Todd Smith (politician)

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Todd Smith

Ontario Government House Leader
Assumed office
June 29, 2018
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byYasir Naqvi
Minister of Government and Consumer Services
In office
June 29, 2018 – November 5, 2018
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byTracy MacCharles
Succeeded byBill Walker
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Assumed office
November 2, 2018
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byJim Wilson
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Bay of Quinte
Prince Edward—Hastings (2011-2018)
Assumed office
October 6, 2011
Preceded byLeona Dombrowsky
Personal details
Born (1970-10-07) October 7, 1970 (age 48)
Riverview, New Brunswick
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceStirling, Ontario
OccupationBroadcaster

Todd Smith (born October 7, 1970) is a Politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and currently serves as both the Government House Leader (Ontario) and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. He represents the riding of Bay of Quinte, and previously represented Prince Edward—Hastings. He has been an MPP since 2011.

Background[edit]

Smith was born and raised in Riverview, New Brunswick. He worked for more than sixteen years on the radio with Quinte Broadcasting's CJBQ, Mix 97 and Rock 107, eventually becoming the news director for Quinte Broadcasting.

Politics[edit]

Smith ran in the 2011 provincial election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Prince Edward—Hastings. He defeated Liberal incumbent Leona Dombrowsky by 3,130 votes.[1][2] He was re-elected in the 2014 provincial election defeating Liberal candidate Georgina Thompson by 4,107 votes.[3]

During his first term of office, Smith introduced several private member's bills. In November 2011, he proposed the Local Municipality Democracy Act which would have restored municipal zoning authority over green energy projects in Ontario. The bill was defeated after first reading.[4] In May 2012 he introduced the Electronic Commerce Amendment Act with Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi. It would have allowed for the use of electronic signatures on real estate transactions. When the legislature was prorogued on October 15, the bill was removed from the order paper along with all other business. It was reintroduced on March 6, 2013 and it passed second reading on March 21 before being adopted by the government as a part of the 2013 budget.[5]

After Tim Hudak announced that he would be stepping down as leader of the party, Smith said that he would be supporting Christine Elliott to be the next leader.[6]

As the PC's formed the government during the 42nd Parliament of Ontario in 2018, Smith was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Government and Consumer Services while serving concurrently as Government House Leader.

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jim Wilson Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
November 2, 2018 – present
Was officially sworn in as the Minister on November 5, 2018
Incumbent
Tracy MacCharles Minister of Government and Consumer Services
June 29, 2018 – November 5, 2018
Bill Walker
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Yasir Naqvi Government House Leader
June 29, 2018 – present
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  2. ^ "Two rural incumbents fall as PC support grows". CTV Ottawa. October 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "General Election by District: Prince Edward-Hastings". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on June 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Moore, Amanda (December 6, 2011). "Wind group applauds PC efforts". Niagara This Week. p. 1.
  5. ^ "OREA endorses Bill to enhance electronic real estate transactions". Canada NewsWire. March 6, 2013.
  6. ^ Hendry, Luke (June 25, 2014). "Smith backs Elliott for PC leader". The Belleville Intelligencer.

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