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Name: Brian Coburn  
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Date of Birth: 15th December 1936
Place of Birth: Scotland, UK
Profession: Actor
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Brian Coburn (born in Cumberland, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He sat in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1999 to 2003, representing the Carleton--Gloucester (renamed as Ottawa--Orléans) for the Progressive Conservative Party. Coburn was a cabinet minister in the government of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves.

Coburn was educated at Brock University in St. Catharines. A small businessman, he served for ten years as the Mayor of Cumberland. Coburn also served on the Board of Governors for Algonquin College in Ottawa. As mayor, he earned a reputation for fiscal prudence.

Coburn was elected for Carleton--Gloucester in the provincial election of 1999, defeating Liberal Rene Danis by over 6,000 votes. This was considered a major upset. The riding had been solidly Liberal for many years, and most observers thought Danis would win a easy victory. Coburn's win may be attributed to personal popularity and a local issue: many residents saw construction workers from Quebec as a threat to local employment, and voted Tory to protest the situation.

After sitting as a backbencher for two years, Coburn was appointed to the government of Mike Harris as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on February 8, 2001. Most regarded him as a competent minister.

In 2002, Coburn endorsed Ernie Eves to succeed Mike Harris as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. When Eves became Premier on April 15, 2002, he named Coburn Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing with responsibility for Rural Affairs. On February 25, 2003, Coburn was moved to the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.

Still personally respected, Coburn nonetheless carried the banner of an increasingly unpopular party into the 2003 provincial election. The presence of Quebec workers was no longer an issue, and many local residents were angered by increased energy rates under the Harris and Eves governments. Despite gaining endorsements from several local newspapers, Coburn lost to Liberal Phil McNeely, another municipal politician, by about 4,500 votes.

In 2004, he endorsed Frank Klees for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party.

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