|MPP for Mississauga East—Cooksville
Mississauga East (2003-2007)
October 2, 2003 – March 26, 2011
|Preceded by||Carl De Faria|
|Succeeded by||Dipika Damerla|
|Minister of Labour|
September 18, 2008 – December 16, 2010
|Preceded by||Brad Duguid|
|Succeeded by||Charles Sousa|
|Minister of Tourism and Recreation|
October 30, 2007 – September 18, 2008
|Preceded by||Jim Bradley|
|Succeeded by||Monique Smith|
October 5, 1966 |
|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.
On December 16, 2010, Fonseca resigned from cabinet to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville. He was narrowly defeated by Conservative candidate Wladyslaw Lizon in the 2011 federal election.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Waseem Ahmed||8,938||19.0%||+7.4%||–|
|Total valid votes||47,130||100%|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||Zoran Churchin||8,687||23.1%||N/A|
|New Democratic||Satish Balasunderam||3,184||8.5%||N/A|
|Family Coalition||Al Zawadzki||979||2.6%||N/A|
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Carl DeFaria||13,832||40.35||-11.23|
|New Democratic||Michael Hancock||2,479||7.23||-0.01|
|Family Coalition||Gary Nail||358||1.04|
- Premier of Ontario - News Releases - Making Ontario More Competitive at Home and Abroad
- "Fonseca claims Ward 3". mississauga.com, October 26, 2010.
- Robert Benzie and Susan Delacourt. "Ontario cabinet minister to seek federal seat." Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/907928--ontario-cabinet-minister-to-seek-federal-seat