|Hon. Deb Matthews|
October 2, 2003
|Preceded by||Dianne Cunningham|
|Constituency||London North Centre|
|Born||1953 (age 60–61)
Deb Matthews 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 is the sister of Shelley Peterson, wife of former Ontario Premier David Peterson, and the granddaughter of John Henry (Jack) Matthews, the former Mayor of Brantford, Ontario who ran as a CCF candidate. Matthews has three children and four grandchildren.
Before entering politics, Matthews held a number of positions in various fields. She has experience in the business community, the construction industry, fundraising in the non-profit sector and teaching 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 is actively involved in numerous community activities in London. This includes Orchestra London and the Thames Valley Children's Centre. Matthews also served on the advisory boards for the Salvation Army and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and as board member and president of the Big Sisters of London. In 1995–96, Matthews served as the fundraising co-coordinator for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London.
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. Her riding includes significant portions of the London Centre riding once represented by her brother-in-law.
In the 2007 election, Matthews defeated Progressive Conservative Rob Alder by over 10,000 votes. She served as Ontario's Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues from October 2007 to October 2009.
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 the 2011 election, Matthews defeated Progressive Conservative Nancy Branscombe by over 6,000 votes. She was reappointed as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on October 20, 2011.
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.
|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%|
Table of offices held
|Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Dwight Duncan||Deputy Premier of Ontario
February 11, 2013–
|Wynne Government Starts||Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
February 11, 2013–
|Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|David Caplan||Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
|McGuinty Government Ended|
|Mary Anne Chambers||Minister of Children and Youth Services
- Deborah Drake Matthews (2006). "Can Immigration Compensate for Below-Replacement Fertility?: The Consequences of the Unbalanced Settlement of Immigrants in Canadian Cities, 2001–2051". London, Ontario: Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of Western Ontario.
- Premier Announces Changes To Ontario Cabinet
- "ORNGE will be probed by OPP detectives". Toronto Star.
- "Deb Matthews won’t resign over ORNGE scandal". Toronto Star.