Wayne Gates

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Wayne Gates
MPP
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Niagara Falls
Assumed office
February 13, 2014
Preceded by Kim Craitor
Personal details
Political party New Democratic
Residence Niagara Falls, Ontario

Wayne Gates is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in a by-election in February 2014, and re-elected in the 2014 and 2018 General elections. He represents the riding of Niagara Falls.

Background[edit]

Prior to entering provincial politics, Gates was a City Councillor for the City of Niagara Falls, campaign chair for the United Way, and president of a Unifor local in the Niagara Falls, Ontario.[1]

Politics[edit]

Gates ran as the federal New Democratic Party's candidate in Niagara Falls in the 2004 federal election and the 2006 federal election finishing third both times.[2][3]

He was elected as a city councillor in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 2010.[1] In February 2014, he was elected in a provincial by-election in the riding of Niagara Falls. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Bart Maves by 962 votes.[4] He was re-elected in the 2014 provincial election defeating PC candidate Bart Maves by 7,424 votes.[5] Gates is the only New Democrat in history to be re-elected in the Niagara Falls riding and holds the record for highest vote tally of any candidate ever in the Niagara Falls provincial riding, at 24,123 votes.

Gates has served in several critic portfolio roles as part of the Ontario NDP caucus, including Transportation, Economic Development, and Consumer Services.

In 2016, he scored a major victory by winning unanimous support for his motion to address lengthy wait times for MRI services in Niagara.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Wayne Gates 24,123 47.38 +7.84
Progressive Conservative Bart Maves 16,699 32.80 -3.96
Liberal Lionel Tupman 7,314 14.36 -5.00
Green Clarke Bitter 1,724 3.39 +0.65
Libertarian Ralph Panucci 560 1.10 +0.67
None of the Above John Ringo Beam 498 0.98
Total valid votes 50,918 100.0  
New Democratic hold Swing +5.90
Source: Elections Ontario[7]
Ontario provincial by-election, February 13, 2014
Resignation of Kim Craitor
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Wayne Gates 14,526 39.44 +13.14
Progressive Conservative Bart Maves 13,564 36.83 +2.00
Liberal Joyce Morocco 7,143 19.39 -16.50
Green Clarke Bitter 1,006 2.73 +1.11
Independent Tim Tredwell 224 0.61 +0.24
Libertarian Stefanos Karatopis 159 0.43 -0.03
People's Political Party Troy Young 108 0.29
Freedom Andrew Brannan 102 0.28
Total valid votes 36,832
Turnout
     N.D.P. gain from Liberal Swing +14.82%
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Nicholson 23,489 40.4% +1.7%
Liberal Gary Burroughs 20,099 34.5% -2.0%
New Democratic Wayne Gates 12,214 21.0% +0.2%
Green Kay Green 2,402 4.1% +0.1%
Total valid votes 58,204 100.0%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rob Nicholson 19,882 38.7% -7.7%
Liberal Victor Pietrangelo 18,745 36.5% -9.4%
New Democratic Wayne Gates 10,680 20.8% +14.7%
Green Ted Mousseau 2,071 4.0% +2.7%
Total valid votes 51,378 100.0%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NDP take Niagara Falls riding". Toronto Sun. February 13, 2014. 
  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. ^ "NDP win Niagara Falls, Tories hold Thornhill in Ontario byelections". Global News. February 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "General Election by District: Niagara Falls". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Province supports Gates MRI motion". Niagara Falls Review. October 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "General Election Results by District, 054 Niagara Falls". Elections Ontario. 2014. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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