Bill Ferrier

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Bill Ferrier
MPP for Cochrane South
In office
1967–1977
Preceded by Wilf Spooner
Succeeded by Alan Pope
Personal details
Born 1932
Barrie, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Occupation Church minister
Religion United Church of Canada

William Herman "Bill" Ferrier (born 1932) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Cochrane South in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1967 to 1977 as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party.

Background[edit]

He was born in Barrie, the son of Herman and Della (Abercrombie) Ferrier. He was educated at North Toronto Collegiate Institute and later at University College and Victoria College at the University of Toronto. He received his B.A. from Victoria in 1956. He was a candidate for the ministry of the United Church of Canada from Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. He attended Emmanuel College and graduated in 1959. He served congregations in Mattawa, ON (1959–63) and Timmins, ON, Mountjoy United Church (1963–1967 and 1982–1998). He married Jean Gignac of Parry Sound in 1961. Following the death of his wife, Jean in 2002, Ferrier re-married and currently lives in London, Ontario.

Politics[edit]

He was elected to the Ontario Legislature defeating PC Municipal Affairs Minister Wilf Spooner in October 1967 and again in October 1971. In 1975, he was re-elected with a larger majority. A well-liked and respected member of the Ontario Legislature, Ferrier served on committees that dealt with Election Law and Finance, Agricultural Land Drainage and Automobile Safety. He subsequently ran as a federal New Democratic candidate in Timmins—Chapleau in the 1980 election, but lost to incumbent MP Ray Chénier. Ferrier was a long time trustee on the former Timmins Board of Education serving from 1978 until his retirement from the position in 1995. He served several terms as the Chairman of the School Board.

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