Larry Bagnell

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Larry Bagnell

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Yukon
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRyan Leef
In office
November 27, 2000 – May 2, 2011
Preceded byLouise Hardy
Succeeded byRyan Leef
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs
Assumed office
December 8, 2015
Preceded byJoe Preston
Personal details
Born (1949-12-19) December 19, 1949 (age 69)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Melissa Craig
ResidenceWhitehorse, Yukon
ProfessionExecutive director

Lawrence Bagnell PC MP (born December 19, 1949) is a Canadian politician. He served as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada from 2000 until 2011, and from 2015 to present.

Early life[edit]

Bagnell was born in Toronto, Ontario.

Political career[edit]

Bagnell ran for a seat to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2000 Canadian federal election. He won the Yukon defeating incumbent Louise Hardy by 70 votes.[1] He was re-elected in the 2004 federal election with close to half of the votes.[1] Under the Martin government, he served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.

He was again re-elected in the 2006 election, increasing both his number and percentage of votes.[2] In February 2006, a local newspaper in Whitehorse, Yukon suggested that he be a candidate in the upcoming Liberal leadership race.

In February 2006, Bagnell was named the Critic for Northern Affairs in the Shadow Cabinet of Opposition leader Bill Graham,[3] a role he continued to serve throughout his years in opposition.[4]

On August 25, 2006, he announced that he was supporting Michael Ignatieff for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.[5][6]

Bagnell ran for a fourth term in the 2008 Canadian federal election. He won a tight four-way race defeating future Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski and two other candidates.[7]

Bagnell ran for his fifth term in the 2011 Canadian federal election but was defeated by Conservative candidate Ryan Leef finishing second place out of four candidates in a closely contested election.[8] Leef had campaigned on Bagnell voting in favour of the long gun registry which was unpopular in the constituency.[9][10]

Four years later, Bagnell sought a rematch with Leef,[11] and defeated him decisively to regain his seat in the House of Commons.[12] He was thereafter named as the chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Bagnell: There's no greater honour'". Whitehorse Daily Star. June 29, 2004. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  2. ^ "Bagnell triumphs over party politics". Yukon News. January 26, 2006. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  3. ^ "Bagnell becomes Northern Affairs critic". Whitehorse Daily Star. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  4. ^ "Yukon ex-MP Bagnell prepares to leave Ottawa". CBC News. May 12, 2011. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
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  6. ^ "Ignatieff wins MP's stamp of approval". Whitehorse Daily Star. August 28, 2006. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  7. ^ "Bagnell racks up fourth straight win". Whitehorse Daily Star. October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  8. ^ "Conservatives win Nunavut, Yukon". CBC News. May 2, 2011. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  9. ^ "Conservative takes aim at incumbent in Yukon". National Post. April 13, 2011. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  10. ^ "Ryan Leef says Larry Bagnell can't be trusted on long-gun registry". CBC News. September 22, 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  11. ^ "Former MP Larry Bagnell wins Liberal nomination in Yukon". CBC News. October 5, 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  12. ^ "Liberal Larry Bagnell wins Yukon federal election". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  13. ^ "House affairs committee elects Larry Bagnell chair as MPs set to work". CBC News. December 9, 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-03.

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