Madeleine Meilleur represents the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 after more than a decade in municipal politics.
In October 2011, she was appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and continues as Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs. Meilleur has served as Minister of Culture, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Minister of Community and Social Services.
Thanks to her leadership, Ontario passed laws promoting the social inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities and giving Ontarians access to open adoption records. She also spearheaded efforts to introduce a new and strengthened Ontario Heritage Act, concluding 30 years of efforts to provide better heritage protection.
As Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, she has been committed to building stronger French communities through critical investments in education and health services, including the expansion of the Montfort Hospital.
The independence of the French TV channel TFO, the creation of the office of the French-language services Commissioner, and the creation of the Franco-Ontarian Day on September 25th are some of her many accomplishments that have benefited Franco-Ontarians.
Meilleur is a registered nurse and lawyer specializing in labour and employment law.