Skarica was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating LiberalChris Ward and New Democratic Party incumbent Don Abel by a significant margin in the suburban Hamilton riding of Wentworth North. He was not appointed to cabinet under Mike Harris, and soon developed a reputation as a maverick within his party, supporting right-wing and libertarian principles. In particular, he opposed the Harris government's plans to amalgamate the City of Hamilton with neighbouring municipalities.
Skarica was re-elected in the provincial election of 1999, in the redistributed riding of Wentworth—Burlington. During the election, he promised to resign if he was unable to prevent the amalgamation of Ancaster, Dundas, and Flamborough into the City of Hamilton. The Harris government pushed forward with its amalgamation plans at the end of 1999, and Skarica resigned from the legislature on February 7, 2000.
It may be noted that the timing of Skarica's resignation allowed him to automatically resume his former job in the legal profession without penalty. Had he waited a few months longer, the five-year window would have elapsed.
A resident of Dundas, he has two sons: David and Jeffrey.
Skarica was born in England, and moved to Canada at a young age.
Skarica was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating Liberal Chris Ward and New Democratic Party incumbent Don Abel by a significant margin in the suburban Hamilton riding of Wentworth North.
Absent from the vote were seven backbench MPPs, including Jim Brown of Scarborough, ToniSkarica from Hamilton and Bill Murdoch from Owen Sound.
Skarica and Murdoch were demoted by Harris from their Parliamentary Assistant posts, which pay an additional $11,000, for criticizing other government policies.
Skarica's sin was to go public with his concerns about a similar megacity plan for the Hamilton area, while Murdoch's main complaint was that caucus wasn't being consulted on most of the government's policies, including Megacity.
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