- Phil McNeely
Philip McNeely is a
politicianin Ontario, Canada. He is currently a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Ottawa—Orléansfor the Ontario Liberal Party.
McNeely was born in Cumberland, Ontario (now part of the City of Ottawa) and is fluently
bilingualin French and English. He was educated at Lisgar Collegiateand McGill University, earning a Bachelor of Engineeringdegree from the latter. He later earned the equivalent of a Master's Degreein engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. Before entering politics, he was the CEO of "McNeely Engineering", a firm which operated in the Ottawa region. He sold this firm in 1997, claiming it had suffering under provincial cutbacks to infrastructure spending.
In 2000, McNeely was elected as a municipal councillor for the Cumberland district of the amalgamated city of Ottawa, defeating incumbent
Robert van den Ham. In 2002, he was responsible for coordinating activities in the Hay Westproject, in which hayfrom eastern Canada was shipped to the drought-stricken west. He was also active in opposing the creation of a hog farm the village of Sarsfieldpart of the Cumberland ward of Ottawa.
Israelas a "rogue state" in July 2006, arguing that Israel's military campaign in Lebanonwas resulting in collective punishmentfor the Lebanese people. Dalton McGuintyexpressed "serious dismay and disappointment" for these remarks, and McNeely later offered an apologized for the language of his comments. [http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=15641fbd-22c3-4320-b77e-617bd78af140]
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