Anne McGrath

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Anne McGrath
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President of the New Democratic Party
In office
September 10, 2006 – August 16, 2009
Preceded by Adam Giambrone
Succeeded by Peggy Nash
Personal details
Born ca. 1958
Political party New Democratic Party (1993 or earlier-present)
Other political
Communist Party of Canada (1984-??)
Residence Orléans, Ontario

Anne McGrath (born ca. 1958) is the National Director of the New Democratic Party (NDP), the Official Opposition party of Canada.

She was formerly chief of staff to Jack Layton, the late leader of the NDP. As Chief of Staff to Jack Layton (2008–2011), she is credited with professionalizing caucus operations and co-designing Layton’s historic breakthrough to Official Opposition status. She has since remained as Chief of Staff to New Democratic Party interim leader Nycole Turmel and the Federal NDP Caucus. She was also president of the party from 2006 to 2009; she was elected on September 10, 2006 at the party's convention in Quebec City and her term ended on August 16, 2009 when Peggy Nash was elected president at the party's convention in Halifax. Before that, she had been Director of Operations for the NDP federal caucus.

She is a frequent commentator on national media broadcasts and has been identified as one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics in Ottawa. Previously, she was an activist in the labour, student and women's movements [1] and had been employed by CUPE National as Director of Equality and as executive assistant to CUPE's national president Judy Darcy, and by Oxfam Canada. In 1993, McGrath was the Alberta New Democratic Party's candidate in Calgary-Bow.[2] In 1995 she was their candidate in a provincial by-election in Calgary-McCall and came in third place.[3] Later in 1995 she ran against Ross Harvey for the leadership of the Alberta NDP, coming second.

In 1979-80 she was President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa.[4] She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and began her career as a teacher. She subsequently held a variety of positions with not-for-profit organizations including working as Canadian Programme Officer for OXFAM-Canada and Community Development Team Leader and senior education officer for the Canadian Mental Health Association. She has a Master’s Degree in Communications Studies.[5] She has also served as a board member and social issues chair of the Elizabeth Fry Society, Vice-President of National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action: Beijing and Beyond.[6] In the 1984 federal election, while a student, she ran as candidate for the Communist Party of Canada in Edmonton-Strathcona,[7] placing seventh.

She is portrayed by Wendy Crewson in the 2013 CBC Television film Jack.

1995 Alberta NDP leadership challenge[edit]

(Held on November 11, 1995)[8]

Electoral record[edit]

April 20, 1995 Calgary-McCall by-election results[9] Turnout 27.97% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Shiraz Shariff 2,496 43.64% -1.44% *
     Liberal Jeet Shergill 1,980 34.61% 2.63% *
     NDP Anne McGrath 713 12.46% 2.61% *
     Social Credit Doug Cooper 470 8.22% *
     Confederation of Regions Peter Hope 61 1.07% -0.34% *
Total 5,720 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 17
20,514 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing -2.04%
1993 Alberta general election results[10] Turnout 64.59% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Bonnie Laing 7,011 46.28% 11.39%
     Liberal Rob Van Walleghem 5,369 35.44% 1.22% *
     NDP Anne McGrath 1,908 12.60% -18.29% *
     Social Credit Patrick John Hudson 376 2.48% *
Greens David Crowe 287 1.90% *
     Confederation of Regions Roberta McDonald 120 0.79% *
     Natural Law Alan Livingston 78 0.51% *
Total 15,149 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 60
23,546 Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative hold Swing 6.31%
Canadian federal election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative (x)David Kilgour 33,712 61.43% +2.05%
New Democratic Doris S. Burghardt 11,095 20.22% +8.21%
Liberal Sandra Douglas-Tubb 8,500 15.49% -11.66%
Confederation of Regions Lorne Cass 749 1.36%
Green Russell John Mulvey 466 0.85%
Social Credit Norman Utz 218 0.40%
Communist Anne McGrath 137 0.25% -0.01%
Total valid votes 54,877 100%


  1. ^ "Anne McGrath elected NDP President" (Press release). New Democratic Party. September 10, 2006. Archived from the original on September 30, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
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  7. ^ "Election '84 - Edmonton Strathcona (Canadidate profiles)". Edmonton Journal. August 31, 1984. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Edmonton Journal, November 13, 1995
  9. ^ "Calgary-McCall by-election official results". Elections Alberta. April 20, 1995. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Calgary-Bow Official Results 1993 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 9, 2010.