- This article refers to a Progressive Conservative MPP from London, Ontario. For the Liberal federal Member of Parliament from North Bay, Ontario in the same era, see Bob Wood (Liberal).
Bob Wood is a politician in Canada. He served as a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003.
Wood was educated at the University of Western Ontario, receiving a law degree in 1970. He practiced law in London, Ontario after his graduation, and was the proprietor of the firm Walker and Wood. He also served on the Board of Managers for St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and was the Board Chairman for the Western Ontario Therapeutic Community Hostel. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1984.
Wood first ran for the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1990, placing third in London South against incumbent Liberal Joan Smith and the winner, New Democrat David Winninger. He ran in the same riding in the 1995 provincial election, and easily defeated Winninger and Smith to become the riding's MPP. In the provincial election of 1999, he was re_elected over Liberal candidate Darrel Skidmore by only 294 votes in the redistributed riding of London West.
Wood was regarded as a maverick right-winger in the Progressive Conservative caucus. He supported the Reform Party of Canada at the federal level, and holds socially conservative opinions on several issues, including abortion. During his first term in the legislature, he introduced a bill which would have mandated a 45-day waiting period for couples wishing to marry, unless they agreed to complete eight hours of counselling. In 1999, he opposed a government grant to the group Anti_Racist Action, which he described as a leftist organization given to violence. It was probably for these reasons that Wood was never appointed to cabinet by Mike Harris or Ernie Eves. Wood also criticized his government's plans to reform the province's system of legal billing.
In the provincial election of 2003, Wood lost his seat to Liberal candidate Christopher Bentley by over 10,000 votes. He remains politically active in the London region, and in November 2004 criticized the Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty for its handling of London's hospital system.