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Daiene Vernile (born July 1, 1960) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2014 to 2018 who represented the riding of Kitchener Centre. She was a member of cabinet in the government of Kathleen Wynne.

Daiene Vernile
Daiene Vernile, former MPP for Kitchener Centre, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.jpg
Speaking at the Waterloo Region wide All Candidates Event at THE MUSEUM: Cultural Exchange 6.0, during the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election.
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Kitchener Centre
In office
January 12, 2014 – June 7, 2018
Preceded byJohn Milloy
Succeeded byLaura Mae Lindo
Personal details
Born (1960-07-01) July 1, 1960 (age 59)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)John Matlock
ResidenceKitchener, Ontario
ProfessionTelevision journalist


Prior to her election to the legislature, Vernile was a television journalist for CKCO-TV. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband John. They have three children.[1]


She ran in the 2014 provincial election as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Kitchener Centre. She defeated Progressive Conservative candidate and former MPP Wayne Wettlaufer by 6,913 votes.[2][3][4]

In June 2014, she was appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation.

On January 17, 2018, Vernile was sworn into cabinet as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.[5]

Cabinet positionsEdit

Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Eleanor McMahon Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
January 17, 2018—June 29, 2018
Sylvia Jones


  1. ^ Debrone, Carrie (July 3, 2014). "Former television host Daiene Vernile wins Kitchener Centre for the Liberals". Kitchener Citizen. p. 3.
  2. ^ "General Election by District: Kitchener Centre". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-07-02.
  3. ^ "Liberals secure big wins in Waterloo Region". CBC News. June 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Mercer, Greg (June 12, 2014). "Vernile celebrates victory in rookie campaign". Archived from the original on 2014-10-27.
  5. ^ "MPP Daiene Vernile joins cabinet, McGarry shuffled to transportation". CBC News. January 17, 2018.

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