John Wise (Ontario)

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The Honourable
John Wise
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Elgin
In office
Preceded by Harold Edwin Stafford
Succeeded by Ken Monteith
Deputy Reeve of Yarmouth Township, Ontario [1]
In office
Reeve of Yarmouth Township, Ontario[1]
In office
Warden of Elgin County [1]
In office
Preceded by A. Bruce McCallum
Succeeded by William R. "Bill" Caverly
Minister of Agriculture
In office
June 4, 1979 – March 2, 1980
Preceded by Eugene Whelan
Succeeded by Eugene Whelan
Minister of Agriculture
In office
September 17, 1984 – September 14, 1988
Preceded by Ralph Ferguson
Succeeded by Don Mazankowski
Personal details
Born December 12, 1935
St. Thomas, Ontario
Died January 9, 2013(2013-01-09) (aged 77)
London, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence St. Thomas, Ontario
Profession Dairy farmer

John Wise, PC (December 12, 1935 – January 9, 2013) was a Canadian dairy cattle farmer and politician from Ontario.

Early Years[edit]

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario Wise was a dairy farmer, but also was a local politician in St. Thomas - Elgin:[2]

Federal Politics[edit]

Wise was first elected as a Progressive Conservative to the Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Elgin in 1972.[3] He was re-elected in 1974, 1979, 1980, and 1984. In Joe Clark's cabinet he was the Minister of Agriculture (June 4, 1979 – March 2, 1980). He was also Minister of Agriculture (September 17, 1984 – September 14, 1988) in Brian Mulroney's cabinet.


Post politics Wise served on various agriculture related boards:

  • board member for Amtelcom
  • Chairman of the Board, Canadian Livestock Exporters Association and Canadian Embryo Exporters Association

Wise retired as a MP in 1988 and retired to his farm (dairy operations sold in the 1970s).[2] Wise was honorary founder and President of Soil Conservation Canada and cattle judge in Elgin County.


Wise died January 9, 2013 at the age of 77 in London, Ontario.[4]


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ a b "John Wise". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  3. ^ "PARLINFO - Parliamentarian File - Federal Experience - WISE, The Hon. John, P.C". Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Former Elgin MP dies | Local | News". St. Thomas Times-Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Harold Edwin Stafford
Member of Parliament from Elgin
Succeeded by
Ken Monteith