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Encyclopedia > Gerard Kennedy

Gerard Kennedy, (born 1960 in The Pas, Manitoba) is a Canadian politician. He is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Formerly, he was a provincial politician who represented the riding of Parkdale—High Park in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1996 to 2006 as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the Ontario Liberal Party, serving most recently as the province's Minister of Education (2003-2006). Image File history File links GKennedy. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... The Pas is a town in Manitoba, Canada, located at 54° N 101° W, some 630 km north of the provincial capital, Winnipeg. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Official languages English and French, per mandate of the Constitution Act 1982 Flower Prairie Crocus Tree White Spruce Bird Great Grey Owl Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14... The Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention of 2006 was prompted by Paul Martins announcement that he would not lead the Liberal Party of Canada into another election, following his partys defeat in the 2006 federal election in Canada. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: Parti libéral du Canada), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party positioned around the centre to centre-left of the political spectrum, combining a generally progressive social policy with moderate economics. ... Parkdale—High Park in relation to the other Toronto ridings Parkdale—High Park is a federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Canadian House of Commons since 1979, and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1999. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ...

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Background

The son of a Liberal mayor of The Pas, Kennedy attended the St. John's-Ravenscourt School on a hockey scholarship before enrolling at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, in 1977.[1] He worked as a historical researcher for the Government of Alberta in the early 1980s, attended the University of Alberta, and then left it, without graduating, to found the Edmonton Food Bank in 1983. The Pas is a town in Manitoba, Canada, located at 54° N 101° W, some 630 km north of the provincial capital, Winnipeg. ... St. ... Trent University is a liberal arts oriented institution located along the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. ... Peterborough (2004 population 74,600 and the metropolitan population numbers 112,000) is a city on the Otonabee River in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, 125km northeast of Toronto. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English (French has some legal status but is not fully co-official) Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty... Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English (see below) Flower   Wild rose Tree Lodgepole Pine Bird Great Horned Owl Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ralph Klein (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of total... The University of Alberta is situated along the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River in the heart of the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After moving to Ontario, Kennedy was the executive director of Toronto, Ontario's Daily Bread Food Bank from 1986 to 1996. The food bank distributed $30 million worth of food each year without government funding; 150,000 people are estimated to have used its services every month. Kennedy was named in Toronto Life Magazine's list of fifty influential people in 1992, and was named newsmaker of the year by the Toronto Star in 1993. Kennedy was also given an honorable mention in the Financial Post Magazine's C.E.O. awards in 1995. Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Toronto Life is a Canadian magazine about entertainment, politics and life in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Toronto Star is Canadas biggest newspaper, with a weekly circulation of 3,236,655,[1] though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within Ontario. ... 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). ... The National Post is a large Canadian English language national newspaper based in Toronto. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Provincial politics

Kennedy entered political life in May 1996, running in a by-election for the Ontario legislature in the Toronto riding of York South, which was being vacated by former provincial NDP leader Bob Rae. The NDP (and its predecessor, the CCF) had held the riding since 1955; nevertheless, Kennedy's left-leaning credentials allowed him to easily take the riding as a Liberal. He received 7774 votes; his nearest competitor was Toronto city councillor David Miller of the NDP, who took 6656 votes. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... York South was the name of an electoral district or riding used for electing members to the Canadian House of Commons and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... Robert Keith (Bob) Rae, PC , OC, O.Ont , QC , LL.B , LL.D (born August 2, 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mayor David Miller David R. Miller (born December 26, 1958) is a Canadian politician. ...


Despite being a newcomer to politics, Kennedy became the front-runner to replace Lyn McLeod as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in late 1996. Although popular on the left-wing, he encountered a strong "anyone-but-Kennedy" movement from the party's establishment and right-wing which was divided among several candidates on the leadership convention floor. Kennedy finished first on the first, second, third and fourth ballots, but was defeated on the fifth ballot by Dalton McGuinty. Although McGuinty initially finished fourth, he was able to increase his support in the subsequent ballots, gaining delegates from the candidates that dropped off. The results of the leadership contest did not prove divisive within the party and both rivals eventually became strong allies. Kennedy served as the party's Health Critic during McGuinty's first opposition term. Lyn McLeod (born 1942) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Dalton James Patrick McGuinty Jr. ...


