Peter Kormos – 1952 to 2013
A Foreword by Doug Draper, reporter and publisher, Niagara At Large
September 6th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
The late great MPP for Niagara Centre and all-round voice for everyday working families, Peter Korms
If the former Niagara Centre MPP and Niagara Regional Council member for Welland was still alive, I am sure no one would be more active in their efforts to remind us who built this region and this country with their blood, sweat and tears than Peter Kormos
Like all too few politicians around today, Peter Kormos was the real deal – a fearless voice for ordinary working people and their families, regardless of how much blow back he received from others, including leaders of the NDP, where he landed a home after the late, great Mel Swart retired in 1988.
I grew up in the same city Peter Kormos did and wrote this piece shortly after he died. It appeared in other venues at time, although I can’t now remember which ones.
On this Labour Day, I miss the likes of Peter Kormos more than ever. Had he lived on, I am sure he would have done his best to tear to ribbons the Caslin cabal at Niagara Region and, as one of the champions for creating Ontario’s Greenbelt, would be leading the fight now against Premier Doug Ford’s ongoing efforts to deconstruct our province’s conservation and environmental protection rules.
Here is my 2013 tribute to Peter Kormos –
Remembering Peter Kormos: A rebel with a cause
By Doug Draper
“A working class hero is something to be.” – a lyric by John Lennon
“I don’t change my values the way some people change their socks.” – Peter Kormos
Peter Kormos, a Niagara regional councillor and former NDP MPP in Ontario, died suddenly on Friday at the age of sixty. Tributes and condolences have poured in from friends and former colleagues. In remembrance of Peter Kormos, we are pleased to share this in-depth profile, first published by Niagara at Large.
Peter Kormos being dragged away by police at a 1960s protest for public access to our lakeshores at Sherkston Beach on Lake Erie –from the photo collection of Peter Kormos
In the dimly lit banquet room of Club Social on Welland’s gritty east side, a raucous chant of “Peter, Peter, Peter” rolls up from the floor. It is the night of the October, 2003 provincial election and, to no one’s surprise, the numbers on a nearby tote board show Peter Kormos leading his nearest challenger by a margin of two to one.
Kormos, in this election, is one of only seven New Democratic Party candidates across Ontario to survive what some political pundits are describing as a “catastrophic night” for the NDP – leaving it one seat short of the number it needs to hold on to official party status. But there is no hint of catastrophe at Club Social on this night. Continue reading