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Ted Arnott was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1990 and is one its longest serving current members. Ted is a Presiding Officer (assistant Speaker) in the Legislative Assembly and is the PC Critic for the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. He always puts his constituents in Wellington-Halton Hills first.
Ted was raised in Arthur and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and, later, a Diploma in Business Administration. In 2004, Wilfrid Laurier University named him as a graduate who is “making a difference around the world.” Ted lives in Fergus with his wife, Lisa, and their three teenage sons.
Bob Bailey was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 10th, 2007 as the MPP for Sarnia Lambton. Immediately following his election he was appointed to serve as the Official Opposition’s Labour critic and also served as on the General Government committee of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. In August 2009, following record job losses in the Province of Ontario, MPP Bob Bailey was invited to serve as the Official Opposition’s Critic for Apprenticeships and Training, recognising his 30 years in industry, prior to serving the people of Sarnia-Lambton as their member.
A former teacher of high school Agriculture and Environmental Science, Toby is a partner in his family farm near Port Dover, and for 20 years worked for the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation. In 1993, Toby was awarded the Canada 125 medal for outstanding community service.
Toby is a life-long resident of Haldimand-Norfolk. He and his wife Cari live on the family farm and have three children – Shawn, Brett and Brittany. Before starting his career, Toby traveled in over 50 countries and has an abiding interest in antique cars, trucks and tractors.
Ted was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995 after a successful career in agriculture. He has been re-elected four times.
In government he served terms as Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Natural Resources, Finance and Economic Development and Trade. In opposition he has been critic in several portfolios most recently Tourism and Culture.
In addition to his parliamentary duties Ted has spearheaded several local initiatives including Bruce Trail expansion, upgrades to local health care facilities and various infrastructure projects.
Steve Clark was first elected MPP for Leeds-Grenville in a March 4, 2010 byelection with a landslide 66 per cent margin. He gained distinction in 1982 when he became Canada’s youngest mayor after being elected in Brockville fresh out of university at age 22. Steve has since worked in the media, as executive assistant to longtime MPP Bob Runciman and as a municipal CAO.
A dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for many local initiatives including the International Plowing Match, Brockville and Area YMCA and the $1.3-million Thousand Islands Secondary School track project, Steve and his wife, Deanna, are the proud parents of a blended family of five: Mitchell, Caitlin, Jordan, Alex and Meghan.
Garfield Dunlop, a lifelong resident of the Village of Coldwater, was elected to the Ontario legislature on June 3, 1999 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Simcoe North.
Mr. Dunlop served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Government House Leader from March 2001 until April 2002, when he was appointed by former Premier Ernie Eves to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier/Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs with responsibility for Caucus Relations.
Since the provincial election in 2003, Mr. Dunlop has served as the Chief Opposition Whip, PC Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services and is currently the PC Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform.
Christine Elliott entered politics when she won the March 2006 by-election for the riding of Whitby-Ajax, and was re-elected in 2007 for the riding of Whitby-Oshawa. Christine is currently Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Health, Citizenship and Immigration, and Mental Health Reform.
Prior to entering politics, Christine was a founding member and partner of Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy, with offices in Whitby, Toronto and Ottawa, where she practised real estate, corporate and estate law.
Victor Fedeli was born in North Bay in 1956. After schooling he returned home in 1978 to open his very successful company, Fedeli Advertising. Vic was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs in an episode of MoneyMakers. In 2003 Vic was elected Mayor of North Bay and re-elected in 2006 with a 2nd landslide victory. During this time he made news on both sides of the border when he successfully launched a grassroots campaign to reverse the U.S.’s Buy American provision.
Ernie Hardeman was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in June, 1995. Prior to the 1995 election, Mr. Hardeman had a long career in municipal politics in Southwestern Ontario. He was first elected to the Township of South-West Oxford council in 1980 and, later, served as mayor from 1988 to 1994. Mr. Hardeman is also a former warden of Oxford County council and has served as chair of the Warden’s Association of Ontario.
On the provincial scene, Mr. Hardeman served as chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) in 1993 and 1994. He served on the board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for five years from 1989 to 1994 and, during that time, also served as chair of the A.M.O. 911 Committee and co-chair of the Municipalities in the Future Task Force.
Michael Harris was elected the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener – Conestoga on October 6, 2011. Michael was named PC Environment Critic and Vice-Chair of Community Outreach.
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 is the starting goal tender for his men’s hockey team, plays second base in a summer baseball league and is an avid outdoors person. Michael, Sarah, Brayden (9), Murphy and their dog Eliot live in Kitchener’s Doon South.
