Bill Walker is a third-term Member of Provincial Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
He was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 7, 2018, capturing 55 per cent of the popular vote to retain his seat in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
From June until November 2018, he served as the Chief Government Whip. He was then appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Most recently, he was appointed to serve as Associate Minister of Energy on June 20, 2019.
He is also a long-time PC Caucus Nuclear Chair. In 2020, Bill was awarded the Provincial Public Policy Stewardship Award by the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council in recognition of his contributions to public policy in the field of medical isotopes.
Bill also served seven years in Opposition as the Progressive Conservative Critic for Seniors, Long-Term Care and Accessibility, Community and Social Services, Long-Term Care and Wellness, Children and Youth Services, as well as Deputy Health Critic for Rural and Northern Ontario.
Prior to his election to provincial parliament, Bill worked as Operations Manager at Bruce Power, and was Executive Director at the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation where he led a successful campaign to raise $3 million for the Lion’s Head and Wiarton hospitals.
He was born and raised in Hepworth where he developed a strong sense of family values and a deep appreciation for our rural heritage. For this reason, Bill has long been active in Grey and Bruce, committing his time to social and economic causes. He has served on the popular Wiarton Willie Festival, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Bluewater Education Foundation.
Bill and his wife Michaela have two adult sons, Zach and Ben. In his spare time, Bill is a practicing amateur auctioneer and a “Marrying MPP” who is quickly becoming a very popular Marriage Officiant for Bruce-Grey!
Population – 105,947
This large rural riding in southwestern Ontario includes the Bruce Peninsula, which stretches north between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. It contains parts of Bruce and Grey counties, the Saugeen No. 29 Reserve, the Cape Croker reserve and Fathom Five National Marine Park.
The southern boundary is Highway 89, excluding the town of Minto.
The riding was created in 1976 from most of Bruce riding and part of Wellington-Grey-Dufferin-Simcoe. In the 2004 redistribution, small portions of Dufferin-Peel in the southeast, Simcoe-Grey in the east and Huron-Bruce in the west were added.
This area two hours northwest of Toronto is a popular destination for tourists and retirees and sees the population swell during the summer. It has a mixed economic base. Manufacturing is the main industry, but agriculture and tourism-related employment are also important.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census