Critic for Labour and Training
John Yakabuski was elected to the Ontario Legislature as MPP for the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke on October 2, 2003 and was re-elected on October 6th, 2011 for his third term. John is currently the Chief Whip for the Official Opposition. He has served as the House Leader and Energy Critic for the Official Opposition and has also served as the member of the General Government Committee.
John was raised on politics as his father, Paul Yakabuski, served as the Provincial Member for the riding of Renfrew South for 24 years. Formerly a real estate sales representative, John is best known locally as the former owner-operator of Yakabuski's Home Hardware in Barry's Bay, which he operated for 20 years. John is also known for his record of community service that has included service to the Royal Canadian Legion, Madawaska Valley Lions Club and the Boy Scouts. John has also sat on the steering committee of St. Francis Memorial Hospital's Capital Equipment Campaign. He is also very active in his church, St. John's Lutheran Augsburg.
Iin October of 2010, John recorded and released his second CD entitled "Taking Care" to raise funds that go directly to the nine long term care homes in his riding. John's first CD, "To Your Health" raised over $50,000 for the five local hospitals, in Renfrew County.
John was elected to the municipal council in the village of Barry's Bay in 1997. During that time, he sat on the transition board dealing with the issues with respect to pending amalgamation. He did not seek re-election in 2000.
John grew up in a family of 14 children, just about enough for a quorum on its own. He and his wife Vicky have four children, and eight grandchildren.