Patrick Brown was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario on May 9, 2015. He ran on a platform of Party renewal, promising to grow the Party to over 100,000 members from every walk of life and every corner of the province. A bigger Party, firmly rooted in every neighbourhood of every community in Ontario, is key to reconnecting the PC Party with the people of the province before the next provincial election.
Patrick Brown’s family has had deep roots in Simcoe County for the past 75 years since his grandparents moved to Angus in 1945. Growing up, many of Patrick’s best memories came from playing hockey in Guthrie, cross-country skiing with his dad in Oro-Medonte, or spending time at the family farm in Midland. One of three children in a close family, Patrick often credits his parents with teaching him the values and principles – including his work ethic – that have guided his career.
Patrick’s interest in politics began at a young age, serving two terms as President of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation (PCYF). He was then first elected to Barrie City Council in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003 with 72% of the vote. In 2006, he defeated an incumbent Liberal cabinet minister in the federal election and became the Member of Parliament for Barrie. He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011, each time increasing his share of the vote.
In 2011, Patrick was named Chair of the GTA and Central Ontario Caucus. This role allowed him to grow strong relationships with business and community leaders across Ontario. He was also Chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association and has made 15 trips to India, building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.
Patrick has worked hard to build partnerships with people, groups, corporations, governments and organizations – both at home and abroad – establishing connections that allow him to better serve his constituents and to rebuild Ontario as Premier.
Patrick is also one of only two honorary firefighters in the Province of Ontario, a testament to his commitment to working with the men and women who keep Ontarians safe.
An alumni of St. Michael's College School in Toronto, Patrick studied political science at the University of Toronto before earning his LL.B from the University of Windsor. Prior to his first election, Patrick ran a law practice in downtown Barrie. Functional in French, Patrick also attended l’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières for extensive French studies.
As a marathon runner and an avid hockey and tennis player, Patrick has combined his passion for sports and public service to make Canada and Ontario a better place to live and work. As a Member of Parliament for the last nine years Patrick has worked tirelessly on issues important to residents of Simcoe County, including access to health care, mental health, and cleaning up Lake Simcoe.
Patrick’s dedication to enhancing healthcare access has seen him help raise nearly $2 million dollars for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and various other charities across the region, including Autism Ontario, ALS Canada, Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Hospice Simcoe, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.
Critic for Seniors
Bill is the Progressive Conservative MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound having been re-elected on June 12, 2014 for his second term with 47.6% of the vote.
Bill was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on Oct. 6, 2011, capturing 47 per cent of the popular vote to become the new member for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
Bill has served as the Progressive Conservative Critic for Children and Youth Services. Previously, he served as Deputy Health Critic for Rural and Northern Ontario. As Opposition critic, he was responsible for providing advice or criticism to ensure that government programs and legislation were achieving their intended purpose.
Prior to his election to serve in the 40th parliament, Bill worked as Operations Manager at Bruce Power, and was Executive Director at the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation where he led a successful campaign to raise $3 million for the Lion’s Head and Wiarton Hospitals.
Bill was born and raised in Hepworth where he developed a strong sense of family values and a deep appreciation for our rural heritage. For this reason, Bill has long been active in Grey and Bruce, committing his time to social and economic causes. He has served on the popular Wiarton Willie Festival, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Bluewater Education Foundation.
Bill and his wife Michaela have two boys, Zach and Ben. In his spare time, Bill is a practicing amateur auctioneer and a minor sports coach for various local teams.
Bob Bailey was born and raised in Petrolia, Ontario, just southeast of Sarnia, in the heart of the riding of Sarnia-Lambton. The Bailey family has a long history in this part of Ontario. Bob has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 43 years and together they raised three children and have two grandchildren.
Prior to serving the hard-working people of Sarnia-Lambton as an MPP, Bob was an employee of NOVA Chemicals’ at both the Corunna Plant and St. Clair River Site. During his 30 years of service he held several positions including most recently as Contract and Construction Coordinator.
Upon his election to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in 2007 as the MPP for Sarnia Lambton, MPP Bailey was appointed to the Official Opposition’s Labour Critic Portfolio, and selected to serve on the Standing Committee for General Government. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Estimates. In 2009, MPP Bailey was appointed as the Official Opposition’s Critic for Apprenticeships and Training, and Chair of the PC Caucus’ Rural Taskforce.
In 2011, MPP Bailey took responsibility for the Corrections portfolio to help spearhead the fight to save the Sarnia Jail from closure by the Provincial Government. That same year, PC Leader Tim Hudak appointed Bob as the Deputy-Whip of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition at Queen’s Park, a role he still holds today. In October, 2013, MPP Bailey added the Natural Resources (Oil, Gas & Aggregates) Critic role to his responsibilities at Queen’s Park. MPP Bailey views the Natural Resources Critic role as an opportunity to promote the tremendous opportunity for economic growth and job creation in Ontario through the proper handling and development of the natural resources both in Ontario, and across Canada.
MPP Bailey brings small town values of hard-work, commitment and common sense to the Ontario Legislature. MPP Bailey uses his experience and understanding of the work that the people of Sarnia-Lambton excel at to promote the region at Queen’s Park. He strives to keep the conversation and decision-making at Queen’s Park balanced, informed and fair. MPP Bailey is deeply invested in achieving government accountability for Ontario’s taxpayers and believes that Ontarians should only pay for the size of government that they can comfortably afford.
Ernie Hardeman was elected MPP for Oxford in 1995 and is now the longest serving MPP in Oxford’s history.
