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Elizabeth Witmer, BA (born October 16, 1946 in Schiedam, The Netherlands) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1990, originally representing Waterloo North and later Kitchener—Waterloo for the Progressive Conservative Party. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Schiedam (population 75,619 in 2004) is a city in South Holland, in the west of the Netherlands. ... The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal it began, loyal it remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th)  - Land 917,741 km²  - Water 158,654 km² (14. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kitchener—Waterloo is both a federal electoral district and a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario, also known as Tories) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ...


Witmer moved with her family to Ontario at a young age. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and later attended the Althouse College of Education. She did postgraduate work at the University of Waterloo. Witmer worked as a secondary school teacher from 1968 to 1980, in West Lorne, London and Guelph. She was named the "Kitchener-Waterloo Woman of the Year" in 1968. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... The University of Western Ontario is located in London, Ontario, Canada. ... The University of Waterloo, also known as UWaterloo, UW, or simply Waterloo, is a medium-sized research-intensive public university in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Motto: Nickname: The Forest City City of London, Ontario, Canada location. ... Guelph (pronounced gwělf) (2004 population 125,872, metropolitan population 155,635) is a city located in southwestern Ontario, Canada, roughly 100 kilometres west of downtown Toronto along Ontario provincial highway 401. ...


Witmer began her political career as a school trustee, serving on the Waterloo County Board of Education from 1980 to 1990; she became its Chair in 1984. She first ran for the Ontario legislature in the 1987 election, but was defeated by incumbent Ontario Liberal Party Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Herbert Epp in Waterloo North. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... David Petersons Liberals were returned to power with a large majority. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Herbert Arnold Epp (born August 31, 1934 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


Epp retired before the 1990 provincial election, and Witmer again won the Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding. She was successful this time, defeating New Democrat Hugh Miller and Liberal Andrew Telegdi (later a federal [[Memeber of Parliament]). The NDP scored an upset victory in this election while the Progressive Conservatives won only 20 of 130 seats for third-party status. As a result of serious scandals, David Petersons Liberal government was defeated by a large protest vote. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... Hugh Miller (1802 - 1856) was a Scottish geologist and writer. ... The Honourable Andrew Telegdi, PC , MP (born May 28, 1946 in Budapest, Hungary) is an Liberal Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. ...


There was a significant swing to the Progressive Conservatives in the 1995 provincial election, and Witmer was re-elected by more than 17000 votes over her nearest opponent. On June 26, 1995, she was appointed Minister of Labour in the government of Mike Harris. In October 1997, she was promoted to the key portfolio of Minister of Health, replacing the more confrontational Jim Wilson. Bob Raes Ontario New Democratic Party government was defeated by voters, who are angry at the mistakes made by the inexperienced NDP, and frustrated by rising taxes and unemployment. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jim Wilson (born April 4, 1963 in Alliston, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


Harris's government was initially regarded by many as uniformly right-wing, although moderate Red Tory figures such as Witmer and Isabel Bassett eventually emerged in key portfolios. Witmer's appointment as Minister of Health was generally interpreted as signalling that the government desired a more moderate approach to negotiations with the health sector. Despite this, she presided over a controversial restructuring process which included a number of government cutbacks. Red Tory is a nickname given to a political tradition in Canadas conservative political parties. ... Isabel Bassett (born 1939) is a Canadian broadcaster. ...


Witmer was re-elected in the 1999 election, defeating Liberal Sean Strickland by just under 10,000 votes. On July 17, 1999 her portfolio was renamed the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and she focused her ministry's attention on community services and long-term care. Following a cabinet shuffle on February 8, 2001, she became Minister of the Environment. The Ontario general election of 1999 was held in the Canadian province of Ontario in the late spring of 1999. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


She ran in the 2002 PC leadership election to succeed Harris as Tory leader and Premier, but placed fourth on the first ballot and threw her support to the eventual winner, Ernie Eves. In April 2002, she was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Education. This page lists the results of leadership conventions within the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (known as the Conservative Party of Ontario before 1942). ... The Honourable Ernest Eves (born June 17, 1946) was the twenty-third Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada, from April 15, 2002, to October 23, 2003. ...


The 2003 election saw a significant backlash against the Conservative government. Witmer was re-elected in Kitchener—Waterloo (again defeating Strickland, this time by 1501 votes), but was one of only 24 Progressive Conservatives returned. Moreover, she is considered to be one of the few moderates in a caucus dominated by the right-wing of the party. She was named as deputy leader of the opposition, and serves as her party's critic on long-term care and women's issues. Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario general election of 2003 was held on October 2, 2003, to elect the 103 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


Witmer considered running to succeed Eves in the 2004 PC leadership election, but ultimately supported John Tory's successful candidacy instead. Tory re-appointed Witmer as deputy leader, and also named her as his chief policy developer for the 2007 Ontario election. Her appointment was considered a notable victory for the centrist wing of the party. On January 23, 2004, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Ernie Eves announced his intention to step down as leader before the fall of 2004. ... John Tory (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. ... The Ontario general election of 2007 is scheduled to be held on October 4, 2007 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


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