- :For the cricketer, please see Billy Murdoch
(born January 10, 1945 in Meaford, Ontario
) is a politician
. He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
since 1990, and represents the riding of Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
as a Progressive Conservative.
Murdoch was educated at the Owen Sound
Collegiate and Vocational Institute, and worked as a farmer, electrical draftsman, film stripper and salesman. He is also a Freemason
and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion
. He served as chair of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority for five years.
Murdoch began his political career at the municipal level, serving in for four years as a councillor in Sydenham Township
, and as reeve
for a further eight. He was elected warden of Grey County
in 1987. Murdoch served as vice-president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
for two years, and was a member of the board of directors for five years.
Murdoch's first bid to enter the Ontario legislature was unsuccessful. He ran as a Progressive Conservative for the riding of Grey
in the 1987 Ontario election
, in which the Liberals
under David Peterson
won a landslide majority. Murdoch lost to Liberal Ron Lipsett
by about 2000 votes. The Liberals saw their support base decline during the 1990 election
, however, and Murdoch was able to win the seat on his second attempt, defeating New Democrat Peggy Hutchinson
by about 2500 votes (Lipsett finished third).
Murdoch was easily... Read More