Taras Natyshak

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Taras Natyshak
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Essex
Assumed office
October 6, 2011
Preceded by Bruce Crozier
Personal details
Born (1977-10-12) October 12, 1977 (age 39)
Essex County, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Jennifer Natyshak
Children 2
Residence Belle River, Ontario
Occupation Trade unionist

Taras Natyshak (born October 12, 1977)[citation needed] is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2011. He represents the riding of Essex.


Natyshak was born in Essex County, Ontario.[1] Natyshak studied political science and labour studies at the University of Windsor. He served as director of training for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA). He and his wife Jennifer live in Belle River with their two children.


Natyshak ran as the New Democrat candidate in the federal elections of 2006, 2008 and 2011 in the riding of Essex. He failed to win in each year.[2][3][4]

In the 2011 provincial election, he ran as the New Democrat candidate in the riding of Essex. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Dave Brister by 1,368 votes.[5][6] He was re-elected in the 2014 provincial election defeating PC candidate Ray Cecile by 17,914 votes.[7]

He is the party's critic for labour issues.[8]


  1. ^ "Natyshak officially candidate in Essex". The Windsor Star. June 11, 2011. p. A2. 
  2. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14. 
  3. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16. 
  4. ^ "Riding results from across Canada". Edmonton Journal. May 3, 2011. p. A6. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "NDP Taras Natyshak ends Liberal reign in Essex". CBC News. October 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "General Election by District: Essex". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Reevely, David (June 25, 2014). "Horwath sticks around, names NDP shadow cabinet". Ottawa Citizen. 

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