John Mutton

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John Mutton
Mayor of Clarington, Ontario
In office
Preceded byDiane Hamre
Succeeded byJim Abernthy
Personal details
John Mutton

(1966-08-05) August 5, 1966 (age 56)
ResidenceBowmanville, Ontario
ProfessionBusiness Owner

John Mutton (born August 5, 1966) is the founder of Municipal Solutions, an international business development firm.[1] John Mutton was the Mayor of the Municipality of Clarington and elected from 1997-2006. Mutton also held the positions of Durham Region Finance Chair, Chair of the Ganaraska Conservation Authority, Chairman of Veridian Corporation and Chairman of the Association of Nuclear Host Communities.

Early Life[change | change source]

John Mutton was born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario. He graduated from Bowmanville High School, Ontario. He received a BSc from the State University of New York, USA, and a Masters Certificate, Municipal Management from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario.

Political Career[change | change source]

John Mutton was elected Mayor of Clarington in 2000 at the age of 34.[1] He is the youngest person to become mayor of Clarington and was one of the youngest Mayors in Canada. Mutton held office for 6 years (2000 – 2006).[2][3]

He began his political career in 1997 as a Regional and Local Councillor of Clarington.[4]

While in office, Mutton focused on greater accountability in regional government, urban development and nuclear power expansion for Clarington.[5]

He is credited with pioneering a method to finance new construction or major additions of buildings through issue of debentures by municipal government. First employed in 2001 to fund the South Courtice Arena and Recreation Complex, it is viewed as a cost-effective method to undertake large scale publicly funded projects.[6][5]

Mutton was part of the Canadian bid to become the site of the new International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in 2003.[5] Regretfully the project was not successful. However, Mutton remained a championed for Darlington Nuclear Generating Station to become the site of a new nuclear facility in Ontario.[5]

Mutton returned to municipal politics in 2010 in a bid for appointment of Durham Regional Chair.[7] He would later lobby for and supported the campaign to reform the position from an appointment to one that is elected. A referendum was held in the 2010 election and 80% of voters were in favour of the reform.[8][9] Durham Region Council passed By-law No. 19-2012 to change the selection method to election by general vote in 2012.[10] Commencing in 2014, voters will elect the position. Durham Region was the second region in the Greater Toronto Area to adopt the reform.[11]

Achievements[change | change source]

• Established the Clarington Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.[5]
• Newsmaker of the Year, 2006, Durham Region Metroland Newspapers.[5]
• Received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty and the Government of Canada in 2013 for his years of service to Canada.

Sports Achievements[change | change source]

  • Won the 2017 IBJJF Superheavyweight Las Vegas Open Gold Medal.
  • Won the 2017 IBJJF Superheavyweight Miami Open Gold Medal.
  • Won the 2017 Rickson Gracie Superheavyweight Gold Medal in New York.
  • Won the 2017 IBJJF Superheavyweight World Bronze medal.
  • Won the 2018 IBJJF Superheavyweight Los Angeles Open Gold Medal.

Electoral results[change | change source]

1997 (1)
Vote %
John Mutton
2000 (3)
Vote %
John Mutton 8,717 44%
Mary Novak 4,346 22%
Bill Stockwell 3,173 16%
Troy Young 3,490 18%
2003 (4)
Vote %
John Mutton 16,061 90%
Richard Ward 1,824 10%
2006 (5)
Vote %
Jim Abernethy 11,204 50%
John Mutton 5,968 27%
Jim Schell 4,596 20%
Richard Ward 495 2%
Wayne Chaskavich 291 1%

References[change | change source]

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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Durham Region Breaking News - Durham Region's Online Newspaper".
  6. "Advantage…Clarington | Clarington Community News Blog". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  7. "Oshawa Express". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  8. "Voters asked how to fill Durham's top job - The Star".
  9. "Durham: Residents vote 'yes' for elected regional chair in referendum - The Star".
  10. "Region of Durham - Legislative Services - 2014 Municipal Election". Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  11. "Voters will pick next Durham Region chair in 2014 - The Star".