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Dan Harris (politician)

Dan Harris
Harris in July 2013
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Scarborough Southwest
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded by Michelle Simson
Personal details
Born (1979-08-03) August 3, 1979
Toronto, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Melissa McCormick (2013-present) [1]
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Profession IT Technician

Dan Harris (born August 3, 1979) is a Canadian New Democratic Party politician, who represented the riding of Scarborough Southwest since the 2011 election and is the Opposition's Critic for Post-Secondary Education.


Harris grew up in east end Toronto. Before being elected, he worked as an IT technician and "Site Lead for VoIP Services and Implementation" at the Kearl Oil Sands Project for Unified Systems Group.[2] He has previously worked at the University of Toronto Students' Union as D.R.O. for their March 2010 Student Elections. As Web Coordinator at the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the summer of 2008. As a Manager of the Ontario NDP Fundraising PhoneBank in 2007-08. As the Support Team Leader at Web Networks 2001-2006(part-time from 2005-06 while attending classes). As a C.S.R. Telerep at Answer Plus (an inbound call centre) in 1999-2000. Harris also worked as a Jr. Assistant and Assistant at N.Y.A.D. Not Your Average Daycare from 1995-1999.


Harris attended French language schools in Toronto until college, graduating from elementary school at École George Étienne Cartier in Toronto and École Secondaire Catholique Mgr-de-Charbonnel in North Toronto for secondary school. He also attended Seneca College, studying computer programming and Analysis.


Harris first ran for office during the 2000 election in Scarborough Southwest, placing fourth behind Liberal incumbent Tom Wappel.[3] He tried again in the 2004 and 2006 elections, and also ran for Ward 35 in the 2006 Toronto municipal elections. Harris did not contest the 2008 federal election, but tried again in 2011—this time defeating Liberal incumbent Michelle Simson.[3]

Harris was named Deputy Critic for Science and Technology on June 2, 2011.[4] On August 9, 2013 he become Critic for Post-Secondary Education.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Dan Harris 14,113 35.04% +16.29%
Conservative Gavan Paranchothy 12,828 31.85% +2.34%
Liberal Michelle Simson 11,701 29.05% -12.77%
Green Stefan Dixon 1,636 4.06 -5.43%
Total valid votes 40,278 100%
Turnout 59.1%
Canadian federal election, 2006: Scarborough Southwest
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Tom Wappel 19,930 47.83 -1.63 $31,803
     Conservative Vincent Veerasuntharam 10,017 24.04 +0.26 $68,687
     New Democratic Party Dan Harris 9,626 23.10 +0.79 $18,101
Green Valerie Philip 1,827 4.38 +0.38
     Independent Trevor Sutton 147 0.35
     Communist Elizabeth Rowley 120 0.29 -0.15 $280
Total valid votes 41,667 100.00
Total rejected ballots 189 0.45 -0.11
Turnout 41,856 62.37 +5.21
Electors on the lists 67,109
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004: Scarborough Southwest
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Tom Wappel 18,776 49.46 -10.36 $47,511
     Conservative Heather Jewell 9,028 23.78 -4.59 $63,040
     New Democratic Party Dan Harris 8,471 22.31 +12.05 $21,397
Green Peter Van Dalen 1,520 4.00 not listed
     Communist Elizabeth Rowley 168 0.44 $300
Total valid votes 37,963 100.00
Total rejected ballots 215 0.56 -0.10
Turnout 38,178 57.16 +3.73
Electors on the lists 66,797
Percentage change figures are factored for redistribution. Conservative Party percentages are contrasted with the combined Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative percentages from 2000.
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2000: Scarborough Southwest
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Tom Wappel 21,466 60.01 +6.61 $47,146
     Progressive Conservative Ellery Hollingsworth 5,251 14.68 +1.01 $14,019
     Canadian Alliance Nabil El-Khazen 4,912 13.73 -6.72 $30,429
     New Democratic Party Dan Harris 3,638 10.17 -1.05 $10,666
     Canadian Action Walter Aolari 336 0.94 $4,886
     Communist Dora Stewart 165 0.46 $202
Total valid votes 35,768 100.00
Total rejected ballots 237 0.66 -0.04
Turnout 36,005 53.43 -9.52
Electors on the lists 67,382
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.


  1. ^
  2. ^ SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST: One-term incumbent seeks return to Parliament, Inside Toronto, April 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Scarborough Southwest: Harris wins seat for NDP". Inside Toronto. May 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Press release: Layton unveils shadow economic development team, deputy critics". June 2, 2011. 

External links

  • Dan Harris – Parliament of Canada biography
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