Rod Phillips (politician)
|Ontario Minister of Finance|
|Assumed office |
June 20, 2019
|Preceded by||Vic Fedeli|
|Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks|
June 29, 2018 – June 20, 2019
|Preceded by||Chris Ballard|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Yurek|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Riding Established|
|Born||March 2, 1965|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
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). He has also been president of personnel services company Shepell-fgi (2002–2010).
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.
From 1997 to 2000, Phillips was chief of staff for the then-Mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman. He later acted as director of the leader's tour for Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory during the 2007 provincial election.
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. However, Phillips chose not to run for leader and instead endorsed Caroline Mulroney in the PC leadership election.
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. On June 29, 2018, Phillips was appointed to cabinet as Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. He was shuffled over to the Minister of Finance on June 20, 2019.
|2018 Ontario general election: Ajax|
|Progressive Conservative||Rod Phillips||19,078||39.05||+10.53|
|New Democratic||Monique Hughes||15,130||30.97||+14.70|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative pickup new district.|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Vic Fedeli||Minister of Finance
June 20, 2019–present
|Chris Ballard||Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
June 29, 2018–June 20, 2019
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