Bob Runciman appointed Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission


Senator Bob Runciman has been appointed Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo for a four-year term. Bob Runciman is well-known in these parts, having served Leeds-Grenville in the Ontario Legislature for 29 years. During that time, he held a number of Cabinet positions including Solicitor General, Minister of Correctional Services, Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and Minister of Public Safety and Security. In January 2010, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada where he served until August 2017.

His successor as M.P.P. for this riding, the current Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, welcomed the appointment in a statement to the media.

“Senator Bob Runciman is the perfect choice to lead the St. Lawrence Parks Commission board of commissioners and I congratulate him on his new role as chair. With decades of public service at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, no one understands our region better or the importance of Parks Commission’s attractions in supporting our local tourism economy and quality of life. I look forward to working with Bob, his fellow commissioners and Parks Commission staff to enhance the visitor experience and let tourists everywhere know that we’re open for business.”

The SLPC provides recreational, cultural and heritage and tourism opportunities at its attractions along 200 kilometres of the St. Lawrence River, including the award-winning heritage attractions Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the Commission’s website: “The Chair and Commission members are responsible for providing strategic direction to the SLPC and governing the aff airs of the SLPC within its mandate as set out in the Act, the SLPC’s by-laws, agreements, its approved business plan and the policy parameters established and communicated by the Minister.”


  1. I have just read that you have been appointed chair for st-Lawrence parks
    Browns Bay has a serious problem with bird poop
    No matter where you walk ,your shoes get covered in poop
    We were there last week and had to take off our shoes and scrape them before putting them in a plastic bag and then drove home barefoot
    Thank God we do not live too far as the smell is terrible
    I called the number for the parks and the person who answered was most apologetic and said that they would try a little harder to clean up
    The park needs some attention brought to this problem
    Lots of beautiful work has been done and should not go to waste

    I understand that the park is officially open on August 4th
    We are trying to organize a family get together for the first weekend after the opening
    If you tell me that nothing can be done we will make other arrangements

    As Chair can you please bring up this problem to other members and see what can be done

    Please let me know what is being done to address this serious problem
    Diane De Broux
    9 Miller drive


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