Brad Ward

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Brad Ward
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Dave Neumann
Succeeded by Ron Johnson
Constituency Brantford
Brantford City Councillor, Ward Two
with Kevin Davis
In office
Preceded by Bob Lancaster and Peter Hexamer
Succeeded by Bob Taylor
Personal details
Born (1956-11-23) November 23, 1956 (age 60)
Political party New Democrat

Bradley Richard Ward (born November 23, 1956) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995 as a New Democrat and was a junior minister in Bob Rae's government from 1993 to 1995.


Ward was a Bell Canada employee before entering political life. Active in the labour movement, he served on the Brantford and District Labour Council and was named Labour Citizen of the Year in 1989.

Municipal politics[edit]

He ran for the Brantford City Council in 1982 on a Labour Council/New Democratic Party ticket and finished third in the second ward.[1]

Ward was elected to city council on his second attempt in 1985, the only successful candidate to be endorsed by the labour council.[2] He was re-elected without opposition in 1988. While on council, he served as chair of Brantford's Riverfest.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

1988 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Two (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Kevin Davis acclaimed -
(x)Brad Ward acclaimed -

1985 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Two (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
Kevin Davis 2,483 32.28
Brad Ward 1,906 24.78
Vince Bucci 1,292 16.80
Tom Potter 974 12.66
Enid Green 648 8.43
Paul Mellor 388 5.04
Total valid votes 7,691 100

See the 1985 Brantford election page for information on Potter and Mellor.

1982 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Two (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Bob Lancaster 3,163 36.60
(x)Peter Hexamer 2,668 30.88
Brad Ward 1,238 14.33
Dan O'Regan 1,195 13.83
Andrew Sywyk 377 4.36
Total valid votes 8,641 100

See the 1982 Brantford election page for information on O'Regan and Sywyk.

Municipal results are taken from the Brantford Expositor.

Provincial politics[edit]

Ward was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1990 provincial election, defeating Liberal incumbent Dave Neumann in the Brantford riding.[4] The New Democratic Party won a majority government in this election under Bob Rae's leadership, and Ward entered the legislature as a government backbencher. He was parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Skills Development from 1990 to 1991 and then to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology from 1991 to 1993.

On February 3, 1993, he was promoted to minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance, where he worked under Finance Minister Floyd Laughren. He did not have formal ministerial responsibilities, and his duties included represented the Rae government at events such as pre-budgetary consultations.[5] Ward was credited with helping to bring a women's shelter to Brantford during his time in government.[6]

In May 1993, the Rae government cancelled a plan to move the computer and telecommunications division of the Ministry of Government Services from Toronto to Brantford, citing financial concerns. Three days earlier, Ward had told a local reporter that Brantford residents should not be worried about changes to the plan. Some criticized him as being unaware of shifts in government policy.[7] Ward later confronted protesters who opposed the policy change and defended what he described as a "tough expenditures decision."[8]

The New Democratic Party was defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Ward finished third against Progressive Conservative candidate Ron Johnson in Brantford.[9]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Bob Rae
Sub-Cabinet Post
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister Without Portfolio
Responsible for Finance

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 1995: Brantford
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
     Progressive Conservative Ron Johnson 13,745 41.01 +32.55 $36,072
Liberal Dave Neumann 10,418 31.08 −6.33 $25,897
New Democratic Brad Ward 8,165 24.36 −24.27 $41,119
Family Coalition Paul Vandervet 762 2.27 −1.60 $776
Green William Darfler 430 1.28 +0.08 $622
Total valid votes 33,520 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 288
Turnout 33,808 59.90 −6.81
Electors on the lists 56,445

Ontario general election, 1990: Brantford
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Brad Ward 17,736 48.63 +15.11 $28,075
Liberal Dave Neumann 13,644 37.41 −3.88 $35,029
     Progressive Conservative Dan DiSabatino 3,087 8.46 −16.73 $7,083
Family Coalition Peter Quail 1,413 3.87 $7,153
Green William Darfler 436 1.20 $0
Libertarian Helmut Kurmis 158 0.43 $0
Total valid votes/Expenditure limit 36,474 100.00 $47,526
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 286
Turnout 36,760 66.71 −2.17
Electors on the lists 55,106

Provincial election information is taken from Elections Ontario.

After politics[edit]

Ward returned to private life after 1995, working for Bell Canada in business technology.[10] At one time, he served as president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 45.[10] The Brant New Democratic Party honoured him for his involvement in public life in September 2000.[11]


  1. ^ "Results for council election". Brantford Expositor. November 2, 1982. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Brantford's Labour Council candidate gets elected". Brantford Expositor. November 13, 1985. p. 4. 
  3. ^ Ball, Vincent (October 6, 2001). "City will cover $42,468 Riverfest shortfall". Brantford Expositor. p. 17. 
  4. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Steve (March 7, 1994). "Air your ideas for '94 budget". Hamilton Spectator. p. T1. 
  6. ^ Ball, Vincent (May 27, 1999). "Women and children's issues debated by candidates". Brantford Expositor. p. A8. 
  7. ^ "Brantford's loss was news to MPP". Globe and Mail. May 13, 1993. p. A4. 
  8. ^ "Axing job move hurt Brantford rally tells NDP". Toronto Star. May 13, 1993. p. A12. 
  9. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  10. ^ a b Yates, Elizabeth (March 3, 1999). "Bell office won't be saved". Brantford Expositor. p. A3. 
  11. ^ "Hampton to visit Brant County". Brantford Expositor. August 23, 2000. p. A3. 

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