Eve Adams

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Eve Adams
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Brampton South
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded by Navdeep Bains
Mississauga City Councillor
In office
2003–2011
Preceded by Cliff Gyles
Succeeded by Bonnie Crombie
Constituency Ward 5
Personal details
Born Eve Horvat
(1974-11-07) November 7, 1974 (age 40)
Sudbury, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative (1988-2003)
Conservative (2003-2015)
Liberal (2015-present)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Website http://eveadams.ca

Eve Adams, MP (née Horvat; born November 7, 1973) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 election as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.[1] On February 9, 2015, she announced she would cross the floor to sit with the Liberal Party.[2] She represents the electoral district of Mississauga—Brampton South.

Background[edit]

The daughter of Hungarian and Croatian immigrants, Adams was born in Sudbury, raised in Hamilton for 14 years, lived in Mississauga for 14 years and now lives in Oakville (2 years).[3]

Adams graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She put her education on hold to work full-time when her father's legs were amputated .

Early career[edit]

Adams served as a parliamentary page in 1992, after finishing high school.[4]

Before graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in psychology, Adams went to work at Queen's Park for eight years, while Mike Harris was Premier of Ontario, in the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Citizenship, and Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology.[4]

Subsequently, she was Executive Director of an international accounting association operating in Canada and the United States.

From 2003 to 2011, Adams was a Councillor for the City of Mississauga and Region of Peel. She was elected to serve on a number of posts, including Chair of the Management Committee (budget oversight), Chair of the Audit Committee, Director of the Living Arts Centre and Director of the Public Reporter, Enersource Corporation.

Federal political career[edit]

Adams entered politics with three successful elections and seven years as a city and regional councillor in Mississauga.[3] In her first election, Adams was one of 21 candidates. She won that election and went on to increase her plurality in each subsequent re-election.

Adams won the federal riding of Mississauga-Brampton South in the 2011 election, defeating incumbent Liberal Navdeep Bains by over 5,000 votes on 52,000 votes cast.

Adams' 2011 campaign has claimed $920 in indirect expenses (meals, dry-cleaning etc.) These expenses have been accepted by Elections Canada.[5]

In May 2011, Stephen Harper appointed Adams as parliamentary secretary for Veterans Affairs. Adams led the Hire-a-Veteran initiative to encourage employers across Canada to offer priority hiring to veterans. Adams launched the initiative with Intuit Canada, Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, Queen's University, 3M and Cenovus Energy.[6] In August 2013, Adams was appointed parliamentary secretary for Health.

Adams lives in Oakville, a reason cited for her running in the new electoral district of Oakville North—Burlington. She has received strong media attention regarding allegations that the MP blocked the pumps at an Esso gas station in Ottawa's west-end for seventeen minutes in protest of a set of $6 carwashes which she deemed unsatisfactory.[7][8]

Adams became involved in a nomination battle, in 2014, in the new Oakville North—Burlington riding, after her existing riding was split. On March 19 Adams attended a riding association meeting, though her ability to attend the meeting as a member of the EDA was in question. A board member and paid campaign worker for Adams' rival, reportedly asked Adams to leave, and when she declined that board member threatened to contact the police.[9] Adams was also accused of sending mail to voters outside her riding. However, this activity is permitted by House of Commons rules.[10] Facing internal investigations into their campaign activities by the party, both Adams and her rival, Natalia Lishchyna, withdrew their candidacies.[11][12] Adams was formally notified on January 29, 2015 by party president John Walsh that she would not be allowed to run as a Conservative in the upcoming federal election due to "misconduct" during the Oakville North—Burlington nomination campaign.[13]

On February 9, 2015, Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In the mid-90s Eve Adams worked as an aid to Michael Wilson when he was in Brian Mulroney's cabinet. Eve won her first election campaign at the young age of 29 in 2003 and was elected as the youngest Member of Council.[4] In 2011 she ran and won a her seat as a Federal Member of Parliament.[4][4]