Prior to the 1995 election, Ernie was elected to the Township of South-West Oxford council and served as Mayor from 1988 to 1994. Ernie has also represented the people of Oxford as Warden of Oxford County council, chair of the Warden's Association of Ontario, chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and on the board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
While representing Oxford as MPP, Ernie has served in a number of roles including Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs (Rural) and Parliamentary Assistant to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance.
Ernie is now the Official Opposition critic for Agriculture and Food and Chair of the Legislative Committee on Social Policy. In November 2013, the Legislature passed Ernie’s Private Member’s Bill, the Hawkins Gignac Act. The Bill was introduced to protect people from carbon monoxide poisoning and was named in memory of a Woodstock family who were tragically lost.
Until 1995 Ernie owned and operated Hardeman Feed Ltd. in Salford and served as a volunteer firefighter, retiring as Captain of the South-West Oxford Fire Department. He and his wife, Reta, have three sons and a daughter.
Critic for Greater Toronto Area Issues
Gila Martow is a Canadian politician, elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on February 13, 2014. She represents the riding of Thornhill as a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo as an optometrist, Gila moved to Thornhill in 1989, where she and her husband, Jeff, co-ran an eye clinic attached to Markham Stouffville Hospital until she took office last February.
As a mother of four, Gila is dedicated to making York Region the best place to live, work and play for our future generations. To that effect, Gila has served as the Chair of the Parents Association of TanenbaumCHAT York Region Campus. Additionally, over the past 25 years, Gila has spent much of her free time fundraising and volunteering for not-for-profit organizations in Thornhill, including York Region’s CNIB and Hadassah.
GILA'S ROLE AS MPP FOR THORNHILL
When the Legislature is sitting, Gila is at Queen’s Park, Monday to Thursday, taking part in debate in the House and committee meetings. In between her House duties, she meets with stakeholders and staff regarding new ideas for legislation and ways to make existing legislation more responsive to the needs of Ontarians.
On Fridays, Gila meets with constituents at her Constituency Office and attends events in the riding. Her weekends are usually busy with community events, whether it’s a small business opening, a park clean-up, or a roundtable discussion on how to make Thornhill a better place to call home.
When the Legislature is not in session, Gila is usually in the riding but sometimes attends Queen’s Park to meet with stakeholders, other MPPs and Ministers, or provincial staff.
Gila believes her prime responsibility is to the constituents she is elected to represent. She is there to help you and other Thornhill residents and businesses from both her Queen’s Park and Constituency offices. Her office can help with navigating provincial services like WSIB, the Family Responsibility Office, or even with handling Will & Power of Attorney Kits. The Constituency office is also where you can request a certificate for a special person or occasion. Just call and someone will be happy to assist you!
Jeff's track record reflects his reasons for entering public life in 2011: to advocate for change that benefit Ontarians today and tomorrow; to protect and steward Ontario's assets and provide the conditions necessary to build and sustain a legacy of opportunity for the sake of his daughter and future generations. Jeff is as passionate about advocating for sustainable healthcare that serves the public and creates value for taxpayer dollars. As part of this work, he has petitioned against OHIP fee cuts by the Liberals and Deb Matthews' funding cuts to physiotherapy.
Jeff's commitment to serve his constituents and represent the interests of Elgin-Middlesex-London at Queen's Park is reflected in his day-to-day work. Jeff has introduced a number of petitions to the legislature in an effort to highlight concerns of his constituents. Petition topics have included:
- Repealing Bill 119 that forces mandatory WSIB coverage on indepdent contractors
- Abolishing the College of Trades Petition
- Restoring Ontario Horse Racing
- Supporting the Alzheimer Advisory Council
- Supporting coverage of Breast Thermography to ensure early detection of breast cancer
- Preventing the St. Thomas ODSP Office Closure
- Stoping the Tire Fee Increase
- Stoping the Transit Tax
- Stoping Cuts to Physiotherapy Service for Seniors
- Extending Ontario Drug Benefit Program Covergae for Esbriet
- Establishing a Select Committee to Review the Family Responsibility Office
- Supporting efforts to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Lyme Disease
- Reforming Hunting/Fishing Regulations
- Scrapping the Drive Clean Program
Legislative and Policy Accomplishments:
In the fall of 2013, Jeff introduced Bill 135 also known as Ryan's Law in honour a young student who passed away after suffering an asthma attack while at school. The bill would enable students with asthma to carry their relief inhalers while at school with their physician's approval and require school boards to develop standardized asthma policies. Implementing a province-wide standard would ensure all students with asthma could attend school in an asthma-friendly enironment. The biill passed second reading in December 2013 but was sidelined by the current election. Reintroduction of the bill is one of Jeff's first commitments upon re-election.
Since being elected, Jeff has worked closely with local groups on issues that affect his constituents: Jeff has called on the Liberals to address the shortage of doctors in Elgin-Middlesex-London; advocated on behalf of Developmental Services; fushed the government to develop a 12-point action plan to address problems at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre and ensure the safety of correctional officers and inmates; he has rallied support at Queen's Park government to re-think the closure of the St. Thomas/Elgin ODSP Office; and advocated for the Drive Clean program to be scrapped.
As co-owner of Yurek Pharmacy and the past president of teh St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce, Jeff knows the realities of small businesses face. Fighting to protect the backbone of Ontario's economy as been a big priority for Jeff.
