Robin Martin

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Robin Martin
MPP Robin Martin Portrait.jpg
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Eglinton—Lawrence
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byMichael Colle
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health
Assumed office
June 26, 2019
MinisterChristine Elliott
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Health)
In office
June 29, 2018 – June 26, 2019
MinisterChristine Elliott
Personal details
Political partyProgressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Alma materMcGill University (BA, MA)
Sciences Po
University of Toronto (JD)

Robin Martin is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] She represents the riding of Eglinton—Lawrence as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Martin ran in Eglinton-Lawrence in 2014 but lost to incumbent Liberal Mike Colle. She defeated Colle in a re-match in 2018. Prior to being elected into the Ontario Legislature, Martin practiced litigation for over a decade at Osler and Lenczner[2]

Early life[edit]

Robin Martin was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Gord and Ruth. She was a child of two. In 1989, Robin married her high-school sweetheart Jon Martin. They had two children in 1993 and 1995. Martin holds a joint Honours undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from McGill University in Montreal. Upon graduation, she received Guy F. Drummond scholarship for one year to attend L'Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris in France. After her return, she received a Masters Degree from McGill University in Political Theory. She studied with renowned Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor. In 1991, Robin graduated with a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Prior to Election[edit]

In 1993, Martin was called to the bar and practiced law for over 10 years specializing in litigation. She then worked as a policy advisor within Ontario's Ministry of Health. Following the defeat of the then-Conservative government, Martin went on to work at StrategyCorp.

Political career[edit]

In June 2018, Martin was elected as a member of provincial parliament defeating long-time incumbent Mike Colle. She was sworn in as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Health) on June 29, 2018 and reappointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health on June 26, 2019.[3]

In November 2019, MPP Martin introduced her first Private Members' Bill, the Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act. This act received unanimous support from across party lines at Second and Third readings.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

2018 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Robin Martin 19,999 40.38 +6.62
Liberal Michael Colle 19,042 38.45 -16.35
New Democratic Robyn Vilde 8,985 18.14 +10.80
Green Reuben Anthony DeBoer 1,190 2.40 -0.73
Libertarian Michael Staffieri 211 0.43
Trillium Lionel Wayne Poizner 100 0.20
Total valid votes 49,527 100.0  
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing -
Source: Elections Ontario[5]
2014 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Mike Colle 22,855 54.80 +0.65
Progressive Conservative Robin Martin 14,079 33.76 +0.21
New Democratic Thomas Gallezot 3,060 7.34 -2.48
Green Lucas C. McCann 1,305 3.13 +1.63
Freedom Michael Bone 264 0.63 +0.23
Independent Erwin Sniedzins 143 0.34
Total valid votes 41,706 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +0.22
Source: Elections Ontario[6]


  1. ^ Syed, Fatima (June 7, 2018). "Another upset for Liberals as veteran MPP Mike Colle loses to PC Robin Martin". Toronto Star.
  2. ^ "About". Robin Martin.
  3. ^ "Robin Martin | Legislative Assembly of Ontario".
  4. ^ "Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020". Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Official result from the records, 020 Eglinton—Lawrence" (PDF). Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2015.[permanent dead link]