- Garfield Dunlop
Garfield Dunlop is a politician in
Ontario, Canada. He is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Simcoe Northfor the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
Dunlop was educated at the
University of Waterloo. Before entering public life, he was involved with a family business, Glen Dunlop Plumbing, Heating and Supplies (which he first joined in 1971).
In 1980, Dunlop was elected a councillor in the village of Coldwater, Ontario. He served as reeve of the village from 1982 to 1994, and as deputy
mayorof the township of Severn from 1994 to 1999. In 1998, he was named warden of Simcoe County.
Dunlop was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1999 provincial election. He won the Progressive Conservative nomination in Simcoe North following the resignation amid scandal of sitting
Member of Provincial Parliament(MPP) Al McLean. The riding is generally regarded as safe for the Tories; Dunlop defeated his Liberal opponent George MacDonaldby about 7000 votes.
Dunlop was appointed deputy government whip after his election, but was never given a cabinet position in the governments of
Mike Harrisand Ernie Eves. He was one of only 24 Tories re-elected in the 2003 election, defeating Liberal Paul Sloanby 3680 votes.
Dunlop is known as one of the most socially conservative members of the Progressive Conservative caucus. While campaigning in 2003, he handed out literature against
same-sex marriage, which he referred to as a sin(same-sex marriage is a federal and not a provincial matter). Dunlop is also known to support private prisons.
He now serves as chief opposition whip, and is the Progressive Conservative critic for community safety and correctional services.
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