Monte McNaughton

Monte Gary McNaughton (born March 11, 1977) is a politician in Ontario, Canada who is currently serving as Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development of Ontario. He is a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who represents the riding Lambton—Kent—Middlesex. He has been a member since the 2011 Election.

Monte McNaughton

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Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Assumed office
June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byLaurie Scott
Minister of Infrastructure
In office
June 29, 2018 – June 20, 2019
PremierDoug Ford
Preceded byBob Chiarelli
Succeeded byLaurie Scott
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Assumed office
October 6, 2011
Preceded byMaria Van Bommel
Personal details
Born (1977-03-11) March 11, 1977 (age 43)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceMount Brydges, Ontario
EducationIvey Business School


Monte McNaughton Biography

Monte McNaughton, MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, and Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, is a politician, community leader and former small business owner from southwestern Ontario. He is currently serving his third consecutive term as a Member of Provincial Parliament.

Monte attended elementary and high school in Glencoe and graduated from Westervelt Business College in London. He later completed executive programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. At the age of twenty Monte was elected as municipal councillor in his hometown of Newbury, and was re-elected to two further terms before retiring from that office. From 2009 to 2010 he served as President of the Strathroy and District Chamber of Commerce, and he served on the board of Four Counties General Hospital Foundation.

Monte McNaughton was elected to the provincial legislature in 2011 and served in numerous critic positions, most notably as Official Opposition Critic for Economic Development. He also chaired the Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs.

Monte took the oath of office as Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure in June 2018. As Minister he embarked on an ambitious consultation across Ontario on previously neglected infrastructure needs. Monte introduced legislation to expand natural gas availability into rural parts of the province and he tabled a plan to deliver high-speed internet to poorly serviced parts of the province. In 2018 he announced an investment to renovate the aging Massey Hall, Canada’s most renowned concert hall.

In June 2019 Monte was appointed Minister of Labour. He has since opened a new dialogue with Ontario’s labour partners. This has included meeting with more than 150 labour leaders in his first four months as minister. In October 2019 his portfolio was expanded to include Training and Skills Development.

Monte and his wife Kate and their daughter, Annie, live in Mt. Brydges, Ontario.


In 1997, at the age of 20, McNaughton was elected to the municipal council in his hometown of Newbury, Ontario, eventually serving three terms.

In the 2007 provincial election he was the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Lambton—Kent—Middlesex. He lost to Liberal incumbent Maria Van Bommel by 2,933 votes.[1] In the 2011 election he ran against Van Bommel again this time defeating her by 6,956 votes.[2][3] He was re-elected in the 2014 election, winning by 8,550 votes.[4]

In opposition, McNaughton served in multiple critic roles, including, most notably, as official Opposition Critic for Economic Development, Employment, and Infrastructure. He also chaired the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.

Leadership campaignEdit

On September 17, 2014, McNaughton announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.[5] During his campaign McNaughton received endorsements from Rob Ford, former mayor of Toronto, who called McNaughton a "family man" and "the conservative in the PC leadership race."[6] Ford added, "he will help the little guy and defend the taxpayer."[7]

McNaughton criticized the Liberal government for not consulting with parents when they implemented a new sex education curriculum.[8] He also supported a move to private liquor sales and opposed the LCBO retail model. He said, "If we were to build Ontario again, we wouldn’t be building the same communist-style liquor system that we have here in the province."[9]

Ministerial AccomplishmentsEdit

Bill 32, Access to Natural GasEdit

In the fall of 2018, McNaughton successfully introduced and passed legislation for Bill 32, the Access to Natural Gas Act. The legislation makes it possible to expand access to natural gas to more parts of rural and northern Ontario, as well as First Nations communities.[10]

Nipigon Natural GasEdit

During the winter of 2019, Minister McNaughton announced that Ontario will provide $27 million towards the plant, which would convert natural gas into a liquid form, so it could be a safely and economically tucked to customers. It would replace costlier fuel sources to more than 550 businesses and 5,000 homes – saving residents an estimated $181.3 million and businesses $65.3 million on energy bills over 40 years. The project will create between 700 and 2,800 jobs in the region.[11][12]

Massey HallEdit

In the fall of 2018, McNaughton announced that in his role as the Minister of Infrastructure, he is supporting infrastructure investments to renovate and expand Canada’s oldest concert hall, a move that will boost Ontario’s tourism and culture sector. McNaughton and Minister Michael Tibollo announced a full restoration of the exterior and interior of the building, including 100 original stained-glass windows. As well, a new seven-storey tower addition will feature a live-music stage and performance studio. The second phase of the revitalization has a budget of up to $113 million.[13]