When he's not at Queen's Park, Jeff continues to be involved in his community with his constituency. He has hosted several citizen roundtables and town halls to allow community members to have a say in policy development. His focus on matters affecting the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London have included a campaign to have the government to reverse their decision regarding the Slots at Racetrack Program. Through public town halls and roundtables co-hosted with his colleagues, Jeff has engaged Ontarians on topics such as the Skilled Trades Sector, Wind Turbines, Provincial School Issue Education, Mental Health, the state of social services in Ontario, OHIP coverage, hunting and fishing regulations, and mandatory WSIB coverage for indpendent contractors.
A pharmacist and partner with his brother in St. Thomas, Jeff followed in his father’s footsteps and enrolled in the Pharmacy Program at the University of Toronto. Upon graduating in 1995 he joined the Yurek Pharmacy which was founded by his father in 1963. He and his siblings worked in the business after school and holidays from an early age stocking shelves and making deliveries. They built on their father's foundation and expanded the business into the home health care sector.
Jeff remains a member of both the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club and continues to support the Alzheimer’s Society as an advisor.
Coming from southwestern Ontario Jeff understands the importance of fall fairs, community events, and summer festivals. You can find him at community functions often with his wife Jenn and daughter Maggie.
Jim Wilson was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 1990 when he began to make his mark as a strong local advocate for his constituents. His strength as a strong supporter of local concerns was revealed after his first election when he became well-known across Ontario for his fight to expand dialysis treatment, which resulted in the establishment of satellite clinics in Collingwood and Alliston.Jim has championed several local projects, including: helping to restore birthing services at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, fighting to re-start the Highway 26 re-development from Stayner to Collingwood, approving the last major expansion of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, saving the homestead of Sir Frederick Banting, and restoring medical laboratory services in Stayner, Tottenham and Elmvale and winning an expansion of services in Wasaga Beach. He is also an ardent supporter of local farmers and our rich agricultural heritage.
At Queen's Park, Jim has served his province as Minister of Health, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Minister of the Environment. He currently serves as House Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Jim was raised in Alliston and lives in Wasaga Beach. His family has lived in Simcoe-Grey for more than 200 years.
Jim McDonell was born and raised on a dairy farm in Glengarry County. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University, he worked with Bell Canada for 32 years in planning, engineering and supervisory roles. Jim has been actively involved in the community for over 27 years, dedicating his time to the Williamstown Fair, the Char-Lan Minor Soccer and Minor Hockey Associations, the Glengarry Kinsmen Club, and the Glengarry Border Hockey League. Jim and his wife Margie live in South Glengarry Township where they raised their family of three.
Jim served 3 terms as a municipal councilor in Charlottenburgh and South Glengarry Townships, and was elected Mayor of South Glengarry in 2003, 2006, and 2010. He sat on many committees and boards, including serving as the Warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the Chair of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and the Community Futures Development Corporation. On October 6, 2011, Jim won the provincial election for the Progressive Conservatives in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry following 27 years of Liberal dominance in the Cornwall area with a thumping majority.
Jim McDonell is a staunch advocate for Eastern Ontario in the face of significant service and government funding cuts. Jim and his Ontario PC Colleagues have called out the Liberal Government on their failed energy policies that have resulted in North America’s highest electricity rates, which are driving businesses into bankruptcy and local residents into economic hardship. Jim is currently the PC Critic for Government and Consumer Services.
John Yakabuski was elected to the Ontario Legislature as MPP for the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke on October 2, 2003 and was re-elected on October 6th, 2011 for his third term. John is currently the Chief Whip for the Official Opposition. He has served as the House Leader and Energy Critic for the Official Opposition and has also served as the member of the General Government Committee.
John was raised on politics as his father, Paul Yakabuski, served as the Provincial Member for the riding of Renfrew South for 24 years. Formerly a real estate sales representative, John is best known locally as the former owner-operator of Yakabuski's Home Hardware in Barry's Bay, which he operated for 20 years. John is also known for his record of community service that has included service to the Royal Canadian Legion, Madawaska Valley Lions Club and the Boy Scouts. John has also sat on the steering committee of St. Francis Memorial Hospital's Capital Equipment Campaign. He is also very active in his church, St. John's Lutheran Augsburg.
Iin October of 2010, John recorded and released his second CD entitled "Taking Care" to raise funds that go directly to the nine long term care homes in his riding. John's first CD, "To Your Health" raised over $50,000 for the five local hospitals, in Renfrew County.
John was elected to the municipal council in the village of Barry's Bay in 1997. During that time, he sat on the transition board dealing with the issues with respect to pending amalgamation. He did not seek re-election in 2000.
John grew up in a family of 14 children, just about enough for a quorum on its own. He and his wife Vicky have four children, and eight grandchildren.
Julia and her family are longtime residents of the riding of York-Simcoe. She and her husband, John, and their daughter have lived in Georgina since 1972. Julia has been involved in local and provincial issues since then.
She has served the York-Simcoe community as their Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) since first elected in 1995. During her time both in Government and in Opposition, Julia has been outspoken against government’s continued trend of attacking individual rights and freedoms. She consistently opposes government’s reach into people’s lives and works toward restoring the rights and responsibilities of individuals and families. She puts people first.
Born in Hamilton and raised in midtown Toronto, Julia is a graduate of the University of Toronto. As a high school teacher, she taught thousands of students over her 28 year career.
