Ballard in 2014
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
June 12, 2014 – June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Frank Klees|
|Succeeded by||Christine Elliott|
|Born||King City, Ontario|
Chris Ballard is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2014 to 2018 who represented the riding of Newmarket—Aurora. He was a member of cabinet in the government of Kathleen Wynne.
Attended King City Secondary School where upon graduation had aspirations of becoming a Marine Biologist.
Ballard was a journalist with the Newmarket Era, the Aurora Banner, the Orillia Packet and Times, Canadian Press and the Toronto Star. He has run his own business consultancy firm CSB Communications with clients in the business, education, association sectors in Ontario. He was also the Executive Director for a consumers advocacy group. He lives in Aurora with his wife Audrey where they raised three children.
Ballard was presented with an honorary lifetime member award by Speaker of the Ontario Legislature, Michael A. Brown, on behalf of the Public Affairs Association of Canada. Ballard is a former president of the association and was recognized for his years of dedication to the association.
He ran in the 2014 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Newmarket-Aurora, a long-time PC held riding north of Toronto. In a surprising upset, he defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Jane Twinney by 3,432 votes. Ballard's win was part of a strong showing by the Ontario Liberals in the York Region, where the party had a historically strong showing in many traditionally PC and swing ridings.
He previously served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. In June 2016, he was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty-Reduction Strategy.
While MPP Ballard moved bill 42 to directly elect the chair of the Region of York. This was never realized as it was reversed in July of 2018.
He ran for re-election in the 2018 provincial election and was defeated soundly, coming in 3rd in the riding of Newmarket-Aurora with less than 23% of the vote. Ballard's loss was part of a weak showing by the Ontario Liberals who retained only 7 seats and lost official party status.
Ballard exited politics in 2019 to be the CEO of Passive House Canada.
|Ontario provincial government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Glen Murray||Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
|Ted McMeekin||Minister of Housing
Also responsible for Poverty Reduction Strategy
|2018 Ontario general election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Elliott||24,813||47.71||+10.29|
|New Democratic||Melissa Williams||12,405||23.85||+12.34|
|None of the Above||Denis Van Decker||185||0.36|
|Ontario Moderate Party||Denis Gorlynskiy||60||0.12|
|Total valid votes||52,013||100.0|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||518||1.00|
|Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||-1.95|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2014 Ontario general election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|Progressive Conservative||Jane Twinney||19,510||37.25||-10.0|
|New Democratic||Angus Duff||6,092||11.63||-2.7|
|Canadians' Choice||Dorian Baxter||925||1.77|
|Total valid votes||52,379||100.00|
|Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+9.1|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
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