Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra
Promoted to Government House Leader as Premier Ford Announces Changes to His Cabinet
TORONTO — After nearly one full year in office, Premier Doug Ford today announced changes to his cabinet to build on the priorities for the people of Ontario for the year ahead. A renewed Executive Council also includes the addition of one new ministry as well as five new associate ministers.
As part of this shuffle, Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra has been promoted to Government House Leader.
"I am honoured to have been asked by Premier Ford to serve as Government House Leader,” Calandra said.
“We expect that the Legislative Agenda will continue to be full and busy as we introduce changes and improvements for the people of Ontario. I am committed to living up to the trust that has been placed in me and will deliver on this job."
As a member of the Ontario Legislature, Paul most recently served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (Energy). Before entering public service, Paul was a small business owner and insurance broker.
Previous to being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018, Paul was a Federal Member of Parliament; he was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011.
During his tenure as a federal MP, Paul was a member on many committees including Citizenship and Immigration, Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and Government Operations and Estimates. He served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and later as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Queen's Privy Council.
Paul is a community advocate in Markham-Stouffville. He often highlights the sacrifices others make in building our community, including honouring local veterans and community volunteers. Through Hockey Night in Stouffville, Paul helped raise over $350,000 to support mental health initiatives at the Markham-Stouffville Hospital. One of Paul’s most significant accomplishments in the community was the creation of the Rouge National Urban Park. In securing lands previously expropriated for an airport, Paul helped protect local farmlands that had been farmed for over 200 years, a move which also ended the possibility of a new international airport in York Region.
Paul lives in Stouffville with his wife Melanie and two daughters Natalie and Olivia.