Last updated Aug 24, 2015
Deb was born in London North Centre and graduated from St. George’s Public School and A.B. Lucas Secondary School. She studied at the Western University, where she completed her PhD in Social Demography.
Deb was elected by the residents of London North Centre to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014. Her current and previous roles in the legislature include:
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development; Minister Responsible for Digital Government; Chair of Cabinet and Deputy Premier 2016
President of the Treasury Board; Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy and Deputy Premier 2014 - 2016
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care 2009 - 2014
Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues; Minister of Children and Youth Services; Chair of Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction 2007 - 2009
Throughout her life Deb has been actively involved in the London community. She served as president of the Big Sisters of London and coordinated the capital campaign for the Boys and Girls Club of London. She has been a volunteer with many London organizations including the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, Orchestra London and the Salvation Army. She has three children and five grandchildren.