|Preceded by||New riding|
|Succeeded by||Aileen Carroll|
|Preceded by||Paul Wessenger|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
|Born||October 9, 1951|
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Relations||Patrick Brown (nephew)|
Joseph N. Tascona (born October 9, 1951) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the ridings of Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford and Simcoe Centre from 1995 to 2007. He also served as an alderman for the city of Barrie from 1991 to 1995. In 2010 he ran for mayor of Barrie but lost to Jeff Lehman.
Tascona is the son of Edna (Smith) and Joe Tascona. He has an M.B.A. from McMaster University and an LL.B. from Queen's University, and worked as a prominent labour and employment lawyer before entering public life. He also worked for the Ford Motor Company in matters relating to production and labour relations. He has also written several articles for the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen's University on labour and employment law. Tascona also has a sister, Judy who is the mother of former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown.
Tascona began his political career at the municipal level, serving on Barrie City Council from 1991 to 1995 as an alderman in the City of Barrie's second ward. Tascona was responsible for overseeing the construction of the Barrie Public Library, and the Molson Hockey Centre and helping secure Barrie's waterfront land for public use.
In the provincial election of 1995, he was elected in the riding of Simcoe Centre, defeating Liberal Bruce Owen and incumbent New Democrat Paul Wessenger by a plurality of over 17,000 votes. The Conservatives won the election and Tascona served as a backbench supporter of the Mike Harris government for the next four years.
In the 1999 provincial election, Tascona was re-elected in the redistributed riding of Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford, defeating Liberal Maura Bolger by 18,345 votes. During his second term, Tascona was appointed as Parliamentary assistant to several ministers including the Minister of Education, the Solicitor General and the Minister of Consumer and Business Services.
Although the Progressive Conservatives were defeated in the 2003 provincial election, Tascona was re-elected in his riding with a margin of victory of 9,531 votes. He was subsequently appointed opposition critic for the Attorney General and Government Service. Tascona was also elected as Second Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House. In April 2006, he introduced a private member's bill Restore the Deed Act, calling for the protection of homeowners from title and mortgage fraud and such measures were implemented by the provincial government.
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