Peter Fonseca

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Peter Fonseca
MPP for Mississauga East—Cooksville
Mississauga East (2003-2007)
In office
October 2, 2003 – March 26, 2011
Preceded by Carl De Faria
Succeeded by Dipika Damerla
Minister of Labour
In office
September 18, 2008 – December 16, 2010
Preceded by Brad Duguid
Succeeded by Charles Sousa
Minister of Tourism and Recreation
In office
October 30, 2007 – September 18, 2008
Preceded by Jim Bradley
Succeeded by Monique Smith
Personal details
Born (1966-10-05) October 5, 1966 (age 47)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Christine Fonseca
Residence Mississauga, Ontario
Occupation athlete, management consultant

Peter Fonseca (born October 5, 1966) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville for the Ontario Liberal Party from 2003–2011.


Fonseca was raised in Toronto, and attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship. He also has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor. He represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia as a marathon runner. He was the top finisher for the Canadians, placing 21st overall in a 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) race with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. He also placed second in the 1994 Toronto Marathon and the 1994 Houston Marathon, and third in the 1992 New York City Marathon and the 1990 Los Angeles Marathon. He is a recipient of the Fred Bagley Memorial Trophy, given to long distance runners in Canada.

Fonseca was later a senior performance management consultant for the Coach Corporation, and has run a successful importing and distributing company in Portugal. He has also done fundraising work for the Canadian Diabetes Association.


Fonseca was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 2003, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria by about 3000 votes in Mississauga East. On October 23, 2003, he was named parliamentary assistant to George Smitherman, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. In July 2005, he became the parliamentary assistant to Jim Watson, the Minister of Health Promotion.

In October 2007, Fonseca was named to cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Recreation.

In a cabinet shuffle on September 18, 2008, Fonseca was appointed as the province's Minister of Labour.[1]

His wife, Christine Fonseca, was elected to Mississauga City Council in the 2010 municipal elections.[2]

On December 16, 2010, Fonseca resigned from cabinet to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville.[3] He was narrowly defeated by Conservative candidate Wladyslaw Lizon in the 2011 federal election.

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Wladyslaw Lizon 18,782 39.9% +7.4%
Liberal Peter Fonseca 18,121 38.4% -12%
New Democratic Waseem Ahmed 8,938 19.0% +7.4%
Green Jaymini Bhikha 1,051 2.2% -3.0%
Marxist–Leninist Pierre Chénier 238 0.5% -0.2%
Total valid votes 47,130 100%
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Peter Fonseca 22,207 59.0% N/A
Progressive Conservative Zoran Churchin 8,687 23.1% N/A
New Democratic Satish Balasunderam 3,184 8.5% N/A
Green Carla Cassanova 2,355 6.3% N/A
Family Coalition Al Zawadzki 979 2.6% N/A
Freedom Ryan Jamieson 243 0.7% N/A
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Peter Fonseca 16,686 48.68 +9.69
Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria 13,832 40.35 -11.23
New Democratic Michael Hancock 2,479 7.23 -0.01
Green Donald Barber 666 1.94
Family Coalition Gary Nail 358 1.04
Independent Pierre Chénier 256 0.75


  1. ^ Premier of Ontario - News Releases - Making Ontario More Competitive at Home and Abroad
  2. ^ "Fonseca claims Ward 3"., October 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Robert Benzie and Susan Delacourt. "Ontario cabinet minister to seek federal seat." Toronto Star.

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