|Preceded by||Dianne Cunningham|
|Constituency||London North Centre|
|Born||1953 (age 61–62)
Deborah Drake Matthews (born c. 1953) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2003. She represents the riding of London North Centre. She has served as a cabinet minister in the government of Dalton McGuinty and is a cabinet minister and Deputy Premier of Ontario in the new government of Kathleen Wynne.
Matthews was born in London, Ontario. She is the third of nine children born to Donald Jeune Matthews, former president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Her mother is Joyce Eleanor Matthews, and her sister is Shelley Peterson, the wife of former Ontario Premier David Peterson.
She graduated from St. George’s Public School and A.B. Lucas Secondary School. She studied at the University of Western Ontario where she earned a PhD in social demography. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled the "Consequences of immigrant concentration in Canada, 2001–2051." She worked at a number of positions in private business and also taught at the University of Western Ontario. Matthews was honoured twice on the University Students' Council Teaching Honour Roll at the University of Western Ontario.
Matthews has been involved in the Liberal Party since 1975, when she helped run Peterson's campaign in the old riding of London Centre. She co-chaired the Liberal Party's provincial campaigns in the elections of 1987 and 1995. Matthews was elected as President of the Ontario Liberal Party in 2003 and held the post until resigning in late 2006.
In the 2007 election, Matthews defeated Progressive Conservative Rob Alder by over 10,000 votes. She was appointed as the Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues after the election.
On December 4, 2008, Matthews introduced Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy as chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction. The long-term reduction plan set a target to reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years.
In 2012, Matthews came under pressure because of revelations at Ornge, Ontario's air ambulance service. Members of the opposition Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties called for her to resign. In response to the revelations at Ornge, Matthews announced an OPP investigation.
During the Liberal Party leadership race in 2013, she was an early supporter of Kathleen Wynne's candidacy to lead the party.
Following the 2014 election, Matthews was shuffled from Health to a revamped role as President of the Treasury Board, where she will be front and centre in the government's bid to return to budgetary balance by 2017-2018.
|Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Dwight Duncan||Deputy Premier of Ontario
President of the Treasury Board and also Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
|Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|David Caplan||Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
|Mary Anne Chambers||Minister of Children and Youth Services
Also Responsible for Women's Issues
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|Progressive Conservative||Nancy Branscombe||12,628||28.88%||+4.40%|
|New Democratic||Steve Holmes||9,875||22.58%||+6.07%|
|Ontario general election, 2007|
|Progressive Conservative||Rob Alder||11,366||24.5%||-4.42%|
|New Democratic||Steve Holmes||7,667||16.5%||-8.03%|
|Ontario general election, 2003|
|Progressive Conservative||Dianne Cunningham||13,460||28.92%||-11.29%|
|New Democratic||Rebecca Coulter||11,414||24.53%||-11.93%|
|Green||Bronagh Joyce Morgan||780||1.68%||+0.88%|
|Family Coalition||Craig Smith||432||0.93%||-0.09%|
- "Best-selling author, actress Shelley Peterson visits library Aug. 16". Orangeville Banner, August 9, 2010.
- Deborah Drake Matthews (2006). "Can Immigration Compensate for Below-Replacement Fertility?: The Consequences of the Unbalanced Settlement of Immigrants in Canadian Cities, 2001–2051" (PDF). London, Ontario: Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of Western Ontario.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 8 (xvii).
- Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13.
- "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 9.
- "Ontario's new cabinet". Toronto Star. October 21, 2011. p. A18.
- Donovan, Kevin (February 12, 2012). "ORNGE will be probed by OPP detectives". Toronto Star.
- Talaga, Tanya; Donovan, Kevin (February 21, 2012). "Deb Matthews won’t resign over ORNGE scandal". Toronto Star.
- Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star.
- Adrian Morrows (June 23, 2014). "Job of finance minister split as Wynne gets set for cabinet shuffle". The Globe and Mail.