Wayne Arthurs (politician)

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Wayne Arthurs
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Riding created
Succeeded by Tracy MacCharles
Constituency Pickering—Scarborough East
In office
Preceded by Janet Ecker
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge
Mayor of Pickering, Ontario
In office
City Councillor in Pickering, Ontario
In office
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Residence Pickering

Wayne Arthurs is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2011 representing the ridings of Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge and Pickering—Scarborough East.


Arthurs has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He worked as a teacher before entering politics. Arthurs was a member of the Pickering municipal council from 1982 to 1988, and served as Mayor of the city from 1988 to 2003. He was also a member of the Durham Regional Council.


Arthurs was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 2003, defeating high-profile Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Janet Ecker by 1010 votes. He was re-elected in 2007.

Arthurs's campaign was unusual in some respects. At the time of his provincial victory, he was also a candidate for re-election as mayor of Pickering, in a municipal election scheduled one month after the provincial campaign. Also, despite the Liberal Party's reputation for being more supportive of environmental concerns than the Progressive Conservatives, Arthurs was a prominent supporter of a development study for the Duffins-Rouge Agricultural Preserve—which Ecker opposed.

During his time in office Arthurs remained on the backbench but served as Parliamentary Assistant to several ministries including Minister of Finance and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Wayne Arthurs 24,970 45.76 +11.48
Progressive Conservative Janet Ecker 23,960 43.91 -14.28
New Democratic Vern Edwards 3,690 6.76 +1.05
Green Adam Duncan 1,946 3.57 +2.14
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Wayne Arthurs 19,762 48.6 +2.84
Progressive Conservative Diana Hall 12,927 31.8 -12.11
New Democratic Andrea Moffat 4,531 11.1 +4.34
Green Anita Lalchan 2,575 6.3 +2.73
Libertarian Josh Insang 380 0.9
Independent John Newell 268 0.7
Family Coalition Mitchell Andrew Persaud 229 0.6

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