Kennedy wanted to run in the redistributed riding of York South—Weston in the Ontario provincial election of 1999, but was forced to step aside for former leadership rival Joseph Cordiano. He instead ran in the neighbouring riding of Parkdale-High Park where he faced an interesting challenge from Anna-Marie Castrilli, another former Liberal leadership challenger who had defected to the governing Progressive Conservatives on the last sitting day of the legislature. Many anticipated that this would be a close race, but it was not: Kennedy won by over 10,000 votes. York South—Weston is a federal and Ontario riding or electoral district in the west-end of Toronto, Canada. ... The Ontario general election of 1999 was held in the Canadian province of Ontario in the late spring of 1999. ... Joseph Cordiano (born October 30, 1957) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Parkdale—High Park is a Canadian federal and provincial electoral riding in the central-west part of Toronto on the lakefront with 106,559 residents. ... Anna-Marie Castrilli is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ...


The Progressive Conservatives were re-elected, and Kennedy became opposition critic for the high-profile Education portfolio.


Minister of Education

The Liberals won a majority in the Ontario provincial election of 2003, and Kennedy was easily re-elected in Parkdale-High Park with about 58% of the vote (his nearest opponent received 16%). He was appointed Minister of Education on October 23, 2003. Under previous governments, the Education portfolio had been marked by considerable labour strife. In 1993 the NDP government skipped negotiations with the public sector unions to implement mandatory days off without pay. There were province-wide teachers's strikes when the PC government attempted to implement a restructuring program in 1996 and 1998, and many boards experienced work-to-rule campaigns that reduced extra-curricular activities. The province of Ontario, Canada conducted a general election on October 2, 2003, to elect the 103 Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. ... 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. ... Rae Days were a nickname for a 1993 initiative by Ontario Premier Bob Rae that forced civil servants to take unpaid days of leave. ...


In the spring of 2005, Kennedy announced the establishment of a provincial framework in teacher's negotiations, which would see teacher's salaries increase by approximately 10.5% over four years in exchange for four years of labour peace. The framework includes priorities such as workplace preparation courses and English as a Second Language programs.


