John Fraser (Ontario MPP)

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John Fraser

John Fraser at victory party - 2013 (cropped).jpg
Fraser in 2013
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
Assumed office
June 14, 2018
Preceded byKathleen Wynne
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Ottawa South
Assumed office
September 9, 2013
Preceded byDalton McGuinty
Personal details
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Linda Fraser
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario
Occupationbusiness manager

John Fraser (born c. 1958) is a Canadian politician serving as interim leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, since June 14, 2018. Fraser is MPP for Ottawa South since being elected in a by-election on August 1, 2013.

Following the resignation of Kathleen Wynne as party leader after the party's poor performance in the 2018 election, he was unanimously endorsed by the remaining Liberal caucus (all six of them) to become interim leader on June 13, 2018[1] and unanimously elected the next day by a vote of the party executive and riding association presidents.[2]


Fraser was born in Ottawa and grew up in Elmvale Acres and Alta Vista. According to his biography, "he spearheaded the Our Children, Our Hospital campaign to save the Cardiac Care Unit at CHEO and organized a fundraiser which raised $20,000 for the Heron Road Emergency Food Bank, [and] for a number of years, he served as a palliative care volunteer at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and as a coach to the Canterbury Mustangs Football Team."

Fraser was the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.[3] As the parliamentary assistant, Fraser led the development of a comprehensive strategy for palliative and end-of-life care in Ontario, including a $75 million investment.[4] In March 2018, Fraser was part of an announcement to deliver $105 million investment in CHEO to improve mental health and special needs services for children.[5]

As MPP, Fraser led an initiative that would ensure all children have their vision tested before entering senior kindergarten as well as introducing legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable workers and increasing transparency in government. Fraser sponsored several private member's bills including Bill 53, The Protecting Passenger Safety Act 2014 which would stiffen penalties for individuals who transport passengers for compensation without a licence, permit, or authorization. Fraser has worked closely with other Members of Provincial Parliament on legislation including being part of the team that brought forward Rowan's Law, concussion legislation that will protect young athletes; as well as a bill that established "Remembrance Week" in Ontario.[6]

Prior to being elected, Fraser was former Premier Dalton McGuinty's local constituency assistant for 14 years.[7] Fraser spent 18 years managing small and medium-sized local businesses before entering public service.[8]

He is married to Linda Fraser and has three children and three grandchildren.[9]


In 2013, Fraser ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Ottawa South in a by-election to replace Dalton McGuinty who had just retired. He defeated Progressive Conservative candidate Matt Young by 1,238 votes.[10][11] He faced Young again in the 2014 election this time defeating him by 8,610 votes.[12]

In the 2018 Ontario general election, Fraser was re-elected MPP for Ottawa South, receiving 5,464 more votes than the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate Karin Howard.[13] As a result of her party's poor performance in the election, Premier Kathleen Wynne resigned as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party on election night.[14] On June 13, the Liberal caucus unanimously endorsed Fraser to serve as the party's interim leader On June 14, he was appointed interim leader following a vote by caucus members, the party executive, and riding association presidents.[15]

Electoral record[edit]

2018 Ontario general election: Ottawa South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Fraser 20,773 39.63 −10.40
Progressive Conservative Karin Howard 15,319 29.23 -2.63
New Democratic Eleanor Fast 14,250 27.19 +14.82
Green Les Schram 1,618 3.09 −1.26
Libertarian Robert Daigneault 342 0.65 +0.07
Communist Larry Wasslen 114 0.22 −0.08
Total valid votes 52,616 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing
Source: Elections Ontario[16]
2014 Ontario general election: Ottawa South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Fraser 23,727 50.03 +7.70
Progressive Conservative Matt Young 15,110 31.86 −6.84
New Democratic Bronwyn Funiciello 5,867 12.37 −1.93
Green Matt Lakatos-Hayward 2,064 4.35 +1.23
Libertarian Jean-Serge Brisson 273 0.58 −0.01
Special Needs John Redins 244 0.51 +0.22
Communist Espoir Manirambona 141 0.30
Total valid votes 47,426 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +7.27
"General Election Results by District, 064 Ottawa South". Elections Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.

Ontario provincial by-election, August 1, 2013: Ottawa South
Resignation of Dalton McGuinty
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal John Fraser 14,921 42.33 −6.53 $ 95,351.00
Progressive Conservative Matt Young 13,642 38.70 +5.27 89,316.00
New Democratic Bronwyn Funiciello 5,042 14.30 +0.91 40,274.11
Green Taylor Howarth 1,099 3.12 −0.11 2,212.50
Libertarian Jean-Serge Brisson 208 0.59 +0.03 0.00
Special Needs John Redins 102 0.29 −0.24 0.00
Independent Daniel Post 91 0.26   0.00
Freedom Dave McGruer 85 0.24   0.00
Pauper John Turmel 58 0.16   0.00
Total valid votes / Expense limit 35,248 100.00 −21.16 $ 104,501.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 216 0.61 +0.12
Turnout 35,464 40.38 −10.81
Eligible voters 87,816   +0.06
Liberal hold Swing −5.90


  1. ^ Breen, Kerri (June 13, 2018). "Ontario Liberals to vote on interim leader as MPP John Fraser endorsed by caucus". Global News. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ottawa-area legislator John Fraser appointed interim Ontario Liberal leader". Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Legislative Assembly of Ontario".
  4. ^ "Province Strengthens End-Of-Life Care With $75 Million Investment". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  5. ^ "Ontario Liberals promise $105M for new CHEO treatment centre". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  6. ^ "Biography". Biography. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  7. ^ "McGuinty's 'fixer' John Fraser and the Ottawa South fiefdom". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  8. ^ "Newsroom : Biography : John Fraser". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  9. ^ MacGregor, Roy (May 21, 2014). "McGuinty's 'fixer' John Fraser and the Ottawa South fiefdom". The Globe and Mail.
  10. ^ Lafaro, Joe (August 2, 2013). "Liberals' John Fraser sneaks past PCs for Ottawa South win". Metro News.
  11. ^ "2013 By-elections Results: Ottawa South" (XLS). Elections Ontario. August 1, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "General Election by District: Ottawa South". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ottawa South Election Night Results". Elections Ontario. June 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Janus, Andrea (June 7, 2018). "Kathleen Wynne ready to 'pass the torch,' quits as Ontario Liberal leader". CBC News.
  15. ^ "Ottawa-area MPP John Fraser selected interim Ontario Liberal leader". CBC News, June 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 8. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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