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Jim Maloway

Peter James Maloway
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Elmwood—Transcona
In office
Preceded by Bill Blaikie
Succeeded by Lawrence Toet
Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly
for Elmwood
Assumed office
Preceded by Bill Blaikie
In office
Preceded by Russell Doern
Succeeded by Bill Blaikie
Personal details
Born (1952-11-10) November 10, 1952
Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence Winnipeg, Manitoba
Occupation insurance broker

Peter James "Jim" Maloway (born November 10, 1952) is a Canadian politician, who has served as a member of both the Canadian House of Commons and the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

He originally served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1986 to 2008, representing Elmwood for the New Democratic Party of Manitoba. He was then elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the Winnipeg division of Elmwood—Transcona in the 2008 federal election as a member of the New Democratic Party, but was defeated by Conservative candidate Lawrence Toet in the 2011 federal election. He subsequently ran in the 2011 provincial election in his former provincial riding of Elmwood, winning re-election to the provincial legislature.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly 2
  • Federal politics 3
  • Return to provincial politics 4
  • Electoral record 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and career

Maloway was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Manitoba (1975).[1] He later worked for the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission as a liquor inspector,[2] and was executive assistant to the Minister of Colleges and Universities and Tourism. He has owned the Maloway & Eliason Insurance & Travel Centre since 1978, operating it for many years with the late Magnus Eliason.[3]

Maloway was the Returning Officer for the Winnipeg division of Wolseley in the 1973 provincial election. Official results on election night showed a tie between Manitoba Liberal Party leader Izzy Asper and New Democratic Party candidate Murdoch MacKay. Maloway initially cast a tiebreaking vote for MacKay, although a subsequent recount showed Asper elected by four votes.[4]

Maloway joined the New Democratic Party in 1971. He was a candidate for the Winnipeg City Council in 1974 and 1983, and unsuccessfully sought the federal NDP nomination for Winnipeg North Centre in 1984.

Member of the Legislative Assembly

Maloway was elected to the Manitoba legislature in the 1986 provincial election over incumbent Russell Doern, a former New Democrat who had left the party two years earlier. The NDP won a narrow majority government under Howard Pawley, and Maloway served as a government backbencher.

The Pawley government was unexpectedly defeated in the legislature in early 1988, when disgruntled backbencher Jim Walding voted with the opposition on a motion of non-confidence. Pawley resigned as party leader, but remained premier in a caretaker administration until a new provincial election could be held. Maloway supported Maureen Hemphill's bid to succeed Pawley in the leadership contest that followed; she finished fourth against Gary Doer.[5]

The NDP entered the 1988 provincial election very low in the public opinion polls, and some insiders privately worried that the party could lose all of its seats. Maloway narrowly retained the Elmwood division against a strong challenge from the Liberal Party. The Progressive Conservatives under Gary Filmon won a minority government, while the NDP fell to third-party status. In opposition, Maloway served as his party's critic for Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and deputy critic for Finance.[6]

Maloway was an opponent of the Meech Lake Accord, an unsuccessful attempt at constitutional reform that would have delegated powers from the federal government to the provinces and recognized Quebec as a distinct society within Canada. The accord required approval from all ten of Canada's provincial legislatures to be passed into law; Maloway supported the decision of fellow NDP MLA Elijah Harper to block the accord's passage through procedural tactics, and indicated that he considered taking a similar approach himself.[7]

He was re-elected in the 1990 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Vic Toews. In 1991, he argued that Manitoba should adopt Quebec's system of no-fault auto insurance.[8] He also argued that the Public Utilities Board should be given the power to regulate gas prices, in order to prevent price gouging.[9]

Maloway was re-elected by an increased margin in 1995. He criticized the state of Manitoba's real estate sector later in the same year, arguing that it was being run in a haphazard manner.[10] He later expressed concern that parts of Manitoba's Autopac system would be sold off to the private sector,[11] and accused the Filmon government of privatizing the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission by stealth.[12]

After eleven years in opposition, the New Democratic Party was returned to government in the 1999 provincial election. Maloway was returned in Elmwood without difficulty, and was re-elected again in 2003 and 2007 by significant margins.[13] He sat as a backbench supporter of Gary Doer's government, and was described in a 2007 newspaper report as a left-leaning maverick.[14]

