Toni Skarica

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Toni Skarica
Ontario MPP
In office
1999–2000
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded by Ted McMeekin
Constituency Wentworth—Burlington
In office
1995–1999
Preceded by Don Abel
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Constituency Wentworth North
Personal details
Born England
Political party Progressive Conservative
OccupationLawyer

Antonio Peter "Toni" Skarica is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2000 who represented the Hamilton area ridings of Wentworth North and Wentworth—Burlington. In 2012 he was appointed as a judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

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Background

Skarica was born in England. Miroslav, his father was of Bosnian heritage while his mother, Hilda, came from Austria. [1] [2] The family moved to Canada when Skarica was five years old. [3] He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University, and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar in 1979 and worked in private practice and as a Crown attorney. [3] He is married with two children. [4]

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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A Bachelor of Commerce is an undergraduate degree in commerce and related subjects, usually awarded in Canada, Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Myanmar and other Commonwealth countries; however, the degree is no longer offered in the United Kingdom.

McMaster University public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Politics

Skarica was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election, defeating Liberal Chris Ward and New Democratic Party incumbent Don Abel by a significant margin in the suburban Hamilton riding of Wentworth North. [5] He was not appointed to cabinet under Mike Harris, and soon developed a reputation as a maverick within his party. He opposed school board amalgamation and told regional officials to refuse payment of social housing costs being downloaded by the province. He also opposed the Harris government's plans to amalgamate the City of Hamilton with neighbouring municipalities. [1]

1995 Ontario general election 1995 Canadian provincial election

The 1995 Ontario general election was held on June 8, 1995, to elect members of the 36th Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario, Canada. The writs for the election were dropped on April 28, 1995.

The Ontario Liberal Party is a provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. The party is ideologically aligned with the Liberal Party of Canada but the two parties are organizationally independent and have separate, though overlapping, memberships.

Ontario New Democratic Party political party in Ontario, Canada

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Skarica was re-elected in the provincial election of 1999, in the redistributed riding of Wentworth—Burlington. [6] During the election, he promised to resign if he was unable to prevent the amalgamation of Ancaster, Dundas and Flamborough into the City of Hamilton. The Harris government pushed forward with its amalgamation plans at the end of 1999, and Skarica resigned from the legislature on February 7, 2000. [7]

1999 Ontario general election

The 1999 Ontario general election was held on June 3, 1999 to elect members of the 37th Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot was a provincial electoral district in southwestern Ontario, Canada that elected one Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It was created in 1999 from Wentworth North, Burlington South and Halton Centre. It was abolished in 2007 into Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, Burlington, Hamilton Centre, Hamilton Mountain and Niagara West—Glanbrook.

Ancaster, Ontario Community/former town in Ontario, Canada

Ancaster is a historic town in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, located on the Niagara Escarpment. Founded as a town in 1793, it immediately developed itself into one of the first important and influential early British Upper Canada communities established during the late 18th century eventually amalgamating with the city of Hamilton in 2001. By 1823, due in large part to its easily accessible water power and location at the juncture of prehistoric indigenous trading routes, Ancaster had become Upper Canada's largest industrial and commercial centre. Additionally, Ancaster had at that time attracted the 2nd largest populace (1,681) in Upper Canada trailing only Kingston, but surpassing the populations of nearby Toronto (1,376) and Hamilton (1,000). After this initial period of prosperity beginning in the late 18th century, sudden significant water and rail transportation advancements of the early 19th century would soon better benefit Ancaster's neighbouring towns situated closer to the Lake Ontario waterfront. Stationary steam engines for industries that had rapidly developed in the 19th century would eventually make Ancaster's water powered industries less vital. As a result, after the 1820s, Ancaster's influence during the remainder of the 19th century would begin to wane.

Later life

After leaving office, Skarica went back to work as assistant Crown attorney serving Hamilton, Ontario. [8] On November 1, 2012, he was appointed as a judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. [2] [3]

Crown attorney

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Hamilton, Ontario City in Ontario, Canada

Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. An industrialized city in the Golden Horseshoe at the west end of Lake Ontario, Hamilton has a population of 536,917, and its census metropolitan area, which includes Burlington and Grimsby, has a population of 747,545. The city is about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Toronto, with which the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is formed.

The Superior Court of Justice is a superior court in Ontario. The Court sits in 52 locations across the province, including 17 Family Court locations, and consists of over 300 federally appointed judges.

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References

  1. 1 2 Mcguinness, Eric (January 22, 2000). "Megacity left Skarica no choice but to resign". The Hamilton Spectator. p. A4.
  2. 1 2 "Hamilton prosecutor Toni Skarica named a judge". The Hamilton Spectator. October 6, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 Fragomeni, Carmela (October 6, 2012). "Prosecutor Toni Skarica becomes a judge: Assistant Crown successfully toppled notorious human trafficking ring". The Hamilton Spectator. p. A4.
  4. Arnold, Steve (June 3, 1995). "Profile Wentworth North". The Hamilton Spectator. p. B4.
  5. "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
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  7. "Backbench Tory quits rather than be liar: Toni Skarica resigns over super-city vow". Toronto Star. January 12, 2000. p. A10.
  8. Brown, Barbara (June 6, 2006). "Gardiner at 'high risk' to offend; Crown tells judge it's in his hands to protect women from slasher's escalating crimes". Hamilton Spectator. p. A5.