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Encyclopedia > Chris Stockwell

Hon. Chris Stockwell (born March 9, 1957 in London, Ontario) was a for many years a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2003, and served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Before entering provincial politics, he had been a member of Toronto city council. Stockwell's father, Bill Stockwell, was also a Progressive Conservative politician. March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto: Nickname: The Forest City City of London, Ontario, Canada location. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal it began, loyal it remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th)  - Land 917,741 km²  - Water 158,654 km² (14. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alternate meanings in cabinet (disambiguation) A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ... Ernest Eves (born June 17, 1946) was the twenty-third Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada, from April 15, 2002, to October 23, 2003. ... }|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Official Flag]]|Coat Image=[[Image:{{{Coat Image}}}|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Coat of Arms]]}} {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Diversity Our Strength {{Canadian City/Location Image is:{{{Location Image Type}}}|[[Image:{{{Location Image}}}|thumbnail|center|250px|City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada...


Stockwell was elected as a city of Etobicoke controller in 1982, and held the position until his election to the Metropolitan Toronto council in November 1988. He represented Lakeshore-Queensway, in the Etobicoke region, and also served as chair of the Metro O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts during this period. Etobicoke (pronounced ) is the borough to the west in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that has a population of about 350,000. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto was the name of the highest level of municipal government in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada, area from 1954 to 1997. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Stockwell was elected to the Ontario provincial legislature in the 1990 provincial election, defeating incumbent Liberal Linda LeBourdais by about 4,000 votes in Etobicoke West. Almost immediately after the election, he was criticized for accepting a generous payout from city council in lieu of time served. The New Democratic Party won the election, and Stockwell sat on the opposition benches for the next five years. As a result of serious scandals, David Petersons Liberal government was defeated by a large protest vote. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Linda Lillian LeBourdais (born March 31, 1945 in Montreal, Quebec) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ...


The Tories won a significant majority in the provincial election of 1995, and Stockwell was easily elected in his own riding. Despite his experience, he was not appointed to cabinet by the new Premier, Mike Harris. He soon developed a reputation as a maverick, representing centrist conservative views in a party dominated by right-wingers. The Ontario general election of 1995 was held on June 8, 1995, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario, Canada. ... A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... Dalton McGuinty The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ...


Stockwell was elected Speaker of the Assembly on October 3, 1996, after Al McLean was forced to resign from the position in disgrace. He was not Mike Harris's preferred choice for the position (the Premier supported Margaret Marland) but won with support from members in all three parties. Stockwell won a reputation for independence in the Speaker's chair, and was not afraid to criticize members of his own party. There were many, however, who accused him of arrogance. The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (i. ... October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in Leap years). ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Hon. ... Margaret Marland (born February 15, 1934 in St. ...


In the provincial election of 1999, Stockwell's personal popularity was such that he was able to win an easy re-election in the redistributed riding of Etobicoke Centre, despite his party's losses in other Toronto ridings. On June 17, 1999, he was finally appointed to cabinet as Minister of Labour. The Ontario general election of 1999 was held in the Canadian province of Ontario in the late spring of 1999. ... Etobicoke Centre is a federal and provincial electoral district now part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Despite Stockwell's reputation as a Red Tory, he implemented a number of right-wing policy directives as Labour Minister. He was largely credited with shepherding through the legislature a bill to increase the maximum work-week to 60 hours, and also promoted the Harris government's "Workplace Democracy Act", which made union organization more difficult. In addition to the Labour portfolio, Stockwell also served as Commissioner of the Board of Internal Economy for a few months in 2001. Red Tory is a nickname given to a political tradition in Canadas conservative political parties. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Stockwell was a candidate to succeed Mike Harris in the 2002 PC leadership election. During this campaign, he claimed that the right-wing initiatives of Harris's "Common Sense Revolution" were necessary in 1995, but no longer made sense in 2003. He won little support from party insiders, and placed last with 4% of the vote. He supported Ernie Eves, the winning candidate, on the second ballot. The 2002 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership election was a leadership convention called in the fall of 2001 when Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Premier Mike Harris announced his intention to resign. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ernest Eves (born June 17, 1946) was the twenty-third Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada, from April 15, 2002, to October 23, 2003. ...


On April 15, 2002, Eves appointed Stockwell as Government House Leader and Minister of Environment and Energy. The Energy and Environment portfolios were broken up on August 22, 2002, with Stockwell keeping Energy. April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On June 17, 2003, he resigned from cabinet in the wake of a controversy concerning the misuse of expenses. An inquiry under Justice Osborne found that Stockwell had breached the Members Integrity Act with expenses claimed on a trip to Europe. His riding association had paid for his family to accompany him, using tax-deductible political donations; it was also alleged that Stockwell charged $10,000 to Ontario Power Generation as part of the trip. Previously, he had claimed $3000 in bar bills for himself and his staff as government expenses. June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is a public company whose shares are wholly owned by the government of Ontario. ...


On July 25, 2003, Stockwell announced that he would not run in the 2003 election. His retirement deprived the Tories of their leading voice in Toronto. July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario general election of 2003 was held on October 2, 2003, to elect the 103 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


Stockwell was known for his oratorical skills, and was arguably the best speaker on the government benches. Along with Liberal George Smitherman, he was perhaps the most energetic speaker in the legislature from 1999 to 2003. George Smitherman (b. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Preceded by:
Al McLean
1995-1996
Speaker of the
Ontario Legislature

1996-1999
Gary Carr
1999-2003

 
 

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