Wayne Arthurs (politician)

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Wayne Arthurs
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Tracy MacCharles
Constituency Pickering—Scarborough East
In office
Preceded by Janet Ecker
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge
Mayor of Pickering, Ontario
In office
City Councillor in Pickering, Ontario
In office
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Political party Liberal
Residence Pickering, Ontario
Occupation Teacher

Wayne Arthurs (born c. 1948) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2011 who represented the ridings of Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge and Pickering—Scarborough East.


Arthurs has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He worked as a teacher and a guidance counsellor.[1]


Arthurs was a member of the Pickering municipal council from 1982 to 1988. In 1988 he was elected as Mayor of the city. He defeated former Conservative MPP George Ashe.[2] He stayed on as mayor until 2003. He was also a member of the Durham Regional Council.

Arthurs was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 2003, defeating high-profile Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Janet Ecker by 1010 votes.[3] Arthurs was still mayor of Pickering at the time of the election and was still registered for the municipal election that was being held later in 2003. Arthurs resigned as mayor soon after he won the election.[4] He was re-elected in 2007.[5]

During his time in office Arthurs remained on the backbench but served as Parliamentary Assistant to several ministries including Minister of Finance and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2010 he announced his intention to retire from politics.[1]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wayne Arthurs 24,970 45.76 +11.48
Progressive Conservative Janet Ecker 23,960 43.91 -14.28
New Democratic Vern Edwards 3,690 6.76 +1.05
Green Adam Duncan 1,946 3.57 +2.14
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Wayne Arthurs 19,762 48.6 +2.84
Progressive Conservative Diana Hall 12,927 31.8 -12.11
New Democratic Andrea Moffat 4,531 11.1 +4.34
Green Anita Lalchan 2,575 6.3 +2.73
Libertarian Josh Insang 380 0.9
Independent John Newell 268 0.7
Family Coalition Mitchell Andrew Persaud 229 0.6


  1. ^ a b Calis, Kristen (December 8, 2010). "Longtime Pickering politician calls it quits". Oshawa This Week. Metroland Media. 
  2. ^ Mascoll, Phil; Irish, Paul (November 15, 1988). "Arthurs beats George Ashe in battle to head Pickering". Toronto Star. p. B5. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. 
  4. ^ Josey, Stan (September 29, 2003). "Back-to-back winners?; Pickering mayor hedges his bets Campaign leader joins one of 2 races". Toronto Star. p. B3. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 12 (xxi). 

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