(born May 4
) is a politician
in Ontario, Canada
. He is the current mayor of the Township of Brock, Ontario
. He also served as a New Democratic Party
member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Before entering political life, O'Connor was a member of the political action committee of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 222 in Oshawa.
O'Connor was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1990 provincial election, defeating Liberal incumbent Bill Ballinger by 1,230 votes in the riding of Durham—York.
The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, having lost much of their support base in the Greater Toronto Area. O'Connor, running for re-election, finished a distant second against Progressive Conservative Julia Munro.
O'Connor was elected as a Durham regional councillor in 1997, later becoming chair of the region's Health and Social Services committee and president of the Association of Public Health Agencies (alPHa) in the Durham region. He was elected mayor of Brock in 2006.
He planned to run for the federal New Democratic Party in Oshawa in the 2004 federal election, but lost the NDP nomination to Sid Ryan.
In 2002–03, O'Connor supported Bill Blaikie for the leadership of the federal NDP. He is not related to Whitby Conservative Ryan O'Connor.