Gillian Sandeman

Gillian Sandeman
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by John Melville Turner
Succeeded by John Melville Turner
Constituency Peterborough
Personal details
Born 1937 (age 7879)
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Sandy Sandeman
Residence Peterborough, Ontario
Occupation Probation officer

Gillian Ann Sandeman (born c.1937) is a former politician from Ontario, Canada. She was a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1977. She represented the riding of Peterborough.


Sandeman is a prominent social activist in the Peterborough area, having served as a president of the city's social planning council,[1] and has written an occasional gardening column for the Peterborough Examiner.[2]


Sandeman ran as the New Democratic Party candidate for Peterborough in the 1974 federal election, losing to incumbent MP Hugh Faulkner.[3] In the 1975 provincial election she ran as the NDP candidate in the riding of Peterborough. She defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent John Tuner by 505 votes.[4] Two years later she lost to Turner in a rematch, this time losing by 2,648 votes.[5] She was the NDP candidate in the 1988 Federal election but lost to PC incumbent Bill Domm.[6]

In 1978, she considered running in the leadership convention to replace Stephen Lewis but decided against it.[7] Later that year she became executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society.[8] In 1984, she was elected president of the Ontario NDP.[9] In 1986, at a party convention she defeated Judy Rebick who challenged her position as party president.[10] In 1988, she became vice-president of the Federal NDP and was a professor at Trent University.[11]

In 1991 she accepted a position as executive assistant to Education Minister Marion Boyd.[12] In 1994, she was appointed to the Ontario Parole Board.[13]


  1. "Speaker will discuss poverty, quality of life", Peaceful Communities, June 16, 2003.
  2. Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners
  3. "How the party candidates fared across the country". The Toronto Star. July 9, 1974. p. A12.
  4. "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12.
  5. Canadian Press (March 20, 1981). "Winds of change, sea of security". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22.
  6. "Decision '88: The vote". The Globe and Mail. November 22, 1988. pp. C4–C5.
  7. Mosher, Peter (October 12, 1977). "3 candidates likely: Sandeman, Martel quit leadership trail". The Globe and Mail. p. 5.
  8. Sandeman, Gillian (January 1, 1979). "Jail sentences". The Globe and Mail. p. 6.
  9. Steed, Judy (July 2, 1984). "Shorter work week backed NDP must prick PC bubble, Rae says". The Globe and Mail. p. M3.
  10. Walker, William (June 22, 1986). "NDP reaffirms support of full Catholic funding". Toronto Star. p. A18.
  11. Wills, Terrance (November 12, 1988). "Hurting mood envelopes Broadbent campaign". The Montreal Gazette. p. B6.
  12. Lorinc, John (February 22, 1991). "Schmooze you can use Stairway to Heaven Just rewards for the politically correct, and the very patient". The Globe and Mail. p. 7.
  13. Papp, Leslie (August 5, 1994). "NDP appoints 3 party backers to key posts Government accused of pre-election patronage rush". Toronto Star. p. A10.
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