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Joe Comartin

Joe Comartin
Deputy Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
In office
September 17, 2012 – 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General David Johnston
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Denise Savoie
Succeeded by TBD
Member of Parliament
for Windsor—Tecumseh
Windsor—St. Clair (2000–2004)
In office
Preceded by Rick Limoges
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born Joseph John Comartin
(1947-12-26) December 26, 1947
Stoney Point, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Maureen Comartin
Residence Windsor
Profession lawyer, managing director
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph John "Joe" Comartin (born December 26, 1947) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. Comartin joined the New Democratic Party in 1969 and represented the party in the Canadian House of Commons from 2000 to 2015.


  • Life and career 1
  • Electoral record 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Comartin was born in Stoney Point, Ontario. A civil litigation lawyer based in Windsor, Ontario, Comartin enjoyed strong support from local union members when he ran for a seat in the House of Commons, but narrowly lost in the 1997 general election and in a 1999 by-election.

He won the seat in the 2000 election, becoming the first federal NDP candidate to win a seat in Ontario in ten years (Mike Breaugh of Oshawa had been the last to win in a 1990 by-election ). He was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011.

Comartin stood as a candidate in the leadership of the NDP in 2003, and finished fourth.

He was the Opposition House Leader from October 18, 2011 to April 19, 2012.

On September 17, 2012, due to the resignation of Denise Savoie, Comartin was chosen to become Deputy Speaker.[1][2]

In July 2014, Comartin announced that he was not running for another term in the 2015 election.[3]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes
     Liberal Shaughnessy Cohen 16,496
     New Democratic Party Joe Comartin 14,237
Reform Harold Downs 5,899
     Progressive Conservative Bruck Easton 4,253
Green Timothy Dugdale 357
Marxist–Leninist Dale Woodyard 115

By-election: On Cohen's death:

By-election on 12 April 1999
Party Candidate Votes
     Liberal Rick Limoges 13,891
     New Democratic Party Joe Comartin 13,800
     Progressive Conservative Bruck Easton 2,074
Reform Scott Cowan 1,956
     Unknown John Turmel 106
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes
     New Democratic Party Joe Comartin 17,001
     Liberal Rick Limoges 16,600
Alliance Phillip Pettinato 5,639
     Progressive Conservative Bruck Easton 1,906
Green Stephen Lockwood 390
Marxist–Leninist Dale Woodyard 95
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Joe Comartin 20,037 41.85
Liberal Rick Limoges 16,219 33.87
Conservative Rick Fuschi 9,827 20.52
Green Elizabeth Powles 1,613 3.36
Marxist–Leninist Laura Chesnik 182 0.38
Total valid votes 47,878 100.00
Total rejected ballots 362 0.75
Turnout 48,240 57.58
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Joe Comartin 22,646 44.62 +2.77
Liberal Bruck Easton 13,412 26.43 -8.44
Conservative Rick Fuschi 12,852 25.32 +4.80
Green Catherine Pluard 1,644 3.23 -0.13
Marxist–Leninist Laura Chesnik 193 0.38 0.00
Total valid votes 50,747 100.00
Total rejected ballots 261 0.51 -0.24
Turnout 51,008 60.21 +2.63
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Joe Comartin 20,045 48.9% +4.3% $67,619
Conservative Denise Ghanam 9,826 24.0% -1.3 % $15,626
Liberal Steve Mastroianni 8,494 20.7% -6.4% 49,645
Green Kyle Prestanski 2,649 6.6% +3.4%
Total valid votes/Expense limit 41,014 100% $88,944
Total rejected ballots
Turnout %
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Joe Comartin 22,224 49.90% +1.20%
Conservative Denise Ghanam 14,954 33.57% +9.65%
Liberal Irek Kusmierczyk 5,764 12.94% -8.02%
Green Kyle Prestanski 1,354 3.04% -3.54%
Marxist–Leninist Laura Chesnik 244 0.55% +0.55%
Total valid votes 44,540 100.00%


  1. ^ Cohen, Tobi. " Comartin named Deputy Speaker". Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Chris. "The Windsor Star - Comartin acclaimed deputy Speaker in House". The Windsor Star. The Windsor Star. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Comartin calls it a career; New Democrat to retire after 14 year as Windsor-Tecumseh MP". Windsor Star, July 3, 2014.

External links

  • Official site
  • How'd They Vote?: Joe Comartin's voting history and quotes
  • Joe Comartin – Parliament of Canada biography
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Denise Savoie
Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
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