Rick Nicholls

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Rick Nicholls

Rick Nicholls, MPP.jpeg
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Chatham-Kent—Leamington
Chatham-Kent—Essex (2011-2018)
Assumed office
October 6, 2011
Preceded byPat Hoy
Personal details
Born (1950-10-11) October 11, 1950 (age 68)
Chatham-Kent, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
OccupationMotivational 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.[1]

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.[2] He and his wife Dianne live in Chatham-Kent where they raised three children.[3]


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.[4][5] He was re-elected in the 2014 election defeating NDP candidate Dan Gelinas by 2,516 votes.[6]

Nicholls is an outspoken opponent of wind turbines. Citing the potential health hazards of wind turbines, he has called for a moratorium on their construction.[7]

In 2012, Nicholls called for a more thorough investigation into a massive fish kill incident along the shores of Lake Erie in early September 2012.[8]

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.[9] He later clarified his remarks by stating that he does not believe in evolution.[10]

He is the party's critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services.


  1. ^ "Nicholls persues his dream". The London Free Press. October 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "About Rick". Retrieved May 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Robinet,, Don (May 26, 2014). "Conservatives looking to slay deficit and debt". Chatham Daily news.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ MacKrael, Kim (October 6, 2011). "Liberals suffer losses to Tories in Southwestern Ontario". The Globe and Mail.
  6. ^ "General Election by District: Chatham-Kent-Essex". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "MPP wants stop to 'turbines popping up everywhere'". CBC News. July 20, 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Benzie, Robert (February 24, 2015). "Sex education debate at Queen's Park gets nasty". The Toronto Star.
  10. ^ Ferguson, Rob (February 25, 2015). "Tory MPP Rick Nicholls says he doesn't believe in evolution". The Toronto Star.

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