Maloway criticized Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray's "New Deal for Winnipeg" in the early 2000s, arguing that the city should correct its own finances instead of appealing for aid from other levels of government.[15] In 2007, he criticized his party's decision to abandon its "one member, one vote" method of leadership selection and return to its former model of delegated conventions. He argued that the change would take power away from ordinary party members.[16]

In May 2008, Maloway called on the provincial government to ensure that municipal repairs to the Disraeli Bridge in northeast Winnipeg would be carried out in a way that benefited the public interest. He expressed concern that traffic bottlenecks would occur if the bridge was completely blocked for several months, and called for the bridge to be expanded from four to six lanes.[17] Some municipal politicians criticized this plan, and accused him of opportunism.[18] Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz launched into a personal attack on Maloway during a council debate, for which he was criticized by the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper.[19]

Federal politics

Maloway was among a group of Manitoba MLAs who sought to persuade former Manitoba Premier Edward Schreyer to run for the federal NDP leadership in 1989.[20] He supported Lorne Nystrom's bid to become NDP leader in 1995, and endorsed Bill Blaikie in 2003.

After Blaikie announced his retirement from the Canadian House of Commons in 2007, Maloway indicated he would seek the NDP nomination to succeed him in the federal Elmwood—Transcona riding.[14] He won the nomination over rival candidates Lorene Mahoney and Kevin Rebeck on September 7, 2008.[21] Maloway made the Disraeli bridge his main issue in the 2008 federal election,[22] and was elected over Conservative candidate Thomas Steen. The Conservatives won a minority government nationally, and Maloway was appointed as the NDP Critic for Science and Technology.[23]

Maloway introduced a Private Member's Bill known as the "Airline Passenger's Bill of Rights" in February 2009. The bill would require airlines to include hidden fees and taxes in their advertised ticket prices, reimburse passengers who are bumped from overbooked flights by up to $1,200, and provide compensation for passengers who are left stranded on airport tarmacs for long periods of time. It has won the support of consumer advocacy groups, and Maloway has said that it will force airlines to act more responsibly.[24] The National Airlines Council of Canada has opposed the measure, and has said that it will strengthen protection for travelers under an existing federal initiative.[25] Maloway's bill narrowly passed second reading in the House of Commons in May 2009.[26] On May 29, 2009, Maloway wrote a guest editorial defending the bill in the National Post newspaper.[27]

Maloway has spoken against proposed free trade deals between Canada and the governments of Peru and Colombia.[23]

Return to provincial politics

Following his defeat in the federal election, Maloway was nominated by the Manitoba NDP in his former seat of Elwood, to succeed the retiring Bill Blaikie, and is the party's candidate in the October 4, 2011 provincial election.[28]

Electoral record

Manitoba general election, 2011: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Jim Maloway 3,864 54.15 +0.39
Progressive Conservative David Hutten 2,399 33.62 +12.51
Liberal Anthony Dratowany 467 6.54 −13.74
Green Ray Eskritt 346 4.85 −0.01
Total valid votes 7,076
Rejected and declined ballots 60
Turnout 7,136 52.56
Electors on the lists 13,578
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures


Conservative Lawrence Toet 15,298 46.40 +5.66
New Democratic Jim Maloway 14,998 45.49 -0.28
Liberal Ilona Niemczyk 1,660 5.03 -1.60
Green Ellen Young 1,017 3.08 -2.78
Total valid votes/Expense limit 32,973 100.00 -
Total rejected ballots 112
Turnout 33,085

