|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 6, 2011
|Preceded by||Pat Hoy|
|Born||October 11, 1950|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Occupation||Motivational speaker, business development|
Frederick R. "Rick" Nicholls (born October 11, 1950) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in the 2011 election. He represents the riding of Chatham-Kent—Leamington.
Nicholls was born in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. He attended St. Clair College and the University of Windsor. His great-great-grandfather, Frederick George Rumball, was the mayor of London, Ontario from 1900-1901. Amongst his political heroes is former American President Ronald Reagan.
Nicholls was the founder of Nicholls Training Group, a training and development company. His clients included the Canadian Embassy to the United Nations, Canada Post and Ford Motor Company of Canada. He and his wife Dianne live in Chatham-Kent where they raised three children.
Nicholls ran in the provincial election of 2011 as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Chatham-Kent—Essex. He defeated Liberal candidate Paul Watson by 3,490 votes. He was re-elected in the 2014 election defeating NDP candidate Dan Gelinas by 2,516 votes.
On February 24, 2015, Nicholls stated that it was "not a bad idea" to allow parents to opt their children out of learning about evolution. He later clarified his remarks by stating that he does not believe in evolution.
He is the party's critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services.
- "Nicholls persues his dream". The London Free Press. October 11, 2011.
- "About Rick". Retrieved May 15, 2014.
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- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- MacKrael, Kim (October 6, 2011). "Liberals suffer losses to Tories in Southwestern Ontario". The Globe and Mail.
- "General Election by District: Chatham-Kent-Essex". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014.
- "MPP wants stop to 'turbines popping up everywhere'". CBC News. July 20, 2012.
- McDermott, Colin (September 5, 2012). "Mystery deepens after thousands of fish and birds wash up dead on the Canada shore of Lake Erie". ABC News.
- Benzie, Robert (February 24, 2015). "Sex education debate at Queen's Park gets nasty". The Toronto Star.
- Ferguson, Rob (February 25, 2015). "Tory MPP Rick Nicholls says he doesn't believe in evolution". The Toronto Star.