2006 federal Liberal leadership race

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On April 5, 2006 Kennedy resigned as Minister of Education to pursue the federal Liberal Leadership. Premier McGuinty, who admitted that finding a replacement was difficult, was reported to have set that day as a deadline for Kennedy to make a decision in order to prevent the leadership speculation from overshadowing the Ontario government's agenda. Image File history File links Vote. ... An election is a decision making process where people choose people to hold official offices. ... The Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention of 2006 was prompted by Paul Martins announcement that he would not lead the Liberal Party of Canada into another election, following his partys defeat in the 2006 federal election in Canada. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (96th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Kennedy formally declared his candidacy on April 27, 2006. He is supported by MPs Omar Alghabra, Navdeep Bains, Raymond Chan, Mark Holland, Gurbax Malhi, Bernard Patry, Mario Silva, Scott Simms, Brent St. Denis, Andrew Telegdi, Dan McTeague, Brenda Chamberlain and Borys Wrzesnewskyj , and former MPs Peter Adams, Charles Caccia, Gary Carr, Marc Godbout, Joe Fontana, Lynn Myers and Russ Powers, and Ontario MPPs Wayne Arthurs, Bas Balkissoon, Lorenzo Berardinetti, Brad Duguid, Peter Fonseca, Kuldip Kular, Jean-Marc Lalonde, Madeleine Meilleur, Steve Peters, Gerry Phillips, Khalil Ramal, and Harinder Takhar. Some of Kennedy's other endorsements are from former Ontario Attorney-General Ian Scott, Canadian Senators Terry Mercer and Robert Peterson, social activist June Callwood, author Mary Jo Leddy, former Premier of New Brunswick Ray Frenette and former Premier of Prince Edward Island Keith Milligan. April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Omar Alghabra (born 1969) is the former president of the Canadian Arab Federation (2004-2005) and the Liberal Party of Canadas candidate in the riding of Mississauga—Erindale for the 2006 federal election. ... The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, PC, MP, BA, MBA, CMA (born June 16, 1977) is a Canadian politician and has served, since October 7, 2005, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bains is currently a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the... Hon. ... Mark Holland (born October 16, 1974) is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Ajax-Pickering. ... Gurbax Singh Malhi (born October 12, 1949 to a Sikh family in Chugha Kalan, Punjab, India) is a Canadian politician. ... Bernard Patry (born January 30, 1943 in Montreal) is a Canadian politician. ... Mario Silva (born June 11, 1966) is a Canadian politician. ... Scott Simms (born August 12, 1970) is the Liberal MP for the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Bonavista-Exploits. ... Brent St. ... The Honourable Andrew Telegdi, PC , MP (born May 28, 1946 in Budapest, Hungary) is an Liberal Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. ... Borys Wrzesnewskyj (born November 10, 1960) is a Canadian politician who represents the riding of Etobicoke Centre in the Canadian House of Commons. ... The Honourable Peter Adams, PC , BA, M.Sc, Ph. ... The Honourable Charles L. Caccia, PC (born April 28, 1930 in Milan, Italy) is a Canadian politician. ... Gary Carr (b. ... Marc Godbout Marc Godbout (born June 8, 1951) is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the Ottawa—Orléans riding. ... Lynn Myers (born May 25, 1951 in Kitchener, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. ... Russ Powers (born March 2, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian politician. ... For information on the Australian tennis player, see Wayne Arthurs (tennis player). ... Bas Balkissoon Bas Balkissoon (born ca. ... Lorenzo Berardinetti is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Brad Duguid is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Peter Fonseca (born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1966) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Kuldip Singh Kular (born December 12, 1948 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Jean-Marc Lalonde (born 1935) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... The Honorable Madeleine Meilleur, M.P.P. (November 22, 1948-) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Steven Steve Peters, BA , MPP (born January 19, 1963) is a Canadian politician. ... Gerry Phillips (born September 11, 1940 in London, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Khalil Ramal (born 1960, in a small town in Lebanon) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Harinder Jeet Singh Takhar is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Ian G. Scott (born July 13, 1934 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... The Senate of Canada is the upper house of the Parliament of Canada. ... Terry M. Mercer (born May 26, 1947) is a Canadian Senator. ... Robert W. Peterson, BSc (born October 19, 1938) is a Canadian senator from Saskatchewan. ... June Callwood, CC , O.Ont , LL.D (born June 2, 1924 in Chatham, Ontario) is a Canadian journalist, author and social activist. ... Mary Jo Leddy, CM, (born ca. ... The Premier of New Brunswick (fr: Premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick) is the first minister for the Canadian province of New Brunswick. ... Joseph Raymond (Ray) Frenette, a politician was a longtime MLA in the province of New Brunswick. ... The Premier of Prince Edward Island is the first minister for the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. ... Keith Milligan (born February 8, 1950) is a Prince Edward Island politician. ...


On May 18, Kennedy formally resigned from the provincial legislature. This was after several weeks of criticism over drawing an MPP's salary, despite his absence from the legislature and his stated intention to live for part of the summer in Quebec. Kennedy responded saying that he intended to resign his seat "sooner rather than later," but first wanted to finish some local projects he'd been working on. "We've been working hard to deliver some things that riding needs, funding for some of the hospitals, some other projects, and I think we're very close on that", he told The Canadian Press in an interview from Moncton, N.B.


The Opposition at Queen's Park argued that Premier McGuinty asked Kennedy to delay his resignation as the Liberals fear losing his riding in a by-election. There was also a published report that said that McGuinty asked Kennedy to postpone his resignation to delay a provincial byelection. Kennedy dismissed the claims, saying "I want people to know emphatically that the only consideration here has been how to make sure the people of Parkdale-High Park are best served by my decision to pursue a federal post, and that's between me and my constituents.[2] The riding which some have described as an NDP stronghold was particularly indicative of Kennedy's personal popularity (due to his work as food bank director and education minister) versus that of his party; Sylvia Watson could not retain the seat for the Liberals in a subsequent by-election, apparently being unable to "ride the coattails of Kennedy's popularity".[3] Parliamentary Opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... Sylvia Watson is a Canadian politician. ...