Source: Elections Canada

Canadian federal election, 2008: Elmwood–Transcona
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jim Maloway 14,355 45.77 −5.08 $73,584.88
Conservative Thomas Steen 12,776 40.74 +8.61 $60,628.72
Liberal Wes Penner 2,079 6.63 −5.68 $30,542.33
Green Chris Hrynkow 1,839 5.86 +2.23 $847.16
Christian Heritage Robert Scott 312 0.99 −0.10 $2,735.85
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 31,361 100.00 $77,369.61
Total rejected ballots 100 0.32 −0.08
Turnout 31,461 54.04 −4.16
Electors on the lists 58,216
New Democratic Swing −6.8
Manitoba general election, 2007: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jim Maloway 3,873 61.51 −4.41 $20,096.25
     Progressive Conservative Allister Carrington 1,323 21.01 +0.52 $3,120.34
Liberal David Love 1,101 17.48 +5.01 $7,994.14
Total valid votes 6,297 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 61
Turnout 6,358 49.98 +2.00
Electors on the lists 12,720
Manitoba general election, 2003: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jim Maloway 3,954 65.92 +3.06 $12,707.20
     Progressive Conservative Bryan McLeod 1,229 20.49 −11.80 $255.88
Liberal Walt Roberts 748 12.47 $4,273.99
Libertarian Gavin Whittaker 67 1.12 −2.77 $0.00
Total valid votes 5,998 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 45
Turnout 6,043 47.98 −16.31
Electors on the lists 12,596
Manitoba general election, 1999: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jim Maloway 5,176 62.86 $14,719.27
     Progressive Conservative Elsie Bordynuik 2,659 32.29 $18,447.73
Libertarian Cameron Neumann 320 3.89 $0.00
Communist James Hogaboam 79 0.96 $0.00
Total valid votes 8,234 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 97
Turnout 8,331 64.29
Electors on the lists 12,958
Manitoba general election, 1995: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Jim Maloway 4,264 53.02 +6.04 $20,408.00
     Progressive Conservative Clay McMurren 2,552 31.73 −2.82 $17,550.20
Liberal John Petryshyn 1,227 15.26 −3.21 $9,465.92
Total valid votes 8,043 100.00
Rejected and declined ballots 36
Turnout 8,079 68.85 −2.78
Electors on the lists 11,735
Manitoba general election, 1990: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Jim Maloway 4,127 46.98
     Progressive Conservative Vic Toews 3,035 34.55
Liberal Ed Price 1,623 18.47
Total valid votes 8,785 100.00
Rejected ballots 35
Turnout 8,820 71.63
Registered voters 12,313
Manitoba general election, 1988: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Jim Maloway 3,012 38.20 −7.64
Liberal Ed Price 2,839 36.01 +30.51
     Progressive Conservative Frank Syms 1,920 24.35 +4.06
Libertarian Russ Letkeman 113 1.43
Total valid votes 7,884 100.00
Rejected ballots 30
Turnout 7,914 67.98 +3.65
Registered voters 11,641
Manitoba general election, 1986: Elmwood
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Jim Maloway 3,241 45.84 −21.99
     Independent Russell Doern 2,006 28.37
     Progressive Conservative Ray Brunka 1,435 20.29 −4.91
Liberal Gilbert Benoit 389 5.50 +0.92
Total valid votes 7,071 100.00
Rejected ballots 34
Turnout 7,105 64.33
Registered voters 11,044
1983 Winnipeg municipal election, Councillor, Stevenson Ward
Party Candidate Total votes % of total votes
Independent (x)Bob Douglas 5,734 87.85
New Democratic Jim Maloway 793 12.15
Total valid votes 6,527 100.00
1974 Winnipeg municipal election, Councillor, Memorial Ward
Party Candidate Total votes % of total votes
Independent Citizens' Election Committee (x)Robert Wilson 1,431 68.80
New Democratic Jim Maloway 649 31.20
Total valid votes 2,080 100.00

All provincial electoral information is taken from Elections Manitoba. Municipal results are taken from the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper, 24 October 1974 and 27 October 1983. The final official results were not significantly different.


