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William Obadiah Baizley, DC, (May 25, 1917 – May 3, 2000) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1959 to 1969, and served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dufferin Roblin and Walter Weir.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Baizley was educated at Glenlawn Collegiatein St. Vital, Manitoba and the Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indiana. He returned to Manitoba in 1937 and worked as a chiropractor, also serving as president of the Manitoba Chiropractors' Association before entering political life. During World War II, he was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the Manitoba general election, 1959, unexpectedly defeating Manitoba Cooperative Commonwealth Federation leader Lloyd Stinson by 326 votes in the south-central Winnipeg riding of Osborne (Manitoba riding). He served as a backbench supporter of Roblin's government for the next four years.

Re-elected without difficulty in the Manitoba general election, 1962, Baizley was appointed to cabinet on February 27, 1963 as Minister of Labour (Manitoba). He held this position until September 24, 1968, when he was named Minister of Municipal Affairs (Manitoba). He endorsed Walter Weir to succeed Roblin as Progressive Conservative leader in 1967.

Baizley was re-elected easily in the Manitoba general election, 1966, but lost to Ian Turnbull (politician) of the Manitoba New Democratic Party by 623 votes in Manitoba general election, 1969. He did not seek a return to office after this time.

During the 1970s, Baizley was chair of the Manitoba Labour Board. He also served as president of Riverview United Church of Canada.