Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Dwight Duncan

The Honourable Dwight Duncan

Minister of Finance

Government of Ontario


The Honourable Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor–Tecumseh, is the Minister of
Finance, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet and Deputy Premier for the
Government of Ontario. He has also served as Government House Leader, Minister
of Revenue, Minister of Energy and Chair of Cabinet. He was first elected to the
Ontario legislature in 1995.


As Minister of Finance, Minister Duncan oversaw Ontario’s response to the
global economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression, by introducing a
stimulus and job-creation plan in the 2009 Ontario Budget. This response
included substantial support for Ontario’s auto sector, a major employer and
economic contributor in the province.


Minister Duncan has also overseen a number of significant reforms of
Ontario’s financial sector. He modernized Ontario’s tax system, with tax relief
for both people and businesses, and replaced the inefficient provincial sales
tax with the harmonized sales tax (HST). Minister Duncan introduced the first
major reforms to the pension and retirement income system in over two decades
and is leading the call for reforms at the federal level.


As Minister of Finance, he is also responsible for the Ontario Securities
Commission, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation and the Ontario Racing Commission.


When he was Minister of Energy, Mr. Duncan led the restructuring of Ontario’s
electricity sector and created the Ontario Power Authority. Mr. Duncan launched
a 20-year electricity supply mix plan, initiating the move away from coal to
more environmentally friendly alternatives. He created a Conservation Bureau
encouraging a culture of conservation. He also introduced Ontario’s energy
standard offer program, setting a standard price to make it easier for
entrepreneurs and businesses to sell clean power from small projects to the
electricity grid. It was hailed as the most progressive green energy initiative
in North America in more than 20 years.


Between 2004 and 2007, as a result of Minister Duncan’s actions, Ontario
secured more new generating capacity than any other jurisdiction in North
America.


Prior to becoming a member of the government, Duncan served as Opposition
House Leader, as well as the Opposition critic for a variety of portfolios.


Dwight Duncan is a lifelong resident of Windsor. From 1987 to 1995, he served
as the administrator of Brentwood Recovery Centre, Canada’s largest alcohol and
drug recovery centre. He sat on Windsor City Council from 1988 to 1994. A
graduate of McGill University and the University of Windsor, Duncan holds
degrees in economics and commerce, as well as an MBA. He has one son, Sean, age
21.



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