Doug Downey is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie - Springwater - Oro-Medonte and the Attorney General of Ontario. File photo.

Downey: "Looking forward to pursuing more positive changes" in 2021

By Hale Mahon | Local News

January 23, 2021

Editor’s Note: As we enter 2021, we all have our goals and aspirations for the coming year. In the spirit of optimism, we decided to ask some of our local public figures about their thoughts on 2020 and what they see coming in the New Year.


COVID recovery has been a cornerstone of MPP Doug Downey's world this past year as he worked hard in his riding and as Attorney General of Ontario. We caught up with him to ask his thoughts on a difficult year and see what he thinks 2021 will hold.

What is the most valuable lesson you learned from 2020?

One of the biggest lessons I learned in 2020 was to be grateful for the little things in life. They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and I think this year showed that more than ever. I also learned the importance of resilience, and how quick decision making really matters.

What are some of the strategies you used to remain positive in this difficult year?

I am grateful for the opportunity to identify problems in the legal system and take action on them. Being able to make concrete changes that advanced the justice system by many years in Ontario, with the help of my team, was a big help in remaining positive and focused in 2020.

What are you looking forward to personally to in 2021?

I am looking forward to attending the many great events that our region has to offer, when it is safe to do so. There are so many community organizations in our area that help spread community cheer, and I am looking forward to supporting them in person again. I’m also looking forward to helping people navigate the ongoing changes in 2021.

What professional items are you looking to achieve in the New Year?

I am looking forward to pursuing more positive changes in government processes, and policies and continuing to work hard, both in my riding and in my role as Attorney General, to advance Ontario’s legal system.

What do you think the New Year will hold for your riding/ward/area/industry?

As we enter 2021, our government continues to work toward a more modern, accessible Ontario for all. Tens of millions of dollars have been secured for local organizations and municipalities to help them through this year and into next; to build for the future. I will be continuing to advocate for the people of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte on all levels