|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Ottawa Centre
June 8, 1995 – October 10, 2007
|Preceded by||Evelyn Gigantes|
|Succeeded by||Yasir Naqvi|
September 10, 1987 – September 6, 1990
|Preceded by||Evelyn Gigantes|
|Succeeded by||Evelyn Gigantes|
13 May 1942 |
Richard Andrew Patten (born 13 May 1942) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. Patten was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2007. He representing the riding of Ottawa Centre. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of David Peterson.
Patten was educated at Sir George Williams University in Montreal. He worked as a manager with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and served as President of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. Patten sat on an NGO advisory committee to the World Bank while with the CCIC.
In the 1987 provincial election, Patten ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Ottawa Centre. He defeated incumbent New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes by just over 2,000 votes. The Liberal party won the election and Patten was appointed as Minister of Government Services. In August 1989 he was shuffled to Minister of Correctional Services.
In the 1990 provincial election Patten was defeated by his NDP rival Gigantes. For the next five years, Patten served as President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation, doing extensive fund-raising work for the organization.
In 1995 provincial election Patten campaigned against Gigantes once again this time defeating her by 1,700 votes. The Progressive Conservatives won the election, and Patten joined 29 other Liberals in the opposition. He attempted to mobilize a campaign for the party's leadership in 1996, but failed in this effort and subsequently supported Dwight Duncan. When Duncan was eliminated after the third ballot, he endorsed Dalton McGuinty, the eventual winner.
In the 1999 provincial election, Patten was re-elected over Progressive Conservative Ray Kostuch and New Democrat Elisabeth Arnold. The Progressive Conservatives again won the election, and Patten remained in opposition. Patten was treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma during this parliament.
The Liberals won the 2003 election and he was re-elected again by over 10,000 votes. During this session he served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Education, the Minister of Economic Development and Trade and to Premier Dalton McGuinty. Patten maintained a strong interest in the CHEO and devoted legislative efforts towards the centre's operations.
|Ontario Provincial Government of David Peterson|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|David Ramsay||Minister of Correctional Services
|Sean Conway||Minister of Government Services
|Ontario general election, 2003: Ottawa Centre|
|Liberal||Richard Patten||22,295||45.10||+6.93||$ 72,458.74|
|New Democratic||Jeff Atkinson||11,362||22.98||−2.48||49,598.63|
|Progressive Conservative||Joe Varner||11,217||22.69||−10.05||17,112.70|
|Total valid votes/Expense Limit||49,433||100.0||+5.08||$ 85,928.64|
|Total rejected ballots||360||0.72||−0.11|
|Ontario general election, 1999: Ottawa Centre|
|Liberal||Richard Patten||17,956||38.17||−1.09||$ 48,983.01|
|Progressive Conservative||Ray Kostuch||15,403||32.74||+9.10||54,104.81|
|New Democratic||Elisabeth Arnold||11,977||25.46||−7.77||58,863.46|
|Natural Law||Wayne Foster||170||0.36||−0.93||0.00|
|Total valid votes/Expense Limit||47,043||100.0||+65.64||$ 85,987.20|
|Total rejected ballots||395||0.83||−0.27|
|Ontario general election, 1995: Ottawa Centre|
|Liberal||Richard Patten||11,150||39.26||+0.98||$ 44,245.00|
|New Democratic||Evelyn Gigantes||9,438||33.23||−14.47||39,455.24|
|Progressive Conservative||Chris Thompson||6,715||23.64||+14.70||31,048.00|
|Natural Law||Ron Parker||365||1.29||0.00|
|Green||Andrew Van Iterson||349||1.23||−0.66||200.00|
|Independent||John C. Turmel||173||0.61||+0.08||0.00|
|Total valid votes||28,400||100.0||−6.72|
|Total rejected ballots||317||1.10|
|Ontario general election, 1990: Ottawa Centre|
|New Democratic||Evelyn Gigantes||14,522||47.70||+7.64|
|Progressive Conservative||Alex Burney||2,723||8.94||−1.8|
|Family Coalition||John Gray||809||2.66|
|Total valid votes||30,446||100.0||+3.54|
|Ontario general election, 1987: Ottawa Centre|
|New Democratic||Evelyn Gigantes||11,780||40.06||−3.39|
|Progressive Conservative||Greg Vezina||3,159||10.74||−18.51|
|Total valid votes||29,404||100.0||+7.46|
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- Allen, Gene (August 3, 1989). "Veterans bear load as 8 ministers cut in Peterson shuffle". The Globe and Mail. p. A1.
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- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014.
- Crone, Greg (January 31, 1996). "Conway pulls plug on bid for leadership of Liberals". The Windsor Star. p. A2.
- Abraham, Carolyn; Brennan, Richard (December 2, 1996). "Surprising McGuinty emerges from chaos". The Ottawa Citizen. p. A1.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999.
- Conway-Smith, Erin; Wilson, Candace (10 October 2003). "Patten to pursue pet projects". Centretown News.
- Boyle, Theresa (June 26, 2001). "MPP with cancer questions long delays for treatment; Tells Legislature of 9-week wait for CAT scan". Toronto Star. p. A06.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003.
- "Ottawa MPP Patten to retire from politics". CBC News. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 2014-05-27.