Ron Hansen (politician)

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Ron Hansen
Ontario MPP
In office
1990–1995
Preceded byHarry Pelissero
Succeeded byFrank Sheehan
ConstituencyLincoln
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.

Background[edit]

Hansen worked as a stationary engineer before entering political life.

Politics[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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