January 23, 2006
In today's federal election, here are the results for candidates with a
family law connection:
- John Baird (Conservative), former Ontario Minister
of Community and Social Services, was elected in
- Dorian Baxter, running for the PC (Progressive
Canadian) party in Newmarket-Aurora got 729 votes
out of 58,799 cast.
- Cynthia Cameron (NDP), a mother of an autistic child
featured in last year's the report "Between a Rock
and a Hard Place" by André Marin, got 5455
votes out of 56,034 cast in Etobicoke-Centre.
- Jim Flaherty (Conservative), who was the Attorney
General of Ontario sponsoring bill 117, was elected
in Whitby-Oshawa. The bill allows a woman to get
control of a man's assets in a court hearing in
which the man cannot participate. The bill was
enacted in 2000 and has sat on the
Lieutenant-Governor's desk without signature since
- David Laird (NDP), a Children's Aid caseworker, got
8081 votes out of 64,940 cast in Burlington.
- Anne McLellan (Liberal) former Canadian Attorney
General who kept equal-parenting out of the proposed
divorce reform, was defeated in
- Svend Robinson (NDP), author of the law making
criticism of homosexuals a hate crime, who fell from
grace after being caught in the act of stealing
jewelry, was defeated in his comeback attempt in
- Maret Sadem-Thompson (NDP), former director of OACAS
and Durham Children's Aid, got 8720 votes out of
66,793 cast in Whitby-Oshawa.
- David Tilson (Conservative), CAS champion, was
reelected in Dufferin-Caledon.
Family law became part of the campaign when Stephen
Harper proposed giving parents of pre-school children a
tax credit of $100 per month. Scott Reid, Paul Martin's
communications director, suggested parents would
squander the money on beer and popcorn. Mr Harper
incorporated the insensitive remark into his campaign