Julia has introduced the following Bills in the Legislature:
CURRENT OFFICIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Progressive Conservative Caucus’ Critic for the Ministry of the Attorney General
• Progressive Conservative Caucus’ Critic for Retirement Security
• Progressive Conservative Caucus’ Critic for Seniors
• Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Previous Parliamentary Responsibilities:
• Chair of Standing Committee on Government Agencies
• Vice-Chair of Standing Committee on Public Accounts
• PC Critic for Small Business (Julia introduced Ontario’s first “Small Business Bill of Rights)
• PC Critic for Consumer Services and Red Tape • PC Critic for Culture
• PC Critic for Children and Youth Services
• PC Critic for Municipal Affairs
• PC Critic for Community and Social Services
• Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier
• Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Transportation (Julia spearheaded regulatory changes review)
• Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Culture (Julia spearheaded review of the Heritage Act)
• Parliamentary Assistant for Management Board
Critic, Women’s Issues
Laurie’s roots in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock go deep. She was born and raised in Kinmount and attended local schools, building strong ties to the community. Laurie’s father Bill proudly represented local families as their Member of Parliament for 28 years, and Laurie credits her father for instilling within her the ideal of public service and the importance of giving back to your community.
After graduating from Loyalist College, Laurie worked as a Registered Nurse in Toronto and on international contracts before returning to the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. During this time Laurie also became increasingly active in her community through volunteer work and has remained a director on the Kinmount Fair Board.
In 2003 Laurie chose to follow in her father’s footsteps and seek election as her community’s next MPP. Laurie was successful in her election bid, becoming only one of two new Ontario PC MPPs elected in what was an otherwise challenging year. Laurie’s hard work in the community was reflected in her re-election campaign of 2007 which saw her returned with an even larger margin of victory.
Following the October 6, 2011 election, Laurie was appointed the PC Critic for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Women’s Issues. In September of 2013, Laurie was made the PC Critic for Tourism and Culture.
When she is not working, Laurie enjoys outdoor sports. She is also an animal lover and enjoys riding horses and helping her two teenage nieces in their riding competitions.
The highest honour of her career has been to represent her neighbours as their local MPP and she looks forward to continuing in that role.
Lisa Thompson is a lifelong resident of Huron-Bruce, born in East Wawanosh. Lisa has always been an active member of her community. She has served as Chair of the Ontario 4-H Foundation as well as a Trustee; Chair of the International Goat Symposium, and also Vice-Chair of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. One of her proudest accomplishments was leading the growth of Teeswater’s Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative, from a regional to provincial organization, and into a multi-million dollar business venture. And interestingly enough - she also found time to join Team Farmall in 2007 and this group of Farmall enthusiasts found time to prove - tractors really can dance!!
Lisa was re-elected to the Ontario Legislative Assesmbly in 2014 as the provincial representative for the Riding of Huron-Bruce. As MPP, Lisa brings – with pride – her rural roots to Queen’s Park advocating for Huron-Bruce. Lisa also serves as Critic for the environment. She participated in a non-partisan Lung Health Caucus and she also served on the Justice Standing Committee as well as the Agencies, Boards& Commissions Standing Committee.
Lisa and her husband Dennis live outside of Teeswater on the Schiestel Family century farm and proudly support their family and community at every chance.
Critic for the Anti-Racism Secretariat, and Critic for City of Ottawa Issues
Lisa MacLeod was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in a byelection in 2006. She has continued to represent the Nepean-Carleton riding after the 2007, 2011, 2014 provincial elections.
Ms. MacLeod is presently the Ontario PC Energy Critic and Francophone Affairs Critic. She serves as Vice Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee, the Vice Chair of the Quebec-Ontario Parliamentary Friendship Committee and as Ontario’s member on the Canadian Parliamentary Women’s Association. She previously served as Official Opposition Education Critic, Revenue and Accountability Critic, Government and Consumer Affairs Committee and Critic for Children and Youth. Ms. MacLeod was also Vice Chair of the Government Agencies Committee and a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
As an MPP, Ms. MacLeod has championed community safety measures such as child protection legislation and a law clamping down on grow ups. She has been a vocal supporter of Ontario’s Harness Horse Racing industry and a critic of the green energy act.
Ms. MacLeod authored a cookbook, “I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends”, has enjoyed coaching her daughter in sports and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, which awarded her the rare Friendship Medal for her work on behalf of veterans.
Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Ms. MacLeod served as an advisor to Nepean-Carleton politicians at all three levels of government, spent time as a political commentator on local tv and radio and worked in a management program with Sobeys Inc. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, holding a B.A. Honours in Political Science. Ms. MacLeod has studied at the Masters level in Intelligence
Studies at American Military University.
Lisa MacLeod lives in Nepean with her husband Joseph Varner and their daughter Victoria.
Lorne and his family have been residents of Whitby for more than thirty years.
Over his career, he has held senior positions in both the private sector and the Ontario civil service. For the previous thirteen years he has been elected and served on both Whitby Town Council and the Durham Regional Council. He has served on a number of important regional, town and provincial committees and boards, including as Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee and Co-Chair of Durham’s Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council.
Lorne has also served as a volunteer with a number of community organizations including the Whitby General Hospital, Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Whitby Sports Hall of Fame and The Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club.
Lorne was elected as MPP for the riding of Whitby-Oshawa on February 11th, 2016. He brings a long history of elected representation to the Legislature and has pledged to work tirelessly to ensure that the voices of his constituents are heard at Queen’s Park. He is passionate about health care issues, senior care, deficit and debt reduction, and proper and appropriate funding for higher education.
Lorne has been named, by Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, as Critic of Training, Colleges and Universities, serves on the Legislative Committee on Social Policy and is the PC Party Liason to the Latin American and Spanish speaking cultural communities in the GTA.
