Gerry Phillips

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Gerry Phillips
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded bySoo Wong
Personal details
Born (1940-09-11) September 11, 1940 (age 78)
London, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Kay Phillips
ResidenceAjax, Ontario, Canada

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.


He ran for the Ontario legislature as a Liberal in the provincial election of 1975, but lost to Progressive Conservative Tom Wells in Scarborough North by about 3,000 votes.[1]

Peterson government[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] In August 1989, he was transferred to the Ministry of Labour.[4]

Ontario Provincial Government of David Peterson
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Greg Sorbara Minister of Labour
Bob Mackenzie
Lily Oddie Munro Minister of Citizenship
also responsible for Race relations, Multiculturalism and the Ontario Human Rights Commission
Bob Wong

In opposition[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.

McGuinty government[edit]

The Liberal Party won a majority in the 2003 election, and Phillips was re-elected with 61% support in his riding.[8] Phillips was appointed as Chair of the Management Board.[9] After a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2005, Phillips's portfolio was restructured as the Minister of Government Services.[10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13]

Phillips was appointed Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure on November 9, 2009 after Smitherman resigned to enter municipal politics.[14] On January 18, 2010, he was appointed as minister without portfolio and chair of cabinet, and also became Minister responsible for Seniors.[15] In September 2010, the responsibility for seniors was transferred to Sophia Aggelonitis.[16]

In 2011, he announced he would not run for re-election in the 2011 provincial election.

Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet posts (6)
Predecessor Office Successor
George Smitherman Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
Brad Duguid
Kathleen Wynne Chair of Cabinet
Dwight Duncan Minister of Energy
George Smitherman
Mike Colle Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
2007 (July–October)
Michael Chan
New ministry Minister of Government Services
Ted McMeekin
David Tsubouchi Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet
Dwight Duncan
Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Sub-Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister without portfolio
Responsible for Seniors
Minister without portfolio

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Gerry Phillips 19,447 57.82 -3.28
Progressive Conservative John Del Grande 8,495 25.26 -4.82
New Democratic Yvette Blackburn 3,589 10.67 +4.81
Green George Pappas 1,533 4.56 +3.06
Family Coalition Max Wang 572 1.7 +0.24
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Gerry Phillips 23,026 61.1 +10.40
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
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Gerry Phillips 18,698 50.7
Progressive Conservative Jim Brown 15,915 43.15
New Democratic Bob Frankford 1,319 3.58
Green Gary Carmichael 451 1.22
Independent Wayne Cook 371 1.01
Natural Law Ken Morgan 129 0.35

Ontario general election, 1995:

  • (x)Gerry Phillips (L) 13,472
  • Keith MacNab (PC) 11,337
  • Christine Fei (NDP) 4,112
  • Daphne Quance (NLP) 313

Ontario general election, 1990:

  • (x)Gerry Phillips (L) 13,347
  • Keith MacNab (PC) 8,640
  • Ayoub Ali (NDP) 6,763
  • Bill Galster (Lbt) 1,368

Ontario general election, 1987:

  • Gerry Phillips (L) 19,101
  • David Kho (NDP) 7,021
  • Adrienne Johnson (PC) 6,284
  • Barry Coyne (Lbt) 794


  1. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12.
  2. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2.
  3. ^ "Wrye gets new cabinet job". The Windsor Star. September 29, 1987. p. A1.
  4. ^ Allen, Gene (August 3, 1989). "Veterans bear load as 8 ministers cut in Peterson shuffle". The Globe and Mail. p. A1.
  5. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12.
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995.
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003.
  9. ^ "Premier Dalton McGuinty and his 22-member cabinet were sworn in Thursday". Canadian Press NewsWire. October 23, 2003. p. 1.
  10. ^ "Cabinet shuffle focuses on health care, education; McGuinty to head new Research and Innovation ministry". The Kitchener Record. June 30, 2005. p. A5.
  11. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 13 (xxii). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "The new-look Ontario cabinet". The Hamilton Spectator. September 19, 2008. p. A9.
  14. ^ "Smitherman announces Toronto mayoral bid". CTV News. November 8, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8.
  16. ^ "Economy, Health Care And Education The Focus Of New Cabinet". Government of Ontario. August 18, 2010.

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