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Hon. Michael Gravelle

In office
1999 – Present
Preceded by Riding created

Assumed office 
October 30, 2007
Preceded by Rick Bartolucci

Born January 23, 1949
Port Arthur, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Occupation political assistant, publicist

Michael Gravelle (born January 23, 1949) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is currently the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and also a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the northern riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North for the Ontario Liberal Party.

Gravelle was born in Port Arthur, which is now a part of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and Lakehead University, receiving a degree from the latter institution 1968. Before entering political life himself, he was an assistant to Liberal politicians Robert Andras, Stuart Smith and Joe Comuzzi. He also worked as a publicist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was a founder of the North of Superior Film Association.

Gravelle was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating incumbent New Democrat Shelley Wark-Martyn by almost 7000 votes in the riding of Port Arthur. The election was won by the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, and Gravelle joined 29 other Liberals in the opposition benches. He supported Dwight Duncan for the party leadership in 1996.

Gravelle was easily re-elected for the new riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North in the 1999 provincial election, which his party also lost.

In the provincial election of 2003, Gravelle was re-elected with 72.5 per cent of the popular vote, the highest percentage total in the province. He was later acclaimed as caucus chair on November 25, 2003. In the 2007 election, he was returned by a much narrower margin, 46.8 to 38.3, against New Democrat candidate Jim Foulds.

On October 30, Gravelle was named Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines. In the summer of 2009, Gravelle's ministry was expanded, adding on the responsibility of forestry.

Electoral record

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Michael Gravelle 13,372 46.79 -25.66
     New Democrat Jim Foulds 10,936 38.27 23.25
     Progressive Conservative Scott Hobbs 2,688 9.41 -0.21
     Green Dawn Kannegiesser 1,582 5.54 2.63
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Michael Gravelle 21,938 72.45 11.55
     New Democrat Bonnie Satten 4,548 15.02 -3.53
     Progressive Conservative Brent Sylvester 2,912 9.62 -8.36
     Green Carl Rose 882 2.91 1.70
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes %
     Liberal Michael Gravelle 19,249 60.9
     New Democrat Nathalie Galesloot 5,864 18.55
     Progressive Conservative Ed Linkewich 5,683 17.98
     Independent Robert Woito 431 1.36
     Green Carl Rose 382 1.21
Ontario general election, 1995
Party Candidate Votes %
     Liberal Michael Gravelle 14,281
     New Democrat (x)Shelley Wark-Martyn 7,490
     Progressive Conservative Jim Doherty 6,554
     Family Coalition Anita Harris 683
     Independent Paul Weber 18

Table of offices held

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Rick Bartolucci Minister of Northern Development and Mines
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Preceded by
Division created in 1999
Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Shelley Wark-Martyn
Member of Provincial Parliament for Port Arthur
Succeeded by
riding abolished

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