Government of Canada

Government of Canada

January 08, 2016 16:22 ET

Prime Minister of Canada Announces New Leadership Role for MP McGuinty

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 8, 2016) - Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, will be taking a leadership role in the proposed statutory committee of Parliamentarians that will be responsible for reviewing security-related issues. A proposal to fulfill this mandate letter commitment will be brought forward in the coming months. The committee will be instrumental in helping the government meet its stated goal of strengthening national security oversight.

Mr. McGuinty brings a wealth of national and global experience to this position. A lawyer by profession, Mr. McGuinty is a Harvard-trained mediator and negotiator who worked for many years outside of Canada to advance good governance, the rule of law, and improve human rights in emerging democracies. He has also worked with governments, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations around the world on a wide range of issues including the economy and the environment.

In addition, Mr. McGuinty has extensive experience as a Member of Parliament, having served as Official Opposition House Leader, Vice-Chair of several House of Commons Standing Committees, and critic for various portfolios since first being elected in 2004.

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Mr. David McGuinty has earned a number of degrees, including: a Diploma in Agriculture from the Kemptville College of Agriculture in Ontario, a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Ottawa, specialized diplomas in Civil and Comparative Law at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. McGuinty has served with the United Nations in West Africa, practiced international law in London, worked with the International Development Law Organization in Rome, and served as the President and CEO of Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

A lawyer by profession, Mr. McGuinty is also a Harvard-trained mediator and negotiator, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his community and to Canada.

Since first being elected in 2004, Mr. McGuinty has gained extensive experience as a Member of Parliament having served as Official Opposition House Leader, Vice-Chair of several House of Commons Standing Committees, and Critic for: Science and Technology; Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Federal Economic Development Initiative in Northern Ontario; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; and, Energy and the Environment.

Mr. McGuinty was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.

Born and raised in his riding of Ottawa South, Mr. McGuinty and his brother Dalton, a former Premier of Ontario, became the first siblings in Canadian history to hold elected office both provincially and federally in the same riding at the same time.

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