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David McGuinty

Ottawa South

David McGuinty was born and raised in Ottawa South in a family of twelve with a strong tradition of public service. He is a leading public figure whose extensive domestic and international experience defies labels, and he has been recognized at the highest level for his contributions to his community.

A fluently bilingual lawyer by trade, he has worked with governments, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations around the world on a broad range of matters including the economy and the environment.

At the age of twenty-one, David earned his Diploma in Agriculture from the Kemptville College of Agriculture in Ontario. He helped run a succession of family-owned businesses while earning 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 in 1991.

Based in Cotê d’Ivoire from 1988 to 1990, David worked tirelessly on behalf of UNICEF in 23 West and Central African countries as part of a broader UN effort to seek consensus on the ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

From 1991 to 1992, David was a visiting lecturer and researcher on International, Environmental, and Comparative Law at King’s College at the University of London. He practiced law with UK-based firm Gouldens Solicitors from 1992 to 1995, where he worked on corporate mergers and acquisitions, European Union affairs, and international environmental issues.

He was seconded to the International Development Law Institute in Rome from 1993 to 1995, where he designed and taught advanced courses for mid-career legal professionals from throughout the developing world. Among his highlights here, David helped launch the first ever international partnership for the training of Chinese judges and lawyers with the Canadian Bar Association. He also worked in his capacity with representatives of emerging economies in Eastern Europe to improve economic opportunities and quality of life.

Shortly after his return to Canada in 1995, David was chosen to serve as President and CEO of the Prime Minister’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He led deliberations among prominent Canadians representing the private sector, labour movements, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, environmental and aboriginal organizations and other non-governmental organizations. His work has placed him among the foremost Canadian experts on green budgeting, brownfields, and the nexus between the economy, the environment, and social issues.

Also from 1995, David served as National Program Director of LEAD Canada, an NGO where he worked with CIDA among other many organizations. With LEAD, he mentored future leaders across Canada and internationally in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. David has also advised the Rockefeller Foundation.

David is a Harvard-trained mediator and negotiator and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for “outstanding and exemplary contributions” to his community and to Canada.

In June 2004, David was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ottawa South. At this time, David and his brother Dalton became the first siblings in Canadian history to hold elected office both provincially and federally in the same riding concurrently.

Since 2004, Mr. McGuinty has served in a wide variety of roles, including Official Opposition Critic for Transport, Official Opposition Critic for Energy and the Environment, Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Chair of the National Capital Region Liberal Caucus, Opposition House Leader, and Acting Liberal Whip. Re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2011, Mr. McGuinty currently serves as Liberal Critic for Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities.

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  1. Conservatives Must Release Report on Champlain Bridge

    June 26, 2014

    OTTAWA – The Liberal Critic for Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities, David McGuinty, today issued the following statement, calling on the Conservative government to fully release its […]  More »

  2. RE: No more new bridges, roads, or arenas for your community

    April 1, 2014

    Last week my caucus colleagues and I highlighted some of the pressing infrastructure needs in our communities. Thanks to the more than 500 Canadians who shared their stories of crumbling infrastructure, I was able to talk about them during a press conference last week.  More »

  3. Liberals Call for Investment in Infrastructure

    March 27, 2014

    OTTAWA – Canadian communities are in urgent need of infrastructure investment, and the Conservative government should immediately end its irresponsible funding cuts, said Liberal Critic for […]  More »

  4. Auditor General Exposes Conservative Failure to Ensure Basic Safety for Canadians

    November 26, 2013

    OTTAWA– The Auditor General’s (AG) 2013 Fall Report clearly confirms that the Conservative government has continued to fail Canadians when it comes to ensuring basic safety […]  More »

  5. Liberal Party of Canada Statement on the Train-Bus Collision in Ottawa

    September 18, 2013

    OTTAWA– The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement today on the train and bus collision in Ottawa: “I was […]  More »

Contact information

In Ottawa:
House of Commons
Ottawa (ON) K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 992-3269
Fax: (613) 995-1534

In Ottawa South:
1883 Bank Street, Unit A
Ottawa, ON  K1V 7Z9

Telephone: 613-990-8640

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