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Dorian Arthur Baxter
|The Federation of Independent Anglican Churches of North America|
|Ordination||15 May 1983|
|Consecration||9 March 2003|
|Birth name||Dorian Baxter|
|Born||3 April 1950|
Mombasa Island, Kenya
|Alma mater||York University, University of Toronto|
Dorian Baxter (born 3 April 1950) is a bonafide Anglican Archbishop consecrated according to the rite of "Apostolic Succession" by Bishops Jukes and Ouwehand on 9 March, 2003. He is also a perennial candidate in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
Baxter was baptized and confirmed by the first Black Bishop of Mombasa in Mombasa Cathedral. His father, Arthur Baxter, was a major in the British Army and his mother, Ena Baxter, was a corporal. From 1962 to 1967, he competed in the Amateur Boxer in Kenya National Championships, but failed to gain a medal. In 1966, he became the Kenya National Backstroke Champion. Baxter came to Canada, landing on 28 March 1968, moving to Toronto.
Education and ministry
He obtained his B.A. from York University in humanities and his master's degree in divinity from the University of Toronto. He has been an educator for over 30 years, commencing his career as a classroom teacher with the York County Board of Education in 1970 (Roy H. Crosby Public School, Markham). In 1972, he was invited by the headmaster of St. George's College, Jack Wright, to join the staff. Baxter taught Grades 4 through to 10, coached the school swim teams, and ran the Independent Schools Athletic Association (Swimming) in Ontario.
In 1980 Baxter resigned after a quarrel with the headmaster, who attempted to fire Baxter before the end of the school year. Over 400 parents protested and Baxter was immediately reinstated and an apology letter was written to him by the Headmaster.
At the end of the school year, he resigned and entered Wycliffe College of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. He was ordained at St. James' Cathedral on 15 May 1983 after serving as Head of Divinity, elected by the student body at the college. He served as a priest with the Anglican Church of Canada at St. Paul's Church in Thunder Bay, Ontario and as priest-in-charge of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Manitouwadge, Ontario. He then was an associate professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1996 Baxter began incorporating the music and look of Elvis Presley into his services. That year, he won the Canadian Showstopper at the Collingwood Elvis Festival. In 1997 he won the Grand Champion of Showstoppers at that same festival. After that year, festival founder Billy Cann was ousted and control given to the town's business groups, a decision which Baxter objected to before Collingwood Town Council. Baxter joined Cann to establish a competing Elvis festival in Orillia and has since refused to return to the Collingwood festival.
In 1998, Bishop Ronald Ferris of the Diocese of Algoma removed Baxter from his parish and revoked his license to perform Anglican weddings because of his use of Elvis in Anglican services, saying it was "in poor taste". In 2002, the church revoked his invitation to be the keynote preacher at a Masonic service in a Toronto Anglican church. Baxter has said he found this particularly difficult, as he has been a Freemason for more than 25 years and was Worshipful Master of his lodge in 1980. Baxter attended the service anyway.
Baxter says that the controversy re: Collingwood originated when the media reported that Yvonne Prince had falsely told reporters he performed weddings and funerals dressed as Elvis, which he denies doing. Instead, he says, he performs the services in traditional clerical garb and changes into the Elvis clothes for the reception. He is now fully recognized federally and provincially as the Archbishop of the Federation of Independent Anglican Churches of North America. As the governing authority of this federation, Baxter legally performs weddings himself and licenses his own priests and bishops to perform such weddings.
In 2003, he set up an independent church, Christ the King Graceland Independent Anglican Church of Canada, in Newmarket, Ontario, where he continues to conduct services using Presley's music, with his signature Elvis pompadour and sideburns. Baxter was consecrated on 9 March 2003 in Newmarket by the Rt. Rev'd Christopher Andrew Jukes of Calgary, Alberta, who at that time was a bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, using the traditional ordinal of the Book of Common Prayer (1962 Canada). He also established the Federation of Independent Anglican Churches of North America with himself as self-styled archbishop; this organisation was incorporated by Federal Canadian Letters Patent on 1 October 2003.
