|Member of Parliament
for Saint John
|Preceded by||Gerald Merrithew|
|Succeeded by||Paul Zed|
|Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
April 2, 1998 – November 14, 1998
|Preceded by||Jean Charest|
|Succeeded by||Joe Clark|
|Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick|
|Preceded by||Bob Lockhart|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Higgins|
|Born||Elsie Eleanore Fairweather
April 20, 1932
Shediac, New Brunswick
|Died||August 23, 2016
Saint John, New Brunswick
|Residence||Saint John, New Brunswick|
Elsie Eleanore Wayne (née Fairweather; April 20, 1932 – August 23, 2016) was a Canadian politician who served as a Progressive Conservative member of parliament for Saint John from 1993 to 2004. She was born in Shediac, New Brunswick.
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 Quebec Liberal Party, 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.
Politically, she was known as being socially conservative, vehemently opposing same-sex marriage. Gay marriage was legally recognized in Canada in 2005. She was also against women's abortion rights, decriminalization of marijuana, and Viagra for war vets.
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 was also among Canada's most vocal monarchists.
Later life and death
She was married to Richard Wayne and has two sons, Daniel and Stephen. In November 2009, she suffered a stroke. She was released from hospital in February 2010. She died on August 23, 2016 at her home in Saint John.
- "Wayne leaving federal politics". CBC News. 2004-02-16. Archived from the original on 2005-12-01.
- "Wayne stops short of apologizing for remarks"[permanent dead link]. CTV News, May 10, 2003.
- "Elsie Wayne joins traditional marriage crusade".CBC News, January 3, 2006.
- Erin Anderssen. "Rated Rx "That includes 88-year-old Cliff Chadderton, the head of War Amps Canada, who led the campaign years ago to get Viagra covered for veterans, after Saint John MP Elsie Wayne declared that they didn't need to have sex.'". Theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 2011-05-03.[dead link]
- "War Amps defend position on Viagra for vets "Wayne called the move unbelievable, suggesting men with an average age of 81 didn't need it. She was even more shocked when a reporter asked if it was a quality of life issue."". Amputee-online.com. 2011-03-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
- "Elsie Wayne mulls political comeback". CBC News. 2005-04-20. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
- "Elsie Wayne says no to political comeback". CBC News. 2005-04-28. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
- "Former Saint John MP Wayne has stroke". CBC News. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
- "Former N.B. MP Elsie Wayne released from hospital after November stroke". Amherst Citizen. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
|Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party