Raised on a dairy farm and trained as a veterinarian and veterinary pathologist, Dr. Galt knows the value of self-sufficiency, community effort, and hard work. He began his career in a private veterinary practice and went on to eventually head the Brighton Veterinary Services Lab., retiring in 1994. In the late 1980’s Dr. Galt attended Queen’s University in Kingston where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1990.
Dr. Galt is a former warden of Northumberland County, reeve of Cramahe Township, and school board trustee. He has chaired the Northumberland United Way campaign and is a past district governor of Lions clubs International. In 1988 and again in 1992, Dr. Galt served overseas as a veterinary pathologist and project coordinator for the Canadian International Development Agency, an experience that renewed his sense of how fortunate we are to call Canada our home.
Dr. Doug Galt, was elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 1995, and brought extensive experience in municipal politics, management and community service to the caucus at Queens Park.
In August 2002, Dr. Galt was appointed to Cabinet, as Chief Government Whip and Minister without Portfolio. He also served as Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to the Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation in 2002. He was PA to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1999-2002 and PA to the Minister of the Environment and Energy from 1995 to 1999.
After the 1999 election, Doug chaired the following three Task Force Committee’s: Nutrient Management, Water Resource Management, and the Premier’s Task Force on Rural Economic Renewal. He also chaired the Select Committee on Alternate Fuel Sources in 2002, obtaining a consensus report.
Dr. Galt resides in the hamlet of Salem and is married to Catherine Galt.