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Nick Whalen

Nick Whalen
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. John's East
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Jack Harris
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Sarah Noble
Children Sophie
Alma mater McGill University
Queen's University
Profession lawyer, engineer

Nick Whalen, MP, is a Canadian Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of St. John's East in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1]

Whalen's father, Norman Whalen, was president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party in the 1980s, and managed Clyde Wells' 1989 election victory.[2]

He attended Queen's University's engineering school, earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field, followed by McGill University law school.[3]

Whalen practised law at the law firm McInnes Cooper, specializing in energy law, intellectual property, and corporate and commercial law. He was also, at the time of his election, the only qualified patent agent, and worked with a number of charitable organizations. He had previously served as the local Liberal Party treasurer. His election over the popular Jack Harris was considered one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 election.[4]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Nick Whalen 20,974 46.73 +38.96
New Democratic Jack Harris 20,328 45.29 -25.36
Conservative Deanne Stapleton 2,938 6.55 -13.90
Green David Anthony Peters 500 1.11 -0.02
Communist Sean Burton 140 0.31
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,880 100.0     $198,664.41
Total rejected ballots 111 0.25 –0.06
Turnout 44,991 68.69 +10.84
Eligible voters 65,499
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +32.16
Source: Elections Canada[5][6]


  1. ^ "Liberals sweep all 7 N.L. ridings in federal election". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Just who is Nick Whalen?". The Telegram. St. John's. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  3. ^ Nick Whalen Biography,
  4. ^ "Just who is Nick Whalen?". The Telegram. St. John's. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  5. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — St. John's East (Validated results)".  
  6. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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