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Hon. Peter Fonseca

In office
October 23, 2003 – October 29, 2007
Preceded by Carl De Faria
Succeeded by riding dissolved

Assumed office 
October 30, 2007
Preceded by new district

Assumed office 
September 18, 2008
Preceded by Brad Duguid

Born October 5, 1966
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Liberal
Residence Mississauga, Ontario
Occupation athlete, management consultant

Peter Fonseca (born October 5, 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville for the Ontario Liberal Party.

Fonseca was raised in Toronto, and attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship. He also has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor. He represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia as a marathon runner. He was the top finisher for the Canadians, placing 21st overall in a 26.2 mile race with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. He also placed second in the 1994 Toronto Marathon and the 1994 Houston Marathon, and third in the 1992 New York Marathon and the 1990 Los Angeles Marathon. He is a recipient of the Fred Bagley Memorial Trophy, given to long distance runners in Canada.

Fonseca was later a senior performance management consultant for the Coach Corporation, and has run a successful importing and distributing company in Portugal. He has also done fundraising work for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Fonseca was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 2003, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria by about 3000 votes in Mississauga East. On October 23, 2003, he was named parliamentary assistant to George Smitherman, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. In July 2005, he became the parliamentary assistant to Jim Watson, the Minister of Health Promotion.

In October 2007, Fonseca was named to cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Recreation.

In a Cabinet shuffle on September 18, 2008[1], Peter was appointed as the province's Minister of Labour.

Electoral record

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Peter Fonseca 16,686 48.68 +9.69
     Progressive Conservative Carl DeFaria 13,832 40.35 -11.23
     New Democrat Michael Hancock 2,479 7.23 -0.01
     Green Donald Barber 666 1.94
     Family Coalition Gary Nail 358 1.04
     Independent Pierre Chénier 256 0.75
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Peter Fonseca 22,207 59.0% N/A
     Progressive Conservative Zoran Churchin 8,687 23.1% N/A
     New Democrat Satish Balasunderam 3,184 8.5% N/A
     Green Carla Cassanova 2,355 6.3% N/A
     Family Coalition Al Zawadzki 979 2.6% N/A
     Freedom Ryan Jamieson 243 0.7% N/A

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Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Brad Duguid Minister of Labour
Jim Bradley Minister of Tourism
Monique Smith


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