|Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry|
November 5, 2018 – June 18, 2021
|Preceded by||Jeff Yurek|
|Succeeded by||Greg Rickford|
|Minister of Transportation|
June 29, 2018 – November 5, 2018
|Preceded by||Kathryn McGarry|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Yurek|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 2, 2003
|Preceded by||Sean Conway|
|Born||June 14, 1957|
Barry's Bay, Ontario
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Relations||Paul Yakabuski (Father)|
|Residence(s)||Barry's Bay, Ontario|
|Profession||Businessman, Real Estate Agent|
John A. Yakabuski (born June 14, 1957) is a Canadian politician who served as Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry from 2018 to 2021 in the Doug Ford cabinet. He is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in the eastern Ontario riding of Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke in 2003. His father, Paul Yakabuski, was also a Tory Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the area from 1963 to 1987.
Yakabuski is a former real estate sales representative, and was for twenty years the owner and operator of Yakabuski's Home Hardware in Barry's Bay, Ontario. At the time of his election, he was a member of the steering committee of St. Francis Memorial Hospital's Capital Equipment Campaign. He is also active in the local Lutheran church. His late brother, Kim Yakabuski, was the life partner of former Liberal Attorney-General Ian Scott. His brother, Konrad Yakabuski, is a columnist for The Globe and Mail. He and his wife Vicky have four children.
Yakabuski was elected to the Barry's Bay municipal council in 1997, and was responsible for overseeing various issues concerning the region's amalgamation. He did not seek re-election in 2000.
Yakabuski was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 2003 provincial election, defeating Liberal Derek Nighbor by 595 votes. This result was regarded by some as an upset, as it was the only formerly Liberal seat to be won by the Tories in an election that saw the Liberals elected to a strong majority government. Moreover, the seat had been held for many years by Liberal Sean Conway (Yakabuski's second cousin). Yakabuski won the election despite publicizing of his earlier convictions by the opposition press.
In the 2007 provincial election, he was easily re-elected, defeating Liberal candidate Sean Kelly by over 15,000 votes. He was re-elected in both the 2011 provincial election and the 2014 provincial election.
Yakabuski was the Labour and Training Critic in the Official Opposition and the Whip of the Official Opposition. He ran for the position of interim leader of the party following the resignation of Tim Hudak but was passed over in favour of Jim Wilson.
Yakabuski was appointed the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry in the Cabinet of Doug Ford. He was dropped from cabinet in the 2021 reshuffle by Premier Doug Ford, and was appointed the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Ontario.
|2018 Ontario general election: Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke|
|Progressive Conservative||John Yakabuski||33,350||69.19||+8.13|
|New Democratic||Ethel Lavalley||8,066||16.73||+2.27|
|Confederation of Regions||Murray Reid||373||0.77||-0.42|
|Total valid votes||48,199||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2014 Ontario general election: Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke|
|Progressive Conservative||John Yakabuski||25,241||61.06||-9.72|
|New Democratic||Brian Dougherty||5,978||14.46||+3.49|
|Confederation of Regions||Murray Reid||489||1.19||+0.40|
|Total valid votes||41,334||100.00|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-6.42|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2011 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||John Yakabuski||27,594||70.78||+8.43|
|New Democratic||Brian Dougherty||4,277||10.97||+3.38|
|Confederation of Regions||Murray Reid||309||0.79||+0.59|
|Total valid votes||38,985||100.0|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||107||0.27|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+8.58|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2007 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||John Yakabuski||24,981||62.35||+18.21|
|New Democratic||Felicite Stairs||3,039||7.59||-4.07|
|Family Coalition||Bruce Dean||290||0.72|
|Confederation of Regions||Tilton Beaumont||80||0.20|
|Total valid votes||40,065||100.0|
|2003 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||John Yakabuski||19,274||44.14||+3.76|
|New Democratic||Felicite Stairs||5,092||11.66||+6.44|
|Total valid votes||43,666||100.0|
- @ONPARLeducation (13 July 2022). "Within the halls of the Legislature are walls that contain the names of every Member of Provincial Parliament elected to Ontario's Legislature since 1867. The names for the 42nd Parliament were recently added. For the first time a Member's name was inscribed in Oji-Cree syllabics" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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