Noble Villeneuve

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Noble Villeneuve
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byOsie Villeneuve
Succeeded byRiding abolished[a]
Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry and East Grenville (1995-1999)
Personal details
Born(1938-08-01)August 1, 1938
Cornwall, Ontario
DiedFebruary 28, 2018(2018-02-28) (aged 79)
Alexandria, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
RelationsOsie Villeneuve (cousin)

Noble Alfred Villeneuve (August 1, 1938 – February 28, 2018) was a politician in Ontario, Canada.[1] He was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1983 to 1999, and served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Frank Miller and Mike Harris.


Noble Villeneuve was a strong advocate for farmers across Ontario. Villeneuve was a beef and cash crop farmer on Dyer Road in Maxville, Ontario, as well as a farm real estate appraiser. He served as First Vice-President of the Ontario Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Villeneuve's daughter, Roxane Villeneuve, was the Progressive Conservative Party candidate for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in the 2014 provincial election, second place against the incumbent Grant Crack.


Villeneuve was elected to the Ontario legislature in a by-election held on December 15, 1983, called after the death of Osie Villeneuve no relation. Running in the riding of Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry, he defeated Liberal candidate Johnny Whitteker by more than 4,000 votes.[2] He was re-elected by about the same margin in the 1985 provincial election.[3] He endorsed Dennis Timbrell for the party leadership in 1985.

The Progressive Conservative government of Frank Miller was re-elected in the 1985 election, but was reduced to minority status. Villeneuve was appointed to cabinet as a minister without portfolio on May 17, 1985. The PC government was short-lived and was defeated in the house a month later.[4] For the party's November 1985 leadership convention, he shifted his support from Timbrell to Larry Grossman.[5] In the 1987 election, Villeneuve defeated his Liberal opponent by only 607 votes.[6] He was re-elected by a greater margin in the 1990 election,[7] and won a landslide victory in the 1995 election as his party returned to power with a majority government.[8]

Villeneuve was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs with responsibility for Francophone Affairs on June 26, 1995.[9] He held these positions until the 1999 election. Villeneuve was not regarded as one of the more right-wing figures in the Harris cabinet, though his government presided over considerable funding cutbacks in the agriculture department and the elimination of local representatives. However, Villeneuve made his mark during the 1998 Eastern Ontario Ice Storm where he provided farmers with funding to purchase necessary generators to keep their farms afloat and most importantly, to enable farmers to continue milking their cows during the lengthy power outage. His efforts as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs didn't go unnoticed. The ministry became one of the top ministries under his reign as Minister.

In 1996, the Harris government reduced the number of provincial ridings from 130 to 103. This change meant that a number of sitting Members of Provincial Parliament had to compete against one another for re-election. Villeneuve faced incumbent Liberal John Cleary in the new riding of Stormont—Dundas—Charlottenburgh, and lost by only 562 votes in a closely watched contest.[10]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Mike Harris
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Elmer Buchanan Minister of Agriculture and Food
Also responsible for Francophone Affairs
Ernie Hardeman

After politics[edit]

In 2000, Villeneuve was appointed a Justice of the Peace. However he suffered a non-fatal but severe stroke in 2002. He resided at home with his wife Elaine as his caregiver for approximately 14yrs, then moved to the Maxville Manor where he resided for 2yrs prior to his death on Feb. 28, 2018.[11][12]



  1. ^ Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry was abolished in 1995. Villeneuve was the only member for Stormont—Dundas—Glengarry and East Grenville which was abolished in 1999.


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  2. ^ "Conservative wins by-election handily in Eastern Ontario". The Globe and Mail. December 16, 1983. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13.
  4. ^ "The new Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. May 18, 1985. p. 11.
  5. ^ Christie, Alan (October 15, 1985). "Grossman draws Tories left, right, centre". Toronto Star. p. A1.
  6. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2.
  7. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  9. ^ "Mike Harris' cabinet". The Spectator. Hamilton, Ont. June 27, 1995. p. A7.
  10. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  11. ^ Guly, Christopher (February 13, 2003). "Cain signs on as justice of the peace". The Ottawa Citizen. p. D3.
  12. ^ Tobin, Anne-Marie (August 26, 2010). "One in 6 caregivers to ailing seniors in Canada is in distress: study". The Canadian Press.

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