“When I took on the role as Critic for Education and Training, Colleges and Universities, it was because I recognized the fundamental role they play in shaping Ontario’s future success.” said Leader Patrick Brown. “Working with MPP Coe on the by-election campaign I saw first-hand his passion for education issues. He fervently believes that the choices we make in how we educate our young adults is what will return Ontario as Canada’s economic engine, and he will devote himself entirely to this portfolio.”
Lorne and his wife are the proud parents of two children and grandparents of two young girls.
Critic for Research, Innovation and Science
Michael was elected to the Ontario Legislature on Oct. 6, 2011, as the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga – a diverse riding that includes the townships of Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich, as well as the southern section of Kitchener bordered by Highway 7/8.
Michael has been a tireless advocate of Waterloo Region, working with local officials to improve regional emergency dispatching; successfully calling for the Highway 7 expansion between Kitchener and Guelph and advocating for roundabout testing on G2 and G road exams in Waterloo Region as a way to equip the next generation of drivers for our changing roads.
Michael has served as the PC Party Vice Chair of Community Outreach and the Progressive Conservative Environment Critic. In this role, Michael fought for greater environmental protection using a market-based approach that empowers individuals, not government bureaucracy. He has called for bold reforms to overhaul the province’s recycling programs, which would unleash private-sector ingenuity and divert more hazardous materials and old electronics from Ontario’s landfills. He currently serves as the Transportation Critic.
Grounding Michael’s politics is a strong belief that government should remain accountable to the people it serves. Michael took a major step toward improving accountability in the Ontario government when he introduced his private member’s bill, Transparency in Government Bills Act, which would require the government to assess the financial, social and environmental implications of its proposed laws and post its findings online for all Ontarians to view.
Born and raised on the family farm, Michael is a proud graduate of Conestoga College’s Business Management program and the Leadership Waterloo Region program. Prior to his election, Michael was a business development manager at Honeywell helping local businesses improve their sustainability and energy efficiency.
Michael has applied the same solutions-driven approach to his life-long interest in good government and public policy, including through his service on the Greater Kitchener Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Environment Committee. Michael also spearheaded Kitchener City Council’s drive to expand public access to life-saving defibrillator technology throughout the community.
Michael enjoys volunteering in the community and has met many of his closest friends through volunteer service with local organizations including Compass Kitchener, the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region, Anselma House, the Canadian Cancer Society, the United Way, the Juvenile Diabetes Walk to Cure Campaign, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Michael, Sarah, Brayden, Murphy, Lincoln and their dog Eliot live in Kitchener’s Doon South.
Monte McNaughton grew up in Newbury and learned the value of hard work and community service by working in his family business. By the time he was twenty, Monte was elected as Newbury Councillor and was re-elected two more times.
He graduated from Westervelt Business College and successfully completed executive programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business and in 2009-10 he served as President of the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce.
On October 6, 2011 Monte was elected MPP for the riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and subsequently re-elected on June 12, 2014. Monte currently serves as Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Monte is also a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
Monte is married to Kate, they have a daughter (Annie) and live in Mt. Brydges. Monte is passionate about his riding and wants to bring jobs, honesty, and good government to the people living in Lambton-Kent Middlesex.
Norm Miller was first elected to represent the riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka in a by-election on March 22, 2001, and re-elected in general elections in October 2003, October 2007, October 2011 and June 2014.
Norm has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Commissioner of the Red Tape Secretariat, member of the Estimates Committee, and sat on the Cabinet Committee for Economic and Resource Policy.
While in opposition Norm has been the PC Critic for a variety of portfolios including Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Mines, Research and Innovation, and Finance. He also served as Chief Opposition Whip for 6 years, sat on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs and sat on the PC Job Creation Task Force.
Most recently, he was appointed as the PC Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and re-appointed the Critic for Northern Development and Mines including Ring of Fire Issues.
For 25 years, together with his wife, Christine and their four children, owned and operated a lodge on Lake Muskoka. Norm is also past President of Muskoka Tourism, past Director and Treasurer of Resorts Ontario and is a strong advocate for economic growth and tourism in the Parry Sound-Muskoka area.
Critic for Horse Racing
Randy Pettapiece is a trusted voice for Perth-Wellington. He represents our values, and he understands rural and small-town Ontario.
Since he was elected, Randy has taken action on issues that matter in Perth-Wellington including: Skyrocketing hydro rates, the family doctor shortage, Roads, bridges and local infrastructure, Insurance reform, the high cost of the College of Trades and unwanted industrial wind turbines.
Serving the community is second nature to Randy. He is a long-time volunteer with the Monkton Lions Club; he knows that volunteers are the lifeblood of every community.
Randy also served as a councillor in the Municipality of North Perth. At Queen’s Park, he continues to advocate for every municipality he represents.
Together with his wife, Jane, Randy raised three sons at their home just outside of Monkton. Today they live in Listowel and are proud grandparents.
Randy is the proud father of 4 children, and is fortunate to have the love and support of his wife Jane for over 28 years. They have been long-time residents of Lanark County and currently reside near the Town of Perth.
Randy is an electrician by trade, and a former member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He is also a former Project Manager in the Public Works division of the Federal Government.
He is one of the four founders of the Lanark Landowners Association, brought to life at a kitchen table in Lanark County to address the challenges and government over-regulation facing farmers and businesses in rural Ontario.
Within a few short years, the Landowners Association went province-wide with chapters in almost every county. Randy Hillier was nominated as the first President at the inaugural meeting of the Ontario Landowners Association and quickly became a strong advocate for the rights of rural communities across the province.
In 2007 Randy sought and won the Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding of Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington. He went on to win one of 3 new seats for the PC Party in the 2007 Provincial election. In 2011 he won re-election, earning more than 50% of all ballots cast.
Randy continues to hold the Liberal Government to account at Queen's Park for their indifference to the needs of rural Ontarians, the over-regulation that is stifling our businesses' ability to succeed, and the lack of respect for the taxpayers. He will continue this fight on behalf of taxpayers in every corner of this great province.
Critic for City of Toronto Issues
Critic for Tourism, Culture and Sport & Deputy Speaker
Rick Nicholls was born and raised in Chatham. He worked at Navistar and Union Gas before starting his own training development company, which he successfully ran for 25 years. During that time, he taught and trained in a wide variety of business sectors and was twice invited to address the Canadian Embassy to the United Nations.
As MPP he served as the Deputy Labour Critic and did not shy away from bringing up tough issues at Queen's Park. He was very vocal about the Heinz closure, knowing how vital Leamington is to the riding. He also said that if he was elected he would open a second constituency office in that muncipality and he did it. So for the first time in twenty-years Leamington residence have an office to go to rather than just a number to call.
After seeing 10,000 manufacturing jobs leave the area since the Liberals took power in 2003, Rick's primary focus is bringing jobs back to Chatham-Kent-Essex. He is excited to help build a better future for the province so our children can live and work in Ontario. Re-elect Rick Nicholls as MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex!
Ross Romano is a lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Ross had previously served his community as a City Councillor for Ward 6.
As the father of a young family, Ross understands the challenges Sault Ste. Marie residents face under the Wynne Liberals. After 13 long years of Liberal Governments at Queen’s Park, life is harder. Skyrocketing hydro rates are unaffordable for both families and businesses. Cuts to health care services has meant more time waiting for care and billions of taxpayer dollars continue to be wasted on scandal after scandal.
A former lawyer, Ross has served as in-house Duty Counsel at the Sault Ste Marie Courthouse, Assistant Crown Attorney in Sault Ste. Marie and as a Municipal Prosecutor for the city of Sault Ste. Marie.
Ross holds an undergraduate degree from Algoma University and earned a law degree at the University of Windsor. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in July 2005
Ross lives in Sault Ste. Marie with his wife Heather and their three children.
Associate Critic for Research, Innovation and Science
Sam Oosterhoff is the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Niagara West—Glanbrook. His election to the Ontario Legislature in November of 2016 made history, and headlines across Canada, as he became the youngest ever Member of Provincial Parliament.
Having grown up in the Niagara Peninsula, Sam has always had a deep appreciation for the value of hard work. Growing up, he spent countless hours working on the family farm, and later working in the private sector in demolition and excavating. While in the private sector, Sam saw the damage overbearing government has had on families and job creators, and decided to take action. After getting involved in conservative politics early on, he worked on the federal Conservative campaign in the 2015 federal election, before moving to Ottawa to work as a Legislative Assistant and policy analyst for a Conservative Member of Parliament.
While working on Parliament Hill, Sam solidified his passion for service and community, and had the opportunity to develop legislation, with particular emphasis on cutting red tape and scrutinizing government regulations.
In the fall of 2016, a by-election was called for Sam's home riding of Niagara West—Glanbrook. While simultaneously studying Political Science at Brock University and working a part-time job, Sam organized and successfully fought an underdog campaign for the Progressive Conservative nomination against established veteran politicians, before winning a high-profile victory in the by-election. He increased the PC Party of Ontario's margin of victory by 13% over the previous election result in the riding.
Since his election, Sam has been working hard to represent the interests, priorities, and concerns of Niagara West – Glanbrook’s families and job creators. He has particularly focused on transportation infrastructure, healthcare, and jobs in the Niagara/Hamilton region. Sam is also working to energize a new generation of politically active Ontario youth who want to work for the good of the entire province.
Born and raised in Vineland, Sam is a strong supporter of municipal rights and the unique industries that make the Niagara region great, from soft-fruit producers, to family farms, to the dozens of local manufacturers that provide stable, well-paying jobs.
Sam is incredibly proud to represent his home community of Vineland, and all of the hard working families of Niagara-Glanbrook as their MPP. He will continue to work hard to ensure a better future for all Ontarians.
Critic, Tourism, Culture & Sport
Steve Clark was first elected MPP for Leeds-Grenville in a March, 4, 2010, byelection. It was a landslide victory by a 66 per cent margin.
He was subsequently re-elected in the October 6, 2011 provincial election with 64 per cent of the vote, the second-highest margin in Ontario. In the past session of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, Steve served as the Ontario PC Caucus Deputy House Leader and Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Steve gained attention across Canada in 1982 when, at the age of 22 and just out of university, he was elected Mayor of the City of Brockville. This gained him the title of Youngest Mayor of Canada and a notation in the Who’s Who of Canada. Steve served three terms as mayor and, during his tenure, was also the President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Steve also worked in the media and Internet development for 14 years with the Brockville Recorder and Times newspaper and RipNet.
Following this, Steve served as the executive assistant for the highly respected long-serving Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman.
Prior to his election as Leeds-Grenville MPP, Steve was the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.
Steve believes in being a strong leader in his community. He was the founding chairman of the 2007 Leeds-Grenville International Plowing Match and Country Festival.