On July 13, 2006, The Toronto Star reported that Gerard Kennedy appeared to have signed up more new members than any other candidate in the period of the race geared towards member recruitment. The article says that it had been "conventional widsom" that Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae were the leaders in the race but "(t)hese numbers would indicate a change in the dynamic of the race". [4] July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Toronto Star is Canadas biggest newspaper, with a weekly circulation of 3,236,655,[1] though its print edition is distributed almost entirely within Ontario. ... Michael Grant Ignatieff (), M.P., B.A., M.A., Ph. ... Robert Keith (Bob) Rae, PC , OC, O.Ont , QC , LL.B , LL.D (born August 2, 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. ...


On September 8, 2006, Joe Fontana, MP for London North Centre and Gerard Kennedy's Ontario Co-Chair, announced that he would be resigning his seat in the House of Commons to run for mayor in London. Though it was speculated Kennedy would run in the by-election [5], he declined, stating that the riding would be better served by a local candidate who could devote the appropriate time to the campaign. [6] The Honourable Joseph Frank Joe Fontana, PC, MP (born January 13, 1950 in Celare, Cosenza, Italy) is a Liberal member of the Parliament of Canada for the riding of London North Centre, in London, Ontario. ... London North Centre is a federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. ...


On "Super Weekend", from September 29 to October 1, the Liberal Party elected approximately 85% of delegates. Kennedy finished in third place with approximately 17% of delegates being pledged to his campaign, a similar number to Bob Rae and Stéphane Dion. Robert Keith (Bob) Rae, PC , OC, O.Ont , QC , LL.B , LL.D (born August 2, 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. ... Stéphane Dion, PC , MP, BA , MA , Ph. ...


Personal life

Kennedy is married to Jeannette Arsenault-Kennedy, a day care professional and Acadian francophone from Prince Edward Island. They have two young children, daughter Théria and son John-Julien.


He is the son of Jack and Caroline Kennedy. Sometimes mistakenly identified as Irish, Kennedy is actually of Scottish and Ukrainian heritage. The Irish Catholic political dynasty, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent Irish-American family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ...


External links

  • Official leadership site
Preceded by:
none (district created)
Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale—High-Park
19992006
Succeeded by:
Cheri DiNovo
Preceded by:
Bob Rae
Member of Provincial Parliament for York South
19961999
Succeeded by:
none (district abolished)
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Post
Predecessor Office Successor
Elizabeth Witmer Minister of Education
(20032006)
Sandra Pupatello
2006 Liberal leadership candidates
Brison | Dion | Dryden | Hall Findlay | Ignatieff | Kennedy | Rae | Volpe

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Gerard Kennedy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1060 words)
Gerard Kennedy, (born 1960 in The Pas, Manitoba) is a Canadian politician.
Kennedy entered political life in May 1996, running in a by-election for the Ontario legislature in the Toronto riding of York South, which was being vacated by former provincial NDP leader Bob Rae.
Kennedy wanted to run in the redistributed riding of York South—Weston in the Ontario provincial election of 1999, but was forced to step aside for former leadership rival Joseph Cordiano.
James Gerard Kennedy I - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (871 words)
James was born in 1907 in Manhattan, the son of James Joseph Kennedy (1866-1926) a plasterer; and Katherine Carr (1865-1951), both immigrants from Ireland.
Kennedy also helped to maintain the integrity of the famous Heisman Trophy when he served as a Governor of the Downtown Athletic Club (home of the Heisman Trophy) in New York City.
Kennedy has been honored by The American Jewish Committee as Man Of The Year, and in 1989 he was honored by The Dominican Academy as A Catholic Gentleman for his generosity in constructing the James G. Kennedy Science Center at the school.
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