  1. ^ Maloway served in student government at the University of Manitoba. See Ron Campbell, "Midland in '71 backed ICEC in all four wards", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1975, P52.
  2. ^ Paul Wiecek, "More than alcohol in some bottles", Winnipeg Free Press', 24 April 1997, A4.
  3. ^ Sabitri Ghosh, "MAGNUS ELIASON, POLITICIAL ORGANIZER: 1911-200", Winnipeg Free Press, 2 December 2005, S9.
  4. ^ Glen MacKenzie, "Ace helped form RCAF", Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1995.
  5. ^ Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1988.
  6. ^ "Manitoba gas rate rise sparks call for probe", Globe and Mail, 5 January 1990, B3. See also "NDP calls for probe of firm claiming to employ disabled", Globe and Mail, 26 April 1990, A6; Stevens Wild, "Province says deficit on target", Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1993; Tony Davis, "Unshackle us, dealers demand", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1995, A17.
  7. ^ Susan Delacourt and Geoffrey York, "Ottawa aiming to sell Manitobans on Meech Lake", Globe and Mail, 29 April 1988, A5; Geoffrey York, "Native MLA blocks debate on Meech", Globe and Mail, 13 June 1990, A1.
  8. ^ Lindor Reynolds, "How public plans stack up", Globe and Mail, 20 August 1991, C5; Don Campbell, "Bad debt no bar to bank board", Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1993.
  9. ^ Richard Mackie, "May step in to control gas prices, Rae says", Globe and Mail, 4 October 1990, A1.
  10. ^ Paul Wiecek, "Realty-Checks", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1995, A3.
  11. ^ Alice Krueger, "Insurers driving for auto business", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1996, A1.
  12. ^ Doug Nairne, "MLCC uncorks wine sales", Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1998, A1.
  13. ^ Maloway was the first candidate nominated by any party in the 2003 election. See David Kuxhaus, "Re-election machinery put in place", Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 2002, A3.
  14. ^ a b Mary Agnes Welch, "Blaikie wannabes lining up in Elmwood", Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 2007, A7.
  15. ^ Mary Agnes Welch, "City's MLAs oddly silent on new deal", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 2004, B1.
  16. ^ Mary Agnes Welch, "Activists' motion splits NDP", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 2007, A5.
  17. ^ Bruce Owen, "MLA wants province in on plans for Disraeli", Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 2008, B5.
  18. ^ Bartley Kives, "Mayor blasts MLA on Disraeli plan", Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 2008, B2.
  19. ^ "Editorial - Sam's potty mouth", Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 2008, A14.
  20. ^ Geoffrey York, "Manitoba MLAS want Schreyer to run for federal NDP leadership", Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1989, A18.
  21. ^ Mary Agnes Welch, "Maloway seeks nod to run in Transcona", Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 2008, A4; Bruce Owen, "Steen, Maloway facing off", Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 2008, A3. One local reporter wrote that Maloway's record in the legislature was scant, adding that several party members were disappointed with his selection. See Mary Agnes Welch, "Don't give up hope ... yet", Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 2008, A6.
  22. ^ Bartley Kives, "Celebrities vie for long-time NDP seat", Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 2008, A14.
  23. ^ a b Mia Rabson, "Roll call on the Rideau - Now we can track how, or if, MPs voted", Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 2009, B1.
  24. ^ Patrick White, "NDP MP has high hopes for legislation securing rights of airline passengers", Globe and Mail, 23 January 2009, A4; "MP's bill seeks end to long delays on tarmac", National Post, 23 January 2009, A2; Mia Rabson, "Bill sets pay for bumped flyers", Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 2009, A4; "Legislation for air travellers", CTV News, 24 January 2009 [transcript]; Mia Rabson, "MP pushes for 'truth in advertising' from airlines", Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 2009, A7; Brent Jang, "MP proposes to give air passengers $500 hourly for delays", Globe and Mail, 5 February 2009, A6; Chris Sorensen, "Bill aims to make the sky friendlier for bumped flyers", Toronto Star, 11 February 2009, B8.
  25. ^ Brent Jang, "Airline council offers to boost fliers' protection", Globe and Mail, 4 March 2009, B8.
  26. ^ The bill passed by a vote of 139 to 131, with several Liberal and Bloc Québécois members voting in favour. See Sarah Schmidt, "Airline passenger bill of rights narrowly passes crucial vote", CanWest News Service, 13 May 2009.
  27. ^ Jim Maloway, "The NDP's bill would create friendlier skies" [editorial], National Post, 29 May 2009, A14.
  28. ^ "Maloway aims for return to provincial politics". CBC News. August 11, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 

External links

  • Jim Maloway – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Party biography
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