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David McGuinty

David McGuinty
Member of Parliament
for Ottawa South
Assumed office
June 28, 2004
Preceded by John Manley
Personal details
Born David Joseph McGuinty
(1960-02-25) February 25, 1960
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Brigitte Bélanger
Residence Ottawa
Profession Businessman, immigration officer, lawyer, professor
Website Official Site

David Joseph McGuinty, MP (born February 25, 1960) is a Canadian lawyer and politician from Ontario, Canada. He is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Ottawa South and sits in the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal. He was first elected in the 2004 federal election and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

McGuinty is the brother of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and is the son of former Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Dalton McGuinty Sr..


  • Early life 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Political career 3
    • Elections 3.1
    • In government 3.2
    • In opposition 3.3
    • Leadership aspirations 3.4
    • International work 3.5
    • Controversy 3.6
      • Anti-Alberta comments 3.6.1
      • Attendance record 3.6.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

David McGuinty was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario in a family of twelve. His parents are politician and professor Dalton McGuinty, Sr. and full-time nurse Elizabeth McGuinty (née Pexton). Being the son of a Francophone mother and an Anglophone father, McGuinty is bilingual. He earned a Diploma in Agriculture from the Kemptville College of Agriculture, a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Ottawa, specialized diplomas in Civil and Comparative Law at Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, and finally a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics and Political Science.[1]

An environmental lawyer by profession, he has long been closely involved in Liberal politics. He was chosen to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Prime Minister's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, a government think-tank concerned with sustainable development.[1][2]

Personal life

McGuinty is the son of former Ontario MPP Dalton McGuinty Sr., and the brother of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. He is married to Brigitte Bélanger and has four children.[3]

Political career


In government

While not invited to join Paul Martin's Cabinet, McGuinty served on the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development.[4] He also served as chairman of the Liberal Party's National Capital Region Caucus.[5]

In opposition

McGuinty in 2008

On May 30, 2006, interim Liberal leader Bill Graham appointed McGuinty as the Official Opposition critic for Transport. With the election of Stephane Dion as leader of the Liberal Party McGuinty became the critic for Environment in January 2007.[6]

With the appointment of Michael Ignatieff as leader of the party, McGuinty was named Environment and Energy critic when Ignatieff announced his shadow cabinet on January 22, 2009.[4][7] In September 2010, McGuinty was promoted to the role of Opposition House Leader.[8]

Following the resignation of Michael Ignatieff, Interim leader Bob Rae named McGuinty as the Liberal Party's Critic for Natural Resources in June 2011, a demotion from his previous position as Opposition House Leader.[9]

Leadership aspirations

As the younger brother of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, David McGuinty has been rumoured to be a potential leadership candidate at some point.

In 2008, following the failed leadership of Stephane Dion and his pending resignation, McGuinty was considered a potential candidate to succeed him but announced in November 2008, that he would not seek the leader and instead endorsed Michael Ignatieff, Dion later appointed him as the critic for International Trade.[10][11]

In 2011, when Ignatieff led the Liberal Party to their worst result in its history, McGuinty's name was again mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Ignatieff.[12][13]

At the Liberal Party's biennial convention in January 2012, McGuinty announced he was considering a bid for the leadership of the party and that he would make his decision over the coming months.[14] However, on November 15, 2012, McGuinty confirmed he would not be seeking the Liberal leadership.[15]

International work

In 2012 McGuinty was elected to head the Canadian chapter of an international alliance of lawmakers, Globe International, that presses governments to address global environment and economy challenges. He received all-party support to become the president of Globe Canada on June 12.[16]

In 2012 McGuinty was invited by the National Democratic Institute to join their Pre-Election Assessment Mission to Ukraine.[17]


Anti-Alberta comments

On November 20, 2012, following a meeting of the Natural Resources Committee, McGuinty stated, among other things, that Conservative MPs were "shilling" for the oil and gas industry, did not belong in the national legislature, and should "go back to Alberta."[18]

The Conservative response was critical, as exemplified by Prime Minister Stephen Harper who said: "I find it shameful, I guess not surprising, but shameful, that 30 years after the National Energy Program, these anti-Alberta attitudes are so close to the surface in the Liberal party.”[19] Interim leader Bob Rae apologized on behalf of the Liberal Party and said McGuinty was away on family business for the following week.[20]

The following day McGuinty resigned as Natural Resources critic. He apologized saying, "As member of Parliament for Ottawa South, I would like to unreservedly and unequivocally apologize for comments which I made with respect to parliamentary colleagues from the province of Alberta. My words in no way reflect the views of my party or leader, and I offer my apology to them as well as my colleagues from Alberta. I hold all parliamentarians in high esteem, and I regret my choice of words, as I can understand the offence they have caused."[19][21]

Attendance record

In early 2014, McGuinty was accused of being a "part-time" Member of Parliament by the Conservative Riding Association, who were subsequently unable to explain how they calculated McGuinty’s time in the House of Commons, given that the House does not keep attendance records.[22]


  1. ^ a b "David McGuinty Biography". Liberal Party of Canada. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Interactive Case Studeies in Sustainable Community Development". Community Research Connections. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Ottawa South Riding Profile 2004". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Parliamentary Profile". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  5. ^ "David McGuinty Biography". David McGuinty Official Website. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dion names mix of old and new to shadow cabinet". 18 January 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ignatieff streamlines shadow cabinet". The Windsor Star. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Taber, Jane (7 September 2010). "Liberals unleash David McGuinty on John Baird". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Payton, Laura (1 June 2011). "Liberals announce critic roles". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "'This party needs to change'". The Globe and Mail. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Liberal shadow cabinet targets economic crisis". 15 November 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Press, Jordan (May 3, 2011). "Filling Ignatieff's leadership shoes: Who will step up to head the Liberal party?". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Next up for Liberals: rebuilding". Ottawa Citizen. May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ Fitzpatrick, Meagan (14 January 2012). "David McGuinty considers leadership run at convention". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "First Dalton Now David McGuinty takes pass on federal Liberal leadership". The Globe and Mail. November 19, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "McGuinty to help assess Ukrainian national election". Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ontario Lib MP says Alberta Tories' views don't belong in parliament". Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "MP McGuinty drops critic role over 'go back to Alberta' gibe". 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  20. ^ """Rae forced to apologize after David McGuinty says Alberta MP's should "go home. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  21. ^ "McGuinty resigns as critic". Maclean's. November 21, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  22. ^ "David McGuinty rejects claim he’s a part-time MP". Ottawa Citizen. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 

External links

  • David McGuinty's MP Website
  • David McGuinty – Parliament of Canada biography
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