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James J. Bradley
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for St. Catharines
Assumed office
June 9, 1977
Preceded by Robert Mercer Johnston
Personal details
Born (1945-02-19) February 19, 1945 (age 71)
Sudbury, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Occupation Teacher

James J. (Jim) Bradley (born February 19, 1945) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a long-time Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 1977. He represents the riding of St. Catharines. He has served in the provincial cabinets of David Peterson, Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.


Before entering politics, Bradley was a teacher with the Lincoln County Board of Education. He was elected as a city councillor to the St. Catharines city council in 1970, but also remained in the classroom until 1977.


After failed bids in the elections of 1967[1] and 1971,[2] Bradley was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1977 election in the riding of St. Catharines,[3] and has served as MPP for that riding since that time. He fended off strong challenges from the New Democratic Party in the 1990 election and the Progressive Conservative Party in 1995 election.[4][5] On all other occasions since 1977, he has been re-elected without difficulty.

Peterson government[edit]

When the Liberals came to power under David Peterson following the 1985 election, Bradley became Minister of the Environment and held that position until the Liberals were defeated in the 1990 election.[6] He is generally regarded as Ontario's most effective Environment Minister, although some believe that his ambitions for the portfolio were undermined by Peterson and Finance Minister Robert Nixon. As Environment Minister, Bradley expanded Blue Box Recycling, making it a province-wide initiative, as well as instituting tough new penalties for polluters, enforced by a strengthened investigation and enforcement branch.

Provincial Government of David Peterson
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Susan Fish Minister of the Environment
Ruth Grier

In opposition[edit]

Bradley was a vocal opponent of Peterson's plans to call an election in 1990, preferring that the party wait until 1992 before going to the polls. While the Liberals were defeated, Bradley was personally re-elected and had a prominent position in the Opposition benches.[4]

When Nixon, the interim leader of the Liberals, left Queen's Park to accept an appointment, he was replaced by Murray Elston. Elston resigned as interim leader to run in the 1992 leadership convention, and Bradley became interim leader of the party and interim Leader of the Opposition from November 1991 until the election of Lyn McLeod in February 1992. He remained an opposition stalwart until the Liberals won the 2003 election under Dalton McGuinty.

Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Preceded by
Murray Elston
Leader of the Opposition in the
Ontario Legislature

Succeeded by
Lyn McLeod
Party political offices
Preceded by
Murray Elston
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Lyn McLeod

McGuinty government[edit]

There was some speculation that Bradley would be re-appointed Minister of the Environment in McGuinty's government, but this did not occur. Instead, he was named Minister of Tourism and Recreation on October 23, 2003.[7] He was also given ministerial responsibility for Seniors on June 29, 2005.[8] On October 11, 2005, Bradley was also appointed to replace Dwight Duncan as Government House Leader, following Duncan's appointment as Minister of Finance.[9] Bradley is also the province's wine secretary, as well as the minister responsible for the Greenbelt.

On October 30, 2007, Bradley was sworn in as Minister of Transportation in McGuinty's new cabinet.[10] As Transportation Minister, Bradley supervised the introduction of an Ontario Enhanced driver's licenses to be used at Canada/US border crossings. He introduced legislation to merge GO Transit and Metrolinx. Enacted tougher penalties for drivers who have a BAC of .05 or higher. Mandated that all commercial trucks that operate in Ontario be equipped with speed limiters to ensure heavy trucks don't exceed 105 km/h. And in April 2009, it was announced that GO Transit would be expanded to the Niagara region, with bus service to Burlington in September and with weekend rail service to Toronto starting at the end of June.

On January 18, 2010, Bradley moved to the position of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.[11] In August he was moved to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.[12]

On October 20, 2011, Bradley moved to become Minister of Environment once again in the wake of the 2011 election that saw the previous Minister of Environment, John Wilkinson, defeated.[13]

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
John Wilkinson Minister of the Environment
McGuinty Government Ended
Rick Bartolucci Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Madeleine Meilleur
John Gerretsen Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
2010 (January-August)
Rick Bartolucci
Donna Cansfield Minister of Transportation
Kathleen Wynne
Brian Coburn Minister of Tourism
Also Responsible for Seniors
Peter Fonseca
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Dwight Duncan Government House Leader
Michael Bryant

Wynne government[edit]

Bradley continued as Environment Minister in Kathleen Wynne's first cabinet after she won the leadership of the Liberal Party.[14] Following the 2014 provincial election, the 69-year-old Bradley became a minister without portfolio with the title of Chair of Cabinet and was also appointed Deputy Government House Leader.[15] He left cabinet in June 2016 as part of a cabinet shuffle, and currently serves as Chief Government Whip and Deputy Government House Leader.[16]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
John Gerretsen Chair of cabinet
Also Deputy Government House Leader
Deb Matthews
Wynne Government Starts Minister of the Environment
Glen Murray

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 1977
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Jim Bradley 12,392 38.89
Progressive Conservative Eleanor Lancaster 11,669 36.62
New Democratic Fred Dickson 7,556 23.71
Communist Eric Blair 247 0.78
Total valid votes 31,864 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 213
Turnout 32,077 60.91
Ontario general election, 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal (x)Jim Bradley 16,509 51.85 +12.96
Progressive Conservative John Larocque 10,273 32.26 -4.36
New Democratic Don Loucks 4,927 15.47 -8.24
Communist Norman J. Newell 132 0.41 -0.37
Total valid votes 31,841 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 181
Turnout 32,022 57.20
Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal (x)Jim Bradley 20,605 57.94 +6.09
Progressive Conservative Elaine Herzog 9,029 25.39 -6.87
New Democratic Michael Cormier 5,624 15.81 -0.34
Communist Eric Blair 305 0.86 +0.45
Total valid votes 35,563 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 201
Turnout 35,764 61.65
Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal (x)Jim Bradley 17,584 63.30 +5.36
New Democratic Rob West 5,566 20.04 +4.23
Progressive Conservative Chuck Bradley 4,258 15.33 -10.06
Communist Eric Blair 369 1.33 +.29
Total valid votes 27,777 100.00
Ontario general election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal (x)Jim Bradley 11,565 38.76 -24.54
New Democratic Dave Kappele 10,629 35.63 +15.59
Progressive Conservative Bruce Timms 3,926 13.16 -2.17
Confederation of Regions Eva Longhurst 2,384 7.99 +7.99
Family Coalition Bert Pynenburg 1,331 4.46 +4.46
Total valid votes 29,835 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 337
Turnout 30,172 66.77

