Stephen Woodworth (politician)
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kitchener Centre
|Preceded by||Karen Redman|
January 5, 1954 |
|Political party||Conservative (2008-present), Liberal (1988)|
Life and career
Woodworth was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University and then received a law degree from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar in 1979 and set up a legal practice in Waterloo, which moved in 1993 to Kitchener. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1988 federal election as a Liberal in the riding of Waterloo.
Prior to his election to parliament he served as a Catholic school board trustee from 1994 to 2003 in Kitchener. During this time he worked to ban public health nurses in high schools because of fears that they might discuss contraception as part of providing necessary medical care. 
A private members motion (Motion 312) introduced by Stephen Woodworth received a one hour debate on April 26, 2012, with a second hour of debate on September 21. The bill would create a special committee to examine the legal definition of when a fetus becomes a human being, though Woodworth conceded he is unlikely to get the support needed to move the initiative forward.
- Candidate profile from CBC.ca
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