Ron Hansen (politician)

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Ron Hansen
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byHarry Pelissero
Succeeded byFrank Sheehan
Personal details
Born (1943-05-27) May 27, 1943 (age 76)
Welland, Ontario
Political partyNew Democrat
OccupationStationary engineer

Ron Hansen (born May 27, 1943) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995.


Hansen worked as a stationary engineer before entering political life.


In 1987 Hansen ran as the New Democratic Party candidate in the riding of Lincoln and finished third against Liberal Harry Pelissero in the provincial election of 1987.[1]

The NDP won a majority government in the 1990 provincial election, and Hansen defeated Pelissero by 1,012 votes in a rematch from 1987,[2] he served as a backbench supporter of the government of Bob Rae for the next five years. He was not awarded any posts such as parliamentary assistant or chair of a lelgislative committee because he refused to 'toe the party line' on government bills.[3]

In 1994, Hansen was one of twelve NDP members to vote against Bill 167, a bill extending financial benefits to same-sex partners. Premier Bob Rae allowed a free vote on the bill which allowed members of his party to vote with their conscience.[4]

The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Hansen finished third in his bid for re-election, behind Pelissero and the winner, Progressive Conservative Frank Sheehan.[5]


  1. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2.
  2. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.
  3. ^ Dowd, Eric (November 19, 1991). "Rae shows it's his way or highway". The Windsor Star. p. A7.
  4. ^ "How MPPs voted on controversial legislation". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1994. p. A10.
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02.[permanent dead link]

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