Lorne Coe was elected as MPP for the riding of Whitby-Oshawa, in a by-election held on February 11th, 2016. After a hard-fought campaign, he was elected with a 53% majority, a direct reflection of his reputation for dedication and hard work.
Shortly after his election, Lorne was named as the Critic for Advanced Education and Skills Development, a role which the Leader of the Opposition had previously retained. By appointing him to this prestigious position within caucus, the Leader has indicated the trust that he places in Lorne’s capabilities.
In addition, Lorne has been named as a Member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy; as cultural liaison to the Latin American and Spanish speaking communities in the Greater Toronto Area; and as the PC party liaison to the riding of Sault St. Marie.
Lorne brings a wealth of both private and public experience to Queen’s Park. Over his career, he has held senior positions in both private industry and the Ontario civil service, where he worked as a senior policy advisor to a number of ministries. For the previous thirteen years, he was elected and served on both the Whitby Town Council and the Durham Regional Council. As an elected municipal politician, Lorne led a number of important regional, town and provincial committees and boards. These included service as Chair of the Health and Social Services Committee, Co-Chair of Durham’s Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council and as President of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies. This broad experience has prepared him perfectly for his role as MPP in the Ontario Legislature.
Lorne resides in Whitby with his wife Sue Ann and is a proud father and grandfather.