(born March 16, 1942) is a politician
in Ontario, Canada
. He was a Progressive Conservative
member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
from 1995 to 2003.
Hastings has degrees from the University of Western Ontario
(1963) and the University of Toronto
(1967). He worked as a political researcher, and as a teacher in Ontario's Secondary School system. In 1975, he worked as executive assistant to provincial cabinet minister Lorne Henderson
. Hastings was a member of the Worker's Compensation Board from 1977 to 1994, and also served on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Study of Antisocial behaviour in Youth before entering public life.
Hastings ran for the City of Toronto
's Hydro Commission in 1985, and was elected on the second position. He was elected to the Etobicoke
City Council in 1988, and held this position until 1995.
Hastings was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1995 provincial election
, defeating long-serving New Democrat Ed Philip
by fewer than 1,000 votes in Etobicoke—Rexdale
. He was not appointed to the cabinet
of Mike Harris
, and remained a government backbencher for his entire tenure in the legislature.
In the 1999 provincial election
, Hastings ran for re-election in the redistributed riding of Etobicoke North
, and retained his seat with less than 40% of the popular vote. Hastings's riding was targeted by both the Liberals
and NDP, and many believe that "vote-splitting" among the opposition parties caused his... Read More