Rob Newman (politician)
Rob Newman (born March 23, 1972) is a politician in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was born in York, Ontario, graduated from high school in Barrie, Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Acadia University.
He was the elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario from 2004 to 2006 and also served as the party's Issue Advocate for Democratic Renewal. Prior to his position as GPO Deputy Leader, Newman served as Executive Assistant to Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris. He resigned from that position and later went on to support Tom Manley's unsuccessful 2004 leadership bid against Harris.
On 1 September 2005, Newman became the first ever GPO representative to advise an Ontario Legislative Assembly committee on official government policy - speaking on the issue of electoral reform to elected MPPs on the Select Committee on Electoral Reform. He spoke again to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on 19 September 2005, addressing Bill 214, the Election Statute Amendment Act.
In early 2006, Newman resigned from all of his official positions within the GPO to focus on "other pursuits."
Newman ran for the position of City Councillor in Ward 22 (St. Paul's) in the 2006 Toronto municipal election. Profiles of his candidacy called him a "consensus builder" who "envisions a city with a stronger focus on infrastructure." He placed second to long-time incumbent Michael Walker, receiving 2,506 votes, 16.5% of those cast.
On 5 July 2007 Newman was appointed by The Lieutenant Governor in Council to sit for a one-year term as a Member of the Council of the Ontario Association of Architects. He was reappointed to a three-year term in 2008, and resigned the position in 2009 when he became the employee of a sitting MPP.
Newman was one of a group of prominent Toronto environmentalists who endorsed Liberal Party of Canada candidate Grant Gordon in the 2012 Toronto-Danforth by-election.
In March, 2014, Newman was acclaimed as the Ontario Liberal candidate in Toronto-Danforth. In the ensuing general election, he captured 15,983 votes, 37.16% of the valid votes cast, the most successful result in a general election for an Ontario Liberal candidate in Toronto-Danforth.
|Ontario general election, 2014|
|New Democratic||Peter Tabuns||19,190||44.61||-9.40|
|Progressive Conservative||Naomi Solomon||4,304||10.01||+0.62|
|Canadians' Choice||John Richardson||167||0.40||+0.19|
|Vegan Environmental||Simon Luisi||149||0.35|
|The People||Ali Azaroghli||79||0.18||-0.20|
|Total valid votes||43,017||100.0|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-7.92|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
City of Toronto, Ward 22, 2006
|Toronto municipal election, 2006|
|(x) Michael Walker||11,899||78.2|
|Source: City of Toronto|
- Biography page, www.RobNewman.ca
- Official Hansard, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 1 September 2005
- Official Hansard, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 19 September 2005
- The Greenhouse, April 2006
- Town Crier, Forest Hill ed., September 2006
- City Centre Moment, 19 October 2006
- Toronto Elections - 2006 Results
- Ontario Public Appointments Secretariat
- "Official Past Election Results". Elections Ontario. 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- City Clerk's Official Declaration 2006