Rob Newman (politician)

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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.[1]

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.[2] He spoke again to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on 19 September 2005, addressing Bill 214, the Election Statute Amendment Act.[3]

In early 2006, Newman resigned from all of his official positions within the GPO to focus on "other pursuits."[4]

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"[5] who "envisions a city with a stronger focus on infrastructure."[6] He placed second to long-time incumbent Michael Walker, receiving 2,506 votes, 16.5% of those cast.[7]

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.[8] 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.

Election results[edit]

Toronto—Danforth, 2014[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Peter Tabuns 19,190 44.61 -9.40
Liberal Rob Newman 15,983 37.16 +6.56
Progressive Conservative Naomi Solomon 4,304 10.01 +0.62
Green Rachel Power 2,351 5.47 +1.83
Libertarian Thomas Armstrong 501 1.16 -0.02
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 172 0.40
Canadians' Choice John Richardson 167 0.40 +0.19
Vegan Environmental Simon Luisi 149 0.35
Freedom Tristan Parlette 121 0.28 -0.01
The People Ali Azaroghli 79 0.18 -0.20
Total valid votes 43,017 100.0
Rejected 181 0.41 -0.01
Unmarked 118 0.27 +0.15
Declined 254 0.58 +0.52
Total turnout 43,570 55.30 +6.00
Total electors 78,787
New Democratic hold Swing -7.92
Source: Elections Ontario[9]

City of Toronto, Ward 22, 2006[edit]

Toronto municipal election, 2006
Candidate Votes  %
(x) Michael Walker 11,899 78.2
Rob Newman 2,506 16.5
Gord Reynolds 805 5.3
Total 15,210 100%
Source: City of Toronto[10]


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