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David Tilson

David Allan Tilson
Member of Parliament
for Dufferin—Caledon
Assumed office
Preceded by Murray Calder
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Mavis Wilson
Succeeded by Ernie Eves
Constituency Dufferin—Peel
Chair of the Standing Committee on
Citizenship & Immigration
Assumed office
3 February 2009
Minister Jason Kenney
Chris Alexander
Preceded by Norman Doyle
Personal details
Born (1941-03-19) March 19, 1941
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative, 1990-2002
Conservative, 2002-Present
Spouse(s) Judith Tilson
Residence Orangeville, Ontario
Profession Lawyer

David Allan Tilson, MP (born March 19, 1941) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 2002, and was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Conservative Member of Parliament in 2004.


  • Background 1
  • Ontario politics 2
  • Federal politics 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Tilson was educated at the University of New Brunswick and Queen's University, and began practicing law in Orangeville, Ontario in 1970. He served as a trustee on the Dufferin County Board of Education for two terms, and then as a municipal councillor in Orangeville for six years. In the latter capacity, he was the founding Chair of Orangeville's Blue Box program and a Director of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. He also served on the board of Westminster United Church.

Ontario politics

Tilson was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, defeating incumbent Liberal Mavis Wilson in Dufferin—Peel by 572 votes.[1] The New Democratic Party won this election, and Tilson spent the next five years as an opposition member.

The Ontario Tories won a majority government in the provincial election of 1995, and Tilson greatly increased his margin of victory, defeating Wilson by almost 15,000 votes in a rematch.[2] He was appointed chair of the government caucus in November 1997.

Tilson won another landslide re-election victory for the new riding of Dufferin—Peel—Wellington—Grey in the 1999 election.[3] On April 2, 2002, he resigned his seat in the legislature to allow Premier Ernie Eves (who had been elected party leader without holding a seat) to run as a parachute candidate in a by-election. In 2003-04, he served as vice-chair of the Ontario Municipal Board.

Federal politics

Tilson ran for the Canadian House of Commons in the federal election of 2004 and defeated incumbent Liberal Murray Calder by a margin of 43% to 39% in the new riding of Dufferin—Caledon.[4]

Tilson plans to cut farm support programs, including the AgriRecovery Program, by $2 billion over the next year.[5]


  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. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14. 
  5. ^ Valeriote, Frank. "Drought inspires Conservatives to cut farm relief". The Caledon Citizen. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 

External links

  • David Tilson – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Official website
  • Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History

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