Rod Phillips (politician)

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Rod Phillips

Ontario Minister of Finance
Assumed office
June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byVic Fedeli
Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
In office
June 29, 2018 – June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byChris Ballard
Succeeded byJeff Yurek
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Ajax
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byRiding Established
Personal details
Born (1965-03-02) March 2, 1965 (age 54)
Newmarket, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Rodney Allan Phillips (born March 2, 1965) is a Canadian businessman and politician currently serving as Ontario's Minister of Finance since June 20, 2019. He represents the riding of Ajax.

He is the former chair of Postmedia (2014–2017) and former president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (2011–2014) as well as the former chair of CivicAction (2014–2017).[1] He has also been president of personnel services company Shepell-fgi (2002–2010).[2][1]

Early life[edit]

He attended Stuart Scott Public School in Newmarket, Ontario where he excelled in scholastics. He went on to Newmarket High School where played on the football and hockey teams, and was his class valedictorian on graduation.

In 1984 he enrolled in Western University in London, Ontario.  He graduated in 1988 with an Honours BA in Political Science and English.  He then went on to take an MBA degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario – graduating in 1992.

Political career[edit]

From 1997 to 2000, Phillips was chief of staff for the then-Mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman.[3] He later acted as director of the leader's tour for Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory during the 2007 provincial election.[2]

Following the resignation of Patrick Brown as party leader on January 25, 2018, Phillips was touted as a possible successor as PC Party of Ontario leader.[4] However, Phillips chose not to run for leader and instead endorsed Caroline Mulroney in the PC leadership election.[5]

In the 2018 provincial election he ran as a candidate for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in the redistributed riding of Ajax. He defeated New Democrat candidate Monique Hughes and Liberal Joe Dickson to win the riding.[6] On June 29, 2018, Phillips was appointed to cabinet as Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.[7] He was shuffled over to the Minister of Finance on June 20, 2019.[8]

Electoral results[edit]

2018 Ontario general election: Ajax
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Rod Phillips 19,078 39.05 +10.53
New Democratic Monique Hughes 15,130 30.97 +14.70
Liberal Joe Dickson 12,607 25.80 -25.97
Green Stephen Leahy 1,224 2.51 -0.41
Libertarian Marsha Haynes 312 0.64
None of the Above Frank Lopez 289 0.59
Independent Kevin J. Brackley 220 0.45
Total valid votes 48,860 100.0  
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots
Turnout 55.73
Eligible voters 87,672
Progressive Conservative pickup new district.
Source: Elections Ontario[9]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Vic Fedeli Minister of Finance
June 20, 2019–present
Chris Ballard Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
June 29, 2018–June 20, 2019
Jeff Yurek


  1. ^ a b "OLG head Rod Phillips leaving for private sector | The Star".
  2. ^ Barber, John (May 26, 2005). “Miller’s staff really needs a chief”. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Benzie, Robert; Ferguson, Rob; Rushowy, Kristin (25 January 2018). "Tories looking for new leader after Patrick Brown sex scandal" – via Toronto Star.
  4. ^ Benzie, Robert (February 4, 2018). "PC candidate Rod Phillips withdraws from leadership race to back Caroline Mulroney". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Gilligan, Keith (June 13, 2018). "Hard work paid off, Phillips said of Ajax win". Ajax News Advertiser. Metroland Media Group Ltd.
  6. ^ McGrath, John Michael (June 29, 2018). "Meet the Progressive Conservatives' new cabinet". TVO.
  7. ^ Comment, Full (2019-06-20). "Randall Denley: Ford's cabinet is now stronger, but will it be less confrontational? | National Post". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved 16 January 2019.