Gerry Weiner

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The Hon.
Gerald "Gerry" Weiner
Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
In office
1982–1984
Preceded by Jean Cournoyer
Succeeded by Ed Janiszewski
Member of Parliament for Dollard
In office
1984–1988
Preceded by Louis Desmarais
Succeeded by District was abolished in 1987.
Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard
In office
1988–1993
Preceded by District was created in 1987.
Succeeded by Bernard Patry
Personal details
Born (1933-06-26) June 26, 1933 (age 81)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Progressive Conservative

Gerald "Gerry" Weiner, PC (born June 26, 1933) is a Canadian politician.

A pharmacist educated at McGill University and the Université de Montréal, Weiner entered local politics and eventually became mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec in 1982. He was a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1984 election, winning a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard, Quebec in the Tory landslide that brought Brian Mulroney to power.

After serving for two years as a parliamentary secretary, Weiner was promoted to Prime Minister Mulroney's Cabinet as Minister of State for immigration. In 1988, he became Minister of State for Multiculturalism, and served in that position until 1991.

He was re-elected as MP for the new riding of Pierrefonds—Dollard in the 1988 election. In 1989, he became Secretary of State for Canada. From 1991 to 1993, he was Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship in the cabinets of Mulroney and his successor Kim Campbell. He lost his seat in the 1993 election that also defeated the Campbell government and reduced the Tories to two seats.

Weiner entered provincial politics, serving as president of the Equality Party, which was a party advocating the rights of anglophones in Quebec. In 1998, he was elected to the city council in Montreal as a member of the Vision Montreal party and a supporter of Mayor Pierre Bourque. Weiner served on the city's executive committee.

More recently, Weiner has returned to the private sector as a director of Investor Relations for Pace Global Advantage and a Senior Advisor to the Pace Law Firm in their Immigration department. Mr. Weiner continues to practice as a pharmacist in Montreal. He is currently the president of the Board of Directors for The Centre For Literacy of Quebec; the National Vice-President of the Canadian Friends of Haifa University; the chair of the Board of Directors of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation; a member Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital and member of the Board of Directors of the Canada-India Business Council.

Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1993: Pierrefonds—Dollard
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Bernard Patry 39,974 64.98 $32,857
     Bloc Québécois René de Cotret Opzoomer 10,712 17.41 $16,510
     Progressive Conservative Gerry Weiner 8,106 13.18 $35,655
     New Democratic Party Catherine J. Rideout-Erais 864 1.40 $117
     Natural Law Ruby Finkelstein 480 0.78 $626
     National Carlos Roldan 474 0.77 $2,105
     Libertarian Hugh Rowe 410 0.67 $0
     N/A (Equality) Lionel Albert 386 0.63 $5,004
     Commonwealth Glenford Charles 108 0.18 $0
Total valid votes 61,514 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 925
Turnout 62,439 81.01
Electors on the lists 77,076
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.

References[edit]

  • Canadian Who's Who 1997. University of Toronto Press. 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
The office was created in 1991.
Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship
1991–1993
Succeeded by
The office was abolished in 1993.