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In January 2012, Bob and his wife, Elizabeth celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. They reside in the Town of Petrolia and enjoy spending time with their three children, son-in-law and two beautiful grand-children, who all live nearby.
Bob Bailey was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2007 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton. MPP Bailey was re-elected in 2011 and is currently serves as a member Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition at Queen’s Park. Since being elected, MPP Bailey has served in a variety of legislative roles including as the Opposition’s Critic of Labour and as the Critic of the College of Trades. Currently, MPP Bailey serves as the Official Opposition Deputy Whip and Critic of Correctional Services. In addition to those duties MPP Bailey has also served on the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on General Government Committee and as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Estimates.
Recently, MPP Bailey has been busy advocating for increased safety across Ontario by promoting his Private Members Bill, Bill 8 - The Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 – which recently passed into law in Ontario.
Prior to his election, Bob was an employee of the NOVA Chemicals' Corunna Plant for over 30 years, last serving as NOVA Chemicals’ Contract and Construction Coordinator.
Born and raised in Petrolia, Ontario, Bob has devoted much of his life to serving the community of Sarnia-Lambton. Bob served his local community as a municipal councillor for Enniskillen Township and as chairman of the Sarnia-Lambton United Way's fundraising committee. However, Bob is probably best known in his local community as a champion for local, accessible health care; serving on the Board of Directors for Charlotte Eleanor Englehart (Petrolia) Hospital and more recently for his central role in the fight to save Petrolia Hospital's Emergency room. Bob has been an advocate for the long-awaited completion of the new Sarnia hospital, Ostomy care in Ontario and the need for a Sarnia-Lambton Community Health Study.
Bob has also served as Election Ontario's Returning Officer for the riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and as Chairman of the Sarnia Lambton Unemployment Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
Bob has often stated that there are four primary issues at the forefront in Sarnia-Lambton. These include the neglect of local health care, the loss of manufacturing jobs, the threatened closure of the Lambton Generating Station and the lack of funding needed to strengthen and preserve our farming and rural communities. He is quoted stating "I am deeply concerned with the current government's lack of focus and direction which has been seen to negatively affect our business, labour and rural communities."