A respected municipal leader and a gifted teacher, Ovid Jackson has been diligent in serving the people of Grey—Bruce—Owen Sound as a member of the Liberal Caucus since 1993.
Mr. Jackson has served with distinction as Chair of the Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations and the Central Ontario Caucus. Additionally, he has served as Vice-Chair to both the Health and Citizenship and Immigration committees. An active member of the Liberal Rural Caucus, he has worked hard to promote the interests of his constituents, regardless of anyone’s political affiliation.
In recognition of his ability, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the President of Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Government Renewal in February 1996 and re-appointed in July 1997. He is also committed to the advancement of the National Children's Agenda and the Cities Caucus.
Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Jackson served as an Alderman for the City of Owen Sound from 1974 to 1982, and as the Mayor from 1982 to 1993.
After immigrating to Canada in 1965, Mr. Jackson worked as a licensed auto- motive/diesel mechanic prior to obtaining his teaching certificate from the Ontario Teachers College. While teaching at West Hill Secondary School from 1968 to 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Jackson and his wife, Verona, have two children and five grandchildren.