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Leaving No One Behind: Building a Stronger Ontario

Thursday, April 13, 2023

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Leaving No One Behind: Building a Stronger Ontario

For far too long, the concerns of workers have been overlooked. As Ontario grapples with problems old and new, how can we ensure their concerns take centre stage?

Join the Empire Club for a discussion with Minister McNaughton on his Working for Workers bills and building an Ontario that leaves no one behind.

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headshot of The Honourable Monte  McNaughton

The Honourable Monte McNaughton

Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Government of Ontario

Standing shoulder to shoulder with workers has always been important for Monte McNaughton. Having grown up serving hardworking people at his family’s Home Hardware store in Newbury, Monte knows the value of a hard day’s work and the important role blue collar women and men play in building a stronger Ontario.

Having the backs of workers, helping them bring home bigger paycheques, and spreading opportunity widely has been the top priority for Monte since he was first appointed as Minister of Labour in June 2019.

Monte McNaughton introduced the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act to modernize the skilled trades system. His Working for Workers Acts are aimed at making Ontario the best place for people to live, work, and raise a family.

Prior to his current portfolio as Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Monte was Minister of Infrastructure. Since 2011, he has proudly served as MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex. A graduate from Westervelt Business College in London, he later completed executive programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Monte and his wife Kate currently live in Mt. Brydges, Ontario, with their daughter, Annie.

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Sabrina Maddeaux

Columnist, National Post

Sabrina is a columnist for the National Post, where she’s known for her sharp analysis of Canadian politics. Her columns often focus on economic issues, including housing affordability, rising inequality, and challenges faced by the working class. Sabrina is also a frequent on-air commentator, appearing on national TV and radio programs. She is a National Magazine Award winner, and is indefinitely banned from entering Russia under sanctions imposed by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Foreign Ministry.