Elsie Wayne

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Elsie Wayne
Elsie Wayne cropped.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Saint John
In office
Preceded by Gerald Merrithew
Succeeded by Paul Zed
Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick
In office
Preceded by Bob Lockhart
Succeeded by Thomas Higgins
Personal details
Born Elsie Eleanore Fairweather
(1932-04-20) April 20, 1932 (age 83)
Shediac, New Brunswick
Political party Progressive Conservative (1993-2003)
Conservative Party of Canada (2003-)
Residence Saint John, New Brunswick
Profession Businesswoman, community activist, secretary

Elsie Eleanore Wayne (née Fairweather; born April 20, 1932 in Shediac, New Brunswick) is a Canadian politician, who was a Progressive Conservative MP for Saint John from 1993 to 2004.

Political career[edit]

In 1977, she was elected to the Saint John municipal council. In 1983, she became the first female mayor of Saint John, and became extremely popular in that city.

In the 1993 federal election, she ran as the governing Progressive Conservative Party's candidate in the riding of Saint John. In this election, the Tories suffered the worst ever defeat for a governing party at the federal level in Canada. Wayne was one of only two Tories elected nationwide, the other being Jean Charest. She was also the only non-Liberal elected in Atlantic Canada that year. She was elected by 4,000 votes, but never faced another contest nearly that close.

In 1998, when Charest resigned the leadership of the PC party to become leader of the Parti Libéral du Québec, Wayne was appointed the PC party's interim leader, a post she held until former Prime Minister Joe Clark was elected party leader later that year.

She supported the merger of the Progressive Conservatives (led by Peter MacKay) and the Canadian Alliance (led by Stephen Harper) in 2003.

Wayne announced her retirement from politics on February 16, 2004[1] and did not run for re-election in the 2004 election to the Canadian House of Commons.

Political positions[edit]

Politically, she was known as being socially conservative, vehemently opposing same-sex marriage.[2][3] abortion, decriminalization of marijuana, and Viagra for war vets.[4][5]

Fiscally, Wayne was a strong believer in Canada's social safety net and the welfare state, which was typical for most Tories from Atlantic Canada. She is also among Canada's most vocal monarchists.

Life after leaving parliament[edit]

Wayne considered a run for her old seat in the 2006 election,[6] but decided against a comeback.[7] She did, however, serve as chairwoman of the Conservative campaign in Atlantic Canada.

She is married to Richard Wayne and has two sons, Daniel and Stephen. In November 2009, she suffered a stroke.[8] She was released from hospital in February of 2010.[9]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Charest
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Succeeded by
Joe Clark