Wayne Arthurs (politician)
|Preceded by||Riding created|
|Succeeded by||Tracy MacCharles|
|Preceded by||Janet Ecker|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Mayor of Pickering, Ontario|
|City Councillor in Pickering, Ontario|
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.
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Janet Ecker||23,960||43.91||-14.28|
|New Democratic||Vern Edwards||3,690||6.76||+1.05|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||Diana Hall||12,927||31.8||-12.11|
|New Democratic||Andrea Moffat||4,531||11.1||+4.34|
|Family Coalition||Mitchell Andrew Persaud||229||0.6|