Norman Sterling

Engineer , Attorney General and

Minister Responsible for Native Affairs


Minister's Biography
February 26, 2003

The Honourable Norman Sterling

Attorney General and
Minister Responsible for Native Affairs
MPP (Lanark-Carleton)

Norman Sterling was appointed Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs on February 25, 2003 by Premier Ernie Eves.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Sterling served as Minister of Transportation. He has also served as Minister of Consumer and Business Services, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government House Leader, Minister of the Environment, and Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations.

Mr. Sterling was elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Lanark-Carleton for the seventh time on June 3, 1999.

He has held a wide range of other responsibilities during his time in office. In his first term, he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, and in 1981, was appointed Minister without Portfolio. He has also served as the Progressive Conservative Deputy House Leader, Chair of the Progressive Conservative Caucus, and as critic for various ministries, including Intergovernmental Affairs, Treasury and Economic, Industry, Trade and Technology, and Consumer and Commercial Relations.

Mr. Sterling earned a Bachelor of Engineering (civil) from Carleton University in 1964 and obtained Status of Professional Engineer in 1966. He received a law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1969 and was called to the Bar in 1971. He was named Queen's Counsel in 1981.

Prior to entering politics, Mr. Sterling had worked at Du Pont of Canada as an engineer, and owned and operated a small manufacturing firm. He then practised law for the six years preceding his election. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, tennis, downhill skiing and hockey.

Norman and his wife, Joan, have four adult children. Mr. Sterling has been a lifelong resident of Eastern Ontario.