|Preceded by||Clayton Lyons|
|Succeeded by||John Rhodes|
|Constituency||Sault Ste. Marie|
|Died||1986 (aged 82–83)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
He served as mayor of Blind River before moving to Sault Ste. Marie.
He entered the cabinet within a year as Attorney General of Ontario under then Premier John Robarts. He served in that senior cabinet portfolio for seven years, and is credited with shepherding many important pieces of legislation, including the Legal Aid Act of 1966 and the Law Enforcement Compensation Act of 1967.
In 1967, Wishart fired Morton Shulman from his position as Chief Coroner of Metropolitan Toronto as a result of Shulman's criticisms of the government's failure to follow various recommendations made in coroner's inquiries. The dismissal propelled Shulman, until then a long-time Tory, into politics as a candidate and then MPP for the New Democratic Party.
Wishart was very active on the issue of franchises while he was Minister of Finance and Minister of Consumer and Commercial Affairs. He initiated the Grange Commission, an inquiry held into the financial abuse of franchisees by franchisors. The Arthur Wishart (Franchise Disclosure) Act, passed in 2000 was named in his honour.
|Provincial Government of Bill Davis|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Bert Lawrence||Minister of Financial and Commercial Affairs
|Provincial Government of John Robarts|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Frederick Cass||Attorney General
Also Minister of Justice 1966–1971
After leaving politics, he served the province as chairman of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and later of the Commission on Election Contributions and Expenses. He returned to Queen's Park in 1973 as a liaison between Premier Davis and the Progressive Conservative caucus.
In 1976, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
- Canadian Press (September 26, 1963). "78 in Tory Blue Wave -- 23 Is All Grits Saved". The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario). p. 25. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
- Manthorpe, Jonathan; Slinger, John (March 2, 1971). "Changes in policies promised: Davis priorities to include environment and jobless". The Globe and Mail. p. 1.