Eve Adams is engaged to Dimitri Soudas, former director of communications and senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,[15] whom she began dating in 2011.[4] Soudas was accused of favouritism in his support of Adams's nomination campaign in 2014 and was forced to resign from his post as executive director of the federal Conservative Party on March 30, 2014.[16]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011: Mississauga—Brampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Eve Adams 23,632 44.72 +11.76 $ 90,006.33
Liberal Navdeep Bains 18,579 35.16 -12.53 75,658.79
New Democratic Jim Glavan 9,465 17.91 +6.07  
Green Benjamin Stone 1,044 1.98 -4.64 16.14
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 127 0.24 -0.65  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,847 100.0   +18.77 $ 96,095.05
Total rejected ballots 351 0.66 -0.10
Turnout 53,198 56.28 +6.89
Eligible voters 94,531   +4.14
Mississauga Municipal Election - 2010 - Ward 5
Candidate Vote  % Expenditures
Eve Adams (X) 9,795 66.75 $41,466.09
Simerjit Kaur 2,678 18.25 36,726.80
Ilyas Shaikh 849 5.79 7,831.00
Jagjit Grewal 514 3.50 9,370.30
David Brenn 453 3.09 –  
Mahmood Malik 385 2.62 In Default
Mississauga Municipal Election - 2006 - Ward 5
Candidate Votes  % Expenditures
Eve Adams (X) 5,704 45.77 $29,023.02
Karman Singh Punian 2,352 18.87 8,975.6
Sydney Weir 1,369 10.99 9,763.77
Ricardo C. Francis 861 6.91 7,879.74
Frank Perrotta 528 4.24 2,124.3
Rana Ahmad 490 3.93 In Default
Sam Hanna 442 3.55 29,302.53
Brad MacDonald 441 3.54 4,576
Stephen Largy 203 1.63 In Default
Said M. Aldajani 71 0.57 –  
Mississauga Municipal Election - 2003 - Ward 5
Candidate Votes  % Expenditures
Eve Adams (X) 3,793 30.66 $34,209
Rick Falco 2,282 18.75 6,680
Roy Willis 1,089 8.80 7,500
Karam Singh Punian 1,082 8.75 9,700
Harji Bajwa 898 7.26 In Default
Cliff Gyles 572 4.62 In Default
Harjinder Sahdra 508 4.11 12,325
Frank Perrotta 420 3.4 16,085
Michelle Meghie 333 2.69 10,391
Nasir Majeed 294 2.38 In Default
Thomas Thomas 290 2.34 3,352
Sarbjit Singh Bhatia 193 1.56 6,874
Gurjit Singh Bhatti 173 1.4 9,850
Sajjan Singh Sidhu 94 0.76 1,958
Fernando Tagalog 71 0.57  
Chris Collier 70 0.57 2,530
Said M. Aldajani 67 0.54 574
Meena Hardatt 59 0.48 In Default
Greg Dell 34 0.27  
James A. Girvin 30 0.24  
Jay S. Kang 18 0.15  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Councillor Eve Adams ousts star Liberal to become an MP". Toronto Star, May 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Conservative MP Eve Adams crosses floor to Liberals". The Globe and Mail, February 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Is new Mississauga Tory MP Eve Adams poised for stardom?". Toronto Star, May 3, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "All about Eve". Maclean's. August 5, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Payton, Laura (11 June 2013). "Personal expenses claimed by Tory MP include salon visits". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Announces Intuit Canada Will Offer Priority Hiring to Canadian Veterans". Veterans Affairs Canada, June 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "Eve Adam's fight over $6 car washes drew PMO involvement — Adams parked car, blocked traffic to demand $6 refund for car wash last December". CBC News, April 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Eve Adams: No stranger to controversy". CTV News, February 9, 2015
  9. ^ "A Brewing Controversy in the Conservative Party of Canada". The Agenda, March 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams accused of misusing taxpayer funds by soliciting voters outside her riding by mail". National Post, March 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Fitz-Morris, James. "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams quits Oakville-North Burlington nomination fight". Toronto Star. August 2, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Eve Adams barred by Conservatives before move to Liberals" (Toronto Star). February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". CBC News, February 9, 2015
  15. ^ Fitz-Morris, James (1 August 2014). "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Sonja Puzio (March 30, 2014). "Dimitri Soudas Out of Top Conservative Job". CTV News. 

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