Mr. Hodgson entered provincial politics in 1994 and following the 1995 general election was appointed as Ontario's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Northern Development and Mines. Within this post, Mr. Hodgson was recognized for creating new opportunities and growth within the Ontario mining industry, as he introduced and proclaimed a New Mining Act. In addition, he preserved the Prospectors Assistance Program and launched Operation Treasure Hunt, which provided a $19 million boost to Ontario's geological surveys. In 1997, Mr. Hodgson was appointed as Chairman of the Management Board of Ontario and Deputy House Leader and following his re-election in 1999, was re-appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Cabinet. In 2001, Mr. Hodgson was named as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Mr. Hodgson has served as the President of the Ontario Mining Association since October 2004 and has served as the President of Chris Hodgson Enterprises since January 2003.
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