Fred Wilson (politician)

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Fred Wilson
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Larry South
Succeeded by Bill Vankoughnet
Constituency Frontenac—Addington
Personal details
Born 1941 (age 76–77)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Ingrid
Children 2
Residence Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Fred Wilson (born c. 1941) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995, and was a cabinet minister in the government of Bob Rae.


Wilson was born in Toronto. He went to school at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. After graduation, he joined the army where he was stationed in Kingston, Ontario. After leaving the army he worked at Bell Canada and then as a sector representative at the Workers' Compensation Board in Kingston.[1]


Wilson was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, defeating incumbent Liberal Larry South by 1,400 votes in the rural Eastern Ontario riding of Frontenac—Addington.[2]

The NDP formed a majority government and Wilson was appointed as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Correctional Services.[3] On April 22, 1991 he was promoted to Minister of Government Services.[4] On February 3, 1993, he was named a minister without portfolio and Chief Government Whip.[5]

In 1994, Wilson was one of twelve NDP members to vote against Bill 167, a bill extending financial benefits to same-sex partners. Premier Bob Rae allowed a free vote on the bill which allowed members of his party to vote with their conscience.[6]

The NDP were defeated in the provincial election of 1995, and Wilson was defeated in his own riding, finishing third against Progressive Conservative Bill Vankoughnet and a Liberal candidate.[7]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Bob Rae
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Frances Lankin Minister of Government Services
Brian Charlton
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Shirley Coppen Chief Government Whip
David Turnbull


  1. ^ Rafter, Jack (September 7, 1990). "Meet Kingston's fabulous Wilson boys - Gary and Fred". The Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ont. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  3. ^ "MPPS get jobs as assistants". The Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ont. October 3, 1990. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Outhit, Jeff (April 22, 1991). "Minister of Government Services Fred Wilson named to Bob Rae's cabinet". The Whig - Standard. Kingston, Ont. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Brennan, Richard (February 3, 1993). "Cooke glad to shed old job: He gets new super education ministry". The Windsor Star. p. A1. 
  6. ^ "How MPPs voted on controversial legislation". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1994. p. A10. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-02-03. [permanent dead link]

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