First elected in 2018 as the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. He was appointed Attorney General of Ontario in 2019 after serving a year as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance.
As Minister, Doug was focused on addressing operational issues within the justice. Doug has modernized the justice system by decades in a matter of years.
As MPP he has focused on local infrastructure (bridges, roads, Bradford bypass). Supporting local jobs and working to expand the local economy (Southmedic, Napoleon, Oro Station Automotive Innovation Park, Burl’s Creek, Volatus Aerospace, Simcoe County Airport, and many others). the economy. You can see some of the projects he has delivered to Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte by clicking here.
Doug was raised in Bond Head, and has spent much of his life working and living throughout Simcoe County. He obtained his Hons. B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. specializing in Judicial Administration from Brock University; a Law Degree from Dalhousie University at Halifax; and a Master of Laws in Municipal and Development Law through Osgoode Hall Law School. He has served as a Professor for Laurentian University at Georgian College, taught for the Real Estate Bar Admission Course, and occasionally lectured when asked.
He is a founding partner at Downey, Tornosky, Lassaline & Timpano Law Professional Corporation and has earned professional recognition including the Lawyer of the Year award from the Simcoe County Law Association, the Business Leader of the Year by the Orillia Business Association, and as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers by Lexpert magazine. He has extensive experience in politics from working as a city councilor, to chairing the Independent Panel on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the largest federal asset in Ontario. The panel’s work has resulted in over $625 million in investments into upgrading the Waterway’s infrastructure.
Doug has also been active in numerous community organizations, including the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce, the Orillia Kiwanis Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orillia and District, the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation and hosted Politically Speaking on Rogers television for 8 years. His volunteer work has earned him the Order of Orillia, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.