Family Coalition Party of Ontario candidates, 2007 Ontario provincial election

Family Coalition Party of Ontario candidates, 2007 Ontario provincial election

The Family Coalition Party of Ontario ran eighty-three candidates in the 2007 Ontario provincial election, none of whom were elected.



Brampton West: Norah Madden

Norah Madden was defeated by Vic Dhillon of the Ontario Liberal Party and has never held an elected office. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Education from York University in Toronto.[1] She was born in Ireland and now lives with her three daughters and husband Eugene in Mississauga.[2]

Cambridge: Paul Vandervet

Paul Vandervet was born in The Netherlands. He moved to Canada with his family at age six, just after World War II. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from York University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1974.[3] He also been active for many years in Canada's pro-life movement.[4] Vandervet was sixty years old in 2007, lived in Cambridge, and operated a law practice in Brantford.[5] He has been a supporter of the Family Coalition Party since its creation in 1987 and has been a party candidate in two elections.[6]

He criticized Anglican Archbishop Lewis Garnsworthy in 1984, after Garnsworthy wrote a public letter opposing equal funding for Ontario's Catholic school system and expressing personal opposition to Catholic teaching on birth control and abortion.[7] Vandervet described himself as an Anglican in this letter, although he later identified as a Catholic.[8]

Vandervet was president of the pro-life group Brant Right To Life in the 1980s and 1990s.[9] In 1992, he tried to dissuade Marie Osmond from performing at a benefit concert for the Brantford General Hospital on the grounds that the hospital permitted abortions.[10] In 1999, he represented pro-life protesters Linda Gibbons, Ken Campbell and Anneliese Steden at their trial for obstructing a peace officer outside a clinic.[11] He also participated in an pro-life protest in Mexico City in 2000, following efforts by the government of that city to liberalize its abortion laws.[12] In 2006, he protested against a decision by the Region of Waterloo Catholic Family Counselling Centre to have former United State President Bill Clinton as a guest speaker, citing Clinton's record on abortion.[13]

Vandervet is also a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage,[14] and he campaigned in support of school vouchers in 2007.[15] In 2010, he described the Olympic torch ceremony as a neo-pagan display of fire worship.[16]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1995 provincial Brantford Family Coalition 762 2.27 4/5 Ron Johnson, Progressive Conservative
2007 provincial Cambridge Family Coalition 646 1.50 5/5 Gerry Martiniuk, Progressive Conservative

Ottawa-Vanier: Frank Cioppa

Frank Cioppa was born in Yonkers, New York. He has a B.A. in Classics from Fordham University and M.A. in Classics from the University of North Carolina. He has a second M.A. in Religion from Carleton University. [17] He worked as a teacher of Latin, Greek, English and French. He also worked in the field of community economic development in Pinecrest-Queensway area of Ottawa, and has been active in the pro-life movement, working for Campaign Life Coalition. He believes "Education must aim at intellectual, moral, and physical excellence rather than mere adequacy and must have strong components in both career training and the humanities. ... Schools must be more responsive to student needs and parental rights, as well as free from sexual or other indoctrination by government programs." [18] He came 5th in a field of 6 candidates. The riding was won by incumbent Liberal Madeleine Meilleur.

Ottawa West—Nepean: John Pacheco

John Pacheco (born 1969) is a social conservative political activist in Canada who ran as an Independent in the 2006 federal election in Ottawa West—Nepean.

A financial analyst by training, he graduated from Queen's University, earning a Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) Degree in 1992. He moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1996. He was the director of The Catholic Legate, a Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization website dedicated to defending the truths of the Catholic faith, and Social Conservatives United, a website co-ordinating the activities and events of various social conservative groups in Canada and abroad. He was also director of The Rosarium of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an apostolate whose objective is to oppose contraception and to retract The Winnipeg Statement.

Pacheco first ran for the Family Coalition Party (FCP) in the 1995 provincial election, receiving 858 votes in Kingston and the Islands for a fourth-place finish. The winner was Liberal John Gerretsen.

He campaigned against Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty as an FCP candidate in Ottawa South in the 2003 election, for the specific purpose of confronting him on his support for same-sex marriage. At campaign launch, he announced his intention to run print and radio advertisements on the issue, but never did. During the all-candidate's debate, he accused McGuinty of being a "Kennedy Catholic" and a hypocrite on social issues. McGuinty responded by accusing the FCP of intolerance, saying "For the Family Coalition party to say it stands for inclusiveness is like Colonel Sanders saying he's going to look after the chickens."[19] Pacheco received 562 votes, finishing last in a field of five candidates. McGuinty was re-elected with 24,647 votes.

Pacheco sought the Conservative Party of Canada's nomination for the 2006 federal election in Ottawa West—Nepean but was disqualified as a candidate in April 2005 because of claims he had made on the alleged health consequences of homosexual practices. Pacheco has also described homosexuality as a "social disorder" likening it to alcoholism.[20] The nomination was won by John Baird, a former provincial cabinet minister under Mike Harris. Baird supports same-sex marriage.

Pacheco announced in December 2005 that he would run against Baird in Ottawa West—Nepean as an "independent conservative" on social conservative issues, primarily opposition to same-sex marriage. His stated intention was to act as a spoiler in the race. Pacheco's campaign spent $16,672, and received 905 votes or 1.52% of the total vote in the riding. Baird was elected with 25,607 votes (43.13% of the total), over 5,000 more votes than his Liberal Party opponent.

Pacheco went on to found a group called Social Conservatives United. He has a wife and four daughters.[1]

In 2007, Pacheco ran against Jim Watson (Liberal), Mike Patton (Conservative), Martin Hyde (Green) and Lynn Hamilton (NDP) in the provincial election in the Ottawa West-Nepean riding. Jim Watson was elected with 23,852 votes (50.6% of total), Pacheco finished fifth of the six candidates with 591 votes (1.3% of total.)

