Doug was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario during the 2018 general election. He represents the riding of Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte, and is a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Downey was named Parliamentary Assistant to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli shortly after the government was sworn in. He was appointed to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on July 26, 2018, Vice-Chair of the Select Committee on Financial Transparency on October 3, 2018; and Deputy Government Whip on November 5, 2018.
He is an experienced real estate lawyer and is designated as a Specialist in Real Estate Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He managed a very high volume of real estate transactions and handled complex residential and commercial transactions. Doug obtained his Hons. B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. specializing in Judicial Administration from Brock University; a Law Degree from Dalhousie University at Halifax; and a Master of Laws in Municipal and Development Law through Osgoode Hall Law School.
Doug created the first municipal conservation easement in Ontario (and maybe Canada), and completed the first court-ordered dissolution of a time-share Condo in Canada.
In 2008 he was awarded the 'Sam Delmar Award' - Lawyer of the Year - by the Simcoe County Law Association. In 2009 he was chosen as one of Canada's top lawyers under 40 by Lexpert. In 2010 he was recognized as a 'Lawyer to Watch' in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
Doug is Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Orillia; Orillia & District Chamber of Commerce; and a region of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. He was Vice President of the Orillia & Area Community Development Corporation at the time of his election in 2018.
In January 2011 he hosted a weekly show on Rogers TV called Politically Speaking. In 2017 the show was replaced with 'Doug Downey's Community Insights'. At the time of his election as MPP in 2018 he had conducted approximately 300 interviews with politicians, academics and community leaders.
In 2006, he was honoured as the (Bill Swinimer) Business Leader of the Year by the Orillia Business Association. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada and Ontario. In 2014 Doug was entered into the Bertha Wilson Honour Society as a Dalhousie Law School alumnus. He was awarded the Order of Orillia in 2015 and in 2016, the Skid Watson Award for unselfish service.
The riding of Barrie--Springwater--Oro-Medonte includes:
(a) that part of the County of Simcoe comprised of:
(i) the Township of Springwater;
(ii) that part of the Township of Oro-Medonte lying southwesterly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northwesterly limit of said township with 9 Line North; thence southeasterly along said line to Moonstone Road East; thence northeasterly along said road to 9 Line North; thence generally southeasterly along said line to Horseshoe Valley Road East; thence northeasterly along said road to 9 Line North; thence southeasterly along said line, its intermittent production, 9 Line South and its southeasterly production to the southerly limit of said township; and
b) that part of the City of Barrie lying northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the westerly limit of said city with Dunlop Street West; thence northeasterly along said street to Tiffin Street; thence southeasterly and easterly along said street to Lakeshore Drive; thence northeasterly in a straight line to the easterly limit of said city (at the intersection of the southerly limit of the Township of Oro-Medonte with the northerly limit of the Town of Innisfil).