Jim Wilson (Canadian politician)
|Leader of the Opposition in Ontario|
July 2, 2014
|Preceded by||Tim Hudak|
|Leader of the Ontario PC Party (interim)|
July 2, 2014 – May 9, 2015
|Preceded by||Tim Hudak|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Brown|
|Preceded by||New riding|
|Preceded by||George McCague|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
April 4, 1963 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Residence||Wasaga Beach, Ontario|
Jim Wilson (born April 4, 1963) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He has been a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1990 and currently represents the riding of Simcoe—Grey. On July 2, 2014, Wilson was chosen by his caucus to serve as interim leader of the party and Leader of the Opposition following the resignation of Tim Hudak. He continues to serve as Leader of the Opposition as the new party leader, Patrick Brown does not have a seat in the legislature.
Wilson was educated at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto where he served on Student Council President and as a member of the university's governing council. During and after his graduation, he worked as an assistant to Ontario Management Board chair George McCague, and subsequently worked for federal cabinet minister Perrin Beatty.
In the 1990 provincial election, he was elected in Simcoe West by 1940 votes over New Democrat Leo Loserit. The NDP won a majority government in this election, while the Tories won only 20 seats of 130 for third-party status. In September 1991, Wilson was appointed as party Critic for health policy.
There was a significant swing to the Progressive Conservatives in the 1995 provincial election, and Wilson was re-elected by almost 20,000 votes over his nearest opponent. On June 26, 1995, he was appointed Minister of Health in the government of Mike Harris.
|Provincial Government of Mike Harris|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Norm Sterling||Minister of Energy, Science & Technology
|Chris Stockwell (Energy only)|
|Ruth Grier||Minister of Health
He was retained in the Energy, Science and Technology portfolio until April 2002, when Ernie Eves replaced Mike Harris as Premier. Eves named Wilson as Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. On June 17, 2003, he was also named Minister of Environment.
|Provincial Government of Ernie Eves|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Chris Stockwell||Minister of Environment
|Dan Newman||Minister of Northern Development and Mines
Opposition (2nd time)
The Progressive Conservatives were defeated in the 2003 election, although Wilson retained Simcoe—Grey by a reduced margin. In 2004, he supported John Tory's successful bid to replace Eves as party leader. In 2009, he supported Tim Hudak's successful bid to replace Tory as party leader.
He was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 10, 2007 defeating his nearest opponent by 11,711 votes. He was re-elected again in the 2011 election for his sixth term defeating his nearest opponent by 14,935 votes. He was re-elected by a slimmer margin in the 2014 provincial election.
Under Hudak, from 2011 to 2014, Wilson served as Opposition House Leader.
Following Hudak's resignation, Wilson was chosen interim leader by caucus on July 2, 2014, defeating John Yakabuski and Randy Hillier and served until a leadership election was held in May 2015 which chose Patrick Brown as Hudak's permanent successor. He remains Leader of the Opposition until Brown wins a seat in the legislature.
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