Ontario general election, 1995: St. Catharines
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Bradley 13,761 46.53 +7.77 $33,835.95
Progressive Conservative Archie Heide 11,486 38.84 +25.68 $36,875.32
New Democratic Jeff Burch 3,929 13.29 −22.34 $12,043.92
Family Coalition Jon Siemens 245 0.83 −3.63 $0.00
Natural Law Marcy Sheremetta 153 0.52   $0.00
Total valid votes 29,574 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 227 0.76
Turnout 29,801 64.58

Ontario general election, 1999: St. Catharines
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Bradley 25,186 53.90 +7.37 $45,478.14
Progressive Conservative Tom Froese 17,994 38.51 −0.33 $68,831.44
New Democratic Gordon Coggins 2,902 6.21 −7.08 $8,286.11
Natural Law Helene Ann Darisse 272 0.58   $0.00
Green Douglas Woodard 215 0.46   $83.93
Independent (Marxist-Leninist) Ron Walker 154 0.33   $112.00
Total valid votes 46,723 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 336 0.71
Turnout 47,059 59.61
Note: percentage change in vote is calculated from 1995 results redistributed according to new riding boundaries.

Ontario general election, 2003: St. Catharines
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Bradley 25,319 57.44 +3.54 $63,576.04
Progressive Conservative Mark Brickell 12,932 29.34 −9.17 $72,267.48
New Democratic John Bacher 3,944 8.95 +2.74 $8,542.84
Green Jim Fannon 1,167 2.65 +2.19 $2,858.89
Family Coalition Linda Klassen 714 1.62   $13.80
Total valid votes 44,076 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 271 0.61
Turnout 44,347 56.43

Ontario general election, 2007: St. Catharines
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Bradley 21,023 47.23 −10.21 $60,133.56
Progressive Conservative Bruce Timms 12,861 28.89 −0.45 $33.521.98
New Democratic Henry Bosch 7,069 15.88 +6.93 $11,300.79
Green Byrne Smith 3,151 7.08 +4.43 $2,172.38
Family Coalition Barra Gots 267 0.60 −1.02 $0.00
Communist Sam Hammond 139 0.31   $826.44
Total valid votes 44,510 100.0

Ontario general election, 2011: St. Catharines
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Bradley 17,166 40.21 −7.02
Progressive Conservative Sandy Bellows 15,461 36.21 +7.32
New Democratic Irene Lowell 8,624 20.20 +4.32
Green Jennifer Mooradian 1,066 2.50 −4.58
Family Coalition Chris Clarke 191 0.45 −0.15
Communist Saleh Waziruddin 68 0.16 −0.15
Independent Jon Radick (Canadians' Choice) 62 0.15
Freedom Dave Unrau 57 0.13
Total valid votes 42,695 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 188 0.44
Turnout 42,883 51.00
Eligible voters 84,078
Liberal hold Swing −7.17
Ontario general election, 2014: St. Catharines
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Jim Bradley 19,070 41.00 +0.79
Progressive Conservative Mat Siscoe 13,814 29.70 -6.51
New Democratic Jennie Stevens 11,350 24.40 +4.20
Green Karen Fraser 1,792 3.85 +1.35
Libertarian Nicholas Dushko 223 0.48
Freedom Dave Unrau 170 0.37 +0.24
Communist Saleh Waziruddin 95 0.20 +0.04
Total valid votes 46,514 100.0  

The 1999, 2003 and 2007 expenditure entries are taken from official candidate reports as listed by Elections Ontario. The figures cited are the Total Candidate's Campaign Expenses Subject to Limitation, and include transfers from constituency associations. The 1995 expenditures are taken from an official listing of election expenses published by Elections Ontario.


  1. ^ Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but...". The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario). p. B2. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Riding-by-riding returns in provincial election". The Globe and Mail. October 23, 1971. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  4. ^ a b "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Liberals pledge reform as they take over in Ontario". The Gazette (Montreal, Que). June 27, 1985. p. B1. 
  7. ^ "Premier Dalton McGuinty and his 22-member cabinet were sworn in Thursday". Canadian Press NewsWire. October 23, 2003. p. 1. 
  8. ^ "Cabinet shuffle focuses on health care, education; McGuinty to head new Research and Innovation ministry". The Kitchener Record. June 30, 2005. p. A5. 
  9. ^ "Premier McGuinty announces changes to cabinet". Canada NewsWire. October 11, 2005. p. 1. 
  10. ^ Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13. 
  11. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8. 
  12. ^ Aveling, Nick (August 18, 2010). "McGuinty moves 6, brings in 2 new faces in Ontario cabinet shuffle". Postmedia News. 
  13. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Toronto Star. October 21, 2011. p. A18. 
  14. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record (Kitchener, Ont). February 12, 2013. p. A3. 
  15. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star. 
  16. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/06/13/struggling-wynne-shuffles-cabinet-adds-7-new-ministers.html

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