Joel Harden
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Joel Harden
Joel Harden

Critic, Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities Pensions; Seniors' Affairs

August 23, 2018
LeaderAndrea Horwath
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Ottawa Centre

June 7, 2018
Yasir Naqvi
Personal details
Political partyNew Democratic
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario
Trade unionist

Joel Harden is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[1] He represents the riding of Ottawa Centre as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party.

Prior to being elected, Harden was a researcher at the Canadian Federation of Students. He has also been an instructor at the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University and an adjunct professor at Brock University and has also taught at Nipissing University, McMaster University and the Labour College of Canada. From 2005 to 2010, he was senior researcher at the Canadian Labour Congress and was director of the labour education department at the Canadian Labour Congress from 2010 to 2012.[2]

Harden earned his undergraduate degree in sociology and political studies at Queen's University and his masters and doctorate in political science at York University. From 1998 to 2000, he was the chairperson of the Ontario section of the Canadian Federation of Students.[2]

Harden is a self-described democratic socialist.[3]

On August 23, 2018, Harden was appointed Official Opposition Critic for Accessibility & Persons with Disabilities; Pensions; Seniors' Affairs.[4]

Electoral record

2018 Ontario general election:
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Joel Harden 29,675 46.08 +25.69
Liberal Yasir Naqvi 21,111 32.78 -18.89
Progressive Conservative Colleen McCleery 10,327 16.03 -2.08
Green Cherie Wong 2,266 3.52 -4.22
None of the Above Marc Adornato 437 0.68
Libertarian Bruce A. Faulkner 385 0.60 -0.96
Communist Stuart Ryan 110 0.17 -0.35
Canadians' Choice James Sears 92 0.14
Total valid votes
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +22.29
Source: Elections Ontario[5]


  1. ^ "NDP Joel Harden elected in Ottawa Centre". CBC News Ottawa, June 7, 2018.
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  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 6. Retrieved 2019.

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