Osie Villeneuve

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Osie F. Villeneuve (June 28, 1906—September 25, 1983) was a longtime politician in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Canadian House of Commons, and was an elected representative almost continuously from the 1940s until his death.

Villeneuve was born in Maxville, Ontario, and educated in the area. He worked as a livestock dealer, served on the local school board on council, and was reeve of the Maxville in 1948.

He first sought election to the Ontario legislature in the 1945 provincial election. He ran for the Progressive Conservative Party, and lost to Liberal candidate Edmund A. MacGillivray by 1,613 votes in Glengarry. He ran again in the 1948 election, and defeated MacGillivray by 1,788 votes. Villeneuve served as a government backbencher until Thomas Laird Kennedy and Leslie Frost, and won re-election in the Progressive Conservative landslides of 1951 and 1955.

Villeneuve resigned from the provincial legislature in May 1957 to run federally, as a candidate of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was successful, defeating Liberal incumbent Raymond Bruneau by 1,580 votes in Glengarry—Prescott in the 1957 election. He served as a backbench supporter of John Diefenbaker's minority government for a year, and defeated Bruneau a second time in the Progressive Conservative landslide of 1958.

He was defeated in the 1962 election, losing to Liberal Viateur Ethier by 2,857 votes. Villeneuve then returned to the Ontario...
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