Doug Holyday is a strong fiscal conservative with a record of making government work efficiently and effectively. As Mayor of Etobicoke and Toronto City Councillor, Doug has worked tirelessly to make sure taxpayer money is spent wisely. Most recently, as Deputy Mayor of the city of Toronto, Doug has made it his mission to stop the gravy train by negotiating reasonable salaries for city workers, instituting more efficient and less expensive garbage collection and balancing budgets.
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington
The founder of the Ontario Landowner’s Association, Randy Hillier is the MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington. With a résumé which is both wide and varied, Randy boasts a solid employment history, including small business experience, line work, project management, electrical construction and teaching.
Randy lives near Perth with his wife Jane, and has four grown children; Russell, Chelsea, Dillon and Clayton.
Rod Jackson was born and raised in Barrie. For the last four generations, Rod’s family has been calling Barrie home. Rod and his wife, Joanne, have two children, Abbey (9) and Will (7). As working professionals and parents, the Jacksons understand what it’s like to balance work, family and public service.Rod took an overseas assignment in Japan in Human Resources for three years returning to his hometown of Barrie to live and work. He acquired a position at Queen’s Park as the local MPP’s Legislative Assistant.
Rod entered the private sector again as the Director of Human Resources for Moore Packaging for five years before starting his own successful business “Redline Strategies” in 2004. He provides human resources services to businesses as diverse as small local employers and major corporations such as Quebecor and Bombardier aerospace.After serving on several boards and service groups, Rod decided to enter a life of service and was elected to Barrie City Council in 2006 to work for the people of Barrie.
Sylvia Jones is currently serving her second term as Dufferin-Caledon’s Member of Provincial Parliament. Sylvia was first elected on October 10, 2007, and was appointed the PC Critic for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In 2009, PC Leader Tim Hudak gave Sylvia the added responsibility of Critic for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Following the October 2011 election, Sylvia was named PC Caucus Chair. Additionally, she now serves as the PC critic for the Attorney General. Sylvia and her family have called Dufferin County home for over 25 years.
First elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 1995, Frank was re-elected in June 1999, October 2003, October 2007 and again in 2011.
He has Critic responsibilities for Transportation and Infrastructure, serves on the Legislature’s Justice Committee and is the Official Opposition Lead on the Public Accounts Committee Investigation into the Ornge Air Ambulance Scandal. Frank has served in a number of cabinet positions in the Ontario government including Chief Government Whip, Minister of Tourism and Recreation and Minister of Transportation.
In addition to his successful track record in senior provincial government positions, Frank earned his reputation as someone who “gets things done” through his work on behalf of his constituents.
He was instrumental in securing a world-class Cardiac Care Centre for the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, and he spearheaded the development of the “Oak Ridges Moraine Protection Act”.
And it was his experience with constituents whose lives were at risk while waiting for an organ transplant, that Frank developed and introduced his Organ Donation Bill, which received unanimous all-party support at every stage of the legislative process. His Resolution calling for an on-line Organ and Tissue Donor Registry resulted in the implementation of beadonor.ca in June of 2011. Frank continues his advocacy on behalf of organ and tissue donation.
Before entering politics, Frank had 25 years of business experience in financial services and the energy sector.
Frank and his wife Jaine live in Aurora. They have 2 adult children, Robert and Alissa.
Rob ran to represent his riding as a member of the Ontario PC Caucus alongside Leader Tim Hudak to help make life better for kids and their parents. As the MPP for Cambridge, he continues to work hard to provide relief for family budgets and reduce red tape to help businesses create jobs.
Shortly after being elected, Rob was named Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities. In this role, he will be responsible for holding the government accountable and advising Tim Hudak on how to link our education system with the needs of an innovative knowledge-based economy.
Rob received a PhD in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University. He also obtained a MA in public policy and administration from the University of Guelph and a BA (Hons.) from McMaster. Rob was most recently an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford. For the past several years, he ran a small public policy consulting firm. Rob is also an author having recently published a book in public administration and written several academic articles in national and international publications.
Rob achieved much success in his educational and business pursuits. His proudest achievement, however, is being a husband to his wife, Kate, and a father of his two young boys. Rob was born and raised in Cambridge. He met his wife when they were in high school in the city. Rob went to Southwood Secondary School and Kate went to Preston High School. Kate also holds a PhD in psychology and is currently practicing as a clinical psychologist in the region.
Jack MacLaren is no stranger to dealing with and working with bureaucracy. He has been an active member of many community based organizations.
He has successfully advocated for and protected the rights of individuals, changed public perceptions, and influenced government policy to the benefit of the people of Ontario.
Born to a family with a strong history in public service, Lisa, raised in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, was destined to add her name to the family lineage of public servants.
