Lorne Coe and his family have called Whitby their home for over thirty years. Over his career, he has held senior positions in both the private sector and the Ontario Government, where he worked as a Senior Manager, Communications at the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Finance and Seniors Affairs. Prior to his election as MPP of Whitby-Oshawa in the bi-election February 2016 and again as the MPP for Whitby in the General Election of 2018, Lorne served on the Whitby Town Council and at Durham Regional Council for thirteen years. Currently, Lorne serves as the Chief Government Whip and as a Member of the Standing Committee on Regulations & Private Bills.
MPP Coe also served the community by volunteering his time with a number of different organizations including the Whitby General Hospital, Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, and the Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club. Through his work with the Local Partnership Council on Diversity and Immigration, he has helped make new Canadians feel welcome and at home in the Durham Region.
Whitby is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, newly created for the 2018 provincial election. It currently has a population of 135,000, with over 95,000 of its residents, born in Ontario. Over 130,000 people in Whitby have Canadian citizenship. The Riding of Whitby is rich in arts and culture, with vibrant downtown centres, a mix of historical and contemporary architecture, and a solid and expanding commercial base. The Town of Whitby, in the heart of the Riding, is only 48 km east of Toronto and has convenient access to both Canadian and American cities.