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Dr Elsie Eleanor Wayne (Fairweather)

Birthplace: Shediac, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada
Death: August 23, 2016 (84)
Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada
Place of Burial: Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Clyde Paxton Lee Fairweather and Ada Catherine Fairweather
Wife of Allan Morris Barnes and Private
Sister of Paul Raymond Fairweather; Lee Andrew Fairweather; Ralph Rowland Fairweather; Kenneth Clair Fairweather; Unknown Fairweather and 3 others

Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Dr Elsie Eleanor Wayne


Elsie Eleanore Wayne (née Fairweather; April 20, 1932 – August 23, 2016) was a Canadian politician who served as a Progressive Conservative member of parliament for Saint John from 1993 to 2004. She was born in Shediac, New Brunswick.

Political career

In 1977, she was elected to the Saint John municipal council. In 1983, she became the first female mayor of Saint John, and became extremely popular in that city.

In the 1993 federal election, she ran as the governing Progressive Conservative Party's candidate in the riding of Saint John. In this election, the Tories suffered the worst ever defeat for a governing party at the federal level in Canada. Wayne was one of only two Tories elected nationwide, the other being Jean Charest. She was also the only non-Liberal elected in Atlantic Canada that year. She was elected by 4,000 votes, but never faced another contest nearly that close.

In 1998, when Charest resigned the leadership of the PC party to become leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, Wayne was appointed the PC party's interim leader, a post she held until former Prime Minister Joe Clark was elected party leader later that year.

She supported the merger of the Progressive Conservatives (led by Peter MacKay) and the Canadian Alliance (led by Stephen Harper) in 2003.

Wayne announced her retirement from politics on February 16, 2004 and did not run for re-election in the 2004 election to the House of Commons of Canada.

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Dr Elsie Eleanor Wayne's Timeline

April 20, 1932
Shediac, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada
August 23, 2016
Age 84
Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada
Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada