David McGuinty has been the Liberal MP for Ottawa South since 2004. McGuinty was born and raised in Ottawa.
Since his election McGuinty has served in many different roles including the critic for Science and Technology, Transport, and Energy and Environment. He has acted as Opposition House Leader and Acting Liberal Whip as well as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.
McGuinty has a diploma in agriculture from the Kemptville College of Agriculture, a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Ottawa, diplomas in civil and comparative law from Université de Sherbrooke, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics.
McGuinty worked for UNICEF for two years in 23 west and central African countries seeking consensus on the ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the early 1990s McGuinty was a visiting lecturer and researcher at King’s College, University of London specializing in international, environmental and comparative law. He went on to practice law with Gouldens Solicitors, working on corporate mergers and acquisitions, European Union affairs and international environmental issues.
Between 1993 and 1995 he was seconded to the International Development Law Institute in Rome. During this time he helped launch an international partnership with the Canadian Bar Association to train Chinese judges and lawyers.
On his return to Canada in 1995 McGuinty was chosen by Prime Minister Jean Chretien to serve as President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, leading deliberations among prominent Canadians. He also began working for LEAD Canada, an NGO mentoring future leaders in developing countries.
McGuinty is the son of former Ontario MPP Dalton McGuinty Sr. and the brother of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Jr. He is married and has four children.