He entered the legislature as a member of the opposition.

Maguire was appointed as the Progressive Conservative critic for the environment, and lobbied for improvements to the provincial Water Rights Act.[14] He represented the PCs in an all-party delegation to Ottawa to advocate increased funding for farmers,[15] and served on an all-party provincial committee on agriculture.[16]

There were rumours that Maguire would campaign to succeed Gary Filmon as Progressive Conservative Party leader in 2000, although nothing came of this.[17] In 2001, he was reassigned as PC critic for rural development.[18] Shortly thereafter, he recommended conducting research into the possibility of selling large quantities of water to the United States of America.[19] In 2002, he participated in an all-party mission to the United States to oppose that country's farm subsidy policies.[20] He was promoted to finance critic later in the year.[21]

Maguire decided not to open a constituency office following his 1999 election, saying that he could communicate with his constituents by telephone and e-mail.[22] In 2002, he was one of five PC MLAs to support a government motion granting pension, alimony and death benefits to gay and lesbian spouses.[23]

He was re-elected in the 2003 provincial election, as the NDP won an increased majority across the province. After the election, he served as his party's critic for transportation, conservation and intergovernmental affairs.[24] In 2004, he opposed a proposal to introduce photo radar in rural Manitoba.[25] Hugh McFadyen was elected as the Progressive Conservative Party's new leader in 2006, and chose Maguire as his deputy leader and Infrastructure Critic.[26]

Maguire was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election, in which the New Democratic Party won a third consecutive majority government. In September 2007, he was replaced as deputy leader by Myrna Driedger[27] and was appointed Critic for Infrastructure and Transportation, Government Services, and Competitiveness, Training and Trade.[28]

Electoral record[edit]


Canadian federal election, 2015: Brandon—Souris
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Larry Maguire 20,666 50.3 -13.53
Liberal Jodi Wyman 15,338 37.3 +31.56
New Democratic Melissa Joy Wastasecoot 2,576 6.3 -18.33
Green David Neufeld 2,526 6.1 -0.35
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,106 100.0     $211,534.32
Total rejected ballots 150
Turnout 41,256 68.27
Eligible voters 60,427
Conservative hold Swing -22.55
Source: Elections Canada[29][30]
Canadian federal by-election, November 25, 2013: Brandon—Souris
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Larry Maguire 12,205 44.16 −19.57 $ 89,503.81
Liberal Rolf Dinsdale 11,816 42.75 +37.39 76,203.47
New Democratic Cory Szczepanski 1,996 7.22 −17.96 22,981.64
Green David Neufeld 1,349 4.88 −0.85 7,502.04
Libertarian Frank Godon 271 0.98 –   2,404.04
Total valid votes/Expense limit 27,637 100.0   –   $ 94,534.60
Total rejected ballots 106 0.38 −0.01
Turnout 27,743 44.81 −12.83
Eligible voters 61,910    
Conservative hold Swing −28.48
By-election due to the resignation of Merv Tweed.

Canadian federal election, 1993: Brandon—Souris
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Glen McKinnon 12,130 33.00 $34,664
Reform Edward Agnew 11,163 30.37 $32,210
     Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire 8,236 22.41 $52,740
New Democratic Ross C. Martin 4,359 11.86 $13,827
Christian Heritage Abe Neufeld 339 0.92 $2,184
National Eldon Obach 336 0.91 $5,524
Natural Law Robert Roberts 112 0.30 $0
Canada Party George H. Armstrong 82 0.22 $0
Total valid votes 36,757 100.00
Total rejected ballots 128
Turnout 36,885 68.74
Electors on lists 53,659
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.


Manitoba general election, 2011: Arthur-Virden
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
     Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire 4,983 65.97 +1.92
New Democratic Garry Draper 2,282 30.21 −0.60
Liberal Murray Cliff 288 3.81 −1.32
Total valid votes 7,553
Rejected and declined ballots 32
Turnout 7,585 51.91
Electors on the lists 14,613
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +1.26
Manitoba general election, 2007: Arthur-Virden
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire 4,451 64.05 +10.24 $21,019.29
New Democratic Bob Senff 2,141 30.81 −11.08 $8,729.19
Liberal Fred Curry 357 5.14 +0.83 none listed
Total valid votes 6,949 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 28
Turnout 6,977 56.79 −3.61
Electors on the lists 12,285
Manitoba general election, 2003: Arthur-Virden
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire 4,135 53.81 +4.56 $16,859.29
New Democratic Perry Kalynuk 3,219 41.89 +6.10 $12,413.35
Liberal Vaughn Ramsay 331 4.31 −10.66 $1,630.42
Total valid votes 7,685 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 25
Turnout 7,710 60.40 −4.17
Electors on the lists 12,765
Manitoba general election, 1999: Arthur-Virden
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire 4,215 49.25 $21,631.54
New Democratic Perry Kalynuk 3,063 35.79 $6,262.00
Liberal Bob Brigden 1,281 14.97 $9,722.15
Total valid votes 8,559 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 66
Turnout 8,625 64.57
Electors on the lists 13,358


