Steve Offer

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Steve Offer
Ontario MPP
In office
1985–1995
Preceded by Terry Jones
Succeeded by John Snobelen
Constituency Mississauga North
Personal details
Born (1949-11-04) November 4, 1949 (age 67)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Lyn
Children 4
Residence Brampton, Ontario
Occupation Lawyer

Steven Offer (born November 4, 1949) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1995 who represented the riding of Mississauga North. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of David Peterson.

Background[edit]

Offer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall.

Politics[edit]

He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1985 provincial election, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Terry Jones by 1,424 votes in Mississauga North.[1] The Liberal party formed a minority government after the election, and Offer served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations from June 26, 1985 to September 1987.

Offer was easily re-elected in the 1987 provincial election, in which the Liberal party won a landslide majority.[2] He continued serving as a parliamentary assistant until August 2, 1989, when he was promoted to cabinet as Solicitor General.[3]

In 1990, Offer was challenged for the Liberal nomination in Mississauga North by a representative of the local Sikh community, who claimed that the Peterson government was insufficiently responsive to the concerns of minorities. He won the challenge, and was narrowly re-elected in the 1990 provincial election, defeating New Democratic Party candidate John Foster by 1,442 votes.[4] The Liberals lost the provincial election to the NDP, and Offer moved to the opposition benches. In opposition, he served as his party's critic for Labour and Environment.

The Progressive Conservatives won a majority government in the 1995 provincial election, and Offer lost to Tory candidate John Snobelen by over 4,000 votes.[5]

Cabinet posts[edit]

Provincial Government of David Peterson
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ian Scott Solicitor General
1989-1990
Mike Farnan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  2. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  3. ^ "Wrye gets new cabinet job". The Windsor Star. September 29, 1987. p. A1. 
  4. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. 

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