Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the passing of Wayne Wettlaufer

Published on June 22, 2015

It is with great sadness that the Progressive Conservative family marks the recent passing of one of our own.

Wayne Wettlaufer, who served in the Legislative Assembly from 1995-2003 and carried our banner during the 2014 election, was a tireless advocate for the city of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region. He continued that work during his service on Waterloo Region's regional council.

Throughout Wayne’s time in the legislature he fought hard for the taxpayer, serving on a number of important committees including the Standing Committee on Estimates and the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. He also served our party as the government’s deputy whip between the years 1999 and 2003.

Wayne was very proud of his German heritage, and was extremely active in both the Kitchener and larger Canadian community. He was a past president of the German Canadian Congress and was an honorary member of Kitchener’s Concordia Club. In 2000, Wayne passed a private member’s bill honoring German Pioneers Day, celebrated every year immediately following Thanksgiving.

For his work in the community, Wayne was honored with the Queen`s Golden Jubilee Medal.

On behalf of the PC Party, I send my condolences to his wife Marilyn, his daughter Leanne, and the entire Wettlaufer Family.