Terry O'Connor (Canadian politician)

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Terry O'Connor
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by James Snow
Succeeded by Doug Carrothers
Constituency Oakville
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halton
In office
Preceded by Rud L. Whiting
Succeeded by Frank Philbrook
Personal details
Born (1940-03-24) March 24, 1940 (age 77)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party PC (Canada), 1972-1974
PC (Ontario), 1985-1987
Residence Oakville, Ontario
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Profession Lawyer

Terrance Patrick O'Connor, QC (born March 24, 1940) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the House of Commons of Canada from 1972 to 1974, and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1987. O'Connor was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. From 1993 to 2015 he was a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.


O'Connor was born in Toronto, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar in 1966. He served as executive assistant to Attorney General of Ontario Allan Lawrence.[1]


O'Connor was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1972 federal election, defeating Liberal incumbent Rud Whiting by 2,221 votes in Halton.[2] The election was won by the Liberals under Pierre Trudeau, and O'Connor served as an opposition member for two years. He lost to Liberal Frank Philbrook by 1,911 votes in the 1974 election.[3]

Eleven years later, O'Connor was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1985 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Doug Carrothers by 687 votes in Oakville.[4] The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario won a narrow minority government in this election under Frank Miller's leadership, and was soon defeated in the legislature. In opposition, O'Connor served as his party's critic for Justice and the Attorney General. He was defeated in the 1987 election, losing to Doug Carrothers by 1,291 votes.[5]

Federal (Halton)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Terry O'Connor 22,640 43.7 +9.7
Liberal Rud L. Whiting 20,419 39.4 -8.7
New Democratic Carolyn Holstein 8,725 16.8 -1.0
Total valid votes 51,784 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frank Philbrook 23,520 45.2 +5.8
Progressive Conservative Terry O'Connor 21,609 41.5 -2.2
New Democratic Archibald Brown 6,887 13.2 -3.6
Total valid votes 52,016 100.0

Ontario (Oakville South)[edit]

Ontario general election, 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Terry O'Connor 14,265 41.7
Liberal Doug Carrothers 13,578 39.6
New Democratic Kevin Flynn 4,390 12.8
Green Chris Kowalchuk 2,008 5.9
Total valid votes 34,241 100.0
Ontario general election, 1987
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Doug Carrothers 13,241 44.7 +5.1
Progressive Conservative Terry O'Connor 11,950 40.3 -1.4
New Democratic Tim Cooper 3,080 10.4 -2.4
Green Chris Kowalchuk 1,357 4.6 -1.3
Total valid votes 29,628 100.0

Judicial record[edit]

In 1993, O'Connor was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.[6][7] In 1997 he was appointed as a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories and the Nunavut Court of Justice.[6] He retired in 2015 at the age of 75.[6]


  1. ^ "Three seek Tory ticket". Acton Free Press. 2 February 1972. p. 1. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "How the 1,117 candidates fared across Canada". The Toronto Star. October 31, 1972. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "How the party candidates fared across the country". The Toronto Star. July 9, 1974. p. A12. 
  4. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  6. ^ a b c "Orders in Council P.C. 1993-1267, 1997-1804 and 2011-0071 (appointments to positions)". June 10, 1993. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Judges of the Superior Court of Justice by Region". Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 

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