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John Carmichael (politician)

John Carmichael
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Don Valley West
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Rob Oliphant
Personal details
Born (1952-02-14) February 14, 1952
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Kerry
Children 3
Profession Businessman

John Carmichael (born February 14, 1952) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 2011 election.[1] He represents the electoral district of Don Valley West as a member of the Conservative Party.


  • Background 1
  • Politics 2
    • Electoral record 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Carmichael was born in Toronto. He owned and operated City Buick Pontiac Cadillac GMC Ltd, a family business that has operated in Toronto for over fifty years. He has served as president of a national leasing company, as Chairman of ARK e-tail Services and as Chairman of Commonwealth Financial Corporation. He is also Past Chairman of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association and was a founding chairman of the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council.

Carmichael is a member of North York General Hospital Governor's Council and has served on the Wellesley Hospital Foundation Board. He is an avid golfer and has been a competitive rower for many years. He is also the current president of Rowing Canada Aviron and a director of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

He and his wife Kerry have three grown children: Christin, Michael and Julie.


Carmichael ran as the Conservative party candidate in the riding of Don Valley West in 2006 and 2008 federal elections, losing both times to Liberals John Godfrey and Rob Oliphant. In the 2011 election he defeated incumbent Oliphant by 611 votes.

In 2011, he sponsored a private member's bill (C-288) called National Flag of Canada Act that provides protections for anyone who wants to fly the flag of Canada.[2] It became law on June 28, 2012.

Today, Carmichael is a Vice-Chair of the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He is also Chair of the Government Auto Caucus, a Vice-Chair of both the Canada-US and Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Groups, an executive member of the Canada-UK Interparliamentary Group, and a member of the All-Party Aerospace Caucus.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative John Carmichael 22,962 42.93 +4.11
Liberal Rob Oliphant 22,351 41.79 -2.57
New Democratic Nicole Yovanoff 6,280 11.74 +1.55
Green Georgina Wilcock 1,703 3.18 -3.12
Communist Dimitris Kabitsis 186 0.35 +0.02
Total valid votes 53,482 100.00
Total rejected ballots 176 0.33
Turnout 53,658 66.84
Eligible voters 80,276
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Rob Oliphant 22,212 44.36 -9.2 $60,129
Conservative John Carmichael 19,441 38.83 +5.6 $82,633
New Democratic David Sparrow 5,102 10.19 +1.1 $67,984
Green Georgina Wilcock 3,155 6.30 +2.8 $10,725
Communist Catherine Holliday 162 0.32
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,072 100.00 $85,470
Total rejected ballots
Turnout 62.8
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal John Godfrey 28,709 53.4 -6.4
Conservative John Carmichael 17,908 33.3 +5.0
New Democratic David Thomas 4,902 9.1 +0.5
Green Daphne So 1,906 3.5 +0.2
Libertarian Soumen Deb 226 0.4
Canadian Action Paul Barnes 151 0.3
Total valid votes 53,802 100.0


  1. ^ Election 2011: Don Valley West. The Globe and Mail, May 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Taber, Jane (28 September 2011). "MP’s bid to protect flag adds another notch to Harper’s patriotic belt". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
  • John Carmichael (politician) – Parliament of Canada biography
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