What does an MPP do?
Every MPP performs three main roles.
1. Serving their constituency
- represents their views and helping them deal with the vast bureaucracy of government
- meets with constituents and attends local events
2. Working as a lawmaker at Queen's Park
- holds the government to account through questions in Question Period
- debates legislation in the house and committees
- introduces private member's bills and resolutions to promote policy ideas and effect change presents petitions from constituents on important issues
3. Promoting their party and its ideas
- This is the political role of the MPP: promoting a political party, fundraising and campaigning
- this job has to be kept separate from the those functions paid for by the taxpayer
For more information, just google your favourite political party!
Two specific roles I hold at Queen's Park:
Official Opposition Deputy Whip
Since 2011, I have served as Deputy Whip for Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. The term "whip", in modern day politics, has come to be associated with a person, an activity and a method of communication within a parliamentary caucus. As Deputy Whip, I am specifically responsible for liaison between the Ontario PC party leadership and all party MPPs for the purposes of information, organization of debates and discipline.
To find out more about the role of Whip and its work, please visit:
Official Opposition & PC Critic of Correctional Services
Each opposition party appoints critics who 'shadow' particular government ministers and ministries. Critics lead the opposition response in debate to bills within their portfolios and over time become experts in that particular ministry. As critic for Correctional Services, I place a particular interest in the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services; I follow related issues in the media and meet with stakeholders and citizens who have concerns or suggestions about this ministry and their work. Frequently, I question the government in the house in regards to the short-comings and occasional failings of the ministry. As Critic of Correctional Services, I also assist in preparing policy suggestions for the PC Party in regards to changes and improvements to this ministry. As critics, MPPs work with Ontarians from across the province to ensure that no issue of importance is ignored by the government of the day.