David Tilson

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David Allan Tilson
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Dufferin—Caledon
In office
June 28, 2004 – September 11, 2019
Preceded byMurray Calder
Succeeded byKyle Seeback
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey
Dufferin—Peel (1990-1999)
In office
September 6, 1990 – April 2, 2002
Preceded byMavis Wilson
Succeeded byErnie Eves
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Citizenship & Immigration
In office
February 3, 2009 – August 2, 2015
MinisterJason Kenney
Chris Alexander
Preceded byNorman Doyle
Succeeded byBorys Wrzesnewskyj
Personal details
Born (1941-03-19) March 19, 1941 (age 78)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative, 1990-2002
Conservative, 2002-Present
Spouse(s)Judith Tilson
ResidenceOrangeville, Ontario
ProfessionLawyer

David Allan Tilson (born March 19, 1941) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2002, and served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Dufferin—Caledon from 2004 to 2019 as a member of the Conservative Party. When he left office, he was the oldest serving MP in the 42nd Parliament.

Background[edit]

Tilson was educated at the University of New Brunswick and Queen's University, and began practicing law in Orangeville, Ontario in 1970. He served as a trustee on the Dufferin County Board of Education for two terms, and then as a municipal councillor in Orangeville for six years. In the latter capacity, he was the founding Chair of Orangeville's Blue Box program and a Director of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. He also served on the board of Westminster United Church.

Ontario politics[edit]

Tilson was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, defeating incumbent Liberal Mavis Wilson in Dufferin—Peel by 572 votes.[1] The New Democratic Party won this election, and Tilson spent the next five years as an opposition member.

The Ontario Tories won a majority government in the provincial election of 1995, and Tilson greatly increased his margin of victory, defeating Wilson by almost 15,000 votes in a rematch.[2] He was appointed chair of the government caucus in November 1997.

Tilson won another landslide re-election victory for the new riding of Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey in the 1999 election.[3] On April 2, 2002, he resigned his seat in the legislature to allow Premier Ernie Eves (who had been elected party leader without holding a seat) to run as a parachute candidate in a by-election. In 2003-04, he served as vice-chair of the Ontario Municipal Board.

Federal politics[edit]

Tilson ran for the House of Commons of Canada in the federal election of 2004 and defeated incumbent Liberal Murray Calder by a margin of 43% to 39% in the new riding of Dufferin—Caledon.[4]

Tilson supported plans to cut farm support programs, including the AgriRecovery Program, by $2 billion over the next year.[5]

Tilson did not run for reelection in the 2019 federal election.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Federal[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Dufferin—Caledon
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 27,977 46.28 -12.73 $89,524.29
Liberal Ed Crewson 23,643 39.11 +26.01 $98,995.67
Green Nancy Urekar 4,433 7.33 -7.36 $29,801.14
New Democratic Rehya Yazbek 4,398 7.28 -5.92 $9,127.01
Total valid votes/Expense limit 60,451 100.00   $234,924.06
Total rejected ballots 232 0.38
Turnout 60,683 65.63
Eligible voters 92,461
Conservative hold Swing -19.37
Source: Elections Canada[7][8]
2011 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 28,647 59.00 +5.85
Green Ard Van Leeuwen 7,132 14.69 -2.11
New Democratic Leslie Parsons 6,409 13.20 +3.21
Liberal Bill Prout 6,361 13.10 -6.25
Total valid votes 48,549 100.00
Total rejected ballots 187 0.38 0.00
Turnout 48,736 60.91 +3.20
Eligible voters 80,019
Conservative hold Swing +3.98
2008 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 23,363 53.21 +5.28 $61,440
Liberal Rebecca Finch 8,495 19.35 -10.58 $18,089
Green Ard Van Leeuwen 7,377 16.80 +6.80 $66,728
New Democratic Jason Bissett 4,385 9.99 -2.14
Canadian Action Dean Woods 284 0.65 * $384
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,904 100.00 $84,072
Total rejected ballots 168 0.38
Turnout 44,072 57.71
Conservative hold Swing +7.93
2006 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 23,641 47.93 +1.01 $49,542
Liberal Garry Moore 14,777 29.93 -12.82 $34,414
New Democratic Chris Marquis 5,983 12.13 +2.88 $3,352
Green Ted Alexander 4,912 10.00 +0.39 $10,218
Total valid votes/Expense limit 49,313 100.00
Total rejected ballots 166 0.34
Turnout 49,479 64.94
Conservative hold Swing +6.9
2004 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative David Tilson 19,270 42.81 -5.00
Liberal Murray Calder 17,557 39.00 -6.93
Green Ted Alexander 3,947 8.77 +5.53
New Democratic Rita Landry 3,798 8.44 +5.42
Christian Heritage Ursula Ellis 443 0.98 -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,015 100.00
Conservative hold Swing +1.0

Provincial[edit]

1999 Ontario general election: Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 30,532 64.76
Liberal Steve White 13,591 28.83
New Democratic Noel Duignan 1,871 3.97
Green Richard Procter 1,156 2.45
Total valid votes/ 47,150 100.00
Total rejected ballots 342
Turnout 49,492 58.6
Eligible voters 81,020
Progressive Conservative hold Swing
1995 Ontario general election: Dufferin—Peel
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 23,239 66.00 +31.30
Liberal Mavis Wilson 8,501 24.14 -8.66
New Democratic Sandra Crane 3,470 9.85 -17.55
Total valid votes/ 35,210 100.00
Total rejected ballots 204
Turnout 35,414 65.2
Eligible voters 54,176
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +19.98
1990 Ontario general election: Dufferin—Peel
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative David Tilson 10,899 34.70 +3.41
Liberal Mavis Wilson 10,327 32.80 -20.26
New Democratic Sandra Crane 8,627 27.40 +11.76
Libertarian Bob Shapton 1,594 5.10
Total valid votes/ 35,210 100.00
Total rejected ballots 204
Turnout 35,414
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +11.84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14.
  5. ^ Valeriote, Frank. "Drought inspires Conservatives to cut farm relief". The Caledon Citizen. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Mike Baker (March 25, 2019). "Harzadan Singh Khattra local Tories' surprise pick to succeed David Tilson". Orangeville Citizen.
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Dufferin—Caledon, 30 September 2015
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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