Meet Grant Dingwall

When I was 15 years old I read the campaign literature for all the candidates running for MPP in Northumberland-Quinte West and came to the conclusion that Dalton McGuinty was lying when he promised not to raise taxes.

That lead me to help Doug Galt on election night in 2003, to join our riding association in 2004, and to attend the Conservative Party’s first policy convention in 2005. Our local riding association gave me every opportunity to get involved, and I’ll forever be grateful for that. Since then I’ve worked on dozens of campaigns, locally and across the province.

I moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University, where I graduated with a B.A. in History. In university I served as President of the Carleton Campus Conservatives and President of the Ontario PC Youth Association. I’ve had the privilege of working on Parliament Hill, most recently for Rona Ambrose when she was Leader of the Opposition, and I worked for Rob Milligan here at home.

In 2015 I founded FreeMyBooze - a campaign to end the monopolies of the LCBO and Beer Store. It is a truly grassroots campaign, funded by small donations from everyday people, but it received mention in the Toronto Star, Metro, and on radio news across the province. Doug Ford's promise to allow beer and wine sales in convenience stores and grocery stores was the direct result of my advocacy. For me, the campaign was a matter of principle - it was fundamentally a question about the role of government in our day-to-day lives.

I left politics to work in the private sector as the Director of Research and Public Affairs for the National Airlines Council of Canada, developing policy and communications strategies for complex files that affect millions of Canadians each year. I’ve recently left that position to accept an offer to join testerdigital, a digital communications agency as Vice President of Business Development.

My wife Katie and I were married this past July and plan to one day raise a family in Northumberland-Peterborough South.