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.
As Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Minister Meilleur has formed Ontario’s first ever Civil Liberties Discussion Table, has been active in supporting police, firefighters, corrections officers and other first responders, and she has successfully led the effort to make Ontario the first province in Canada to make sprinklers mandatory in retirement homes and vulnerable care occupancies.
Meilleur has previously served as Minister of Culture 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 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. She was appointed to the rank of Chevalier of the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur by the Ambassador of France to Canada in March 2012.