Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MPP: Monte McNaughton - Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to MPP Monte McNaughton strength of character, integrity and the ability to understand the complexities that he faces in his everyday life. We ask that You would further strengthen him and that he would clearly see the issues that stand before him as he makes decisions that will affect the people of Ontario. In the name of Jesus, Amen  

Monte McNaughton grew up in Newbury and learned the value of hard work and community service by working in his family business. By the time he was twenty, Monte was elected as Newbury Councillor and was re-elected two more times. He graduated from Westervelt Business College and successfully completed executive programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business and in 2009-10 he served as President of the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce. On October 6, 2011 Monte was elected MPP for the riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and subsequently re-elected on June 12, 2014. Monte currently serves as Official Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Monte is also a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Monte is married to Kate, they have a daughter (Annie) and live in Mt. Brydges.  Monte is passionate about his riding and wants to bring jobs, honesty, and good government to the people living in Lambton-Kent Middlesex. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MPP: Ted McMeekin - Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Lord, surround MPP Ted McMeeking today and in the coming days with Your wisdom and guidance. May his thoughts and plans be established by You. Give him the ability to discern what is of real value. May he be filled with compassion and be aware of the needs of the people in his constituency and how to meet them. May they win favor and a good name with all people. Amen.

Ted McMeekin was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario.

A committed community volunteer, Ted worked as the Director of two International Work camps and as an overseas volunteer. He provided leadership to his local Mental Health Assoc., the Circle of Friends, Operation Lifeline, the Five Oaks Christian Workers Centre and as youth group leader, baseball and soccer coach. 

Ted has also served as President of the Hamilton-Burlington YMCA and the Hamilton-Wentworth Lung Association.

A graduate of Mohawk College, McMaster and Wilfrid Laurier Universities, Ted has received Lifetime Achievement awards from both McMaster and WLU and the first Friend of Mohawk College award. He has also received the Friend of Youth Award from Waterdown District High School.

Ted is a recipient of both the Queen's Gold and Silver Jubilee medals for community service.

Mr. McMeekin served two terms as a Hamilton City Councillor and two terms as Mayor of the Town of Flamborough before being elected an MPP in 2000. He was reelected as MPP in 2003, 2007, 2011 & 2014.

Ted brings experience as Executive Director of the Burlington Social Planning Council, Chairman of Part-Time Studies at Mohawk College, Mission and Stewardship Officer with the United Church of Canada, owner/operator of the original CHAPTERS Bookstore and Part-time Assistant Professor at WLU to his work as an MPP.

Mr. McMeekin has served as Minister of Government Services, Minister of Consumer Services and Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs. In February, 2013 he was appointed by Premier Wynne as her Minister of Community and Social Services.  Mr. McMeekin was recently appointed the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

In 2013 Mr. McMeekin received the Doctors Colloquium 'Political Award of Merit' from the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers for 'a lifetime of humanitarian service and political advocacy on behalf of Ontario's vulnerable'.

Ted has a special interest in issues related to poverty, social justice, environmental vigilance, advancing post-secondary education, children and adults with special needs and social housing.

Monday, January 11, 2016

MPP: Jim McDonell - Stormont Dundas South Glengarry

Father, we are thankful for MPP Jim McDonell. Continue to give him vision, direction and steps necessary to move Ontario forward. We pray that he would be a strength, support and encouragement to those he works with. Keep his family unified and protected. In the name of Jesus, Amen

Jim McDonell was raised on a mixed dairy farm in South Glengarry Township. He graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. in Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) and just recently retired from Bell Canada after 32 years in planning, engineering and supervisory roles.

Jim has been actively involved in the community for over 27 years, dedicating his time to the Williamstown Fair, the Char-Lan Minor Soccer and Minor Hockey Associations, the Glengarry Kinsmen Club, and the Glengarry Border Hockey League. Jim and his wife Margie live in Glengarry County where they raised their family of three.

For the past 17 years, Jim has been involved in municipal politics, sitting on many committees and boards, including serving as Mayor of the Township of South Glengarry for the past eight years. He also served as the Warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the Chair of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and the Community Futures Development Corporation. On October 6, 2011, Jim was elected to the Ontario Legislature as the member for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry. He has been assigned the role as the PC Critic for Consumer Services.

Friday, January 8, 2016

MPP: Bill Mauro - Thunder Bay - Atikokan

Thank You, Lord for MPP Bill Mauro and his service to the people of Ontario. We pray that Your hand would continue to guide his life and bless his work. Make him aware of those who genuinely need his help and enable him to contribute to their well-being. Give him the strength and endurance he needs and let him know that his efforts are appreciated.  In Jesus name, Amen

Bill Mauro was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

Mauro currently serves as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Mauro was named the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in March 2014. He has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the Minister of Natural Resources, and the Minister of Government Services.

As an MPP, he introduced Private Members’ Bills on a number of matters of public interest.  In October 2013, he put forward a bill supporting the spring bear hunt. The government subsequently implemented a two-year Spring Bear Hunt Pilot in May 2014.  He presented a bill that called for increasing the proportion of Canadian content in provincially-funded mass transit vehicles, which resulted in the government introducing a 25 per cent Canadian content requirement for mass transit vehicles in Ontario.  He also introduced bills proposing an expansion of OHIP coverage for celiac and prostate cancer testing, as well as increased use of wood in mid-rise structures and publicly-funded buildings.

Before becoming an MPP, Mauro served on Thunder Bay City Council, chaired the city’s finance committee and was a board member of Thunder Bay Hydro. He has also served on the boards of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, the Children’s Aid Society and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.