Bob Nault
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kenora
In office
October 19, 2015 – September 11, 2019
Preceded byGreg Rickford
Succeeded byEric Melillo
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kenora—Rainy River
In office
November 21, 1988 – June 28, 2004
Preceded byJohn Edmund Parry
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 2003
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development
In office
February 4, 2016 – September 11, 2019
Preceded byDean Allison
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
In office
August 3, 1999 – December 11, 2003
Preceded byJane Stewart
Succeeded byAndy Mitchell
Personal details
Born
Robert Daniel Nault

(1955-11-09) November 9, 1955 (age 66)
Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Lana Rae Jardine (m. 1987)[1]
Childrentwo
Alma materUniversity of Alberta, University of Winnipeg[1]
ProfessionCanadian Pacific Railway conductor[1]

Robert Daniel Nault PC (born November 9, 1955) is a Canadian politician.[1]

A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, Nault began his career as city councillor for Kenora City Council. He was first elected to the House of Commons as the representative for Kenora—Rainy River in 1988, beating NDP incumbent John Parry. Following the 1988 election, Nault ran successfully in the 1993,1997, and 2000 federal elections.

Nault also served as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in the cabinet of Jean Chrétien from 1999 to 2003.[1] He introduced a comprehensive program of reform and financial accountability measures for First Nations.

In 2004, he announced he would leave politics and did not seek re-election in the 2004 election.

After his first stint in the House of Commons, Nault provided advisory and consulting services to high-technology firms, First Nations, and major public sector organizations.

In January 2015, Nault announced his intention to seek the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for Kenora, which includes nearly all of his old riding, in the 2015 federal election scheduled for October 19.[2] On May 31, 2015, Nault was nominated as the party's candidate.[3] In the ensuing election, he edged out former provincial NDP leader Howard Hampton, who had represented the area provincially from 1987 to 2011, by only 2% to return to Parliament after a 12-year absence. Incumbent Conservative and cabinet minister Greg Rickford was pushed into third place.[4]

In February 2016, Nault was elected Chair by committee members of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee.

He was defeated in the 2019 federal election.

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Kenora
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Eric Melillo 9,313 34.1 +5.64
Liberal Bob Nault 8,188 30.0 -5.50
New Democratic Rudy Turtle 7,781 28.5 -5.38
Green Kirsi Ralko 1,475 5.4 +3.77
People's Michael Di Pasquale 382 1.4 -
Independent Kelvin Boucher-Chicago 165 0.6 -
Total valid votes 27,304 100.00
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.04
2015 Canadian federal election: Kenora
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 10,898 35.39
New Democratic Howard Hampton 10,379 33.71
Conservative Greg Rickford 8,760 28.45
Green Ember C. McKilop 501 1.63
Independent Kelvin Boucher-Chicago 162 0.53
Total valid votes 30,791 100.00
2000 Canadian federal election: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 14,416 45.21
Alliance Ed Prefontaine 9,125 28.62
New Democratic Susan Barclay 6,868 21.54
Progressive Conservative Brian Barrett 1,479 4.63
Total valid votes 31,885 100.00
Total rejected ballots 134
Turnout 32,019 58.44
Eligible voters 54,792
1997 Canadian federal election: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 14,084 41.93
Reform Ken Hyatt 9,782 29.12
New Democratic Ruth Bergman 6,922 20.61
Progressive Conservative Gordon Lee 2,799 8.33
Total valid votes 33,587 100.00
Total rejected ballots 189
Turnout 33,776 60.57
Eligible voters 55,764
1993 Canadian federal election: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 22,157 64.84
Reform Mel Fisher 7,094 20.57
New Democratic Peter Kirby 2,194 6.35
Progressive Conservative George Hainsworth 2,062 6.00
National Harold Rowe 698 0.02
Not affiliated April I. McCormick 284 0.01
Turnout 34,559
1988 Canadian federal election: Kenora—Rainy River
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bob Nault 13,313 38.28
New Democratic John Perry 12,102 34.79
Progressive Conservative Dick Motlong 7,496 21.55
Christian Heritage Ed Carlson 1,477 4.25
Turnout 34,782

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Guide Parlementaire Canadien - Google Books". 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  2. ^ "Former Minister Seeking Federal Liberal Nomination". Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ "It's Official". bobnault.ca. Retrieved 3 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Liberal Bob Nault edges out NDP in Kenora, Conservative incumbent comes 3rd, Global News, October 20, 2015.
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor Jane Stewart Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development1999–2003 Andy Mitchell