|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga East—Cooksville
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Wladyslaw Lizon|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Mississauga East—Cooksville
Mississauga East (2003-2007)
October 2, 2003 – March 26, 2011
|Preceded by||Carl DeFaria|
|Succeeded by||Dipika Damerla|
October 5, 1966 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada, 2011-|
|Ontario Liberal Party, 2003-2011|
|Spouse(s)||Christine Fonseca (m. 2003)|
|Alma mater||University of Oregon,
University of Windsor
- For other people with a similar name, see Pedro da Fonseca (disambiguation)
Peter Fonseca, MP (born October 5, 1966) is a Portuguese-born 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. 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. 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.
Fonseca was later a senior performance management consultant for the Coach Corporation, and has run an importing and distributing company in Portugal.
He married his wife Christine "Chris" Fonseca in 2003. Christine was elected to Mississauga City Council as Councillor for Ward 3 in the 2010 Mississauga municipal election and re-elected in 2014 Mississauga municipal election.
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. 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.
|Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Jim Bradley||Minister of Tourism and Recreation
|Brad Duguid||Minister of Labour
On December 16, 2010, Fonseca resigned from the Ontario cabinet to run for the federal Liberals in the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville. He was defeated by Conservative candidate Wladyslaw Lizon in the 2011 federal election by 676 votes.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Mississauga East—Cooksville|
|New Democratic||Ali Naqvi||4,481||8.63||-9.03||$34,143.24|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||51,917||100.00||$217,661.14|
|Total rejected ballots||287||0.55|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+13.13|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Mississauga East—Cooksville|
|New Democratic||Waseem Ahmed||8,836||18.79||+7.44||$6,591|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||47,025||100.00||$169,151|
|Total rejected ballots||289||0.61|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+9.52|
|Ontario general election, 2007: Mississauga East—Cooksville|
|Progressive Conservative||Zoran Churchin||8,715||23.08|
|New Democratic||Satish Balasunderam||3,192||8.46|
|Family Coalition||Al Zawadzki||992||2.63|
|Total valid votes||100.0|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||349||0.91|
|Liberal pickup new district.|
|Ontario general election, 2003: Mississauga East|
|Progressive Conservative||Carl DeFaria||13,832||40.35||-11.23|
|New Democratic||Michael Hancock||2,479||7.23||-0.01|
|Family Coalition||Gary Nail||358||1.04|
|Total valid votes||34,277||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||252||0.73|
|Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative||Swing||+10.46|
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- Peter Fonseca – Parliament of Canada biography
- Speeches, votes and activity at OpenParliament.ca
- Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history