Bailey’s new job helps with Queen’s Park reno project

Bailey shares a laugh with a friend at the Petrolia Legion election night in 2022.

The Independent

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey has a new job.

Bailey, a three-term MPP, has been named the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Legislative Affairs. The ministry is the lead in the restoration of Ontario’s Legislative Building.

In 2023, the province announced the building which houses Ontario’s government would be undergoing renovations. Legislative Building first opened its doors on April 4, 1893 and has not undergone a major renovation in over 100 years.

The makeover, estimated to cost at least $1 billion, will include careful interior deconstruction to preserve heritage elements while modernizing building systems to address safety and accessibility issues. The project will include securing and preparing a temporary place to conduct parliamentary business. It will take about eight years.

Bailey is one of 33 people who were given new assignments prior to the Easter break.

Since 2022, Bailey has served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Consumer Affairs and the Solicitor General.

With the 38 parliamentary assistants and 30 cabinet ministers, only 10 do not hold positions which include increased pay. An MPP earns $116,000 per year. That increases to over $140,000 when an MPP holds the position of parliamentary assistant.

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Solicitor General.