Richmond Hill, Ontario , Canada
|| March 06, 1951
Mar 10, 2018 06:36pm
|Info||Frank Klees is currently MPP for Oak Ridges, and the Official Opposition Critic for Education, Citizenship and Immigration. He has been nominated as the PC Party Candidate for the riding of Newmarket-Aurora in the coming General Election, October 2007. |
First elected to the Ontario Legislature in June, 1995, to represent the riding of York Mackenzie, Frank was re-elected in June, 1999, for a second term as MPP for the new riding of Oak Ridges, and in October, 2003, for a third term, once again in Oak Ridges.
He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee for Justice and Social Policy.
Frank and his family immigrated to Canada from Germany, when he was 5 years of age, settling in the southwestern Ontario community of Leamington.
Although Frank's educational background included studies in theology, he spent the 1970s, '80s and early '90s in business, starting in the financial services business in marketing and management with the Canada Life Assurance Co. in Windsor and Toronto. He later became an entrepreneur, consulting in financial services, starting his own successful sports agency representing professional athletes in the CFL and NFL. In 1990, Frank and two partners co-founded Municipal Gas Corporation, an energy start-up that began "on the back of a paper napkin." He served as the company's Executive Vice President and in 1997 – after building it into a major enterprise with 55,000 customers – Frank and his partners sold the business.
Frank's commitment to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is life-long.
He stood as a candidate in the southwestern Ontario riding of Essex South in 1975 and again in 1977. As the Party's Third Vice President and Policy Chair from 1992-94, Frank created the formal process of Policy Advisory Councils, which empowered grassroots members and supporters by giving them direct input in developing the party platforms such as The Common Sense Revolution and Blueprint. He remains one of the Party's strongest advocates of that process, which he had enshrined in the Party Constitution, and continues to serve as the Caucus Liaison to the P.C. Party's Policy Advisory Committee.
In 1995, Frank successfully contested the riding of York Mackenzie, beginning his first term as a Member of the Ontario Legislature, by defeating former Liberal cabinet minister and leadership candidate, Charles Beer.
Throughout the first mandate of the P.C. government, Frank served as a Parliamentary Assistant and played a key role in several initiatives, including the development of several bills: focusing Conservation Authorities on environmental work, saving millions through self-management of the aggregate industry, and helping to maintain the Great Lakes commercial fishery. He proposed a private members bill requiring health care practitioners to try to consult parents when treating minor children 16 years or younger, and his collision repair reform bill was supported unanimously for Third Reading in the Legislature.
In 1999, as the result of redistricting, Frank sought and won re-election in the new riding of Oak Ridges. He was appointed to Cabinet and served as Chief Government Whip and Deputy House Leader with additional responsibilities as a member of the Management Board of Cabinet and the Board of Internal Economy. His consensus-building ability within caucus facilitated the passage of a number of controversial pieces of legislation. As the member for Oak Ridges, he took a lead role in advocating for, and the drafting of, the "Oak Ridges Moraine Act".
Frank served as the Minister of Tourism and Recreation in the Ernie Eves government from 2002-2003. From the outset in that portfolio, Frank championed the development of a long-range tourism strategy for the province and completed province-wide stakeholder consultations to accomplish that goal. He secured the support needed to realize the legitimate aspirations of Northern Ontario to create a separate tourism marketing model, headquartered in Sault Ste. Marie to support and develop Northern Ontario's distinct tourism industry.
In early 2003, Frank was appointed Minister of Transportation and assumed responsibility for the implementation of a multi-year, $10-billion highway infrastructure program. On his watch, MTO made major strides in regional transit expansion and funded York Region's innovative new bus rapid transit system. Frank was proud to honour our veterans by initiating and commissioning the "Veterans Licence Plate", now available to all Ontario qualifying veterans. He took pride in being known by MTO stakeholders and staff as "the customer service minister."
Frank believes that our society is strengthened through the province's diverse ethnic, cultural and religious communities. He represents one of the largest, fastest-growing and culturally diverse ridings in Ontario and takes pride in the strong support he has consistently received from all sectors in his riding.
A strong proponent of what he calls "MPP activism," Frank regularly sponsors public information sessions, including seniors' wellness and security forums, blood donor clinics, income tax clinics for low-income seniors and a multi-faith consultation with representatives of dozens of York Region congregations. He has been a tireless defender of funding for successful community groups.
Frank believes that faith and culture are important cornerstones of society and that both must be respected and honoured.
Frank is married to Jaine and has two adult children, Alissa and Robert. He claims a 21 handicap on the golf course, enjoys playing pick-up hockey with his legislative colleagues and skiing when time allows.