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Patrick Michael Hayes

Pat Hayes
Mayor of Lakeshore, Ontario
In office
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Pat Hoy
Constituency Essex—Kent
In office
Preceded by Richard Ruston
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Essex North
Personal details
Born Patrick Michael Hayes
(1942-10-26)October 26, 1942
Maidstone Township, Ontario
Died May 2, 2011(2011-05-02) (aged 68)
Essex County, Ontario
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Rose Claire Hayes
Children 5
Occupation Health and safety coordinator

Patrick "Pat" Michael Hayes (October 26, 1942 - May 2, 2011) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1987, and again from 1990 to 1995.


  • Background 1
  • Provincial politics 2
  • Municipal politics 3
  • Later life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Hayes was born in Maidstone Township, Ontario. He was the 13th child in a family of 18 children. He did not complete high school, instead he got a job at Ford Motors. Hayes reflected on his early life choices. He said, "When I was a teenager it was one of those cases where if you wanted a new pair of pants, or shoes, you had to go to work for them."[1] By the time he was 25 he was plant health and safety representative for the Canadian Auto Workers. He lived in Essex County, Ontario where he and his wife Rose Claire raised five children.[1]

Provincial politics

Hayes was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1985 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Jack Morris by about 1,300 votes in Essex North.[2] He served as the NDP critic for Transportation and Communications, Tourism and Recreation, and Agriculture in the parliament that followed.

The Liberals won a landslide majority in the 1987 provincial election, and Hayes his seat lost to Liberal MPP Jim McGuigan, by 1,113 votes in the redistributed riding of Essex—Kent.[3] He ran against McGuigan again in the 1990 election, this time defeating him by 5,890 votes amid a provincial victory for the NDP under Bob Rae.[4] He served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Food from 1990 to 1993, and to the Minister of Municipal Affairs from 1993 to 1995.

In 1994, Hayes 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.[5] By the 2003 campaign, he had changed his mind on this issue.

The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Hayes finished third, 2,293 votes behind the winning candidate, Liberal Pat Hoy.[6] He sought a return to the legislature in the 2003 provincial election, but, although he was generally seen as a strong candidate, he lost to Liberal incumbent Bruce Crozier by about 8,000 votes in the riding of Essex.[7]

Municipal politics

Hayes was mayor of Lakeshore, Ontario from 1997 to 2003, and was generally regarded as a popular figure within that community.[1] He managed the campaign of Taras Natyshak, a family friend and NDP candidate in Essex in the 2006 and 2008 federal elections.[8]

Later life

Hayes died in 2011 after a long battle with lung cancer. He is buried in St. Mary`s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Essex County, Ontario.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Thompson, Chris (May 4, 2011). "Hayes always put 'other people first'". The Windsor Star. p. A2. 
  2. ^ Coleman, John (May 17, 1985). "Board hid new plans until after election". The Windsor Star. p. A4. 
  3. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  4. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  5. ^ "How MPPs voted on controversial legislation". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1994. p. A10. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Hayes mourned". The Windsor Star. May 3, 2011. p. A2. 

External links

  • Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History
  • Tribute in the Legislative Assembly
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