Gerry Weiner
Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
In office
1982–1984
Preceded byJean Cournoyer
Succeeded byEd Janiszewski
Member of Parliament for Dollard
In office
1984–1988
Preceded byLouis Desmarais
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1987.
Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard
In office
1988–1993
Preceded byDistrict was created in 1987.
Succeeded byBernard Patry
Personal details
Born (1933-06-26) June 26, 1933 (age 88)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative (federal)

Gerald "Gerry" Weiner, PC (born June 26, 1933) is a Canadian politician.

A pharmacist educated at McGill University and the Université de Montréal, Weiner entered local politics and eventually became mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec in 1982. He was a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1984 election, winning a seat in the House of Commons of Canada as Member of Parliament for Dollard, Quebec in the Tory landslide that brought Brian Mulroney to power.

After serving for two years as a parliamentary secretary, Weiner was promoted to Prime Minister Mulroney's Cabinet as Minister of State for immigration. In 1988, he became Minister of State for Multiculturalism, and served in that position until 1991.

He was re-elected as MP for the new riding of Pierrefonds—Dollard in the 1988 election. In 1989, he became Secretary of State for Canada. From 1990 to 1993, he was Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship in the cabinets of Mulroney and his successor Kim Campbell. He lost his seat in the 1993 election that also defeated the Campbell government and reduced the Tories to two seats.

Weiner entered provincial politics, serving as president of the Equality Party, which was a party advocating the rights of anglophones in Quebec. In 1998, he was elected to the city council in Montreal as a member of the Vision Montreal party and a supporter of Mayor Pierre Bourque. Weiner served on the city's executive committee.

More recently, Weiner has returned to the private sector as an executive director of APS Global Partners. Weiner continues to practice as a pharmacist in Montreal. He is currently the president of the board of directors for The Centre For Literacy of Quebec; the national vice-president of the Friends of Haifa University; the chair of the board of directors of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation; a member board of directors of Mount Sinai Hospital and member of the board of directors of the Canada-India Business Council.[citation needed]

Electoral record

1993 Canadian federal election: Pierrefonds—Dollard
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Bernard Patry 39,974 64.98 $32,857
Bloc Québécois René de Cotret Opzoomer 10,712 17.41 $16,510
Progressive Conservative Gerry Weiner 8,106 13.18 $35,655
New Democratic Catherine J. Rideout-Erais 864 1.40 $117
Natural Law Ruby Finkelstein 480 0.78 $626
National Carlos Roldan 474 0.77 $2,105
Libertarian Hugh Rowe 410 0.67 $0
Equality Lionel Albert 386 0.63 $5,004
Commonwealth of Canada Glenford Charles 108 0.18 $0
Total valid votes 61,514 100.00
Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 925
Turnout 62,439 81.01
Electors on the lists 77,076
Source: Thirty-fifth General Election, 1993: Official Voting Results, Published by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Financial figures taken from official contributions and expenses provided by Elections Canada.
1988 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Gerry Weiner 27,532 49.77
Liberal Bernard Patry 22,244 40.21
New Democratic Pierre Razik 3,854 6.97
Rhinoceros Jean-François Lafond 856 1.55
Independent William Short 452 0.82
Libertarian Hugh Rowe 302 0.55
Commonwealth of Canada Michel Haddad 77 0.14
Total valid votes 55,317 100.00
1984 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes
Progressive Conservative Gerry Weiner 26,076
Liberal Louis Desmarais 21,451
New Democratic Sid Ingerman 6,619
Rhinoceros Rita Constantin-Truba 1,247
Parti nationaliste Gisèle Hurtubise 978
Libertarian Hugh Rowe 381
Commonwealth of Canada Pascal Galasso 104

References

Political offices Preceded byThe office was created in 1991. Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship 1991–1993 Succeeded byThe office was abolished in 1993.