Biography : Dalton McGuinty

Dalton McGuinty

Dalton McGuinty

MPP Ottawa South

Political Career

  • MPP Ottawa-South, 1990 – present
  • Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, 1996 – present
  • Minister of Economic Development and Trade, May – June 2009
  • Minister of Research and Innovation 2005 – 2007
  • Leader of the Official Opposition, 1996 – 2003


  • LL.B, University of Ottawa
  • B.Sc., McMaster University

Personal and Family Life

  • Born and raised in Ottawa, he married his high-school sweetheart Terri, and they have four grown children
  • Prior to entering politics, he practised law in Ottawa.

Honours & Awards

  • BIO Convention International Award for Leadership Excellence, 2009
  • Honourary professorship, Nanjing University, China, 2008
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Canadian Boreal Initiative Award, 2008
  • Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka Award, 2007
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute Leonard Gertler Award of Distinction, 2007
  • American Planning Association’s Daniel Burnham Award, 2007
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa, 2006
  • Foreign Direct Investment Magazine’s World Personality of the Year, 2006

Executive Biography:

Dalton McGuinty is putting forward a positive, responsible plan for Ontario families that will see us reach our goal of making Ontario the place where the best-educated workers make the cutting-edge products and services that the world wants to buy. He has set an agenda heavily focused on eliminating deficit while protecting health care and education.

The McGuinty government introduced one of North America’s first full-day kindergarten programs. A total of about 120,000 children are now enrolled in full-day kindergarten and it will be available in every publicly funded elementary school by 2014.

Ontario is now recognized across Canada and around the globe as a leader in educational excellence. Our students rank among the best in the world when it comes to standard test results, and Ontario kids consistently score above the Canadian average in math, reading and science. Ontario has chosen to keep class sizes small so students will continue to get the attention they need to succeed.

The McGuinty government is investing in education because that’s how we build a strong work force, a vibrant economy and a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

The government is also renewing its commitment to postsecondary education, creating more spaces and introducing the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant to help lower the cost of a postsecondary education. It will save students money in university or college degree programs or college diploma and certificate programs — money that can be put towards things like textbooks or housing.

We’ve made record investments in infrastructure that creates jobs today, and strengthens the province tomorrow. And we’ve introduced tax reforms that are attracting investment and creating jobs. Ontario is now a manufacturing hub for clean energy technology and a North American leader.

The government is now working to prepare our health care system for an aging population. For example, the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit helps seniors live safely and independently in their own home. The goal is to make Ontario the healthiest place in North America to grow up and grow old. The Action Plan for Health Care will help get us there. Ontario also has some of the most progressive laws in the world to prevent illness. For example, the province will avoid up to $4 billion in health care costs a year by eliminating coal-fired electricity.

McGuinty has led six international missions to China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Israel, the West Bank and Lebanon. The missions have raised Ontario’s profile as a global leader in clean energy, innovation, education and life sciences and have resulted in over $1.5 billion in agreements signed between organizations and businesses.

His fourth trade mission to China, in January 2013, will highlight Ontario’s expertise in clean technology and agri-food product innovation. Matching Ontario’s strengths with opportunities in global markets is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to grow the economy and create jobs here at home.

McGuinty is Ontario’s 24th Premier and was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1990. He became Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in 1996 and led his party to a majority government in 2003. He was re-elected to a second majority government in October, 2007. In 2011, he led the Ontario Liberal Party to a historic third mandate — the first time a Liberal Premier has done so in 125 years. One of ten children in a close family, he credits his parents with teaching him the values and ethics that guide him as Premier. Before entering politics, McGuinty practised law in Ottawa. He met his wife, Terri when they were both high school students in Ottawa. They have been married since 1980 and have four grown children.