A proponent of education and physical fitness, Steve also helped raise $1.3M for the Thousand Islands Secondary School Track Facility, one of the largest fundraising accomplishments for a public educational institution to date in this region. This state-of-the-art facility now attracts thousands of athletes to the community each year and played host to this year’s OFSAA championships.
Steve also boasts over a quarter of a century of community volunteerism. Some of the many groups and committees he has served with are St. Lawrence Lodge, the Brockville Braves hockey club and the Brockville and Area YMCA. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands, a position from which he had to retire when he was elected MPP.
Steve is married to Deanna. Together they are the proud parents of a blended family of five: Mitchell, Caitlin, Jordan, Alex and Meghan.
Sylvia Jones is the PC Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Dufferin-Caledon.
On June 12, Sylvia Jones was elected to a third term as Dufferin-Caledon’s MPP. The riding of Dufferin-Caledon includes the County of Dufferin and the Town of Caledon. The area is home to multiple towns and villages including Orangeville, Bolton, Shelburne, and Grand Valley among others.
Sylvia was first elected as the MPP for Dufferin-Caledon on October 10, 2007. Sylvia served as PC Critic for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and in 2009, PC Leader Tim Hudak gave Sylvia the added responsibility of Critic for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Her private member’s Bill 94, which would have ensured that Ontario Disability Support Program payments could not be clawed back as a result of Registered Disability Support Program contributions, was eventually adopted by the Liberal government through regulation.
After her 2011 re-election, Sylvia was appointed to serve as Deputy House Leader and Critic of Government Services. In May of 2012, Sylvia was appointed as the PC Critic for the Ministry of the Attorney General and the PC Caucus Chair, and most recently served exclusively as PC Caucus Chair. Sylvia introduced two private member’s bills in the second session of the 40th Parliament. Bill 38, the Helping Volunteers Give Back Act, would have allowed for volunteers to use an annual criminal record check for multiple volunteer organizations if it had been enacted. This would have made it easier for people to volunteer for multiple causes. Bill 56, the Aggregate Recycling Promotion Act, would have allowed recycled aggreagtes to be fairly considered for use in public sector construction if it had been enacted. This would have helped ease the demand to find additional primary aggregates to extract, and started to shrink the stock-piles of recycled products accumulating across Ontario.
Sylvia has been an active member of the all-party Select Committee on Developmental Services, formed to find solutions to the crisis caused by the lack of services available to people and families with a developmental disability.
Sylvia and her husband David have lived in Dufferin County for 25 years, and are the proud parents of two children.
Ted Arnott puts his constituents first.
Trusted, experienced, and dedicated, he is a persistent and effective advocate for our communities and our shared values in Wellington-Halton Hills.
When an issue arises, he listens and takes action. That's been his record since he was first elected in 1990 at the age of 27. Now in his 24th year in the Ontario Legislature, he is one of the longest serving MPPs at Queen's Park.
During his time in office, he has always been prepared to work cooperatively with MPPs from other parties in order to make progress for the people in his riding. In November 2013, he worked with a Liberal and an NDP MPP to bring forward a Private Member’s Bill to establish January 21 as Lincoln Alexander Day in Ontario. The Bill passed Second and Third Reading in the same day, which required the unanimous consent of all MPPs.
He and his staff know what to do to get things done. They care.
Supporting our local health services, Ted was relentless in successfully pushing for hospital capital projects in Centre Wellington and Georgetown. Through the years, he has consistently fought for our fair share of provincial funding for needed infrastructure projects.
Ted believes in our students, and knows Ontario's long term future is dependent on creating a culture of excellence and continuous improvement in our schools.
He also makes the interests of seniors, farm families, and small business people his priorities.
Going back to his maiden speech in the House in 1990, he has always insisted government must live within its means and control its spending, so as to prevent taxes and the debt from always going up.
In today's uncertain economy, he knows government must focus on encouraging companies to invest here and create the new jobs we need.
Today, Ted serves as one of the assistant Speakers in the Legislature, and as the Ontario PC Critic to the Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Hon. Kathleen Wynne.
He is well known for his efforts over the years on behalf of volunteer firefighters. In 2009, the Firefighters' Association of Ontario made him an honorary member.
In 2011, the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors gave Ted an honorary membership in their organization, in recognition of his significant contribution to the Certified Road Supervisors public works professional accreditation program.
Ted was born in Fergus, but grew up in Arthur, where his family was in the heavy construction business.
At the age of 16, along with two friends, he received recognition from the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, for rendering "assistance which was instrumental in saving the life of a drowning man." OPP Commissioner Harold H. Graham presented him a certificate which today hangs on the wall at Ted's Queen's Park office.
In the 1980s, Ted studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Business Administration. Like most students, he worked part time and summers at a variety of jobs: as a construction laborer, a factory worker, and a retail store clerk.
Upon leaving university, he worked full time as an assistant to Jack Johnson, the long serving MPP for Wellington. For Ted, this political apprenticeship taught him a meaningful lesson: that decency, honesty, and hard work can help to define success in elected public service.
In 2004, Wilfrid Laurier University named him as one of their alumni who is "making a difference around the world."
Ted lives in Fergus, with his wife Lisa, who teaches Core French at James McQueen Public School. They have three teenage sons, and they attend St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Fergus.
He believes in the promise of the future for Ontario, and that by working together, our best days are yet to come.
Toby Barrett was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 1995 after winning the PC nomination. He has won subsequent elections in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014.
Toby is a life-long resident of Haldimand-Norfolk. He and wife Cari have three children and live on the family farm. Prior to being elected, Toby was a farmer, high school teacher and worked in addiction counselling.
