Brad Duguid

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Brad Duguid
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Duguid in 2017
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Marilyn Mushinski
Succeeded by Christina Mitas
Constituency Scarborough Centre
Personal details
Born (1962-07-09) July 9, 1962 (age 56)
Scarborough, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Crystal
Children 2
Residence Scarborough, Ontario
Alma mater University of Toronto

Brad Duguid (born July 9, 1962) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2018 who represented the riding of Scarborough Centre in Toronto. He served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.


Duguid was born in Scarborough and graduated from Woburn Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto.[citation needed]

Before seeking elected office, Duguid worked in government services at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, serving as executive assistant to Metro Councillor Scott Cavalier, Ontario MPP Frank Faubert, and Liberal Members of Parliament Catherine Callbeck and Derek Lee.



In 1994, he was elected as a city councillor for the suburban municipality of Scarborough.[1] In the elections of 1997 and 2000, he was elected as a councillor in the amalgamated "megacity" of Toronto.[2][3] During his time in municipal government, Duguid was known for his work on community safety issues and affordable housing. He drafted a crime-prevention strategy for Toronto in 1999, and was a founder of the "Scarborough Community Safety Council", the "Scarborough Community Safety Audit Program" and the "Business Crime Prevention Seminar Program". He was also known as a supporter of then-Mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman. In the 2003 election, Duguid supported John Tory over David Miller for Mayor of Toronto.[citation needed]


On May 1, 2003, Duguid was appointed by Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty as the party's candidate for Scarborough Centre in the upcoming provincial election. This upset many in the local party association, as Ontario general election, 1999 candidate Costas Manios was widely expected to win the nomination again. Manios decided to run against Duguid as an Independent (essentially campaigning as an "Independent Liberal"), and many believed he would deny Duguid victory by splitting the Liberal vote.[4] Instead, the provincial trend overrode local factors—Duguid defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Marilyn Mushinski by over 10,000 votes, while Manios finished fourth, behind Michael Laxer of the Ontario New Democratic Party.[5]

On October 23, 2003, Duguid was appointed Parliamentary Assistant on urban issues to John Gerretsen, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. As such, he has often clashed with Mayor David Miller over allegations by the mayor that the province has reneged on funding promises to the city.

Following his re-election in 2007,[6] Duguid was appointed Minister of Labour.[7] He ensured job protection for military reservists and improved health and safety in the workplace. He also saw the creation of the new Family Day holiday, allowing Ontario families to spend quality time together.

In a Cabinet shuffle on September 18, 2008, Duguid was appointed as the province's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.[8] As Minister of Aboriginal Affairs from 2008 to 2010, Duguid worked at building relationships through agreements with a number of First Nations and Métis organizations, including the framework to transfer Ipperwash Park to the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation. Uniting two of his passions – youth outreach and hockey – Duguid also brought PLAY to First Nations' youth, a project that provides hockey coaching, mentoring and, potentially, facilities to Aboriginal communities in the north. On January 18, 2010 he was appointed Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.[9]

In the re-election and subsequent Cabinet shuffle, in October 2011, the Cabinet was dissolved, and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure was split into two Ministries. The resulting cabinet Duguid was appointed as the Minister of Energy.[10]

In the Cabinet, post election, on October 20, 2011, Brad Duguid was appointed Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.[11]

In December 2012, CTV London reported that some of Minister Duguid's Christmas cards were sent without postage, instead using franking stickers only available to the monarch, federal MPs, senators and certain parliamentary employees. A staffer later resigned over the controversy.[12]

After Kathleen Wynne took over in 2013, she appointed Duguid as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.[13] Duguid was re-elected in the June 2014 election.[14] After the election he was appointed as the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. [15] On June 13, 2016, Duguid's portfolio was changed to Minister of Economic Development and Growth.[16]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Himself Minister of Economic Development and Growth
Steven Del Duca
Eric Hoskins Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Bob Chiarelli
[note 1]
John Milloy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Reza Moridi
Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Sandra Pupatello Minister of Economic Development and Innovation
Eric Hoskins
Himself Minister of Energy
Chris Bentley
Gerry Phillips Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
2010 (January–August)
Bob Chiarelli
as Minister of Infrastructure
Michael Bryant Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Chris Bentley
Steve Peters Minister of Labour
Peter Fonseca

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Brad Duguid 16,142 00.0
Progressive Conservative Carol Williams 7,511 00.0
New Democratic Kathleen Mathurin 6,836 00.0
Green Jeff Mole 558 0.0
Family Coalition David Driver 301 0.0
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Brad Duguid 17,714 53.6
Progressive Conservative Sammy Appadurai 8,316 25.2
New Democratic Kathleen Mathurin 4,401 13.3
Green Andrew Strachan 1,827 5.5
Family Coalition Thomas Lang 459 1.4
Libertarian David Predovich 349 1.1
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Brad Duguid 21,698 52.07 +17.54
Progressive Conservative Marilyn Mushinski 11,686 28.04 -15.08
New Democratic Michael Laxer 3,653 8.77 -11.14
Independent Costas Manios 3,259 7.82
Green Robert Carty 642 1.54
Family Coalition Joseph Internicola 495 1.19 -0.17
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 241 0.58



  1. ^ As Minister of Infrastructure.


  1. ^ "Municipal Council - Final Results". Toronto Star. November 16, 1994. p. A8. 
  2. ^ "1997 Toronto general election results". City of Toronto. 1997. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Councilor, Ward 38". Archived from the original on February 19, 2008. 
  4. ^ Urquhart, Ian (June 26, 2003). "Not all peaceful in Liberal camp". The Guelph Mercury. p. A13. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 14 (xxiii). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "The new-look Ontario cabinet". The Hamilton Spectator. September 19, 2008. p. A9. 
  9. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8. 
  10. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chris Bentley appointed Energy Minister". APPrRO Magazine. November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Brad Duguid's Christmas Cards Without Stamps Prompt Staffer's Resignation". Huffington Post. December 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record. Kitchener, Ont. February 12, 2013. p. A3. 
  14. ^ "General Election by District: Scarborough Centre". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on June 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Richard Brennan; Robert Benzie; Rob Ferguson (June 24, 2014). "Kathleen Wynne warns financial cupboard is bare". Toronto Star. 
  16. ^ "Kathleen Wynne's shuffled cabinet features 40% women". CBC News. June 13, 2016. 

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