Deb Matthews

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The Honourable
Deb Matthews
Ontario MPP
Incumbent
Assumed office
2003
Preceded by Dianne Cunningham
Constituency London North Centre
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 61–62)
London, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Residence London, Ontario

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.

Background[edit]

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. 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."[1] 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.

Politics[edit]

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 2003 election, Matthews defeated Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Dianne Cunningham by almost 7,000 votes.[2]

On October 23, 2003, she was appointed parliamentary assistant to Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Community and Social Services.

In the 2007 election, Matthews defeated Progressive Conservative Rob Alder by over 10,000 votes.[3] She was appointed as the Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues after the election.[4]

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.

On October 7, 2009, Matthews was named Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to replace David Caplan.

In the 2011 election, Matthews defeated Progressive Conservative Nancy Branscombe by over 6,000 votes.[5] She was reappointed as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on October 20, 2011.[6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9][10]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Dwight Duncan Deputy Premier of Ontario
2013–present
President of the Treasury Board and also Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
Incumbent
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
David Caplan Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
2009–2014
Eric Hoskins
Mary Anne Chambers Minister of Children and Youth Services
2007–2009
Also Responsible for Women's Issues
Laurel Broten

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Deb Matthews 19,157 43.81% -2.86%
Progressive Conservative Nancy Branscombe 12,628 28.88% +4.40%
New Democratic Steve Holmes 9,875 22.58% +6.07%
Green Kevin Labonte 1,512 3.46% -8.88%
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Deb Matthews 21,669 46.7% +3.27%
Progressive Conservative Rob Alder 11,366 24.5% -4.42%
New Democratic Steve Holmes 7,667 16.5% -8.03%
Green Brett McKenzie 5,730 12.3% +10.62%
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Deb Matthews 20,212 43.43% +22.54%
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%
Freedom Lisa Turner 242 0.52% +0.18%

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 8 (xvii). 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Toronto Star. October 21, 2011. p. A18. 
  7. ^ Donovan, Kevin (February 12, 2012). "ORNGE will be probed by OPP detectives". Toronto Star. 
  8. ^ Talaga, Tanya; Donovan, Kevin (February 21, 2012). "Deb Matthews won’t resign over ORNGE scandal". Toronto Star. 
  9. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star. 
  10. ^ Adrian Morrows (June 23, 2014). "Job of finance minister split as Wynne gets set for cabinet shuffle". The Globe and Mail. 

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