|Preceded by||Brian Coburn|
|Ottawa City Councillor for Cumberland Ward|
|Preceded by||Robert van den Ham|
|Succeeded by||Rob Jellett|
|Occupation||Business owner, engineer|
McNeely was born in Cumberland, Ontario (now part of the City of Ottawa) and is bilingual. He was educated at Lisgar Collegiate and McGill University, earning a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the latter. He later earned the equivalent of a Master's Degree in engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. Before entering politics, he was the CEO of McNeely Engineering, a firm which operated in the Ottawa region. He sold this firm in 1997, claiming it had suffering under provincial cutbacks to infrastructure spending.
In 2000, McNeely was elected as a municipal councillor for the Cumberland Ward of the amalgamated City of Ottawa, defeating incumbent Robert van den Ham. In 2002, he played a key role in the hugely successful Hay West project, in which hay from eastern Canada was shipped to the drought-stricken west. He was also active in opposing the creation of a hog farm in the village of Sarsfield part of the Cumberland Ward of Ottawa.
In July 2006, McNeely described Israel as a "rogue state", arguing that Israel's military campaign in Lebanon was resulting in collective punishment for the Lebanese people. Dalton McGuinty expressed "serious dismay and disappointment" for these remarks, and McNeely later offered an apology for the language of his comments.
He was re-elected to the provincial legislature in 2007, beating Conservative candidate Graham Fox by almost 9,000 votes.
In 2008 McNeely spearheaded the drive to ban power wall cigarette advertising from convenience stores and retail businesses. The "McNeely Amendment", which came into effect on May 31, 2008, has helped keep cigarettes out of the sight of children.
During his time in office, McNeely has served as Parliamentary Assistant to a number of ministers including Minister of Transportation, Minister of Health and Long Term Care and most recently as PA to the Minister of the Environment.
- "MPP calls Israel 'rogue' state". Ottawa Citizen. 20 July 2006.