Currie, Hon. Doug W.
Doug Currie was elected as Liberal MLA (Charlottetown - Parkdale) on May 28th, 2007. He grew up in District 11 Charlottetown – Parkdale, Prince Edward Island, where he currently lives with his two daughters.
Currie was first elected in 2007 and appointed to serve as Minister of Health, Social Services and Seniors. As Health Minister, Currie helped establish the Integrated Health System Project, which focused on operational improvements and service realignment to improve health services for Islanders.
From 2010 to 2011, Minister Currie served as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Attorney General. During this time, Currie implemented the Public Education Governance Review and was the driving force behind several key changes to Prince Edward Island's education system, including bringing full-day, free kindergarten into public schools.
In the fall 2011, Currie served as Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister Responsible for Sport and Recreation. Currie led the renewal and implementation of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, the creation of Health PEI, and the transformation of the provincial health care system. In May 2015, Minister Currie also became responsible for the Department Family and Human Services.
Minister Currie currently serves as the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, after his appointment in January 2016. Currie is leading the transformation of the English public school system in the province, through a re-organization of the department, the establishment of a new Public Schools Branch, and through a new advisory model designed to give all education partners more opportunity for input in the education system.
Minister Currie is also leading the development of a new cultural strategy for Prince Edward Island to update the province’s approach to heritage and arts development on and from PEI.
Currie is the chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and is also co-chair of the National Early Learning and Childcare Framework committee, with federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Duclos.
Before entering public office, Doug Currie was a teacher and school vice-principal and principal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.