York-Simcoe Federal By-Election Candidates

On January 9th, 2019, a Federal By-Election was called in York-Simcoe. The election will be held on February 25th, 2019.

Election Information: York-Simcoe, Elections Canada


Candidates biographies posted in the order in which they were received.

The following candidates that have accepted our invitation via email to appear at our Meet The Candidates event will appear below. Invitations are extended to those candidates confirmed by Elections CanadaInvitations will close as of Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 5pm.


   John Turmel   Confirmed    Independent  

Shaun Tanaka, Liberal Party

Shaun Tanaka is a devoted community leader, educator, and mother of twin sons who lives here in York—Simcoe with her husband and family.

Shaun was raised in this community and has deep roots here, and she has always been actively engaged in making York—Simcoe an even better place to call home. She has dedicated many years of volunteer service to organizations such as the Sharon Temple Museum Society and the East Gwillimbury Public Library, along with the National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Maytree Foundation – a charitable organization committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada.

Shaun has also spent the past decade as a Geography professor, both at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, educating students in urban studies, social, and cultural geography, in addition to operating a successful business with her husband, Sean. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, running, and cooking with her family.

Scot Davidson, Conservative Party

Scot was born and raised in Georgina and still resides there with his wife, Suzanne and son, Graydon, who is currently attending the University of Guelph. He attended York University where he graduated with Honours in Economics. Scot started his business career as a restaurateur in his early 20’s and went on to own and operate several successful businesses within the riding of York Simcoe. Scot has a keen interest in the outdoors and enjoys golfing, fishing and piloting small aircraft.

Living and working within the farming and lakefront community for his entire life, Scot has developed a strong interest in the community and is committed to small business and the health of Lake Simcoe. He has served on the Georgina Medical Health Board, the Georgina Waterways Advisory Committee, the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Stakeholder Committee and the Jackson’s Point BIA.

Scot’s wife Suzanne is a member of Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, making him keenly aware of their major issues and challenges.

Scot is proud of his family and his community. If elected Scot is looking forward to working hard and representing the people of York Simcoe in Ottawa.

Mathew Lund, Green Party

Mathew Lunds roots in the York Simcoe region go back 5 generations.  Joining the field of law as a Paralegal, Mathew has strived to dedicate his career to be a professional advocate, helping to fight for small businesses, helping to fight for housing for low income families and leading the fight for land preservation.  Since joining the greens Mathew has been active in the fight for clean water, election reform and preventative health care over reactive health care.

A vote for the greens in this federal election is a vote for social equality, environmental protections, small business security and conservative financial values.  Mathew has been involved with multiple small business groups such as Business Networking International, Georgian Bay Business Connections and the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association. Mathew also dedicates his time to volunteering for Rainbows for all Children Canada. 

Jessa McLean, New Democratic Party (NDP)

A passionate community organizer and human rights activist, Jessa is running as the NDP candidate for York-Simcoe MP to tackle challenges facing people in Canada and fight for a better future.

After working in the financial sector as a project coordinator, Jessa graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in political science. While in school, Jessa McLean was the President of Amnesty International at York. Jessa now lives with her
family at Jackson’s Point.

As the gap between the wealthiest and the rest of us continues to grow, it is essential to confront rising income inequality in Canada. Jessa is a tireless advocate for economic justice in this country. She has campaigned with Fight for $15 and Fairness in York Region to advocate for liveable wages and fair workplaces in Ontario. She’s now ready to champion for the working class in Ottawa.

Robert Geurts, People’s Party of Canada

Robert Geurts began his long and distinguished legal career as a senior criminal prosecuting attorney for the Attorney General of Ontario. Since 2001 he has been a successful trial defense lawyer within the Ontario Bar, putting criminals behind bars as well as defending their innocence.

Mr. Geurts is a recognized expert in his field, having lectured and taught widely on various subjects related to criminal law. During his career, he has been an instructor for the Ontario Bar Admissions Program, and a University lecturer in criminal law within the Justice Studies Program at Ryerson University. He also lectured at the Rogers School of Business until 2007.

“The people of York-Simcoe never saw the benefits of real reform from Peter Van Loan or from the Conservative and Liberals governments during the past 14 years. Both were more interested in distributing corporate welfare and serving special interest groups such as the dairy cartel instead of the moms and dads in York-Simcoe.

I am truly proud to represent the People’s Party. Maxime Bernier has shown courage and is championing greater fairness for all.”

Robert is committed to defending the middle class as we fight the decline of the average Canadian’s buying power.


Dorian Baxter, Progressive Canadian Party

On February 25th., 2019 I would appreciate you voting for DORIAN BAXTER PC PARTY. Please see this article for fuller details as to why I feel this way. Below I will list why I feel voting “Dorian Will Make The Difference”:

  1. In voting for me, you will be receiving “Four Candidates” for half the price of one since I plan to return half my salary to fight poverty in York-Simcoe. I am a Blue Liberal, a Red Tory, Greener than the Greens and our Socially Progressive Left Wing can run circles around the NDP who are content to throw money away on symptoms, ignoring causes.
  2. The PC (Progressive Canadian) Party is the only Canadian Federal Party that follows the Westminster Model of Parliamentary Democracy which teaches Canadians to only ever vote for the PERSON and not the PARTY!!!
  3. I will fight for full 404 extension, more frequent Commuter Trains, greater green space protection, immediate implementation of “The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan released 10 years ago, more federal funding for veterans and Seniors, federally funded university education for qualified undergraduate students and returning Health Care to it’s former glory to name a few!!!