Candidates with a Sport Background

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List of MPs with a Sport Background (PDF)

Many of the candidates for the 2015 Federal election have a connection to sport; in fact 290 candidates have included some form of involvement in sport in their candidate profiles and over 87 were elected! This includes former professional athletes, Olympians, Paralympians, executives of sport teams, Presidents and executive directors of sport organizations.

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Candidates with a Sport Backgrounds - Party Breakdown

Over 289 candidates seeking office in #elxn2015 have demonstrated/stated their involvement in sport, physical activity and recreation. The following chart provides of breakdown of candidates per party.

Candidates with a "Notable" Sport Background - Party Breakdown

Of the estimated 289 election candidates with a sport background, an estimated 49 have experience as professional athlete, high performance amateur sport athlete (e.g. Olympic and Paralympic), coaching, management and board experience at the highest levels. Key polictical roles involving sport are also included on this list.

Profiles of Notable Candidates With Sport Background

-	Bal Gosal is the current Minister of State for Sport. He has also been involved with numerous initiatives with the YMCA in Brampton.
Bal Gosal (CPC)

  • Current Minister of State for Sport.
  • @balgosal


-	John is active in the sport community volunteering both with the Beavers and Cubs as well as a soccer coach. He also worked to create and develop National Health and Fitness day.
John Weston (CPC)

Matthew Dube (NDP)

  • Official Opposition Critic for Youth and Sport.
  • @mattdube

Kirsty Duncan (LPC)

John Carmichael (CPC)

  • Former President of Rowing Canada, and the Director of the Canadian Olympic Committee.
  • @johnbcarmicahel

Carolyn Bennett (LPC)

Kyle Seeback (CPC)

  • Proudly represented Canada for seven years on the National Swimming team.
  • @KyleSeeback

Kantharatnan Shanthikumar (NDP)

  • Former member of Canada’s National Cricket team

Carla Qualtrough (LPC)

  • Won three Paralympic Bronze medals at the 1988 and 1992 games in Swimming. Also won 4 World Championship Medals
  • Former President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, and currently on Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport Board
  • @CQualtro

Tom Allen (LPC)

  • Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
  • Former President of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Commissioner of the Quebec University Football League.
  • @tomallen2015


Peter Fonseca (LPC)

  • Competed for Canada in the 1996 Olympics as a Marathon Runner.  Former Ontario Cabinet Minister for Tourism and Recreation
  • @votefonseca.

Wayne Long (LPC)

  • Current President of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. Named top executive in QMJHL in 2011
  • @WayneLongSJ