Paul Macklin

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Paul Harold Macklin, PC, MP (born May 22, 1944 in Northumberland County, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. He was a member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Northumberland—Quinte West of the Liberal Party caucus from 2000 to 2006.[1]

Macklin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a law degree from the University of Windsor. After being called to the bar, Macklin worked for the Toronto firm of Davies, Ward & Beck.[1]

He was first elected to Parliament in the federal election of 2000, winning a fairly easily victory over his Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative opponents in the riding of Northumberland. The CA and PC parties merged in late 2003, and Macklin faced a much more difficult challenge in that year's federal election, defeating Conservative Doug Galt by only 313 votes.[2]

Macklin served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from February 2002 to December 2003, and was re-appointed to the position on July 20, 2004.[3]

He was defeated by Conservative Rick Norlock in the 2006 election. Macklin was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate for the riding of Northumberland-Quinte West for the 2008 election, and was again defeated by Norlock.[1]

In July 2009, Paul Macklin announced he would not seek the Liberal nomination in Northumberland-Quinte West for the next election. The following September his successor was determined by a Liberal nomination race and Cobourg business woman Kim Rudd was chosen to succeed Macklin.[4]

Paul Macklin currently sits on the Northumberland-Quinte West Federal Liberal Association as the Policy Director, still active in politics and a key advisor to Rudd and her campaign.[5]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2008: Northumberland-Quinte West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Conservative Rick Norlock (X) 27,621 48.41
     Liberal Paul Macklin 16,262 28.5
     New Democratic Party Russ Christianson 8,219 14.41
Green Ralph Torrie 4953 8.68



  1. ^ a b c "Canada Votes 2008: Northumberland - Quinte West". CBC News. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Canada Votes 2006: Northumberland - Analysis & Commentary". CBC News. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "MACKLIN, The Hon. Paul Harold, P.C., B.A., LL.B.". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
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