Laurel Broten

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Laurel C. Broten
Ontario MPP
In office
2003–2013
Preceded by Morley Kells
Succeeded by Doug Holyday
Constituency Etobicoke—Lakeshore
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Personal details
Born 1967 (age 46–47)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Paul Lebarge
Children 2
Residence Toronto
Occupation Lawyer

Laurel C. Broten (born c. 1967)[1] is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore for the Ontario Liberal Party from 2003 to 2013. She served in the cabinet of Kathleen Wynne as the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs as well as the Minister Responsible for Women's Issues and had been Minister of Education under Dalton McGuinty. On June 23, 2013, Broten announced that she would be "leaving politics effective July 2nd" and moving to Halifax.[2]

Background[edit]

Prior to entering politics, she was a lawyer, community activist and volunteer. Broten attended McMaster University from 1986 to 1990, and has both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from the institution. She also received an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. She was a law clerk to Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1993 to 1994, and later had a practice in civil and commercial litigation. She has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Gatehouse, a community centre for survivors of child abuse.[3] Broten lives in Etobicoke with her husband and twin sons.

In 2007, Broten and her husband were criticized after they applied for a permit to build a large two-storey garage behind their home. Dubbed the "garage mahal" by neighbours, the structure was meant to hold the couple's four vehicles. The plan was notable at the time due to Broten's position as the Minister of the Environment. Following a public outcry and stories in the media plans to build the garage were cancelled.[4][5]

Provincial politics[edit]

Broten ran for the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1999, but was defeated by Progressive Conservative Morley Kells in Etobicoke-Lakeshore by 5,156 votes. She ran again in the 2003 election, and defeated Kells by 6,722 votes amid a provincial shift to the Liberals.

38th Legislative Assembly[edit]

On October 23, 2003, she was named as the Parliamentary Assistant to Premier Dalton McGuinty. There she conducted province-wide consultations to develop meaningful reforms to address domestic violence in Ontario. This led to the Government’s Domestic Violence Action Plan which included a groundbreaking public education campaign. She also chaired the Premier’s Shared Air Summit, which drew scientists and policy makers from across North America to tackle the linked issues of smog and transboundary air pollution.

In 2004, she introduced two private member bills. The first entitled Kids First Licences Act would allow drivers to make charitable donations to children's charities whenever they renewed their vehicle licence. The second called (Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment, an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act would impose additional duties and responsibilities in workplaces.[6]

On June 29, 2005, Broten was appointed to cabinet as Minister of the Environment. As minister, she developed policies under one of Canada’s most comprehensive Climate Change Plans in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She also introduced the Clean Water Act designed to better safeguard Ontario’s drinking water.

39th Legislative Assembly[edit]

Broten was re-elected in 2007 and was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. While there she authored a report detailing a Five Point Action Plan to create more opportunities and reduce barriers for internationally trained doctors in Ontario. Her report formed the basis for new legislation in 2008.

In 2008 she introduced legislation that requires a duty to report images of child abuse. Then in 2009 she unanimously passed a resolution calling for a review of reporting standards for listed companies.

In 2009, Broten was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. On October 7, 2009, she was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues.[7]

40th Legislative Assembly[edit]

In 2011, Broten was re-elected again. Premier Dalton McGuinty reorganized his cabinet and appointed her as Minister of Education and minister responsible for women's issues.[8] On February 11, 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed her as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.[9] Laurel resigned from cabinet and the legislature during the summer 2013 recess.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Laurel Broten 22,058 50.8 +4.94
Progressive Conservative Simon Nyilassy 12,679 29.2 -1.44
New Democratic Dionne Coley 6,781 15.6 +2.03
Green Angela Salewsky 1,151 2.7 - 5.15
Libertarian Hans Kunov 213 0.5
Freedom Mark Brombacher 182 0.4
Socialist Natalie Lochwin 137 0.3
Independent John Letonja 118 0.3
Independent Thane MacKay 113 0.3
Total valid votes 43,432 100.00
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Laurel Broten 20,246 45.86 +1.70
Progressive Conservative Tom Barlow 13,524 30.64 1.95
New Democratic Andrea Németh 5,991 13.57 -6.52
Green Jerry Schulman 3,464 7.85 +6.26
Family Coalition Bob Williams 464 1.05 -0.03
Independent Janice Murray 456 1.03 +0.53
Total valid votes 44,145 100.00
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Laurel Broten 19,680 44.16 +8.31
Progressive Conservative Morley Kells 14,524 32.59 -14.39
New Democratic Irene Jones 8,952 20.09 +5.37
Green Junyee Wang 708 1.59
Family Coalition Ted Kupiec 480 1.08 +0.12
Independent Janice Murray 225 0.50 -0.18
Total valid votes 44,569 100.00
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Morley Kells 20,602 46.98 +1.75
Liberal Laurel Broten 15,723 35.85 +6.27
New Democratic Vicki Obedkoff 6,457 14.72 -10.45
Family Coalition Kevin McGourty 423 0.96
Natural Law Don Jackson 349 0.80 +0.16
Independent Janice Murray 299 0.68
Total valid votes 43,853 100.00

Table of offices held[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Dalton McGuinty Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
2013
Also Responsible for Women's Issues
Kathleen Wynne
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (4)
Predecessor Office Successor
Eric Hoskins Minister of Children and Youth Services
2012-2013
Also Responsible for Women's Issues
Teresa Piruzza
Leona Dombrowsky Minister of Education
2011-2013
Also Responsible for Women's Issues
Liz Sandals
Deb Matthews Minister of Children and Youth Services
2009–2011
Also Responsible for Women's Issues
Eric Hoskins
Leona Dombrowsky Minister of the Environment
2005–2007
John Gerretsen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keung, Nicholas (May 10, 1999). "Tight three-way race expected in swing riding". Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ http://www.laurelbroten.onmpp.ca/mNews/6841?l=EN
  3. ^ Shephard, Tamara (September 26, 2003). "Etobicoke-Lakeshore candidates well known in the community;Ontario Votes 2003". Etobicoke Guardian. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Rob Ferguson. Broten won't build 'garage mahal' after all. Toronto Star. July 4, 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/06/do_as_i_say_not.php#
  6. ^ Shephard, Tamara (October 29, 2004). "MPP bills aid workers, charities". Etobicoke Guardian. p. 7. 
  7. ^ Premier Announces Changes To Ontario Cabinet
  8. ^ Radwanski, Adam (October 19, 2011). "McGuinty’s new cabinet a lot like the old cabinet". Toronto: Globe and Mail. 
  9. ^ Benzie, Robert (February 11, 2013). "Wynne’s Liberal cabinet to include 10 rookie ministers in sweeping shuffle". Toronto Star. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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