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Encyclopedia > Richard Thomas (Ontario politician)
Richard Thomas driving his alcohol fuelled car
Richard Thomas driving his alcohol fuelled car

Richard Thomas is a Canadian actor, broadcaster, environmentalist and politician. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ...

Though a "tee-totaller", Thomas made national news in the late 1970s by breaking Canada's bootlegging laws in order to make alcohol as environmentally friendly fuel for his converted Volvo. He was subsequently charged with bootlegging, but was vindicated when the government dropped the charges rather than prosecute the environmentalist. A commanding speaker, he attained further fame through a memorable vocal part in a television commercial for Canada Packers as the bacon loving "Gentle Ben" and has provided voice-over narration for a number of documentaries such as the early 1980's TV Ontario technology series Fast Forward. Teetotalism is the principle or practice of complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. ... Bootlegging is the illegal sale or manufacture of cigarettes, liquor, and other consumer goods (such as compact discs or DVDs) subject to taxes for the purposes of evading those taxes, or licensing fees. ... TVOntario (TVO) is an educational public television station in the Canadian province of Ontario. ...

Thomas entered politics as a candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party in the 1981 provincial election, losing in the riding of Parry Sound by only six votes to Progressive Conservative newcomer Ernie Eves. Though he had never been elected to public office, he surprised the 1982 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention by placing a credible third on the first ballot, coming ahead of two veteran Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) by running on a strong environmentalist platform. He ran for the Liberal Party again in the 1985 provincial election, and this time lost to Eves by 1,440 votes. The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... William Daviss Progressive Conservatives finally won a majority government after winning only minorities in the 1975 and 1977 elections. ... This page refers to a Riding as a unit in local government. ... Parry Sound was a former federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons, and located in the province of Ontario. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario, also known as Tories) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... The Honourable 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. ... Ballot-by-ballot results of leadership races in the Ontario Liberal Party. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ...

In 1984, some members of the newly-formed Green Party of Canada wanted to draft Thomas as their first leader. This plan was abandoned due to the party's egalitarianism in this period -- having a "celebrity" as leader would have nullified their intentions on this front. 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Green Party of Canada is a minor federal political party in Canada. ...

Thomas eventually left the Liberals for the Green Party, however, and was the star candidate of the Green Party of Ontario in the 1990 provincial election. Once again running in Parry Sound, he placed a strong third with 17% of the vote, ahead of the New Democratic Party's 13% despite the fact that the NDP swept the rest of the province that year. The Green Party of Ontario contests provincial elections in Ontario, Canada. ... As a result of serious scandals, David Petersons Liberal government was defeated by a large protest vote. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ...

In the federal election of 2000, Thomas ran in Parry Sound--Muskoka for the Green Party and received 1495 votes, finishing in fifth place. The 2000 Canadian federal election was held on November 27, 2000. ...

He has remained active in the provincial Green Party, and ran under its banner again in a 2001 by-election in Dufferin--Peel--Wellington--Grey. This by-election was held when the sitting MPP resigned to allow Ernie Eves, by this time the Premier of Ontario, to return to the legislature after a year's absence. It also marked the fourth time that Eves and Thomas appeared against one another on the same ballot. Thomas garnered 12% of the vote for the Greens, once again placing ahead of the NDP candidate. 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey is the name of both a former federal Canadian electoral district and a current Ontario provincial electoral district used in respective federal and provincial elections. ... Dalton McGuinty The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ...

In the 2003 Ontario municipal elections, Thomas was elected reeve of Armour Township in the Parry Sound District. [1] Every three years, in the Canadian province of Ontario there are municipal elections held across the province, in most municipalities. ... In some Canadian provinces, a reeve is the elected head of a village or township, performing a similar role to the mayor of a town or city. ... Parry Sound District is a census division of the Canadian province of Ontario. ...

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Richard Thomas (Canadian politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (854 words)
Richard Malcolm Thomas (February 4, 1932-February 22, 2006) was a Canadian actor, broadcaster, environmentalist and politician.
Thomas eventually did leave the Liberals for the Green Party, however, and was the star candidate of the Green Party of Ontario in the 1990 provincial election.
In the 2003 Ontario municipal elections, Thomas was elected reeve of Armour Township in the Parry Sound District.
Ontario: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (5727 words)
Ontario, the second largest Canadian province, is the most populous and the leader in mineral, industrial, and agricultural output and in financial and other services.
It's bordered on the north by Lake Ontario, on the east by the Niagara River, on the south by the Welland River, and on the west by Highways 20 and 56.
Ontario is bounded on the north by Hudson Bay and James Bay, on the east by Quebec, on the west by Manitoba, and on the south by the U.S. states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
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