Steve Clark (politician)
|Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing|
|Assumed office |
June 29, 2018
|Preceded by||Bill Mauro|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
|Assumed office |
March 4, 2010
|Preceded by||Bob Runciman|
|Mayor of Brockville|
|Born||November 7, 1960|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Steve Clark (born November 7, 1960) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He represents the riding of Leeds—Grenville and has served as an MPP since 2010. On September 10, 2015 he was named co-deputy leader with Sylvia Jones.
Clark served as mayor of Brockville from 1982 to 1991. First elected at age 22, he was the youngest mayor in Canada at the time. He later worked as an advertising salesman for the Brockville Recorder and Times, as an administrative assistant to Bob Runciman, and as the chief administrative officer of the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
He was elected in a by-election on March 4, 2010 held to replace Bob Runciman who resigned to accept a position in the Canadian Senate. He was easily re-elected in 2011 and in 2014 both with large pluralities.
In September 2018 as Municipal Affairs Minister, he introduced controversial legislation intended to slash the size of Toronto city council. When this legislation was ruled unconstitutional, he supported the unprecedented step of invoking the notwithstanding clause to nullify the offended sections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For this action, Clark faced widespread condemnation for his support of the government's dictatorial and authoritarian approach to governance.  Clark was additionally a source for derision when the example he gave of the problems in Toronto city council and the need for Bill 5/31 was that city council spent 15 hours debating the city's budget, failing to mention that it was an 11 billion dollar budget.
|Ontario general election, 2014: Leeds—Grenville|
|Progressive Conservative||Steve Clark||23,253||56.07||−7.53|
|New Democratic||David Lundy||7,219||17.41||+2.18|
|Total valid votes||41,472||100.0||+8.43|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||−5.30|
|Ontario general election, 2011: Leeds—Grenville|
|Progressive Conservative||Steve Clark||24,314||63.60||−3.08||$ 52,598.00|
|New Democratic||David Lundy||5,822||15.23||+10.12||13,274.26|
|Total valid votes / Expense limit||38,229||100.0||+37.72||$ 90,198.43|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||155||0.40||+0.09|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||−0.22|
|Leeds—GrenvilleOntario provincial by-election, March 4, 2010: |
Resignation of Bob Runciman
|Progressive Conservative||Steve Clark||18,510||66.68||+10.44||$ 27,511.00|
|New Democratic||Steve Armstrong||1,417||5.10||−1.87||17,118.89|
|Total valid votes||27,759||100.0||−39.61|
|Total rejected ballots||87||0.31||−0.07|
|Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford|
|Cabinet post (1)|
Peter Milczyn (Housing)
|Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
June 29, 2018–present
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- "McGuinty Liberals win narrow victory in Ottawa by-election". The Globe and Mail. March 4, 2010.
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- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "General Election by District: Leeds—Grenville". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014.