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David Peterson

The Hon. David Peterson
Personal data
Date of birthDecember 28, 1943(age 73)
Place of birthToronto, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
SpouseShelley Peterson
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
20th Premier of Ontario
In officeJune 26, 1985 - October 1, 1990
GovernorJohn Black Aird, Lincoln Alexander
Lieutenant GovernorJohn Black Aird, Lincoln Alexander
Succeeded byBob Rae
Preceded byFrank Miller
MPP for
London Centre
In office1975 - 1990
Succeeded byMarion Boyd
Preceded byriding created
25th Ontario Liberal Party Leader
In office1982 - 1990
Succeeded byRobert Nixon
Preceded byStuart Smith
23rd Leader of the Opposition in the Ontario Legislature
In office1982 - 1985
Succeeded byFrank Miller
Preceded byRobert Nixon
Chancellor of the University of Toronto
Assumed office2006
Preceded byVivienne Poy

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David Robert Peterson, PC, O.Ont (born December 28, 1943) was the 20th Premier of the Province of Ontario, Canada, from June 26, 1985 to October 1, 1990. He was the first Liberal premier of Ontario in 42 years.

Peterson is married to actress Shelley Peterson, and is the younger brother of Jim Peterson, formerly a federal Liberal MP and cabinet minister. Both his sister-in-law Deb Matthews and Tim Peterson, a third brother, were elected to the Ontario legislature in the 2003 provincial electiondeb matthews was re elected in 2007 and 2011. He has three children named Benjamin, Chloe and Adam.


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