|Preceded by||New riding|
|Succeeded by||Soo Wong|
September 11, 1940 |
Gerry Phillips (born September 11, 1940) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who represented the eastern Toronto riding of Scarborough—Agincourt from 1987 to 2011. He served as a cabinet minister in the governments of David Peterson and Dalton McGuinty.
Phillips was educated at the University of Western Ontario's School of Business, and worked as a managing consultant before entering public life. He worked in the marketing department of Procter & Gamble, and joined the Canadian Marketing Associates organization in 1970 (becoming its President in 1977). Phillips founded the Sales Development Group in 1979 and the Retail Resource Group in 1982, and also served on the Board of Governors of the Scarborough General Hospital during this period. He served as a school trustee for eleven years on the Scarborough Board of Education and the Metropolitan Toronto School Board eventually becoming chair of both organizations.
Phillips tried again in the provincial election of 1987 in the riding of Scarborough—Agincourt this time defeating his nearest opponent, David Kho of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) by over 12,000 votes. The Liberals won a landslide majority in this election under David Peterson. On September 29, 1987, Phillips was appointed Minister of Citizenship, with responsibility for race relations, multiculturalism and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. In August 1989, he was transferred to the Ministry of Labour.
|Provincial Government of David Peterson|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Greg Sorbara||Minister of Labour
|Lily Oddie Munro||Minister of Citizenship
also responsible for Race relations, Multiculturalism and the Ontario Human Rights Commission
The Liberals were defeated by the NDP in the provincial election of 1990, although Phillips was re-elected without difficulty in his own riding. Tory Keith MacNab finished second. In opposition, he held critic portfolios in Health, Finance and Native Affairs. In 1992, he supported Lyn McLeod's successful campaign to become party leader.
The 1995 provincial election was won by the Progressive Conservatives, and Phillips only narrowly won re-election in Agincourt, defeating Keith MacNab by about 2,000 votes. Many suspected that Phillips would run for the party's leadership when Lyn McLeod resigned in 1996, but he declined and supported Gerard Kennedy, who lost to Dalton McGuinty on the final ballot. Phillips was appointed as the party's Deputy Leader in 1998.
He was re-elected in 1999 by nearly 3,000 votes defeating Tory MPP Jim Brown whose own nearby riding of Scarborough West was abolished in the lead-up to the election. The Progressive Conservatives won re-election across the province, and Phillips remained in opposition serving in critic roles such as Native Affairs. Phillips helped lead the fight for a public inquiry into the 1995 shooting death of protester Dudley George by members of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The Liberal Party won a majority in the 2003 election, and Phillips was re-elected with 61% support in his riding. Phillips was appointed as Chair of the Management Board. After a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2005, Phillips's portfolio was restructured as the Minister of Government Services. The new Ministry took on most of the core services of the former Management Board Secretariat, Consumer and Business Services, and a large part of the Cabinet Office.
He was re-elected in the 2007 election, and was appointed Minister of Energy. In a cabinet shuffle on June 20, 2008, the Energy portfolio was given to George Smitherman. Phillips was appointed minister without portfolio and chair of cabinet.
Phillips was appointed Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure on November 9, 2009 after Smitherman resigned to enter municipal politics. On January 18, 2010, he was appointed as minister without portfolio and chair of cabinet, and also became Minister responsible for Seniors. In September 2010, the responsibility for seniors was transferred to Sophia Aggelonitis.
In 2011, he announced he would not run for re-election in the 2011 provincial election.
|Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet Posts (6)|
|George Smitherman||Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
|Kathleen Wynne||Chair of Cabinet
|Dwight Duncan||Minister of Energy
|Mike Colle||Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
|New ministry||Minister of Government Services
|David Tsubouchi||Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet
|Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Minister without portfolio
Responsible for Seniors
|Minister without portfolio
|Progressive Conservative||John Del Grande||8,495||25.26||-4.82|
|New Democratic||Yvette Blackburn||3,589||10.67||+4.81|
|Family Coalition||Max Wang||572||1.7||+0.24|
|Progressive Conservative||Yolanda Chan||11,337||30.08||-13.07|
|New Democratic||Stacy Douglas||2,209||5.86||+2.28|
|Green||Lawrence J. Arkilander||566||1.5||+0.28|
|Family Coalition||Tony Ieraci||550||1.46|
|Ontario general election, 1999|
|Progressive Conservative||Jim Brown||15,915||43.15|
|New Democratic||Bob Frankford||1,319||3.58|
|Natural Law||Ken Morgan||129||0.35|
- (x)Gerry Phillips (L) 13,472
- Keith MacNab (PC) 11,337
- Christine Fei (NDP) 4,112
- Daphne Quance (NLP) 313
- (x)Gerry Phillips (L) 13,347
- Keith MacNab (PC) 8,640
- Ayoub Ali (NDP) 6,763
- Bill Galster (Lbt) 1,368
- Gerry Phillips (L) 19,101
- David Kho (NDP) 7,021
- Adrienne Johnson (PC) 6,284
- Barry Coyne (Lbt) 794
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- "Economy, Health Care And Education The Focus Of New Cabinet". Government of Ontario. August 18, 2010.