Todd was elected to represent Prince Edward - Hastings riding at the Ontario Legislative Assembly in the General Election on October 6th, 2011. He has served as the Critic for Small Business and Red Tape with the Official Opposition and was pleased to be named a member of the PC Caucus Job Creation Task Force and a very active member of the PC Outreach Team. Todd has also served as a member of the Standing Committee on General Government. As of September 30th, 2013, Todd is the Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, as well as the Chair of Outreach.
Todd is committed to continue providing effective representation for the residents of Prince Edward - Hastings, helping local citizens get the assistance that they need from their provincial government and returning fiscal accountability to Queen's Park.
He moved to Belleville, Ontario from Riverview, New Brunswick in the early 1990's and has called the Quinte area his home ever since. He now lives in the Oak Hills with his wife Tawnya, a local high school teacher, and his two daughters Payton and Reagan.
Todd continues to be a strong supporter of the community and charitable events. He has coached for many years in the Belleville Bearcats Minor Hockey Association and has served with the Quinte chapter of the ALS society, Operation Red Nose Quinte and dozens of other organizations. Todd has also served on the Loyalist College Advisory Board since graduating there in 1994. He also has the distinction of being the first ever winner of the Dancing with the Stars Quinte contest (thanks to his partner Andrea Doucette).
Prior to his election victory, Todd was an institution in the morning radio at Quinte Broadcasting stations for more than 16 years, where he held the News Director position for CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107. Todd has also served as the Belleville Bulls play-by-play announcer on the OHL Tonight on TV Cogeco.
Victor Anthony Fedeli was born in North Bay on August 8, 1956. He is married to Patty (Kelly), another North Bay native. His mother Lena still lives in North Bay. His brother Peter, wife Elizabeth, and baby Maggie also make North Bay their home. His sister Teresa and her family live in Montreal.
After 5 years at Scollard Hall, Vic attended Conestoga College in Kitchener (and later Nipissing University), worked at an advertising agency in London, and moved home in 1978 to open his own wildly-successful company, Fedeli Advertising. Fedeli Corporation Fedeli Advertising reached its pinnacle of success when it was announced that it was ranked 34th in the 50 Best Places to Work in Canada. "One of my goals was to make my corporation the kind of company I'd like to work for", said Vic Fedeli. "It was difficult at first, but as the company grew, I wanted to share this success with our people." Another great moment for Fedeli Advertising was when Vic Fedeli was recognized as one of Canada's Most Successful Entrepreneurs. Everett Banning interviewed Vic for his national radio show MoneyMakers.
Vic has a long and distinguished record of public service. On an international level, he has served as a Director of Global Vision. He has been a Director of the Province's Northern Businesses Support System, and Ontario's Northern Development Council. Locally, he was elected to 10 terms on the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, serving as President in 1986. He sat on most of the City's boards and commissions, often as Chairman.
When the Federal Government downsized CFB North Bay, the city turned to Vic to lead Air Base Property Corporation. He worked as the Dollar-A-Year Chairman for seven years, until his term expired in 2002. He was named North Bay's Citizen of the Year in 1999, the same year he was awarded Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his community service.
In 2003, as a first-time candidate, Vic ran for Mayor and was elected with a 75% majority. He was re-elected in 2006, with a 2nd landslide victory.
On The World Stage
While in North Bay, Prime Minister Paul Martin met with Vic at his home. For two hours Mr. Martin shared his thoughts with the invited guests (and enjoyed Patty's cooking, as well as her humour!). While serving as a Director of Global Vision, Vic travelled the world sharing Canada's philosophy on business. As a result of his extensive travels, Vic has been working on a book, When in Rome - A Guide To Doing Business Around The World, about the cultural differences in various countries.
Vic was one of two Mayors invited to the prestigious Government Leaders Forum, where all levels of government across the Americas met to discuss issues, hosted by Bill Gates. Most recently Vic made news on both sides of the border when he successfully launched a grassroots campaign to reverse the U.S. government's Buy American provision. He invited every Canadian mayor to join him and collectively they were a huge voice in the successful removal of the Buy American restriction.
A Spirit of Giving
In 1992, Nipissing University embarked on their first-ever fundraising campaign to fund their expansion. They turned to Vic Fedeli to serve as one of the Chairs and lead the campaign. And lead he did. He made a $250,000 donation to fund the Vittorio Fedeli Business Centre, in honour of his grandfather. It was the largest donation the University had received up to that time. When Canadore College made the decision to construct their School of Aviation at the Airport, they also turned to Vic to Chair their fundraising initiative. To lead off the campaign, Vic donated $100,000 to construct The Hub, a 70- seat lecture hall, named after his father. Canadore is also planning to construct a Centre for All Media and Vic quickly donated $100,000. He acknowledged that when he opened Fedeli Advertising he relied heavily on graduates from Canadore to staff his company.
In 2009 Nipissing University and Canadore College came together to build The Learning Library. Again, Vic played a lead role by serving on their fundraising committee. He kicked things off with a further $250,000 donation and used that to leverage many other donations. The North Bay General Hospital fundraising campaign got a boost from Vic's $150,000 donation. "I believe the new hospital is extremely important to the region. Not only will it provide a better level of care, but the construction and services required will be the catalyst we need to jump-start our economy", said Vic of his donation.
During his 7 years as Mayor of the City of North Bay, Vic worked for $1 per year, as he donated his entire salary to charities. Over $350,000 in Mayoral salary was donated.
P.S. Vic is always seen in one of his trademark yellow ties!
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