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Wilson Congratulates George McCague

(2007-06-20) -- Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson congratulated former MPP George McCague today on his receipt of an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies from Georgian College.  Wilson was at the College today for the conferring of this prestigious designation.

“This is a fitting recognition of George’s long record of public service to the citizens of this region,” said Wilson.  “I have known George since my youth when he hired me to work with him at Queen’s Park and I am grateful for his assistance, guidance and counsel over the years.”

Mr. McCague has a long connection with Simcoe County.  Following graduation from the Ontario Agricultural College, he became a sod and potato farmer in Alliston where he also owned his own real estate company.  It was in that community where he soon became councillor, deputy reeve, reeve and mayor between 1960 and 1973.  He served a term as Warden of Simcoe County in 1966 and another term as the first mayor of the newly amalgamated Town of New Tecumseth from 1992 to 1994.

He served as the first Chairman of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. He was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1975 and Premier William Davis appointed him to Cabinet.  He made his mark at Queen’s Park in his role as the very influential Chair of Cabinet and Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet.  His other Cabinet positions included Minister of Transportation and Communications, Minister of Environment and Minister of Government Services.  George retired from the Legislature in 1990.

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