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David Caplan

David Caplan (born November 15, 1964) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and is a cabinet minister in the government of Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. Caplan is the son of Elinor Caplan, who served as a cabinet minister at the federal and provincial levels. His father, Wilfred Caplan, was also a politician. He is married to Leigh and has two sons, Benjamin and Jacob. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 500 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1031 × 1237 pixel, file size: 691 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, Government of Ontario I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 500 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1031 × 1237 pixel, file size: 691 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, Government of Ontario I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 46 days remaining. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area Ranked 4th... The Provincial Parliament of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... A cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... A premier is an executive official of government. ... Dalton James Patrick McGuinty Jr. ... Hon. ... Wilfrid Caplan was a political candidate running against Bette Stephenson in the provincial riding of York Mills in Ontario. ...

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Early life

Caplan was born in Toronto, Ontario, and was educated at the University of Western Ontario. He worked as a commercial real estate agent with the firm of Ernest Goodman Ltd. from 1985 to 1989, and was Vice-President of Taurus Metal Trading Ltd. (a recycling company) between 1989 and 1992. The University of Western Ontario (also known as Western, UWO, or Western Ontario) is a coeducational, non-denominational, research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Caplan was elected as a trustee to the North York Board of Education in 1991 and served in this capacity for six years, becoming the Board's Vice-Chair in 1993. He also served on the Metro Toronto Board of Education from 1994 to 1997, becoming its Vice-Chair shortly before his departure for higher office. North York forms the central part of the northern half of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Political career

In 1997, Elinor Caplan resigned her seat in the Ontario legislature to seek election to the Canadian House of Commons. David Caplan contested his mother's former riding of Oriole in the subsequent by-election, and defeated his Progressive Conservative opponent, former federal MP Barbara Greene, by a significant margin. He subsequently served as the Liberal critic for Youth and Training. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The House of Commons (French: Chambre des communes) is a component of the Parliament of Canada, along with the Sovereign (represented by the Governor General) and the Senate. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Barbara Greene (born September 1, 1945) is a Canadian politician. ...


Ontario's electoral map was significantly altered in 1996, when Progressive Conservative Premier Mike Harris reduced the province's parliamentary representation from 130 to 103. These changes did not apply to by-elections for the sitting legislature, but came into effect for the provincial election of 1999. As a result, Caplan was forced to face another incumbent Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), Minister of Education David Johnson, in the new riding of Don Valley East. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 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. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 1999 election. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities are the agencies of the Ontario government in the Canadian province of Ontario responsible for government policy, funding, curriculum planning and direction in all levels of public education, including elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. ... David Johnson may refer to: David Johnson (UK), N.Irish Radio & TV Presenter David Edward Johnson (born 1951), English footballer David Johnson (born 1981) David Anthony Johnson (born 1978), Jamaican footballer David Johnson (born 1945) David S. Johnson (born 1945), computer scientist David Johnson, American soccer player for Los Angeles... Don Valley East is a Canadian electoral district in covers the northeast section of the North York part of Toronto. ...


In one of the most closely-watched races of the campaign, Caplan defeated Johnson on election night by just over 3,000 votes. There are several public school teachers in Don Valley East, and many suspect that "strategic voting" by this group against the Tories was a leading factor in Caplan's victory. The Progressive Conservatives won the election, and Caplan became his party's Housing Critic and Deputy Whip. In politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. ...


Like his mother, David Caplan is a prominent politician in the Jewish community of the North York area. He did not, however, join with several other politicians from this community (including fellow Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter) to support provincial funding for non-Catholic religious schools in 2001. The initiative was brought forward by the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris, and the Liberal Party opposed it on the grounds that it would divert money from public schools. While Kwinter publicly disagreed with his party's position, Caplan supported it and referred to the Harris government's plan as "the first step toward a voucher system". The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... North York forms the central part of the northern half of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Monte Kwinter (born March 22, 1931 in Toronto, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


2003 election

Caplan was easily re-elected in Don Valley East in the provincial election of 2003, defeating his Progressive Conservative opponent, former city councillor Paul Sutherland, by over 9200 votes. The Liberals won the general election, and Caplan was appointed to Cabinet on October 23, 2003 as Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal and Deputy Government House Leader. Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 2003 election. ... Paul Sutherland was born in Toronto, Canada December 7, 1930 and died in Toronto, Canada May 15, 2004 from a heart attack. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Caplan is responsible for leading the modernization of the province's infrastructure and planning for future population and economic growth. He released a long-term $30 billion plus infrastructure investment strategy called ReNew Ontario, which has set Ontario on the road to an infrastructure renaissance - expanding and building new hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, and transit and transportation systems. Caplan is responsible for the historic growth planning legislation, the Places to Grow Act, 2005, which allows for a better way of accommodating growth across the province through the development of growth plans. The first growth plan under this legislation, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, is a comprehensive, 25-year strategy to maximize the benefits of growth and maintain a high quality of life for the fastest growing urban region in Canada. Minister Caplan also has responsibility for several major government agencies managing public assets, including: The Ontario Reality Corporation, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Infrastructure Ontario and the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation.


After a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2005, Caplan was given the additional position of Deputy Government House Leader. June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In Canada each political party with representation in the House of Commons has a House Leader who is a front bench MP and an expert in parliamentary procedure. ...


External links

  • Legislative Assembly of Ontario profile
  • David Caplan, M.P.P site

  Results from FactBites:
 
David Caplan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (658 words)
Caplan is the son of Elinor Caplan, who served as a cabinet minister at the federal and provincial levels.
Caplan was born in Toronto, Ontario, and was educated at the University of Western Ontario.
David Caplan contested his mother's former riding of Oriole in the subsequent by-election, and defeated his Progressive Conservative opponent, former federal MP Barbara Greene, by a significant margin.
Premier of Ontario - Biography of David Caplan (194 words)
David Caplan was first elected to the provincial legislature in a September 1997 by-election and re-elected in 1999 and 2003.
Caplan served as the critic for both housing and municipal affairs and acted as deputy whip for the Liberal caucus.
Caplan was elected to two terms on the North York Board of Education beginning in 1991, and served on the Metro Toronto School Board following his election in 1994.
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