Baxter has run for federal Parliament four times in the riding of Newmarket-Aurora, under the Progressive Canadian Party banner. In the 2004 federal election, he received 1,079 votes, placing last out of five candidates. In the 2006 election he received 729 votes, and in the 2008 election he received 1,004 votes. He placed fifth out of six candidates in both 2006 and 2008. In the 2011 election, he received 1,001 votes, placing fifth out of six candidates, surpassing only Yvonne Mackie of the Animal Alliance Environment party. Baxter also ran in the 2010 by-election in the riding of Vaughan, finishing seventh of out eight candidates with 110 votes. He ran in the by-election for Markham—Thornhill on 3 April 2017. He placed a surprising fourth out of seven candidates, ahead of the Green Party of Canada candidate.
He founded NAPPA (The National Association for Public and Private Accountability) on the heels of his unprecedented successful lawsuit against the Durham Region Children's Aid society. (See judgement by Justice Somers, 22 March 1994. Baxter versus Durham Region Children's Aid Society).
|Canadian federal by-election, February 25, 2019: York—Simcoe|
Resignation of Peter Van Loan
|New Democratic||Jessa McLean||1,244||7.51||1.38|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||634||3.83||--|
|Libertarian||Keith Dean Komar||95||0.57||--|
|Independent||John The Engineer Turmel||64||0.39||--|
|National Citizens Alliance||Adam Suhr||22||0.13||--|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||16,564||99.43|
|Total rejected ballots||95||0.57||+0.09|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|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|
|Markham—ThornhillCanadian federal by-election, April 3, 2017: |
Resignation of John McCallum
|New Democratic||Gregory Hines||671||3.51||−7.21|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||566||2.96|
|Libertarian||Brendan Thomas Reilly||118||0.62|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||19,125||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||-|
|2015 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Yvonne Kelly||4,806||8.51||−7.28||–|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||762||1.35||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||56,464||100.00||$219,391.75|
|Total rejected ballots||257||0.45||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+16.46|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2014 Newmarket Mayoral Election||Vote||%|
|Tony Van Bynen (X)||10,816||54.01|
|2014 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Jane Twinney||19,510||37.25||-9.99|
|New Democratic||Angus Duff||6,092||11.63||-2.73|
|Canadians' Choice||Dorian Baxter||925||1.77|
|Total valid votes||52,379||100.00|
|Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+9.09|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|November 25, 2013: Toronto CentreCanadian federal by-election,|
|Liberal||Chrystia Freeland||17,194||49.38||+8.37||$ 97,609.64|
|New Democratic||Linda McQuaig||12,640||36.30||+6.09||99,230.30|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||453||1.30||–|
|Independent||John "The Engineer" Turmel||56||0.16||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||34,821||99.49||–||$ 101,793.06|
|Total rejected ballots||177||0.51||+0.12|
|By-election due to the resignation of Bob Rae.|
|Toronto—DanforthCanadian federal by-election, March 19, 2012: |
Death of Jack Layton
|New Democratic||Craig Scott||19,210||59.44||−1.36||$ 82,847.22|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||208||0.64||–||1,473.73|
|Libertarian||John C. Recker||133||0.41||–||2,433.05|
|Canadian Action||Christopher Porter||75||0.23||–||3,163.57|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||32,319||100.00||$ 86,821.95|
|Total rejected ballots||150||0.46||−0.13|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||−6.1|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|New Democratic||Kassandra Bidarian||8,886||15.27||+6.80|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||998||1.71||−0.18|
|Animal Alliance||Yvonne Mackie||182||0.31|
|Total valid votes||58,202||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||219||0.37|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|New Democratic||Mike Seaward||4,508||8.47||−1.12|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||1,004||1.89||+0.65|
|Christian Heritage||Ray Luff||211||0.40|
|2006 Canadian federal election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|New Democratic||Ed Chudak||5,639||9.59||−0.34|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||729||1.24||−0.86|
|Canadian Action||Peter Maloney||79||0.13|
|2004 Canadian federal election: Newmarket—Aurora|
|Liberal||Martha Hall Findlay||21,129||41.08||−9.48|
|New Democratic||Ed Chudak||5,111||9.93||+6.18|
|Progressive Canadian||Dorian Baxter||1,079||2.10||–|
|Total valid votes||51,435||100.00||–|
|Change is from redistributed 2000 results. Conservative change is from the total of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative votes.|
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