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Peter North (politician)

Peter North
Ontario MPP
In office
1990–1999
Preceded by Marietta Roberts
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Elgin
More...
Personal details
Born Peter John North
(1960-08-23) August 23, 1960
St. Thomas, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party (1990-1993)
Independent (1993-1999)
Occupation Building contractor

Peter John North (born August 23, 1960) is former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was elected to two terms in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, where he served from 1990 to 1999.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Politics 2
    • New Democrat 2.1
    • Cabinet positions 2.2
    • Independent 2.3
  • References 3
  • External Links 4

Background

North graduated from high school in 1979 and worked as a building contractor.

Politics

New Democrat

He was elected to the legislature in the 1990 Ontario election as the New Democratic Party Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Elgin, defeating incumbent Liberal Marietta Roberts by over 4,000 votes. As one of the few NDP MPPs to represent a rural constituency in southern Ontario, North was appointed to Bob Rae's cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Recreation on October 1, 1990. He resigned as tourism minister in November 1992 after allegations he had offered a government job to a woman with whom he was having an unconsummated affair.[1] An investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police found no evidence of wrongdoing,[2] but North was not returned to cabinet by Rae.

Cabinet positions

Provincial Government of Bob Rae
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ken Black Minister of Tourism and Recreation
1990-1992
Ed Philip

Independent

North resigned from the NDP in August 1993 and declared his intention to join the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.[1] He did not discuss this with the Progressive Conservatives in advance, however, and was told that he would have to get the support of the PC riding association in Elgin before he would be accepted by the party.[3] North then sat as an independent.

North was re-elected in the 1995 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Jim Williams by nearly 2,000 votes, becoming the first MPP in the province to be elected as an independent candidate since 1934.[4] He had no formal legislative responsibilities from 1995 to 1997, and made only minor contributions to legislative debate.

North did not seek re-election in 1999, clearing the way for PC incumbent Bruce Smith to run (unsuccessfully) in the redistributed riding of Elgin—Middlesex—London. In July 1999, North was appointed co-ordinator of Community Sport and Recreation Development by the Tory government.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b Leyton-Brown, David (1999). Canadian annual review of politics and public affairs. University of Toronto Press. p. 147.  
  2. ^ Blizzard, Christina (1995). Right turn: how the Tories took Ontario. Dundurn Press Ltd. p. 170.  
  3. ^ "Tory caucus stalls ousted NDP minister", Kitchener-Waterloo Record, September 21, 1993, p. A2.
  4. ^ Noel, Sidney (1997). Revolution at Queen's Park: essays on governing Ontario. James Lorimer & Company. p. 111.  
  5. ^ "Tories appoint ex-NDP minister to sports post", Toronto Star, July 9, 1999, p. 1.

External Links

  • Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History


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