Peterborough: Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan moved to Canada from England in 1966 and operated two gas and auto-service stations in Toronto over a ten-year period before moving to the Chemong Lake area to become a farmer.[21] A Roman Catholic, he has been a member of the Family Coalition Party since its origins and is a veteran social conservative activist in Ontario.

In the 1980s, Morgan took part in protests against Henry Morgentaler's abortion clinic in Toronto.[22] He also campaigned against a proposed women's health centre for Peterborough in 1987, on the argument that it would increase the number of abortions performed in the city.[23] In 2003, Morgan participated in protests against same-sex marriage.[24]

The Family Coalition Party is active only at the provincial level in Ontario, and Morgan has been a member of at least three federal political parties. He was active with the group Liberals for Life in 1990 and was elected as a delegate to the Liberal Party of Canada's leadership convention that year as part of a pro-life slate associated with Tom Wappel's campaign (leading many long-term party supporters to complain that a single-issue group had taken over the nomination process).[25] Morgan later joined the Canadian Alliance and supported Stockwell Day's leadership campaign in 2000.[26] After the Canadian Alliance merged with the Progressive Conservatives, Morgan joined the resulting Conservative Party of Canada.[27]

He has been a Family Coalition Party candidate in two elections. He was seventy-three years old in 2007 and remarked after the election that he would probably not run again.[28]

Electoral record
Election Division Party Votes  % Place Winner
1995 provincial Peterborough Family Coalition 2,064 4.78 4/6 Gary Stewart, Progressive Conservative
2007 provincial Peterborough Family Coalition 634 1.24 5/5 Jeff Leal, Liberal

Sudbury: Carita Murphy-Marketos

Carita Murphy-Marketos has an Honours Degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Her campaign biography from the 2007 election describes her as retired from teaching, x-ray technology, real estate sales and life underwriting.[29] She received 293 votes (0.89%), finishing fifth against Liberal incumbent Rick Bartolucci.


  1. ^ "Norah Madden". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Five candidates on the Brampton-West ballot". Brampton Guardian. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  3. ^ Philip Jalsevac, "Family Coalition nominates candidates," Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 14 July 2007, B3.
  4. ^ Brantford Expositor, 3 June 1995, A6.
  5. ^ Kevin Swayze, "Highways, health worries in Cambridge-N. Dumfries," Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 10 September 2007, B3.
  6. ^ "Candidate nominated for Family Coalition Party," Cambridge Times, 13 July 2007, p. 4.
  7. ^ Paul Vandervet, letter, Globe and Mail, 4 July 1984, p. 6.
  8. ^ Brantford Expositor, 3 June 1995, A6. He defended the concept of purgatory in 2009. See Paul Vandervet, "Church's view is sound" [letter], Waterloo Region Record, 4 April 2009, A12.
  9. ^ Paul Vandervet, "Abortion numbers" [letter], Globe and Mail, 20 May 1985, p. 6.
  10. ^ "Anti-abortion group seeks concert boycott," Hamilton Spectator, 4 September 1992, B4.
  11. ^ Tony Gosgnach, "Bombshell in bubble zone trial,", The Interim, February 1999, accessed 8 November 2010.
  12. ^ April Lindgren, "Abortion debate rages in Mexico: Canadians join in efforts to shut down clinics," Edmonton Journal, 19 August 2000, A3.
  13. ^ Karen Kawawada, "Clinton tickets go on sale," Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 8 September 2006, B1.
  14. ^ Paul Vandervet, "There's no moving on" [letter], Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 14 December 2006, A8.
  15. ^ Kevin Swayze, "Cambridge candidates spar over health care," Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 3 October 2007, A9.
  16. ^ Paul Vandervet, "Pagan fire worship?", Waterloo Region Record, 11 January 2010, A6.
  17. ^ "Challengers look to unseat Liberal MPP". Ottawa University Fulcum. 2007-08-17. 
  18. ^ "Frank Cioppa Biography". Ottawa Sun. 2007-09-19. 
  19. ^ John Ivison, National Post, Sept 26, 2003.
  20. ^ Juliet O'Neil, "Social conservative runs as independent; hopes to spoil Baird's bid", Ottawa Citizen, December 30, 2005.
  21. ^ "Paul Morgan," campaign biography, Family Coalition Party, 2007 election.
  22. ^ Mary Gooderham, "Abortion opponents charged in Morgentaler clinic protest," Globe and Mail, 24 July 1985, M4; Andrew Duffy, "Judge suspends sentences for 76 pro-life protesters," Toronto Star, 5 October 1989, A32.
  23. ^ Brian McAndrew, "Health clinic plan in Peterborough splits MDs, public on abortion issue," Toronto Star, 12 November 1987, A2.
  24. ^ Alek Gazdic, "Same-sex marriages attack family: protester," Peterborough Examiner, 8 September 2003, B6.
  25. ^ Shelley Page, "Pro-life campaign sweeps to Liberal delegate win," Toronto Star, 11 March 1990, A5.
  26. ^ Kelly Leydier, "Day visits: Stockwell Day says Peterborough a target market for Canadian Alliance," Peterborough Examiner, 20 May 2000, B1.
  27. ^ Dean Lacey, "Del Mastro Conservatives' man," Peterborough This Week, 18 March 2005, p. 1.
  28. ^ Sarah Deeth, Family Coalition Party candidate disappointed with status quo voting, Peterborough Examiner, 2007, accessed 9 September 2010.
  29. ^ "Carita Murphy-Marketos", campaign biography, 2007 election, Family Coalition Party.

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