Mike Wallace (politician)
|Michael L. Wallace|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Paddy Torsney|
|Succeeded by||Karina Gould|
|Chair of the Standing Committee on
February 4, 2013 – 2015
|Preceded by||Dave MacKenzie|
September 3, 1963 |
|Profession||Burlington City Council|
Michael L. Wallace (born September 3, 1963 in Brockville, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. He successfully stood for councillor in Burlington, Ontario in 1994 and was re-elected three times. He has represented the electoral district of Burlington from 2006 to 2015 in the House of Commons of Canada as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. While there, he chaired the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Conservative Marine Caucus. He was defeated in the 2015 general election by Karina Gould.
He was first elected to Burlington City Council in the fall of 1994, representing the southeast area of Burlington, now Ward 5. He was re-elected in 1997, 2000, and 2003. Before running for councillor, Wallace graduated from the University of Guelph, majoring in economics and political science.
Wallace was nominated as the candidate for the newly formed Conservative Party for the 2004 federal election, running against long-time Liberal incumbent Paddy Torsney. A last-minute resurgence in Liberal support across Ontario resulted in a 4,000-vote victory for Torsney.
Wallace did not resign as councillor for the 2004 federal election and continued to represent Ward 5.
Mike Wallace represented Burlington in the Canadian House of Commons.
Wallace is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and majored in Economics and Political Science. He moved to Burlington with his wife Caroline in 1987 with his two daughters, Ashley and Lindsay. He was elected to Burlington City Council in 1994, re-elected in 1997, 2000 and 2003 then elected as the federal MP for Burlington in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011 before being defeated by Karina Gould in 2015.
Wallace’s work on the Hill included being the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. He also chaired the Conservative Marine Caucus and was part of the inter-party Steel Caucus. Wallace was also on the executive of the Canada Japan Parliamentary Association as well as on the board of the Canada Ukraine Friendship group.
In 2015, Wallace was severely criticized for his lacklustre effort in lobbying Stephen Harper's government to defend the human rights of teacher Neil Bantleman, a constituent falsely accused and ultimately acquitted of child sex-abuse charges in Indonesia. Bantleman had to write an open letter to Harper on his own behalf - to no avail. Bantleman remains jailed.