Wayne Wettlaufer

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Wayne Wettlaufer
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded byJohn Milloy
ConstituencyKitchener Centre
In office
Preceded byWill Ferguson
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Personal details
Born(1943-12-16)December 16, 1943
Kitchener, Ontario
DiedJune 21, 2015(2015-06-21) (aged 71)
Waterloo, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
OccupationInsurance manager

Wayne Wettlaufer (December 16, 1943 – June 21, 2015) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003. In 2014 he was elected as a regional councillor for Kitchener and he served in that position until his death in 2015.


Wettlaufer obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph. He worked as an insurance manager for K.W. Insurance in 1963, and as an insurance inspector for Waterloo Mutual and Gore Mutual, Ottawa in 1972. He was promoted to corporate marketing manager with Gore Mutual, Cambridge in 1980, and became a partner in the firm of Wettlaufer, Collins, Rankin Insurance Brokers in 1984. He remained a member of this firm until winning political office in 1995.


Wettlaufer was elected to the Ontario legislature for the riding of Kitchener in the provincial election of 1995, defeating Liberal candidate Bryan Stortz by over 3,000 votes.[1] The Progressive Conservatives won a majority government in this election and Wettlaufer served as a backbench supporter of the Mike Harris government.

In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of ridings from 130 to 103. This change meant that sitting MPPs had to compete against one another for re-nomination in some ridings. Wettlaufer ran for the Kitchener Centre PC nomination in 1999 defeating fellow PC member Gary Leadston.[2] Wettlaufer was re-elected in the provincial election of 1999, defeating Liberal Berry Vrbanovic by over 4,000 votes in the redistributed riding of Kitchener Centre.[3][4] He was appointed to the position of deputy whip after the election, and continued in his role as a backbencher throughout his time in the legislature.

As a backbencher, he passed a Private Member's Bill designating the day after Thanksgiving in each year as German Pioneers Day in Ontario.[5] In the provincial election of 2003, Wettlaufer lost to Liberal candidate John Milloy by just over 2,000 votes.[6]

Wettlaufer endorsed Frank Klees for the leadership of the Ontario PC Party in 2004 and 2009. In 2005, he vied for the PC nomination in the Federal riding of Kitchener-Conestoga. He lost to Harold Albrecht who went on to win the contest in the Canadian election of 2006.[7]

In 2012, as president of the Ontario chapter of the German-Canadian Congress, Wettlaufer defended accused war criminal Helmut Oberlander who was stripped of his Canadian citizenship. Wettlaufer said, "The court case did not prove beyond a doubt that he was a war criminal."[8] On July 3, 2013, Wettlaufer stirred controversy with a tweet, later deleted, that claimed female electors vote for the Liberal Party because they "get all their information from the Toronto Star" and are "less informed".[9][10]

He was a candidate in the provincial election of 2014 in his old riding of Kitchener Centre.[11] During the election campaign Wettlaufer contradicted his party platform during an all candidate debate when he said that public sector jobs would be cut entirely through attrition.[12] He was defeated by Liberal candidate Daiene Vernile by 6,913 votes.[13][14][15]

He was elected as a regional councillor for Kitchener in the 2014 election but served less than a year before his death on June 21, 2015.[16]

Electoral record[edit]

Waterloo Region - Regional Councillor for the City of Kitchener, 2014[17][note 1]
Candidate Votes
Karen Redman 28,616
Tom Galloway 24,866
Wayne Wettlaufer 17,471
Geoff Lorentz 17,005
Elizabeth Clarke 16,586
Cameron J. Dearlove 14,439
Greg Burns 8,331
2014 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Daiene Vernile 18,472 43.14 +3.91
Progressive Conservative Wayne Wettlaufer 11,550 26.98 -11.42
New Democratic Margaret Johnston 9,765 22.81 +3.99
Green Ronnie Smith 2,472 5.77 +3.38
Libertarian Patrick Bernier 557 1.30 +0.69
2003 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal John Milloy 18,280 42.60 +2.68
Progressive Conservative Wayne Wettlaufer 16,120 37.57 -12.58
New Democratic Ted Martin 6,781 15.80 +8.04
Green Luigi D'agnillo 1,728 4.03 +2.78
1999 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Wayne Wettlaufer 22,593
Liberal Berry Vrbanovic 17,984
New Democratic David Brohman 3,494
Green Susan Koswan 561
Natural Life Roy Anderson 204
Ind Irvine Conner 109
Marxist–Leninist Julian Ichim 107
1995 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Wayne Wettlaufer 13,374
Liberal Bryan Stortz 9,992
New Democratic Sandi Ellis 6,998
Family Coalition Lou Reitzel 2,111
Ind Bob Oberholtzer 612
Ind Frank Kerek 223



  1. ^ Four positions available.


  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995.
  2. ^ Urquhart, Ian (June 3, 1999). "Analysis The key ridings to watch for clues to who's winning". Toronto Star. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  4. ^ "Ontario Votes 2003". CBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  5. ^ "German Pioneers Day". German-Canadian Business & Professional Association of Kitchener-Waterloo. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  7. ^ Pink, Dave (May 12, 2005). "Region's candidates ready to go". The Record. Kitchener, Ont. p. A1.
  8. ^ Outhit, Jeff (May 5, 2012). "Oberlander in top 10 of war crimes suspects". Waterloo Region Record. p. A1.
  9. ^ "Ontario conservative candidate criticized for tweet". Global News. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Wayne Wettlaufer, Ontario PC Candidate, Enrages Twitter With Comment". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. ^ Herhalt, Chris (April 15, 2013). "Preparing for a provincial election: Local riding associations get ready in case spring budget is defeated, triggering vote". Waterloo Region Record. p. B1.
  12. ^ Herhalt, Chris (May 22, 2014). "Local candidate contradicts PC's pledge for public sector job cuts". Waterloo Region Record. p. B6.
  13. ^ "General Election by District: Kitchener Centre". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "Liberals secure big wins in Waterloo Region". CBC News. June 13, 2014.
  15. ^ Mercer, Greg (June 12, 2014). "Vernile celebrates victory in rookie campaign". Waterloo Region Record. Archived from the original on June 17, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Regional Councillor Wayne Wettlaufer dies at 71". CTV News. June 21, 2015.
  17. ^ "2014 Municipal Election Results: Regional Councillor" (PDF). City of Kitchener. p. 4.

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