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Monte Kwinter

M.P.P. York Cenre

Monte Kwinter was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in May 1985 to represent the riding of Wilson Heights. He was re-elected in 1987, in 1990, in 1995, and on June 3rd, 1999 Monte was elected to represent the new provincial riding of York Centre. Mr. Kwinter is serving as Critic for Economic Development and Trade for the Official Opposition. He has also served as the Liberal critic for Privatization.

Mr. Kwinter has held the portfolios of Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Minister of Financial Institutions, and Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology after his election in 1985.

Monte’s community service activity has included membership on the board of directors of the Canadian National Exhibition; Chairman of the Toronto Harbour Commission; Chairman of the Toronto Humane Society; Founding President of the Toronto Regional Council of B’nai B’rith; Trustee, Molson Indy Board of Trustees; and Chairman, International Advisory Board, Bishkek International School of Management and Business.

Prior to entering public life, he operated his own commercial real estate firm following several years as Vice-President of another company in this field. Among his many career pursuits, Mr. Kwinter has been Vice-President of the Ontario College of Art, owner and operator of a summer camp, editorial director for a publishing firm and an industrial designer.

Monte was born in Toronto in 1931, and educated at the Ontario College of Art, Syracuse University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), and the University of Montreal. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has studied extensively in industrial design.

Monte Kwinter and his wife, Wilma, have two sons and two daughters.
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