Andy Fillmore

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Andy Fillmore

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions
Assumed office
January 30, 2017
MinisterKarina Gould
Preceded byMark Holland
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs
In office
February 4, 2016 – January 27, 2017
Preceded byBlake Richards
Succeeded byMaryAnn Mihychuk
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halifax
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byMegan Leslie
Personal details
Born (1966-04-25) April 25, 1966 (age 53)
Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Political partyLiberal
Alma materHalifax Grammar School '84
Technical University of Nova Scotia
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professioncity planner, urban designer

Peter Alexander Fillmore MP (born April 25, 1966) is a Canadian Liberal politician who was elected to represent the riding of Halifax in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Bloomington, Indiana to Atlantic Canadian parents studying abroad in the United States, Fillmore returned to the family's native Nova Scotia at the age of four. In Halifax he attended Tower Road School, Halifax Grammar School, Gorsebrook Junior High, and Queen Elizabeth High School. He began his post-secondary studies in engineering at Acadia University but transferred to the Technical University of Nova Scotia (since merged into Dalhousie University) where he completed an undergraduate architecture degree in 1990, followed by a graduate degree in urban and rural planning in 1992. He was awarded a graduate degree in Design Studies (specialty in Urban Design) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1995.[2]


An urban planner and urban designer by profession, Fillmore began his career in Massachusetts and Maine, working on the Big Dig project in Boston as an urban designer. He later moved to Maine where he was the Town Planner in Cumberland, Maine, and subsequently founded the architectural design and town planning firm Interurban Planning & Design. In 2005, he returned to Nova Scotia to serve as the first ever Manager of Urban Design for the City of Halifax, leading the implementation of the "HRM by Design" Downtown Halifax Plan.[3] He also served as Director of Dalhousie University's School of Planning, and was Vice President, Planning & Development of the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, a crown corporation charged with revitalizing prominent post-industrial waterfronts in Nova Scotia.

As Member of Parliament for Halifax in the 42nd Canadian Parliament, Fillmore was appointed to the all-party Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.[4] On February 4, 2016, he was elected as the chairman of the committee.[5] Beginning in January 2017, Fillmore was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions. Beginning September 2018, Fillmore was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Andy Fillmore 27,431 51.73 +26.09
New Democratic Megan Leslie 19,162 36.13 –15.49
Conservative Irvine Carvery 4,564 8.61 –9.40
Green Thomas Trappenberg 1,745 3.29 –1.10
Marxist–Leninist Allan Bezanson 130 0.25
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,032 100.0     $202,243.99
Total rejected ballots 259 0.49 –0.03
Turnout 53,291 74.68 +11.66
Eligible voters 71,363
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +20.79
Source: Elections Canada[6][7]


  1. ^ Heide Pearson (19 October 2015). "Liberal Andy Fillmore wins the Halifax seat, beating out NDP Megan Leslie". Global News. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ Wedge, Ben (November 22, 2012). "Andy Fillmore sees a bright future for Dal's Planners". The Sextant.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Zaccagna, Remo (21 March 2016). "Halifax urged to foster niche housing". Local Xpress. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ McGregor, Janyce. "Meet the Commons committees of the 42nd Parliament". CBC News. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ Minutes of Proceedings, February 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Halifax (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  7. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

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