Lyn McLeod

Former leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario, Thunder Bay

Lyn McLeod

Lyn McLeod (born 1942) served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 2003. McLeod was a cabinet minister in the Liberal government of David Peterson from 1987 to 1990, and was herself the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from 1992 to 1996. Lynn McLeod is married to Dr. Neil McLeod, a family physician and former President of the Ontario Medical Association - Thunder Bay.

McLeod holds as Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Lakehead University, in the Northern Ontario community of Thunder Bay. She was trustee on the Lakehead Board of Education for seventeen years and its chair for seven. McLeod was also appointed to the Board of Governors of Lakehead University in 1986.

She was elected for the riding of Fort William in the provincial election of 1987. McLeod was appointed Minister of Colleges and Universities on September 29, 1987 and on August 2, 1989, she was named Minister of Energy and Minister of Natural Resources. From 1992 - 1995, she was served as leader of the Liberal Party in Ontario.

McLeod remained a prominent Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and under new leader Dalton McGuinty, she served as education critic from 1996 to 1999. McLeod was re-elected by a landslide in the provincial election of 1999, in the redistributed riding of Thunder Bay?Atikokan. McLeod then served as her party's health critic in the parliament that followed. She did not seek re-election in 2003.

Following her retirement, McLeod was appointed to the newly-founded Health Council of Canada. She also named as the first chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in June 2004, and is a vice-chair of the board of governors at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.

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