Hugh O'Neil

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Hugh O'Neil
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Richard Potter
Succeeded by Doug Rollins
Constituency Quinte
Personal details
Born (1936-07-10) July 10, 1936 (age 78)
Belleville, Ontario
Political party Liberal

Hugh Patrick O'Neil (born July 10, 1936) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1995, and served as a cabinet minister in the government of David Peterson.


O'Neil was educated at Peterborough Teachers' College, and worked as a teacher and real estate broker before entering political life.


He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Robin Jeffrey by 659 votes in the eastern Ontario riding of Quinte.[1] He was re-elected by a much greater margin in the 1977 provincial election,[2] and in the elections of 1981,[3] 1985,[4] and 1987.[5]

The Liberals under David Peterson formed a minority government following the 1985 election, and O'Neil was appointed as Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology on June 26, 1985.[6]

In 1987, O'Neil was named Minister of Tourism and Recreation.[7] Following a cabinet shuffle, he was named as Minister of Mines on August 2, 1989.[8] He also became Minister of Culture and Communications on June 5, 1990.[9] In addition, O'Neil served as Peterson's regional minister for eastern Ontario.

The Liberals were defeated by the New Democratic Party in the 1990 provincial election. O'Neil was re-elected in Quinte, though by a reduced margin.[10] He served as his party's critic for Tourism and Recreation for the entirety of the next parliament, and did not run for re-election in 1995, choosing instead to retire from politics and return to a business career in real estate.

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of David Peterson
Cabinet Posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Christine Hart Minister of Culture and Communications
1990 (June-Sept)
Rosario Marchese
Sean Conway Minister of Mines
Gilles Pouliot
John Eakins Minister of Tourism and Recreation
Ken Black
Andy Brandt Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology
Monte Kwinter

Later life[edit]

He now owns and manages developments in the residential, commercial and industrial sector.


  1. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12. 
  2. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Election results for Metro Toronto ridings". The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario). p. 22. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  6. ^ "Liberals pledge reform as they take over in Ontario". The Gazette (Montreal, Que). June 27, 1985. p. B1. 
  7. ^ "Wrye gets new cabinet job". The Windsor Star. September 29, 1987. p. A1. 
  8. ^ Allen, Gene (August 3, 1989). "Veterans bear load as 8 ministers cut in Peterson shuffle". The Globe and Mail. p. A1. 
  9. ^ Walkom, Thomas (June 4, 1990). "Liberal may get taste of her own tactics". Toronto Star. p. A17. 
  10. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 

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