After completing university, she moved to Ottawa where she served as a respected political advisor to many senior politicians. She has shared her political knowledge and keen insights to various media outlets as a political commentator, including CFRA, CPAC, CTV, A Channel and the CBC.
Today, Lisa, her husband Joe, and their 6-year-old daughter Victoria, live a busy life, typical of a suburban Nepean family. She is active at her daughter’s school and enjoys helping out with her ringette team. Lisa is also a member of the Barrhaven Legion and was recognized for her support of soldiers and veterans throughout Ontario.
Jim McDonell has been a resident of the riding of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry for 52 years, living primarily in Williamstown in South Glengarry. With his wife, school teacher Margie MacDonell, he shares three children in their twenties: Marion, Chelsea and Bernie. Jim studied Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University and went on to work 32 years in Telecommunications at Bell Canada. He has been the Mayor of South Glengarry for the past 8 years and prior to that was a councillor in the townships of South Glengarry and Charlottenburgh. He was also a Warden for the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry in 2006.
Jane McKenna is a long-time community leader in Burlington and has lived in the city for over 35 years. In that time, she has been involved with many projects for organizations including Rotary Central, the Carpenter Hospice and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. A self-educated entrepreneur, Jane has launched her own company, Rainmaker Consulting, a firm that builds on years of experience with in-house consulting services delivered to many of Burlington’s small businesses.
A tireless volunteer, Jane now focuses on bringing her trademark optimism and energy to her work as Burlington’s provincial representative. As Burlington MPP, Jane dedicates herself to delivering the same level of professional and dedicated service to her constituents that she has shown in her community. Jane and her husband Tim have raised five children in Burlington.
Monte McNaughton was born, raised and educated in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and remains an active member of the local community to this day.
A responsible small business owner, Monte employs over 60 local workers at McNaughton’s regional shopping centre, a family business that has been a fixture in the local community for over 63 years. Monte understands how small business owners are struggling under a steadily increasing tax fee and paperwork burden, and wants to do his part to lower these barriers so that more local small businesses can grow and create jobs close to home.
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 and October 2011.
While in opposition Norm has been the PC Critic for a variety of portfolios including Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs and Research and Innovation, and Finance. He also served as Chief Opposition Whip for 6 years and sat on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
Most recently, he was re-appointed as the PC Critic for Northern Development and Mines. Norm was also appointed to the PC Job Creation Task Force.
Rob Milligan grew up in Trent Hills where he still lives and operates a small beef farm. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History and English from Brock University before attending Nippissing to receive his Bachelor’s of Education. From 1998 until his election as MPP, Rob taught History and English at Campbellford District High School.
As a teacher and a family man, Rob understands the plight of families in his riding and will represent the people of Northumberland Quinte West at Queen’s park. A dedicated volunteer, Rob has devoted countless hours to the Percy Minor Hockey Association as an executive member and referee-in-chief. In addition to his work with minor hockey, Rob has also volunteered with the local Army Cadet Corps.
Julia Munro and her family are long-time residents of the riding of York-Simcoe. She and her husband John have lived in Georgina since 1972 and together they have one adult daughter. Julia has served in the Ontario legislature since first elected in 1995.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in the Toronto area, she is a graduate of the University of Toronto. As a high school teacher, Julia taught students for 28 years. Julia serves as the PC Caucus Critic for Seniors and Retirement Security and is a Deputy Speaker of the Legislature.
Rick was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in October of 2011, and is proud to serve as the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex in the 40th Parliament of Ontario. Throughout his career in the training and professional development sector, Rick’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him work with some of Canada’s most renowned companies via the Nicholls Training Group. His work has taken him through Canada and the United States extensively – including an opportunity to twice address the Canadian Embassy to the United Nations.
At home, Rick is a proud husband, father, and grandfather, and has been an active member within the Chatham-Kent community. Rick has been involved with the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, the Chatham-Kent Toastmasters International, and Gideons International of Canada. Rick is particularly proud of his involvement with Softball Canada as an umpire, for which he was recognized by the organization for his knowledge of the game, professionalism, and the ability to “make the tough calls.”
John O’Toole was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in the PC government of 1995. His re-election October 6, 2011, marked his fifth consecutive term as MPP for Durham Riding. John was first elected in 1982 as a school trustee, and subsequently regional and municipal councillor in the Municipality of Clarington and Region of Durham. As a government MPP, he was Parliamentary Assistant in the portfolios of Finance, Health, and Consumer and Commercial Relations. Most recently, John was named Critic for Government Accountability and Deputy Opposition Whip. His Private Member’s Bills currently before the House include measures to protect vulnerable people from the misuse of powers of attorney, tax incentives for public transit use, and legislation to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding learning skills for the 21st Century.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, John worked over 30 years at General Motors of Canada in Ontario and Quebec. His community volunteer experience has included coaching children’s sports, municipal and provincial library boards, the Conservation Authority, the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), the Bowmanville Museum Board, and Bowmanville’s Skate 88 Arena Fund-Raiser. John and his wife, Peggy, have five children and eight grandchildren.
