Wiseman was educated at Smiths Falls College, and worked as a farmer and small businessman. He developed a prominent cow-calf business in the region, and later opened a chain of discount shoe stores. Wiseman was also a public school board chair, and a trustee of St. Paul's United Church in Perth, Ontario.
Wiseman was appointed as a minister without portfolio in Davis's government on January 21, 1978, and on August 30, 1979 was promoted to Minister of Government Services. His tenure in office proved to be unexpectedly controversial. Some senior government officials such as Hugh Segal claimed he was ineffective in cabinet, contributing almost nothing to policy debates. Within the Department of Government Services, some... Read More