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MP for Barrie
Garfield Dunlop, a lifelong resident of the Village of Coldwater, was elected to the Ontario legislature on June 3, 1999 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Simcoe North.
Mr. Dunlop served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Government House Leader from March 2001 until April 2002, when he was appointed by former Premier Ernie Eves to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier/Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs with responsibility for Caucus Relations.
Since the provincial election in 2003, Mr. Dunlop has served as the Chief Opposition Whip, PC Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services and is currently the PC Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform.
After attending elementary and secondary school in Simcoe North, and university in Waterloo, Mr. Dunlop entered the family business, Glen Dunlop Plumbing, Heating and Supplies Ltd., in 1971.
In 1980, Mr. Dunlop began a career in municipal politics when he was elected councillor for the Village of Coldwater. From 1982 until 1994, he was reeve of the village.
In 1994, after the County of Simcoe was restructured, Mr. Dunlop was elected Deputy Mayor of the Township of Severn, where he served until the 1999 provincial election. He was Warden of Simcoe County in 1998, overseeing Local Services Realignment. He also chaired the Planning Services Committee, which between 1995 and 1997 developed the County of Simcoe Official Plan.
Mr. Dunlop and his wife Jane have two grown children, Andrew and Jill. They also have three granddaughters: Rachel, Karley, and Madison.
Garfield and Jane are involved in many local organizations. In particular, they initiated the original town hall meeting, which resulted in the purchase of Coldwater's historic gristmill, saving it from demolition.
Jim Wilson, MPP
Jim Wilson, Progressive Conservative, is the current Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe--Grey.
Bruce was first elected to the House of Commons in January 2006 and was re-elected in October 2008 and most recently in May 2011. Bruce is now the Assistant Deputy Chair of the Committees of the Whole (One of the 3 Assistants to the Speaker of the House).
Previously he served as Chair of the Standing Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development beginning the fall of 2008 to March 2011, and served prior to that on Committees for the Status of Women; Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics; and Industry, Science and Technology.
Prior to his election to be a Member of Parliament, Bruce worked in his family’s tourism business. He was among the 5th generation of his family to own and operate a tourism business on Sparrow Lake since the family first developed a livelihood there in 1884. He is past-President of Bayview Wildwood Resorts Limited and The Cottages at Port Stanton on Sparrow Lake.
Throughout his career, Bruce was actively involved in promoting and advocating for the tourism industry and his local community. He served on the Board of several tourism organizations including the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Resorts Ontario, and Tourism Ontario. Bruce served as Councillor in the Township of Severn from 1999 to 2003, as a member of the Rotary Clubs of Orillia and Washago, and Board member of the Orillia Community Futures Development Corporation from 1997 to 2001.
Bruce and Heather live near Coldwater with their two daughters Valerie and Lauren. Bruce has two adult children, each with their own families and they live and work in the community.
MPP for Barrie