David Christopherson : biography
David Christopherson (born October 5, 1954) is a Canadian politician. Since 2004, he has represented the riding of Hamilton Centre in the Canadian House of Commons. He previously served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2003, and was a cabinet minister in the provincial government of Bob Rae. Christopherson is a member of the New Democratic Party.
Electors could vote for two candidates. The percentages are determined in relation to the total number of votes. Results taken from the Hamilton Spectator, 5 November 1991.
Electors could vote for two candidates.
All federal election information is taken from Elections Canada. All provincial election information is taken from Elections Ontario. The 2003 municipal election results are taken from official results provided by the City of Hamilton, available . Italicized expenditures refer to submitted totals, and are presented when the final reviewed totals are not available.
The 1999 provincial expenditure entries are taken from official candidate reports as listed by Elections Ontario. The figures cited are the Total Candidate’s Campaign Expenses Subject to Limitation, and include transfers from constituency associations.
Early life and career
Christopherson was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He is self-educated, having dropped out of high school in the ninth grade. A voracious reader, he is a particular fan of books on politics. He began working with International Harvester in Hamilton at age 19, and remained with the company for eleven years. He was active with the United Auto Workers union, becoming plant chairman in 1978 and president of the Local 525 in 1979.Jill Morrison, "Great expectations", Hamilton Spectator, 13 February 1993, B3.
Christopherson campaigned in Hamilton East in the 1984 federal election, finishing second against Liberal candidate Sheila Copps. He was elected to Hamilton, Ontario City Council the following year for the city’s fourth ward, and re-elected in 1988. Christopherson became chairman of Hamilton’s licencing committee, and made a concerted effort to reform the city’s notorious regulatory practices.Terry Cooke, "Licensing mess could consume council term", Hamilton Spectator, 10 February 2007, A19. He developed a reputation on as a hard worker, and was one of three councillors to decline a pay increase in 1988."3 Hamilton aldermen refuse pay raise", Globe and Mail, 28 April 1988, A22.
Christopherson was also a constituency assistant for NDP Member of Parliament (MP) Ian Deans in the mid-1980s."Political infighting erupts in race for Deans’ Hamilton riding", Toronto Star, 19 January 1987, A8. He sought the NDP nomination for Hamilton Mountain after Deans’s retirement in 1986, but lost to Marion Dewar."Dewar wins Hamilton nomination", Globe and Mail, 24 January 1987, A5.
Christopherson did not seek re-election to the legislature in 2003. He instead campaigned for mayor of Hamilton in that year’s municipal campaign. He promised to reform the city’s disclosure laws, requiring municipal politicians to declare their assets, debts and holdings.Chinta Puxley, "Mayoral hopeful pushes disclosure rule", Hamilton Spectator, 16 June 2003. He also spoke out against plans to build an incinerator in the city for waste disposal.Fred Vallance-Jones, "Incinerator fuels mayoral clash", Hamilton Spectator, 8 September 2003, A04. He was supported by two teachers’ unions and the city firefighters’ union, as well as by Liberal MPP Dominic Agostino from Hamilton East. Initially considered the frontrunner, he was ultimately defeated by rival candidate Larry Di Ianni. Hamilton’s amalgamation with the more right-leaning suburbs was a factor, as was Christopherson’s opposition to a revised Red Hill Expressway."Expressway dispute", Broadcast News, 12 November 2003, 03:24 report.