Paul Wessenger

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Paul Wessenger
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byBruce Owen
Succeeded byJoe Tascona
ConstituencySimcoe Centre
Personal details
Born (1937-12-25) December 25, 1937 (age 81)
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Political partyNew Democrat

Paul Wessenger (born December 25, 1937) is a former Canadian politician in Ontario. He was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995 who represented the central Ontario riding of Simcoe Centre.


Wessenger attended the University of Toronto, receiving a law degree. He worked as a lawyer in Toronto for four and a half years, and then practiced in Barrie, Ontario for a further twenty-one years.[1] From 1973 to 1976 he served as an alderman within Barrie.[2] There is a street in Barrie named after him.[3]


He ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, coming a close second to Progressive Conservative incumbent Art Evans in the riding of Simcoe Centre.[4] He ran again in the 1977 provincial election, losing to the PC candidate George William Taylor by a greater margin.[5]

Wessenger ran for the House of Commons of Canada as a candidate for the federal New Democratic Party in the 1980 federal election, but finished third in the riding of Simcoe South.[6] He ran a third provincial campaign in the 1985 provincial election, but again lost to PC candidate Earl Rowe.[7]

The NDP won a majority government in the 1990 provincial election, and Wessenger, running for a fourth time in Simcoe Centre, defeated incumbent Liberal Bruce Owen by almost 3,000 votes.[8] He served as parliamentary assistant to the Attorney General from 1991 to 1995 and to the Minister of Health for the remainder of his time in office.[9]

In 1992, Wessenger and Jack Layton travelled the province to seek public consultation on changes to Ontario's Public Hospitals Act.[10]

The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Wessenger finished third against PC candidate Joe Tascona.[11]


  1. ^ Hain, Bruce (July 20, 2005). "Tascona tops MPPs for expenses". Barrie - Advance. p. 3.
  2. ^ Ferguson, Jock (April 18, 1985). "PCB storage in Barrie becomes election issue". The Globe and Mail. p. M5.
  3. ^ "Wessenger Drive". Google Maps. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12.
  5. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9.
  6. ^ "Election '80". The Toronto Star. February 19, 1987. p. B7.
  7. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13.
  8. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.
  9. ^ van Wageningen, Ellen (August 20, 1992). "Volunteer hospital boards defended at hearing". The Windsor Star. p. A5.
  10. ^ Sumi, Craig (June 23, 1992). "Jo Brant beefs? Come out Aug. 12 Ministry mulls changes to Public Hospitals Act". The Hamilton Spectator. p. T2.
  11. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

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