Ian Deans

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Ian Deans
Member of Parliament
for Hamilton Mountain
In office
Preceded by Duncan Beattie
Succeeded by Marion Dewar
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Don Ewen
Succeeded by Colin Isaacs
Constituency Wentworth
Personal details
Born (1937-08-16) August 16, 1937 (age 80)
Kilmarnock, Scotland
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Diane Deans
Residence Hamilton, Ontario
Occupation Firefighter, Draftsman
Religion United Church of Canada

Ian Deans (born August 16, 1937) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a New Democratic member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1967 to 1979 and was a member of the Federal Parliament from 1980 to 1986.


Born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, Deans moved to Canada as a youth and found work as a firefighter.

Provincial politics

He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as an New Democratic Member in the 1967 provincial election representing the Hamilton area riding of Wentworth.[1]

In 1970, he favoured a resolution that would force The Waffle, a radical left wing group within the party, to be expelled. Deans objected to the organization because it recruited its own members, raised its own funds, and created its own policy, called 'The Manifesto'. He said, "You then become a political organization unto yourself."[2] The resolution passed at an NDP convention in 1972.[3] In 1970, Deans broke with most of his colleagues by expressing support for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's implementation of the War Measures Act during the FLQ Crisis.

In 1978, he ran in the Ontario NDP leadership convention to succeed Stephen Lewis. Deans' earlier support for the War Measures Act became a point of contention and he recanted his position saying he was wrong and had regretted it ever since.[4] Initially projected to be the front runner, he lost by less than 200 votes to Michael Cassidy. Deans resigned from the legislature the next year.

Federal politics

Deans moved to federal politics and won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons during the 1980 federal election representing Hamilton Mountain.[5]

He served as House Leader for the New Democratic Party during the illness of Stanley Knowles, and became official House Leader following the 1984 federal election.[6]

In the fall of 1986, he surprised colleagues by accepting a job from Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as an administrator in the public service sector.

Later life

In 2007, Deans returned to politics and was acclaimed as the federal NDP's candidate in Brant. However, due to the onset of Parkinson's disease, he dropped out of the race and moved back to Hamilton and said in an interview that he may run in the Hamilton Municipal Election in 2010 if his Parkinson's hasn't progressed any farther.[7]

On September 2, 2010, Deans announced he would be running for mayor of Hamilton in the 2010 Municipal Election. He was quoted as saying, "The current city council 'a laughing stock' that has made it impossible to sell anything to do with Hamilton."[8] At the last minute, he changed his mind, withdrew from the Mayoral race and ran instead for the position of Ward 2 (Downtown) Councillor in a field of 20 candidates after the incumbent councillor, Bob Bratina, decided to run for Mayor. Deans finished in eighth place with 231 votes (3%).[9]


  1. Canadian Press (October 18, 1967). "Tories win, but...". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. B2. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. Slinger, John (November 30, 1971). "Supports Hamilton Mountain resolution: NDP MRP favors outlawing Waffle as organization". The Globe and Mail. p. 33. 
  3. Hoy, Claire (1972-06-26). "Waffle decides to defy NDP order to disband". The Toronto Star. Toronto. pp. 01, 03. 
  4. Webster, Norman (February 4, 1978). "Deans out front, but Cassidy close". The Globe and Mail. 
  5. "Federal general election results listed riding-by-riding". The Ottawa Citizen. February 19, 1987. pp. 29–30. 
  6. "How Canada voted". The Globe and Mail. September 5, 1984. pp. 14–15. 
  7. Newman, Mark (July 11, 2008). "Ian Deans considers comeback". Hamilton Mountain News. 
  8. Newman, Mark (September 2, 2010). "The Return of Ian Deans". Stoney Creek News. 
  9. "Municipal election results". Hamilton Spectator. October 26, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 

External links