Born in Oshawa, Mr. Ouellette is an honour graduate of Durham College in Business Administration. When he made the decision to run politically, Jerry was a National Sales Coordinator in charge of all the Consumer and Trade shows for an importer distributor. As an active member of the community, he is one of Canada’s only seven Chief and Queen Scouts, and an accomplished international dart competitor.
Mr. Ouellette has served as a member of the Board of Governors for Durham College, and has been very active in numerous local, provincial and national conservation organizations. He is a 30 plus years member of the Oshawa Naval Veterans’ Association. Mr. Ouellette and his wife, Dianne, have two sons, Josh and Garrett.
As MPP for Perth-Wellington, Randy Pettapiece is working hard to represent our communities, interests and values. Raised in Essex County, Randy moved to the Monkton area in 1967 when his parents bought a dairy farm. On that farm, he learned the values of hard work and dedication to his community. Today he uses his knowledge of agriculture as the official opposition’s deputy critic to the Minister of Agriculture.
Serving the community is second nature to Randy. That’s what he did for two terms as an elected councillor in the Municipality of North Perth, where he worked with residents to develop and implement a complex infrastructure project. Similarly, he took the initiative to build for the future as vice-chair of the building committee for the Elma-Logan Recreation Centre. Randy has also served the community as a dedicated volunteer and supporter of local priorities; he is a longtime member of the Monkton Lions Club. Randy and his wife, Jane, have been married for 38 years. They raised three boys, who are now married with children of their own.
Laurie was born and raised in the riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, the daughter of 28-year Member of Parliament Bill Scott. After more than 20 years as a Registered Nurse, Laurie ran for the PC Party in the 2003 general election, easily winning the seat. In 2007, she was re-elected with an even larger margin of victory.
As an MPP Laurie fought hard for local families and successfully spearheaded drives to change MPAC regulations, keep government service offices open in her communities, and expand access to vital health care services such as Family Health Teams. She also worked hard to expand the jobs available for local families, fighting for 1-to-1 apprenticeship ratios and the passing of new legislation to expand job opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
Peter Shurman was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in October 2007 and again in October 2011. Born in Montreal, Peter embarked on a successful career in radio and in 1983 moved to the Greater Toronto Area to lead Standard Radio and its flagship CFRB. He settled in Thornhill, where he and his wife Carole raised their two sons Michael and Brian.
Following a successful career in the corporate and, later, the small business sectors, Peter returned to his radio roots in 2004 and became a popular talk show host. He left that behind to represent the riding of Thornhill as MPP in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and now serves as opposition critic for Finance, for Toronto, and for Francophone Affairs.
Todd moved to Belleville, Ontario from Riverview, New Brunswick in 1992 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 was an institution in 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, prior to his election victory on October 6th, 2011. Todd also served as the Belleville Bulls play-by-play announcer on the OHL Tonight on TV Cogeco.
Lisa is a life long resident of Huron Bruce having been born in East Wawanosh. She earned a degree in Public Administration and Consumer Economics from the University of Guelph. She and her husband Dennis Scheistel are parents to three grown children.
One of her many contributions to the community has been leading the growth of the Ontario Dairy Goat Co-op in Teeswater, into a multi-million dollar business venture.
Prior to his election to serve in the 40th Parliament as the MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, 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. Shortly after being elected, he was appointed to serve as the Deputy Health Critic for Rural and Northern Ontario.
Born and raised in Hepworth, he has a strong sense of family values and a deep appreciation for his rural heritage. Bill has long been active in Grey and Bruce, committing his time to social and economic causes. He is also an amateur auctioneer for fundraising events and enjoys coaching minor sports teams. He and his wife Michaela have two boys, Zach and Ben.
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 an advocate 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 and Tottenham and winning an expansion of services in Wasaga Beach.
John was first elected to serve the hard-working families from the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke in 2003. He is the Ontario PC Chief Whip and Opposition Critic for Community Safety.
John is one of 14 children and grew up watching and learning about politics, hard work, and serving the community from his father Paul Yakabuski, who was the MPP for Renfrew-South for 24 years. John and his wife Vicky have four children and five grandchildren.
Born in St. Thomas and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Jeff continues to proudly call St. Thomas home along with his wife Jenn and their daughter Maggie. He is a co-owner and pharmacist of Yurek Pharmacy and a teaching associate with the University of Toronto SPEP (structured practical experience program).