|Known for||MPP & Ontario Minister of Education|
|Is|| Politician |
|Type|| Business |
|Birth||26 November 1986, Vaughan, Canada|
|Politics||Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario|
Stephen Francis Lecce ([ˈlettʃe]; born November 26, 1986) is a Canadian politician. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and current Minister of Education. Prior to his appointment to cabinet, he served as the Deputy Government House Leader, the Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton, and to Premier Doug Ford.
Lecce was born in Vaughan, Ontario on November 26, 1986, the son of Italian immigrants who came to Canada in the late 1950s. At age 13, Lecce worked on former Progressive-Conservative MPP Al Palladini’s successful re-election campaign in 1999.
Lecce attended St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic School in Vaughan, St. Michael’s College, and later University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate studies in political science. There, he was elected and served as President of Western’s University Students’ Council. While studying at Western, he was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity, eventually serving as President of the Western Chapter.
After graduation, Lecce joined the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under Stephen Harper. Lecce was hired following a personal interaction with Harper in his capacity as President of Western’s University Students’ Council. At the PMO, Lecce served as Deputy Director of Communications before being promoted to Director of Media Relations.
Lecce owns a public relations consultancy firm.
Lecce ran as a Progressive Conservative in the riding of King—Vaughan on June 7, 2018 and won. He received 29,136 votes (56.62%). On June 29, 2018, Lecce became the Parliamentary Assistant to Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Infrastructure. On July 31, Lecce became Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
On June 20, 2019, he was sworn in as Ontario’s Minister of Education. Beginning in October 2019, labour disputes between the provincial government and Ontario’s four largest teachers unions (ETFO, OSSTF, OECTA, and AEFO), have caused rotating strike action. A joint strike by all four unions on February 21, 2020, marked the first province-wide closure of schools since 1997 strikes against the Harris government. Earlier that month, on February 4, New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath called for Doug Ford to fire Lecce as Education Minister, however, Ford assured that Lecce would remain in office. On February 12, Lecce called the decision for the four largest teachers unions to hold the joint strike an “irresponsible choice.”
|2018 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Stephen Lecce||29,136||56.62||+24.34|
|New Democratic||Andrea Beal||7,921||15.39||+3.70|
|Ontario Moderate Party||Tatiana Babitch||151||0.29|
|Total valid votes||100.0|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|Ontario Provincial Government of Doug Ford|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Lisa Thompson|| Minister of Education|
June 20, 2019 – present