Peter Fonseca

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Peter Fonseca
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga East—Cooksville
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Wladyslaw Lizon
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Dipika Damerla
Constituency Mississauga East—Cooksville
In office
Preceded by Carl De Faria
Succeeded by Riding Abolished
Constituency Mississauga East
Personal details
Born (1966-10-05) October 5, 1966 (age 49)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Liberal Party of Canada, 2011-
Other political
Ontario Liberal Party, 2003-2011
Spouse(s) Christine Fonseca
Residence Mississauga, Ontario
Alma mater University of Oregon,
University of Windsor
Occupation Management consultant

Peter Fonseca, MP (born October 5, 1966) is a Canadian politician and former athlete. He is a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville since his election in 2015.

Prior to entering federal politics, Fonseca was a provincial Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing Mississauga East (2003-2007) and Mississauga East—Cooksville (2007- 2011). He was a cabinet minister in the government of Dalton McGuinty.


Fonseca was born in Lisbon, Portugal and immigrated to Toronto with his family in 1968. He was raised in Little Portugal. He graduated from St. Michael's College School and attended the University of Oregon, gaining a Bachelor of Arts on an athletic scholarship. He also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor.[1] He finished 5th in the 10,000 metres at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. He also represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia in the Men's Marathon. He was the top finisher for the Canadians, placing 21st overall in a 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) race with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds.[2] He also placed second in the 1994 Toronto Marathon and the 1994 Houston Marathon, and third in the 1992 New York City Marathon and the 1990 Los Angeles Marathon.[3]

Fonseca was later a senior performance management consultant for the Coach Corporation, and has run an importing and distributing company in Portugal.[4]

He married his wife Christine "Chris" Fonseca in 2003.[1] Christine was elected to Mississauga City Council as Councillor for Ward 3 in the 2010 Mississauga municipal election[5] and 2014 Mississauga municipal election.[6]



Fonseca was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 2003, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria by about 3,000 votes in Mississauga East.[7] On October 23, 2003, he was named parliamentary assistant to George Smitherman, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. In July 2005, he became the parliamentary assistant to Jim Watson, the Minister of Health Promotion.

In October 2007, Fonseca was named to cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Recreation.[8] In a cabinet shuffle on September 18, 2008, Fonseca was appointed as the province's Minister of Labour.[9]

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jim Bradley Minister of Tourism and Recreation
Monique Smith
Brad Duguid Minister of Labour
Charles Sousa


On December 16, 2010, Fonseca resigned from the Ontario cabinet to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville.[10] He was defeated by Conservative candidate Wladyslaw Lizon in the 2011 federal election by 676 votes.[11][12]

Fonseca ran for the Liberals again in the 2015 federal election and defeated Lizon by a wide margin as part of the Liberal sweep of Mississauga ridings.[13]

Electoral record[edit]


Canadian federal election, 2015: Mississauga East—Cooksville
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Peter Fonseca 28,154 54.23 +18.07
Conservative Wladyslaw Lizon 18,353 35.35 -8.20
New Democratic Ali Naqvi 4,481 8.63 -9.03
Green Jaymini Bhikha 766 1.48 -0.69
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 163 0.31
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,917 100.00     $216,912.60
Total rejected ballots 287 0.55
Turnout 52,204 63.87
Eligible voters 81,736
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +13.13
Canadian federal election, 2011: Mississauga East—Cooksville
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Wladyslaw Lizon 18,796 39.97 +7.42 $90,142
Liberal Peter Fonseca 18,120 38.53 -11.63 $71,450
New Democratic Waseem Ahmed 8,836 18.79 +7.44 $6,591
Green Jaymini Bhikha 1,032 2.19 -3.05 $968
Marxist–Leninist Pierre Chénier 241 0.51 -0.16
Total valid votes/Expense limit 47,025 100.00   $169,151
Total rejected ballots 289 0.61
Turnout 47,314 56.8
Eligible voters 83,018
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing +9.52


Ontario general election, 2007: Mississauga East—Cooksville
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Peter Fonseca 22,249 58.93
Progressive Conservative Zoran Churchin 8,715 23.08
New Democratic Satish Balasunderam 3,192 8.46
Green Carla Cassanova 2,361 6.25
Family Coalition Al Zawadzki 992 2.63
Freedom Ryan Jamieson 243 0.64
Total valid votes 100.0
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 349 0.91
Turnout 38,101 47.47
Eligible voters 80,247
Liberal gain Swing
Ontario general election, 2003: Mississauga East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Peter Fonseca 16,686 48.68 +9.69
Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria 13,832 40.35 -11.23
New Democratic Michael Hancock 2,479 7.23 -0.01
Green Donald Barber 666 1.94
Family Coalition Gary Nail 358 1.04
Independent Pierre Chénier 256 0.75
Total valid votes 34,277 100.00
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 252 0.73
Turnout 34,529 51.38
Eligible voters 67,198
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +10.46


  1. ^ a b Chin, Joseph (October 3, 2003). "Fonseca rolls over incumbent DeFaria". Mississauga News. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "The Official Report for the Centennial Olympic Games: The Competition Results, Volume III" (PDF). The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. 1997. 
  3. ^ "Breland floors Honeyghan to retain his WBA crown". The Vancouver Sun. March 5, 1990. p. C3. 
  4. ^ "Healthy City Stewardship Centre: Biographies". City of Mississauga. September 21, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Fonseca claims Ward 3". Mississauga News. October 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Chin, Joseph (27 October 2014). "Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca Mississauga’s champion vote-getter". Mississauga News. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13. 
  9. ^ "The new-look Ontario cabinet". The Hamilton Spectator. September 19, 2008. p. A9. 
  10. ^ Benzie, Robert; Delacourt, Susan. "Ontario cabinet minister to seek federal seat". Toronto Star. 
  11. ^ "Riding results from across Canada". Edmonton Journal. May 3, 2011. p. A6. 
  12. ^ Campion-Smith, Bruce (December 14, 2014). "Immigrant vote key to winning, Liberals say". Toronto Star. p. A8. 
  13. ^ Diebel, Linda (19 October 2015). "Peter Fonseca wins Mississauga East—Cooksville". Toronto Star. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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