Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop went from plumber to politician, and now he’s being honoured for his belief in the value of skilled trades.
Dunlop will be among six Ontarians inducted into the Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame next week.
Nominated by Georgian College president Brian Tamblyn, Dunlop is one of only a handful of provincial politicians with a background in the trades; he operated his family’s plumbing business for almost two decades before entering politics.
He was one of the first politicians to push for the apprenticeship tax credit, and in 2002 wrote an extensive report on skills development for the minister of education.
Dunlop also played a role in the establishment of the first Skilled Trades Centre at Georgian College, located at the Robbert Hartog Midland campus, and continues to advocate for a standalone Ministry for Apprenticeship and Skills Development.
The Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of skilled trades and technologies.
The induction ceremony will take place March 3 in Kitchener.