Paul Calandra

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Paul Calandra
Paul Calandra Portrait.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Oak Ridges—Markham
Assumed office
Preceded by Lui Temelkovski
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada and for Intergovernmental Affairs
Assumed office
September 19, 2013
Preceded by Dean Del Mastro
Personal details
Born (1970-05-13) May 13, 1970 (age 44)
Markham, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Residence Stouffville, Ontario
Profession insurance broker

Paul Calandra (born May 13, 1970) is a Canadian politician. He was first elected to represent the electoral district of Oak Ridges—Markham in the 2008 Canadian federal election. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada and in the past has been involved in the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and the Canadian Alliance. He is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada and for Intergovernmental Affairs.[1]


Prior to entering politics, Calandra was an insurance broker, from 1995 to 2003. He then served as chief of staff to Steve Gilchrist, who served as the Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP for Scarborough East in the government of Mike Harris.[2]

He ran as the federal Canadian Alliance candidate in the Scarborough East riding in the 2000 election, but lost to Liberal Party of Canada candidate John McKay.[2]


Following his election in 2008, in Calandra’s first term he sat on the Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics Committee, Citizenship and Immigration Committee, and the Government Operations and Estimates Committee.

During this term he also introduced two private member's bills. On June 19, 2009 he introduced ‘An Act to Change the Name of the Electoral District of Oak Ridges—Markham’,[3] and on March 11, 2011 he introduced ‘An Act Respecting the Establishment of a National Strategy for the Purchase and Sale of Second-Hand Precious Metal Articles.

He was re-elected in the 2011 election. In the 41st Parliament he was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages where he sat on the Standing Committee for Canadian Heritage and formerly the Standing Committee on Bill C-11. His current position, as of September 2013 Paul Calandra was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

As the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Calandra was often called on to rise in the House of Commons during Question Period to field questions on behalf of the Prime Minister during the Senate Scandal (2013). This brought Calandra under a great deal of scrutiny for his perceived non-answers, deflections, and attacks, and prompted widespread backlash in the form of media articles, social media postings and even an automated humour website that allowed Canadians to ask questions and receive answers.[4] On 23 September 2014, Calandra's repeated refusal to acknowledge questions about Canada's involvement in Iraq led Thomas Mulcair to question the integrity of the Speaker of the House, who did not intervene. Calandra instead insisted on reiterating Canada's commitment to Israel, prompting Global News to describe the exchange as "unreal".[5]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Conservative Paul Calandra 32,028 42.2% + 3.7%
Liberal Lui Temelkovski 31,483 41.5% - 5.5%
New Democratic Andy Arifin 7,126 9.4% - 0.5%
Green Richard Taylor 5,184 6.8% + 2.2%
Total valid votes 75,821 +1.80%
Turnout 61.26%

Canadian federal election, 2000: Scarborough East
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal John McKay 24,019 59.82 $37,639
     Canadian Alliance Paul Calandra 7,559 18.83 $32,135
     Progressive Conservative Paul McCrossan 6,284 15.65 $26,016
     New Democratic Party Denise Lake 1,884 4.69 $4,973
     Canadian Action Dave Glover 292 0.73 none listed
Marxist–Leninist France Tremblay 113 0.28 $8
Total valid votes 40,151 100.00
Total rejected ballots 155
Turnout 40,306 55.91
Electors on the lists 72,092
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.


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