Michael Gravelle

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The Honourable
Michael Gravelle
MPP
Michael Gravelle 2015.jpg
Gravelle in 2015
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Thunder Bay—Superior North
Port Arthur (1995-1999)
Assumed office
June 8, 1995
Preceded by Shelley Wark-Martyn
Personal details
Born (1949-01-23) January 23, 1949 (age 68)
Port Arthur, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Occupation Executive assistant, publicist

Michael Gravelle (born January 23, 1949) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 1995. He represents the riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North. He was a member of cabinet during the Dalton McGuinty government and as of 2013 serves in the cabinet of Kathleen Wynne. He temporarily stepped away from cabinet in February 2017.

Background[edit]

Gravelle was born in Port Arthur, which is now a part of Thunder Bay, the son of Edmund Gravelle and Jan Shepherd.[1] He was educated at the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and Lakehead University, receiving a degree from the latter institution 1968. He was an assistant to Liberal politicians Robert Andras, Stuart Smith and Joe Comuzzi. He also worked as a publicist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was a founder of the North of Superior Film Association.[1]

Politics[edit]

Gravelle was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent New Democrat Shelley Wark-Martyn by almost 7,000 votes in the riding of Port Arthur.[2] The election was won by the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, and Gravelle joined 29 other Liberals in the opposition benches. He supported Dwight Duncan for the party leadership in 1996.

Gravelle was easily re-elected for the new riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North in the 1999 provincial election.[3]

In the provincial election of 2003, Gravelle was re-elected with 72.5 per cent of the popular vote, the highest percentage total in the province.[4] He was appointed caucus chair on November 25, 2003. In the 2007 election, he was returned by a much narrower margin, 46.8 to 38.3, against New Democrat candidate Jim Foulds.[5]

On October 30, 2007, Gravelle was named Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines.[6] In the summer of 2009, Gravelle's ministry was expanded, adding on the responsibility of forestry. In 2011 he was shuffled to the position of Minister of Natural Resources. In February 2013, Kathleen Wynne moved him back to the position of Minister of Northern Development and Mines.[7] He was reconfirmed in that role after the 2014 election.[8]

He was re-elected in 2011,[9] and 2014.[10]

In February 2017, Gravelle temporarily stepped aside as minister because of his battle with depression; his duties were taken up by fellow cabinet minister Bill Mauro.[11]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Rick Bartolucci Minister of Northern Development and Mines
2013–
incumbent
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Linda Jeffrey Minister of Natural Resources
2011–2013
David Orazietti
Rick Bartolucci Minister of Northern Development and Mines
2007–2011
Rick Bartolucci

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Thunder Bay—Superior North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Gravelle 15,503 56.00 +11.00
New Democratic Andrew Foulds 8,144 29.42 -5.43
Progressive Conservative Derek Parks 1,985 7.17 -10.34
Green Joseph LeBlanc 993 3.59 +1.47
Libertarian Tamara Johnson 922 3.33 +2.82
Northern Ontario Heritage Paul Sloan 136 0.49
Total valid votes 27,683 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 262 0.94
Turnout 27,945 50.41
Eligible voters 55,436
Source: Elections Ontario[12]
Ontario general election, 2011: Thunder Bay—Superior North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Gravelle 11,765 45.00 -1.78
New Democratic Steve Mantis 9,111 34.85 -3.41
Progressive Conservative Anthony LeBlanc 4,578 17.51 +8.11
Green Scot Kyle 555 2.12 -3.43
Libertarian Tony Gallo 133 0.51  
Total valid votes 26,142 100.0
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 97 0.37
Turnout 26,239 48.20
Eligible voters 54,443
Source: Elections Ontario[13]
Ontario general election, 2007: Thunder Bay—Superior North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Gravelle 13,373 46.78 -25.28
New Democratic Jim Foulds 10,938 38.26 +23.32
Progressive Conservative Scott Hobbs 2,688 9.40 -0.16
Green Dawn Kannegiesser 1,586 5.55 +2.11
Total valid votes 28,585 100.0  
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 169 0.59
Turnout 28,754 53.91
Eligible voters 53,341
Source: Elections Ontario[14]
Ontario general election, 2003: Thunder Bay—Superior North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Gravelle 21,938 72.45 +11.55
New Democratic Bonnie Satten 4,548 15.02 -3.53
Progressive Conservative Brent Sylvester 2,912 9.62 -8.36
Green Carl Rose 882 2.91 +1.70
Total valid votes 30,280 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 160 0.53
Turnout 30,440 55.60
Eligible voters 54,753
Source: Elections Ontario[15]
Ontario general election, 1999: Thunder Bay—Superior North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Gravelle 19,249 60.9 +11.98
New Democratic Nathalie Galesloot 5,864 18.55 -7.11
Progressive Conservative Ed Linkewich 5,683 17.98 -4.47
Independent Robert Woito 431 1.36
Green Carl Rose 382 1.21
Total valid votes 31,609 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 232 0.73
Turnout 31,841 54.94
Eligible voters 57,961
Source: Elections Ontario[16]
Ontario general election, 1995: Port Arthur
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Michael Gravelle 14,281 48.92 +9.76
New Democratic (x)Shelley Wark-Martyn 7,490 25.66 -17.22
Progressive Conservative Jim Doherty 6,554 22.45 +8.59
Family Coalition Anita Harris 683 2.34 -1.76
Independent Paul Weber 18 0.62
Total valid votes 29,190 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 322 1.09
Turnout 29,512 61.91
Eligible voters 47,672

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Handley, Kathryn (2005). Canadian Parliamentary Guide 2005. ISBN 1-4144-0141-8. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Bay-Superior+North&flag=E&layout=G "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate" Check |url= value (help). Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ Bay-Superior+North&flag=E&layout=G "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate" Check |url= value (help). Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 15 (xxiv). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13. 
  7. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3. 
  8. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star. 
  9. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 17. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  10. ^ "General Election by District: Thunder Bay-Superior North". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Michael Gravelle steps away from cabinet post, cites year-long battle with depression". CBC News. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  12. ^ Elections Ontario (2014). "General Election Results by District, 091 Thunder Bay-Superior North". Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Elections Ontario (2011). "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Thunder Bay—Superior North" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Elections Ontario (2007). "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Thunder Bay—Superior North" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Elections Ontario (2003). "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Thunder Bay—Superior North". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Elections Ontario (1999). "Official return from the records / Rapport des registres officiels - Thunder Bay—Superior North". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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