1994 Canadian Wheat Board Election, Western Manitoba Advisor
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes
Bill Nicholson 2,728 63.86
(x)Larry Maguire 1,544 36.14
Total valid votes 4,272 100.00

Maguire seems to have been elected as the Canadian Wheat Board's Western Manitoba advisor in 1986 and 1990.

All provincial and federal electoral information is taken from Elections Manitoba and Elections Canada. Provincial expenditure entries refer to individual candidate expenses. The 1994 Wheat Board election results are taken from the Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 2004.


  1. ^ Larry Maguire: Biography, Larry Maguire, accessed 15 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Alliance announces National Coalition", Canada NewsWire, 6 November 1991, 15:40; Darren Scheuttler, "Crow debate reborn in GATT shadow", Financial Post, 30 January 1992, 12; Don Campbell, "Tories enter pressure-cooker", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1993.
  3. ^ Bill Redekop, "Wheat board future sparks bitter battle", Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1994.
  4. ^ Bill Redekop, "Farmers' votes a solid rejection of voluntary monopoly' reforms", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1994.
  5. ^ Mathew Ingram, "Wheat board debate far from over", Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1997.
  6. ^ Paul Samyn, "Sowing seeds of industry", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1998, A1.
  7. ^ Stevens Wild, "CWB recount bolsters pro-monopoly forces", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1998, B4.
  8. ^ Maguire was supported by Felix Holtmann, an MP from a neighbouring riding. See Don Campbell, "Brandon Tory battle hard-fought", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1993.
  9. ^ Don Campbell, "Tory scores upset win", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1993.
  10. ^ "Way clear for Borotsik", Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1996, A9.
  11. ^ Helen Fallding, "Nestibo gets nod at huge Tory meeting", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1999, A10. The other two candidates were Dale Smeltz and Grant Fotheringham.
  12. ^ Bill Redekop, "Defendant in lawsuit denies breaking any election rules", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 July 1999, A6.
  13. ^ Helen Fallding, "Tory nomination goes to second ballot", Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 1999, A3.
  14. ^ "Tory eyes on NDP", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1999, A5; Helen Fallding, "Drainage battle may go all the way to Supreme Court", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 2000, A6.
  15. ^ David Kuxhaus, "Prairie politicians band together to plead farmers' case", Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1999, A3.
  16. ^ Helen Fallding, "United farm front is starting to fray", Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2001, A13.
  17. ^ David Roberts, "Majority win has Doer 'energized'", Globe and Mail, 23 September 1999, A4.
  18. ^ "Mba-Shadow-Cabinet", Broadcast News, 27 September 2001, 13:20.
  19. ^ Helen Fallding, "Manitoba-based think tank promotes fresh water exports to U.S.", Canadian Press, 28 September 2001, 12:56.
  20. ^ "Farm bill foes take case to U.S.", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 2002, A7.
  21. ^ Mia Rabson, "Cash squeeze pinches province", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 2002, A1.
  22. ^ Helen Fallding, "Northern MLAs the biggest spenders", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 2001, A5.
  23. ^ "How politicians stand on the issue", Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 2002, A9.
  24. ^ "New device, road test to curb drunk drivers", Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 2003, B9; Mia Rabson, "Tory hits lack of review for Waverley West", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 2005, B1; "Mba-campers", Broadcast News, 11 April 2006, 15:52.
  25. ^ "Cameras to target country speeders", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 2004, A1.
  26. ^ "Floodway wages keep going up", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 2007, B3; "Tories name new shadow cabinet", Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 2006, A4.
  27. ^ Mary Agnes Welch, "Tories revamp chorus of critics", Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 2007, A8.
  28. ^ "PC Shadow Cabinet", Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, accessed 2 November 2007. In October 2007, he criticized the Doer government's decision not to open a four-line highway to the Saskatchewan border ahead of schedule. See Mia Rabson, "Get to Saskatchewan faster", Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 2007, A3.
  29. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Brandon—Souris, 30 September 2015
  30. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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Preceded by
Western Manitoba Advisor on the Canadian Wheat Board
Succeeded by
Bill Nicholson