Stephen Woodworth (politician)
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|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Kitchener Centre
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Karen Redman|
|Succeeded by||Raj Saini|
|Born||January 5, 1954|
|Political party||Conservative (2008-present), Liberal (1988)|
Stephen Woodworth (born January 5, 1954) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Kitchener Centre in the House of Commons of Canada for the Conservative Party of Canada in the 40th and 41st parliaments (2008-2015).
Life and career
Woodworth, a resident of Kitchener, Ontario, attended Wilfrid Laurier University, received a law degree from the University of Western Ontario, was called to the bar in April 1979, and joined a Waterloo, Ontario legal practice which later became McGibbon & Woodworth. In 1993 Woodworth opened an office as a sole practitioner in Kitchener where he practised law until 2008. While at Western, Woodworth met and married fellow law student Sharon Woodworth. They have three children.
Politics and elected office
In 1994, Woodworth was elected to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing Kitchener, and served in that capacity until 2003. During his tenure, Woodworth fought to prevent sex education from being taught in local Catholic high schools.
As an MP, Woodworth served as a member of several parliamentary committees, including the committees for Environment and Sustainable Development, Justice and Human Rights, Public Accounts, and Fisheries and Oceans.
In 2012, Woodworth introduced Motion 312, a private member's motion which attempted to re-open the debate around Canadian abortion law.  The bill proposed to create a special committee to redefine Canada's legal definition of human being. The motion was defeated 203-91.
In 2013, Woodworth followed up with a second private member's motion, Motion 476, again attempting to challenge Canada's abortion laws. However, Woodworth failed to receive the unanimous consent of Parliament required to reopen the debate after his previous motion was defeated.
|2015 Canadian federal election: Kitchener Centre|
|New Democratic||Susan Cadell||8,680||16.6||-5.33||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||52,280||100.0||$209,331.18|
|Total rejected ballots||292||–||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.24|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Kitchener Centre|
|New Democratic||Peter Thurley||10,742||21.56||+3.48||$38,822.94|
|Marxist–Leninist||Mark Corbiere||92||0.18||–||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||49,809||100.00||$87,274.51|
|Total rejected ballots||209||0.42||+0.01|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Kitchener Centre|
|New Democratic||Oz Cole-Arnal||8,152||18.08||-0.35||$26,622|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||44,933||100.00||$84,756|
|Total rejected ballots||183||0.41||-0.05|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+5.94|
|1988 Canadian federal election: Waterloo|
|Progressive Conservative||Walter McLean||26,949||45.11||–11.24|
|New Democratic||Scott Piatkowski||10,418||17.44||–0.71|
|Total valid votes||59,745||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||–11.51|
- "Kitchener Centre | CBC News". CBC.
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- "Publication Search". www.ourcommons.ca.
- "Debates (Hansard) No. 65 - March 31, 2014 (41-2) - House of Commons of Canada". www.ourcommons.ca.
- "Woodworth refused consent for new motion".
- "The Democracy Defence Initiative – Defending Democracy and Freedom".
- Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Kitchener Centre, 30 September 2015
- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates