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Meet Jim McDonell

Jim McDonell was born and raised in Glengarry County. Jim first helped out on the family dairy farm before attending Queen’s University, where he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree. With this he worked with Bell Canada for 32 years in planning, engineering and supervisory roles. Jim also devoted time for more than 27 years helping his community, with the Williamstown Fair, Char-Lan minor soccer and hockey, the Glengarry Kinsmen Club, and the Glengarry Border Hockey League. Jim and his wife Margie live in South Glengarry Township where they raised their family of three.

Jim served three terms as a municipal councillor in Charlottenburgh and South Glengarry townships, and then was elected Mayor of South Glengarry in 2003, 2006, and 2010. He participated on many committees and boards, including serving as the Warden of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the chair of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and the Community Futures Development Corporation. In 2011, Jim turned his attention to provincial politics, running as the Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Progressive Conservation candidate in the October 6, 2011 election. Jim won with a thumping majority, ending 27 years of Liberal representation.

As a member of the Official Opposition, Jim McDonell was a staunch advocate for Eastern Ontario in the face of significant service and government funding cuts. Jim and his Ontario PC Colleagues had called out the Liberal Government on their failed energy policies that have resulted in North America’s highest electricity rates, which were driving businesses into bankruptcy and local residents into economic hardship. Now part of the Doug Ford PC government, Jim is currently the Parliamentary Assistant for Municipal Affairs and Housing.

In November Jim announced that he will retire from the Ontario Legislature on June 1, 2022.