Private Members BillsEdit

Estate Administration TaxEdit

In September 2015, McNaughton introduced legislation to reform the Estate Administration Tax, also known as the Death Tax. The Estate Administration Tax Fairness Act 2015 would exempt low income earners and charitable donations from the tax, as well as eliminating the related audit and verification authority the Ministry of Finance had recently taken on.[14]

Debt CapEdit

In February 2016, as the provincial debt surpassed $300 billion, McNaughton introduced a private member’s bill to the legislature which would implement a debt cap. The debt cap would stop the government of Ontario from taking on debt exceeding 45% of its GDP without the approval of the legislature.[15]

Transparency in Energy PricingEdit

In June 2017, in response to concerns about undisclosed taxation, McNaughton introduced a private member’s bill which would mandate that the cost of the provincial Cap and Trade program be disclosed to consumers as a separate line item on natural gas bills. The bill passed second reading on September 21, 2017.[16]

Electoral recordEdit

2018 Ontario general election: Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton 27,906 55.34 +10.17
New Democratic Todd Case 16,800 33.32 +6.80
Liberal Mike Radan 3,143 6.23 -14.05
Green Anthony Li 1,660 3.29 -1.30
Trillium Brian Everaert 555 1.10
Libertarian Brad Greulich 360 0.71 +0.26
Total valid votes 50,424 100.0  
Progressive Conservative hold Swing
Source: Elections Ontario[17]
2014 Ontario general election: Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton 20,609 45.06 -0.67
New Democratic Joe Hill 12,157 26.58 +5.62
Liberal Mike Radan 9,297 20.33 -8.99
Green James Armstrong 2,104 4.60 +2.27
Family Coalition Marinus Vander Vloet 560 1.22 +0.39
None of the Above Bob Lewis 522 1.21
Freedom Tom Jackson 242 0.53 +0.25
Libertarian Matt Willson 213 0.47
Total valid votes 45,733 100.00
2011 Ontario general election: Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton 19,379 45.73 +9.41
Liberal Maria Van Bommel 12,423 29.32 -13.91
New Democratic Joe Hill 8,882 20.96 +10.21
Green James Armstrong 987 2.33 -5.57
Family Coalition Marinus Vander Vloet 350 0.83 -0.47
Reform Brad Harness 232 0.55 +0.06
Freedom Tom Jackson 119 0.28
Total valid votes 42,372 100.00
2007 Ontario general election: Lambton—Kent—Middlesex
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Maria Van Bommel 18,191 43.23 -1.88
Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton 15,281 36.32 -0.34
New Democratic Joyce Jolliffe 4,522 10.75 -0.26
Green James Armstrong 3,326 7.90 +5.14
Family Coalition Bill McMaster 547 1.30
Reform Brad Harness 208 0.49
Total valid votes 42,075 100.00

Cabinet positionsEdit

Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Laurie Scott Minister of Labour
June 29, 2018 – present
Bob Chiarelli Minister of Infrastructure
June 29, 2018–June 20, 2019
Laurie Scott


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  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  3. ^ "McNaughton pushed local control". London Free Press. October 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "General Election by District: Lambton-Kent-Middlesex". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Monte McNaughton launches bid for Ontario PC leadership". The Globe and Mail. September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rob Ford endorses Monte McNaughton as Progressive Conservative leader | The Star". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  7. ^ "Rob Ford endorses Monte McNaughton as Progressive Conservative leader | The Star". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
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  9. ^ Morrow, Adrian (October 18, 2014). "Wynne 'absolutely willing' to act on asset panel's recommendations". The Globe and Mail.
  10. ^ "Affordable Heating on the Way: Ontario Passes Legislation to Expand Access to Natural Gas". Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  11. ^ "Province Bringing Jobs and Affordable Heating to Northern Ontario". Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  12. ^ "'Big win' for northern Ontario says infrastructure minister of LNG plant for Nipigon". CBC. January 25, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ford government to invest $30M in Massey Hall renovation". Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  14. ^ "Ontario's estate tax highest in Canada: Roseman | The Star". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  15. ^ "Reevely: Ontario Tories' debt-cap bill is only for show". Ottawa Citizen. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  16. ^ "Bill to reveal costs of cap and trade passes second reading". St Thomas Times Journal. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  17. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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