Roger Gallaway

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Roger Gallaway

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sarnia—Lambton
In office
1993 election – 2006 election
Preceded byKen James
Succeeded byPatricia Davidson
Personal details
Born (1948-05-23) May 23, 1948 (age 70)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canada
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario, University of Windsor
ProfessionLawyer, Mayor

Roger John Gallaway, PC (born May 23, 1948 in Sarnia, Ontario) is a Canadian educator and retired politician. He was a member of the House of Commons of Canada from 1993 to 2006, representing the riding of Sarnia—Lambton for the Liberal Party.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and an LL.B from the University of Windsor. He practiced law before entering political life, and was involved in a variety of community organizations in the Sarnia area. In 1991, he was elected mayor of Point Edward. Gallaway graduated from S.C.I.T.S. High School, Sarnia's oldest.

Political career[edit]

Two years into his tenure as mayor of the small town of Point Edward, Ontario, Gallaway took a shot at federal politics. He was first elected to parliament in the 1993 federal election, defeating Progressive Conservative incumbent Ken James by over 10,000 votes. He was re-elected by similarly large pluralities in the elections of 1997 and 2000, and defeated Conservative candidate Marcel Beaubien by over 5,000 votes in the 2004 election. He was defeated by Conservative Patricia Davidson by over 4,000 votes in the 2006 election. Soon afterwards, Gallaway blamed the Liberals' ouster from Canadian government on the leadership of Paul Martin, and was the first from within the party to call for Martin's resignation as party leader.

He ran for Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada in 1997, and was eliminated on the second ballot.

Gallaway was occasionally labeled a maverick MP in the Liberal Party, particularly in later years, and was a vocal opponent of the federal gun registry for many years, and unsuccessfully attempted to cut off funding for the program in late 2004. Gallaway has also called for government funding to be withdrawn from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and opposed negative option billing by cable companies in the late 1990s.

He also holds socially conservative views on some issues, although he has not emphasized these as strongly as others within the party, such as Tom Wappel and Rose-Marie Ur. Gallaway was an opponent of same-sex marriage and voted against the Civil Marriage Act, which legalized it, in 2005.

He is a personal friend and was a frequent political ally of Senator Anne Cools, and has worked with her to propose reforms to Canada's divorce laws which would have ensured greater custody rights for fathers. In furtherance of these concerns, Gallaway served as co-chair of the Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access, which recommended shared parenting as the norm in its report, For the Sake of the Children, issued in 1998.

From December 2003 to July 2004, Gallaway served as parliamentary secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, with special emphasis on democratic reform..

Gallaway is also a musician. He formed the band "True Grit" with several Liberal MPs, including Joe Fontana and future prime minister Jean Chrétien (who played trombone). Gallaway has also appeared in performances with Sarnia/Port Huron's International Symphony, and was the narrator of a "Child's Introduction to the Symphony".

Gallaway supported Bob Rae's unsuccessful bid to become leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2006 Liberal leadership election.

Recent career[edit]

Since leaving politics, Gallaway has served as an instructor in international business law at Lambton College. He has also thrown his hat in the ring for the 2010 Point Edward municipal elections, trying to become mayor of the tiny town once again. He faced stiff competition in the race against the incumbent mayor, Dick Kirkland, and veteran councillor, Janice Robson, and he ultimately lost to Kirkland. [1]

Electoral record[edit]

Point Edward Municipal Election Results (Mayor), 2010[edit]

Candidate Vote %
Roger Gallaway 361
Dick Kirkland (X) 433
Janice Robson 170
Total Valid Votes 964

Source: Sarnia Lambton Votes


Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Pat Davidson 21,841 41.0% +10.5%
Liberal Roger Gallaway 17,649 33.1% -8.8%
New Democratic Greg Agar 10,673 20.0% +3.7%
Green Mike Jacobs 1,712 3.2% -2.2%
Christian Heritage Gary DeBoer 1,108 2.1% -1.7%
Independent John Elliot 316 0.6% +0.1%
Total valid votes 53,299 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Roger Gallaway 19,932 41.9% +38.3%
Conservative Marcel Beaubien 14,500 30.5% -7.9%
New Democratic Greg Agar 7,764 16.3% +9.1%
Green Anthony Cramer 2,548 5.4% +4.0%
Christian Heritage Gary DeBoer 1,819 3.8%
Independent Dave Core 749 1.6%
Independent John Elliot 229 0.5% 0.0%
Total valid votes 47,541 100.0%

Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Roger Gallaway 19 329 51.0% +3.6%
Alliance Dave Christie 11 208 29.6% +4.9%
Progressive Conservative Paul Bailey 3 320 8.8% -5.8%
New Democratic Glenn Sonier 2 735 7.2% -0.9%
Green Allan McKeown 514 1.4%
Independent Ed Banninga 356 0.9%
Independent John Elliott 189 0.5% -0.5%
Canadian Action Rene Phillion 145 0.4% 0.0%
Natural Law Shannon Bourke 92 0.2% -0.1%
Marxist–Leninist Andre C. Vachon 32 0.1% 0.1%
Total valid votes 37,920 100.0%

Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Roger Gallaway 19,494 47.4% -0.2%
Reform Dave Christie 10,172 24.7% +3.5%
Progressive Conservative Dick Carpani 6,008 14.6% -8.1%
New Democratic Phil Gamester 3,320 8.1% +1.9%
Christian Heritage Paul Van Oosten 1,472 3.6% +2.1%
Independent John Elliott 402 1.0% +0.5%
Canadian Action Philip G. Holley 175 0.4%
Natural Law Shannon Bourke 125 0.3% -0.1%
Total valid votes 41,168 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Roger Gallaway 20,331 47.5% +15.7%
Progressive Conservative Ken James 9,706 22.7% -22.4%
Reform Bruce Brogden 9,061 21.2%
New Democratic Julie Foley 2,634 6.2% -16.1%
Christian Heritage Louis Duke 610 1.4%
Independent John Kenneth Elliot 192 0.4% -0.5%
Natural Law Shannon M. Bourke 178 0.4%
Independent O'Doug Dell 68 0.2%
Total valid votes 42,780 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

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