Lisa Thompson (politician)

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Lisa Thompson

Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services
Assumed office
June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byBill Walker
Ontario Minister of Education
In office
June 29, 2018 – June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byIndira Naidoo-Harris
Succeeded byStephen Lecce
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Huron—Bruce
Assumed office
October 6, 2011
Preceded byCarol Mitchell
Personal details
Born1965 (age 53–54)
Wingham, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Dennis Schiestel
ResidenceTeeswater, Ontario
OccupationDairy Goat cooperative General Manager

Lisa M. Thompson (born c. 1965) is a Canadian politician, who has served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 2011. She represents the riding of Huron—Bruce as a member of the Progressive Conservatives, and currently serves as Minister of Government and Consumer Services in the government of Doug Ford, previously serving as the Minister of Education.

Background[edit]

Thompson was born in Wingham, Ontario. She holds a certificate in consumer economics from the University of Guelph. Prior to her election as an MPP, she worked as the general manager of The Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative, and as a Rural Community Advisor for OMAFRA. She lives near Teeswater, Ontario with her husband Dennis.[1][2]

Politics[edit]

Thompson ran in the 2011 provincial election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Huron—Bruce. She defeated Liberal incumbent Carol Mitchell by 4,479 votes.[1][3] She was re-elected in the 2014 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Colleen Schenk by 3,882 votes,[4] and in the 2018 provincial election, defeating Jan Johnstone of the NDP by 12,320 votes

She has served as the party's critic for Environment and Climate Change, critic for Energy(Green Energy Act) and critic for Small Business and Red Tape.

In February 2017, she was appointed as the PC party's Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and Critic for International Trade.[5]

In January 2018, after party leader Patrick Brown stepped down and was replaced by Vic Fedeli, Thompson was chosen as the party's new caucus chair.[6]

Following the 2018 provincial election, Lisa Thompson was named Minister of Education in Premier Doug Ford's cabinet.[7] On June 20, 2019, she was reassigned as Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

Electoral record[edit]

2018 Ontario general election: Huron—Bruce
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson 27,646 52.36
New Democratic Jan Johnstone 15,326 29.03
Liberal Don Matheson 7,356 13.93
Green Nicholas Wendler 1,804 3.42
Libertarian Ron Stephens 399 0.76
Alliance Gerrie Huenemoerder 271 0.51
Total valid votes 52,802 100.0  
Source: Elections Ontario[8]
2014 Ontario general election: Huron—Bruce
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson 18,512 39.01 −3.72
Liberal Colleen Schenk 14,647 30.86 −1.89
New Democratic Jan Johnstone 10,843 22.85 +2.00
Green Adam Werstine 1,651 3.48 +1.76
Family Coalition Andrew Zettel 1,353 2.85 +1.38
Libertarian Max Maister 323 0.68
Equal Parenting Dennis Valenta 128 0.27
Total valid votes 47,457 100.00 + 1.20
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 765 1.59 +1.31
Turnout 48,222 59.96 +0.73
Eligible voters 80,428   +5.85
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −0.92
Source(s)
Elections Ontario (2014). "Official Returns from the Records, 034 Huron-Bruce" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2015.
2011 Ontario general election: Huron—Bruce
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson 19,138 42.76 +12.22 $ 81,890.60
Liberal Carol Mitchell 14,659 32.75 −13.20 79,935.51
New Democratic Grant Robertson 9,329 20.85 +7.53 32,102.53
Green Patrick Main 772 1.72 −4.81 881.40
Family Coalition Christine Schnurr 656 1.47 −0.85 14,592.60
Independent Dennis Valenta 200 0.45 −0.44 0.00
Total valid votes / Expense limit 44,754 100.0   +0.46 $ 90,268.64
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 172 0.38 −0.09
Turnout 44,926 59.23 −0.57
Eligible voters 75,853   +1.35
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +12.71

Cabinet Positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bill Walker Minister of Government and Consumer Services
June 20, 2019 - present
Incumbent
Indira Naidoo-Harris Minister of Education
June 29, 2018 - June 20, 2019
Stephen Lecce

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dale Carruthers (12 October 2011). "Thompson brings rural experience". The London Free Press.
  2. ^ "Meet Lisa". Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  4. ^ "General Election by District: Huron-Bruce". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_detail.do?locale=en&ID=7179&detailPage=members_detail_career
  6. ^ "Ontario Progressive Conservatives shuffle critic roles after Patrick Brown resignation". Global News. The Canadian Press. January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Jackson, Peter (29 June 2018). "Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson Named Ontario Education Minister". Bayshore Broadcasting. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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