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Frank Klees (born March 6, 1951) is a Canadian politician. He is a Progressive Conservative member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Oak Ridges, north of Toronto. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Canada is a constitutional monarchy and a Commonwealth Realm (see Monarchy in Canada) with a federal system of parliamentary government, and strong democratic traditions. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario, also known as Tories) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... In the British Isles since Anglo-Saxon times, a riding is traditionally a sub-division (especially in three) of a county, in Australia analogous. ... Oak Ridges was a former federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons, and located in the province of Ontario. ...

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Early life

Klees was born in Stuttgart, West Germany. His parents were Danube-Swabian, German pioneers whose ancestors settled in parts of eastern Europe that would later be known as Hungary and Yugoslavia. At the age of five, Klees came with his family to Canada by boat and settled in Leamington, Ontario. Stuttgart, a city located in southern Germany, is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg with a population of approximately 590,000 as of September 2005 in the city and around 3 million in the metropolitan area. ... The Danube bend at Visegrád is a popular destination of tourists The Danube (ancient Danuvius) is Europes second-longest river (after the Volga). ... A Swabian is a native of Swabia, a place that is located in the south-west region of Germany. ... Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in all south Slavic languages, in Serbian and Macedonian Cyrillic Југославија) is a term used for three separate but successive political entities that existed during most of the 20th century on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe. ... Map of Essex County with Leamington in red Leamington is a municipality in Essex County, Ontario and has a population of about 25,000. ...


Business career

Klees first ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, losing to Remo Mancini in the southwestern riding of Essex South. He lost to Mancini a second time in the 1977 election, and did not run as a candidate again until 1995. The Ontario general election of 1975 was held to elect the 125 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Remo Mancini (born May 26, 1951 in Pescara, Italy) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Essex South was a former federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons, and located in the province of Ontario. ... The Ontario general election of 1977 was held to elect the 125 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


He worked as a businessman the intervening years, beginning in the financial services sector with the Canada Life Assurance Co. He then became an entrepreneur, and started a sports agency which represented professional athletes. Klees also co-founded the Municipal Gas Corporation in 1990, and served as its executive vice-president until 1997. When he sold the business, it had grown to a significant enterprise with 55,000 customers.


Political career

From 1992 to 1994, he was third vice-president and policy chair of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Klees was first elected to the legislature in the election of 1995, defeating former Liberal leadership candidate Charles Beer. He was easily re-elected in the 1999 provincial election, and on June 17, 1999 joined the cabinet of Premier Mike Harris as chief party whip and Minister without Portfolio. A legislature is a governmental deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ... 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. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a center-right provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... John Charles McWater Beer is a former Canadian politician. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 1999 election. ... A cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... A premier is an executive official of government. ... 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. ... 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. ... A Minister without Portfolio is a government minister with no specific responsibilities. ...


In 2000, Klees was preparing to run as a candidate for the leadership of the new Canadian Alliance, but pulled out because he had been approached by a donor who offered to bankroll the Klees campaign in exchange for Klees crossing over to a preferred candidate on the second ballot. (It may be noted that Ontario Progressive Conservative organizer Tom Long ran for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance after Klees withdrew, and gave his support to Preston Manning on the second ballot despite the fact that Manning had almost no chance of winning.) The Canadian Alliance, formally the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, was a Canadian right-of-centre conservative political party that existed from 2000 to 2003. ... Tom Long (born 1959) is a Canadian political strategist. ... Preston Manning Ernest Preston Manning (born June 10, 1942, in Edmonton, Alberta), is a Canadian politician. ...


Klees stepped down from his ministerial position on July 30, 2001 for what he described as personal reasons. After returning to the backbenches for a year, he was reappointed to cabinet on October 3, 2002 as Minister of Tourism under Harris' successor, Ernie Eves. On February 25, 2003, he became Minister of Transportation, and served in that position until the defeat of the Eves government in the October 2003 election. Klees revealed himself as being on the right-wing of his party during this period, supporting right-to-work legislation and other initiatives to reduce government oversight of the economy. A backbencher is a Member of Parliament or a legislature who does not hold governmental office and is not a Front Bench spokesperson in the Opposition. ... 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. ... 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. ...


Klees was re-elected in 2003 (narrowly defeating Liberal Helena Jaczek) and was a candidate in the 2004 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership election which took place on September 18, 2004. He was endorsed by Tory MPPs Jerry Ouellette, Ted Chudleigh and Bill Murdoch, and groups such as the Conservative Youth Coalition. The other candidates in the race were Ajax MPP Jim Flaherty and former Rogers Communications CEO John Tory. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Jerry Ouellette (born January 30, 1959 in Oshawa, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Ted Chudleigh is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Bill Murdoch (born January 10, 1945 in Meaford, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Hon. ... John Tory John H. Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. ...


Klees made healthcare his biggest priority in the campaign. He was the only candidate to openly endorse a semi-privatized health care system. Other key issues of his campaign were school choice, physical education in the school system, OHIP statements, and foreign-born doctors applying for employment. A healthcare system is the organization by which health care is provided. ... Physical instruction at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Newport, RI, 1917 In most educational systems, physical education (PE), also called physical training (PT) or gym, is a course in the curriculum which utilizes the learning medium of large-muscle activities in a play or movement exploration setting. ... The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) is the government-run health plan for the Canadian province of Ontario. ...


He was eliminated from the contest after placing third on the first ballot; Tory subsequently won on the second ballot. Klees increased his profile during the campaign, and is currently the Progressive Conservative education critic in the Legislature.


Klees lives in Aurora, Ontario. Aurora is a wealthy suburban town located in York Region approximately 40 km north of Toronto (Latitude: 44. ...


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Provincial Government of Ernie Eves
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Norm Sterling Minister of Transportation
(2003)
Harinder Takhar
new post Minister of Tourism (Ontario)
(20022003)
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Frank Klees - definition of Frank Klees in Encyclopedia (507 words)
Klees was first elected to the legislature in the election of 1995, defeating former Liberal leadership candidate Charles Beer.
In 2000, Klees was preparing to run as a candidate for the leadership of the new Canadian Alliance, but pulled out because he had been approached by a donor who offered to bankroll the Klees campaign in exchange for Klees crossing over to a preferred candidate on the second ballot.
Klees was re-elected in 2003 (narrowly defeating Liberal Helena Jaczek) and was a candidate in the 2004 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership election which took place on September 18, 2004.
Frank Klees - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (637 words)
Frank Klees (born March 6, 1951 in Stuttgart, West Germany) is a politician in Ontario, Canada.
At the age of 5, Klees came with his family to Canada by boat and settled in Leamington, Ontario.
Klees increased his profile during the campaign, and is currently the Progressive Conservative education critic in the Legislature.
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