Bill Matthews was born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, on July 22, 1947. He attended Memorial University and in 1969 he earned a B.P.E., B.Ed.
He was first elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Legislature in 1982 as the MHA for the Grand Bank District. He was re-elected in 1985 and was appointed Minister of Culture, Recreation and Youth. In 1988, Mr. Matthews was appointed Minister of Career Development & Advanced Studies.
In 1989, Mr. Matthews was re-elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Legislature and was appointed Finance Critic. From 1990 to 1995, he served as Fisheries Critic, and in 1991 was appointed as Opposition House Leader. In 1993, Mr. Matthews was again elected to the Legislature and was appointed House Leader and Fisheries Critic.
On June 2, 1997, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Burin-St.George’s. Presently he is serving as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committees on Fisheries & Oceans. On September 1, 2000, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mr. Matthews was re-elected November 27, 2000 as the Member of Parliament for Burin-St. George’s and re-appointed September 1, 2001 as the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.