David Turnbull (politician)

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David Turnbull
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded byKathleen Wynne
ConstituencyDon Valley West
In office
Preceded byBrad Nixon
Succeeded byRiding abolished
ConstituencyYork Mills
Personal details
Born (1942-03-17) March 17, 1942 (age 77)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Political partyProgressive Conservative

David Turnbull (born March 17, 1942) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2003, and was a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in the federal election of 2004.


Turnbull was educated at the Edinburgh College of Domestic Sciences, and worked as a hotel manager in Scotland, Switzerland and Germany. Upon moving to Canada, he continued his education at the Canadian Institute of Management. Before entering public life, he served as a manager for Xerox Canada Ltd. and as President of Turnbull Luetolf Ltd. He also became involved in conservative citizens' groups, including the Ratepayers' Association and the Citizens for Property Tax Reform.


Turnbull was elected to the provincial legislature in the 1990 provincial election, defeating incumbent Liberal Brad Nixon by about 3,000 votes in the North York riding of York Mills.[1] The election was won by the New Democratic Party, and Turnbull sat in the opposition benches for the next five years.

The Tories won a majority government in the provincial election of 1995, and Turnbull was re-elected by more than 11,000 votes over his nearest opponent.[2] He was appointed Government Whip in 1995, and retained this position on being named a Minister without Portfolio in Mike Harris's government on October 10, 1997.

In 1999, Turnbull was re-elected in the redistributed Don Valley West riding, outpolling Liberal candidate Paul Davidson by over 3,000 votes.[3]

On June 17, 1999, Turnbull was promoted to Minister of Transportation, and on February 8, 2001, was named to the position of Solicitor General.[4] In the latter capacity, he was responsible for creating the province's first Sex Offender Registry.

When Ernie Eves succeeded Harris as Premier of Ontario on April 15, 2002, he named Turnbull as his Associate Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation.[5] Turnbull held this position until the defeat of the Eves government in the 2003 provincial election.

Turnbull was among the Tory incumbents defeated in the 2003 election, falling to Liberal candidate Kathleen Wynne by over 6,000 votes.[6] He sought election to House of Commons of Canada for the federal Don Valley West riding the following year, but was defeated by Liberal incumbent John Godfrey.[7]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Ernie Eves
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Associate Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation
Ontario Provincial Government of Mike Harris
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
David Tsubouchi Solicitor General
Bob Runciman
[note 1]
Tony Clement Minister of Transportation
Brad Clark
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Fred Wilson Chief Government Whip
Frank Klees



  1. ^ Renamed as Minister of Public Safety and Security.


  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. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Ontario Cabinet". The Spectator. Hamilton, Ont. June 18, 1999. p. C8.
  5. ^ "Ont-Cabinet". Toronto, Ont: Canadian Press NewsWire. April 15, 2002.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  7. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14. Missing or empty |url= (help)

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