Steve Clark (politician)

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The Honourable
Steve Clark
MPP
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Assumed office
June 29, 2018
Premier Doug Ford
Preceded by Bill Mauro
Peter Milczyn
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
Leeds—Grenville (2010-2018)
Assumed office
March 4, 2010
Preceded by Bob Runciman
Mayor of Brockville
In office
1982–1991
Personal details
Born (1960-11-07) November 7, 1960 (age 57)
Brockville, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Deanna Clark
Children 5
Residence Brockville, Ontario

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.

Background[edit]

Clark was born in Brockville, Ontario on November 7, 1960.[1] He lives in Brockville with his wife Deanna and their five children.[2]

Politics[edit]

Clark served as mayor of Brockville from 1982 to 1991.[3] First elected at age 22, he was the youngest mayor in Canada at the time.[4] 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.[5]

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.[3] He was easily re-elected in 2011 and in 2014 both with large pluralities.[6][7]

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. [8]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014: Leeds—Grenville
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Steve Clark 23,253 56.07 −7.53
Liberal Christine Milks 8,499 20.49 +3.06
New Democratic David Lundy 7,219 17.41 +2.18
Green Stephen Bowering 2,030 4.89 +1.44
Libertarian Harold Gabriel 471 1.14
Total valid votes 41,472 100.0   +8.43
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −5.30
Source(s)
Elections Ontario (2014). "Official result from the records, 042 Leeds-Grenville" (PDF). Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
Ontario general election, 2011: Leeds—Grenville
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Steve Clark 24,314 63.60 −3.08 $ 52,598.00
Liberal Ray Heffernan 6,663 17.43 −2.65 17,512.99
New Democratic David Lundy 5,822 15.23 +10.12 13,274.26
Green Charlie Taylor 1,319 3.45 −4.22 3,731.20
Socialist Lance Fulsom 111 0.29   0.00
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
Turnout 38,384 50.64 +14.03
Eligible voters 75,797   −0.34
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −0.22
Ontario provincial by-election, March 4, 2010: Leeds—Grenville
Resignation of Bob Runciman
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Progressive Conservative Steve Clark 18,510 66.68 +10.44 $ 27,511.00
Liberal Stephen Mazurek 5,573 20.08 −8.59 65,190.41
Green Neil Kudrinko 2,130 7.67 +0.49 14,799.66
New Democratic Steve Armstrong 1,417 5.10 −1.87 17,118.89
Libertarian Anthony Giles 129 0.46   297.56
Total valid votes 27,759 100.0   −39.61
Total rejected ballots 87 0.31 −0.07
Turnout 27,846 36.61 −24.57
Eligible voters 76,053   +5.35

Cabinet Posts[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Bill Mauro
(Municipal Affairs)
Peter Milczyn (Housing)
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
June 29, 2018–present
Incumbent


References[edit]

  1. ^ Rafter, Jack (November 16, 1991). "Kid councillor becomes kid Reeve". The Kingston Whig - Standard. p. 1. 
  2. ^ Gardiner, Nick (March 2, 2010). "Boy-wonder mayor back to his roots". Brockville Recorder and Times. 
  3. ^ a b "McGuinty Liberals win narrow victory in Ottawa by-election". The Globe and Mail. March 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Former politician scores upset win in Hamilton vote". The Globe and Mail, November 9, 1982.
  5. ^ "Steven Clark named new CAO of TLTI". Gananoque Reporter. July 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "General Election by District: Leeds—Grenville". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2018/09/12/municipal-affairs-and-housing-minister-must-stand-up-for-charter.html

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