Sam Cureatz

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Sam Cureatz
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Durham East
In office
June 9, 1977 – September 6, 1990
Preceded by Doug Moffatt
Succeeded by Gord Mills
Personal details
Born (1948-08-20) August 20, 1948 (age 70)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Orono, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Lawyer

Sammy Lawrence Cureatz (born August 20, 1948) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada.[1] He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1977 to 1990, and served as a cabinet minister in the government of Frank Miller.


Cureatz was educated at the University of Toronto and Queen's University, earning a law degree from the latter institution. He worked as a barrister and solicitor before entering political life.


He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1977 provincial election, defeating Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) incumbent Doug Moffatt by 122 votes in the riding of Durham East.[2] He was re-elected by much greater margins in the elections of 1981 and 1985, and retained his seat in the Liberal landslide victory of 1987.[3][4][5] He endorsed Dianne Cunningham's unsuccessful bid to lead the Progressive Conservative Party in 1990, and did not seek re-election in that year's provincial election.[6]

Cureatz served as Deputy Speaker of the Ontario Legislature from 1981 to 1983. He appointed as a Minister without Portfolio in Frank Miller's government on May 17, 1985, but accomplished little of significance before Miller's government was defeated in the house.[7]

Cureatz later sought election to the House of Commons of Canada, as a candidate of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He ran in Durham in the federal elections of 1997 and 2000 but finished third on both occasions, behind Liberal Alex Shepherd and candidates of the Reform Party and Canadian Alliance.[8][9]

Parliamentary positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Frank Miller
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister Without Portfolio
(1985 May–June)
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Hugh Edighoffer Deputy Speaker
Terry Jones

After politics[edit]

Cureatz was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002.[10]


  1. ^ Hill, Tony L. (2002-12-12). Canadian politics, riding by riding: an in-depth analysis of Canada's 301 federal electoral districts. Prospect Park Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-9723436-0-2. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9.
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  4. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13.
  5. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2.
  6. ^ Ferguson, Derek (May 3, 1990). "4 top Tories back Cunningham". Toronto Star. p. A16.
  7. ^ "The new Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. May 18, 1985. p. 11.
  8. ^ "Final Results Riding by Riding". Calgary Herald. June 4, 1997. p. A5.
  9. ^ "Election Results". Star - Phoenix. Saskatoon, SK. November 28, 2000. p. A8.
  10. ^ "Attorney General announces Justice of the Peace appointments". Canada NewsWire. October 23, 2002. p. 1.

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