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Cam Jackson

Cam Jackson
Mayor of Burlington, Ontario
In office
Preceded by Rob MacIsaac
Succeeded by Rick Goldring
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Joyce Savoline
Constituency Burlington
In office
Preceded by George Albert Kerr
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Constituency Burlington South
Personal details
Born (1951-02-27) February 27, 1951
Hamilton, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative

Cameron "Cam" Jackson (born February 27, 1951) is a Canadian politician. A Progressive Conservative, he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1985, and held the office of Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Burlington until his resignation on September 28, 2006 to run for mayor of Burlington in the 2006 election. He served as mayor from 2006 to 2010 when he was defeated by Rick Goldring.


  • Background 1
  • Provincial politics 2
    • Cabinet positions 2.1
  • Mayor of Burlington 3
    • Electoral record 3.1
  • References 4
    • Notes 4.1
    • Citations 4.2
  • External links 5


Jackson was born in Hamilton, Ontario. His mother was Ukrainian Canadian.[1] He was educated at McMaster University, although he left before graduating to take a job with the Ontario Conservative Party. Before entering politics, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Hamilton Real Estate Board, and also worked for the Halton Housing Authority from 1975 to 1980. In 1996, he was named "Officer Brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem" by Canada's Governor-General. He also served as a trustee on the Halton Public School Board for ten years.

Provincial politics

Jackson was elected for the riding of Burlington South in the provincial election of 1985, defeating Liberal candidate Doug Redfearn by about 4,500 votes.[2] He was a backbench supporter of the government of Frank Miller, which was defeated in the legislature shortly after the election. In late 1985, Jackson supported Alan Pope's unsuccessful bid to replace Miller as party leader.

Jackson was nearly defeated in the provincial election of 1987, defeating Liberal Bill Priestner by 605 votes.[3] He won by a much greater margin in the 1990 election.[4] The Tories finished in third place in both instances, behind the Liberals and the New Democratic Party.

The Progressive Conservatives returned to power in the 1995 provincial election, and Jackson was re-elected in Burlington South with over 70% of the popular vote.[5] He was made a Minister without Portfolio in the government of Mike Harris on June 26, 1995, with responsibility for the Workers Compensation Board.[6] After a shuffle on August 16, 1996, he was given ministerial responsibility for Seniors.[7] He was finally given a full portfolio on July 27, 1998, being made Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care and Seniors. Jackson was easily re-elected in the 1999 provincial election for the redistributed riding of Burlington.[8]

On June 17, 1999, he was named Minister of Tourism.[9] He was named Minister of Citizenship with responsibility for Seniors on February 8, 2001, but returned to the Tourism portfolio (now retitled Tourism and Recreation) when Ernie Eves succeeded Mike Harris as Premier on April 15, 2002.[10] He was forced to resign on October 2, 2002 due to a controversy over his practice of billing the government for steak dinners and hotel stays. Jackson did not appear in public for weeks and there was speculation that he would not run for re-election. Jackson was fully exonerated of all allegations before the next election, and did retain his riding in the 2003 election (albeit with a greatly reduced majority) while dozens of other Tory MPPs lost their seats.[11]

There had been speculation that Jackson would run to succeed Eves in the 2004 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership election but in July, Jackson endorsed John Tory's candidacy for the position of party leader.

Cabinet positions

Provincial Government of Ernie Eves
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Tim Hudak[note 1] Minister of Tourism and Recreation
2002 (April–October)
Frank Klees
Provincial Government of Mike Harris
Cabinet Posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Helen Johns Minister of Citizenship
With Responsibility for Seniors
Carl DeFaria
Al Palladini
[note 2]
Minister of Tourism
Tim Hudak
[note 3]
New position Minister of Long-Term Care
Elizabeth Witmer
[note 4]
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister Without Portfolio
Responsible for Workers' Compensation Board (95–96)
Seniors (96–98)

Mayor of Burlington

On September 28, 2006, Jackson announced both his retirement from provincial politics and his candidacy for Mayor of Burlington. He was elected in the 2006 municipal election, succeeding Rob MacIsaac. After just one term in office, he was defeated in the 2010 municipal election by Rick Goldring.[12]

Electoral record

Candidate Vote %
Cam Jackson 14,941 34.9
Joan Lougheed 13,687 32.0
Rick Burgess 12,658 29.6
Philip Papadoupoulos 1,393 3.3
Stephen Kolcun 147 0.3



  1. ^ Combined with Culture before 2002.
  2. ^ Combined with Economic Development and Trade before 1999.
  3. ^ Combined with Culture and Recreation in 2001.
  4. ^ Combined with Minister of Health in 1999.


  1. ^ Lechky, Olya (June 1, 1999). "Addressing the Health Care Needs of our Rapidly Aging Population". Health Plexus. 
  2. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  4. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Mike Harris' cabinet". The Spectator (Hamilton, Ont). June 27, 1995. p. A7. 
  7. ^ Rusk, James; Mackie, Richard (October 10, 1997). "Premier to shuffle cabinet Ministers to move out of hot portfolios: Snobelen from Education, Wilson from Health". The Globe and Mail. p. A1. 
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Ontario Cabinet". The Spectator (Hamilton, Ont). June 18, 1999. p. C8. 
  10. ^ "Ont-Cabinet". Toronto, Ont: Canadian Press NewsWire. April 15, 2002. 
  11. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Cam Jackson era is over". Hamilton Spectator. October 26, 2010. 

External links

  • Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History
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