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.
Minister McNaughton 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 he 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.
Minister 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.
He 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. He introduced legislation to expand natural gas availability into rural parts of the province and 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 he 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.