|Preceded by||Ken Black|
|Succeeded by||Bill Grimmett|
|Political party||New Democrat|
Liberal since 1999
|Occupation||Auto shop owner|
Waters worked at the Bracebridge Alcan plant before 1990, and operated an auto repair and service shop in Baysville until 2006. He now manages properties on Lakes Muskoka and Rosseau and lives on HWY 118 West.
The NDP won a majority government in the 1990 provincial election and Waters was elected for the riding on his second try. He defeated Progressive Conservative Marilyn Rowe by just under 3,000 votes; Black finished third. Waters served as a parliamentary assistant from 1990 to 1995.
In 1994, Waters was one of twelve NDP members to vote against Bill 167, a bill extending financial benefits to same-sex partners. Premier Bob Rae allowed a free vote on the bill which allowed members of his party to vote with their conscience.
The NDP were defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Waters was defeated in his bid for re-election, finishing third against Progressive Conservative Bill Grimmett. He ran for the NDP again in the 1999 provincial election, but finished a distant third against PC candidate (and future Premier of Ontario) Ernie Eves in the redistributed riding of Parry Sound—Muskoka. In 2000, he unsuccessfully campaigned for a municipal seat in Lake of Bays Township.
After the 1999 election, Waters changed his affiliation from the NDP to the Liberal Party. For the 2003 provincial election, he won the Parry Sound–Muskoka Liberal nomination over Evelyn Brown and challenged Progressive Conservative incumbent Norm Miller, who had succeeded Eves in a by-election. Although the Liberals won a majority government provincially, Waters lost to Miller by more than 5,000 votes.
|2003 Ontario general election: Parry Sound—Muskoka|
|Progressive Conservative||Norm Miller||18,776||48.51||$49,869|
|New Democratic||Jo-Anne Boulding||3,838||9.92||$8,378|
|Family Coalition||Charlene Phinney||484||1.25||–||$909|
|Total valid votes||38,707||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||138|
|Electors on the lists||64,710|
|1995 Ontario general election: Muskoka–Georgian Bay|
|Progressive Conservative||Bill Grimmett||17,864||51.79||+19.99||$40,807|
|New Democratic||Dan Waters||7,742||22.45||−18.18||$26,533|
|Total valid votes||34,493||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||340|
|Electors on the lists||53,179|
|1990 Ontario general election: Muskoka–Georgian Bay|
|New Democratic||Dan Waters||13,422||40.63||+16.37|
|Progressive Conservative||Marilyn Rowe||10,504||31.80||−0.49|
|Total valid votes||33,031||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||307|
|Electors on the lists||49,279|
|1987 Ontario general election: Muskoka–Georgian Bay|
|Progressive Conservative||George Beatty||9,396||32.39|
|New Democratic||Dan Waters||7,059||24.26|
|Total valid votes||29,100||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||320|
|Electors on the lists||45,146|
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