Leona Dombrowsky

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Hon. Leona Dombrowsky
Leona Dombrowsky.jpg
Ontario MPP
In office
2007–2011
Preceded by Ernie Parsons
Succeeded by Todd Smith
Constituency Prince Edward—Hastings
In office
1999–2007
Preceded by Harry Danford
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Hastings—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington
Personal details
Born (1957-04-29) April 29, 1957 (age 57)
Belleville, Ontario
Political party Liberal

Leona Dombrowsky (born April 29, 1957) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1999 to 2011 and was a cabinet minister in the government of Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Background[edit]

Dombrowsky was born in Belleville, Ontario and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1979. She was elected as a Catholic School trustee on the Hastings-Prince Edward Separate School Board in 1985, and served as its Chair from 1991 to 1996. In 1998, she was elected to the amalgamated Algonquin-Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. She was also a Director of the Ontario Catholic Trustees Association during this period, and served on the Tweed Parks & Recreation Committee from 1991 to 1997.

Politics[edit]

Dombrowsky was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1999, as a Liberal in the rural riding of Hastings—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington (which surrounds the city of Kingston, Ontario) defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Harry Danford by about 2,000 votes.[1] The election was won by the Progressive Conservatives; despite her lack of experience, Dombrowsky soon emerged as a prominent voice in the opposition benches, serving as Official Opposition Critic for Community, Family and Children's Services and Deputy House Leader.

The Liberals won the provincial election of 2003, and Dombrowsky was re-elected by about 8,000 votes over her Progressive Conservative opponent.[2] On October 23, 2003, she was appointed Minister of the Environment.[3] In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing changes to the province's water supply system (the safety of which was called into question after a tragic outbreak of e-coli in Walkerton, Ontario). Dombrowsky's ministry hired more full-time water inspectors and also called for the phasing out of coal-fired electrical generating plants.

Dombrowsky's appointment was regarded as a surprise, as it had been widely expected that Jim Bradley would be given the Environment portfolio (which he had held during the government of David Peterson). Dombrowsky had few if any "green" credentials at the time of her appointment, and some believed that her appointment signified a reluctance on the party of the McGuinty government to undertake major environmental reforms.

On June 29, 2005 Dombrowsky became Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.[4] On January 18, 2010, Dombrowsky was named Minister of Education.[5]

On October 6, 2011, Dombrowsky lost her provincial seat to Progressive Conservative Todd Smith.[6]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Kathleen Wynne Minister of Education
2010-2011
Laurel Broten
Steve Peters Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
2005-2010
Carol Mitchell
Jim Wilson Minister of the Environment
2003-2005
Laurel Broten

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Todd Smith 18,732 42.1%
Liberal Leona Dombrowsky 15,688 35.3%
New Democratic Sherry Hayes 7,400 16.6%
Green Treat Hull 2,044 4.6%
Family Coalition Neal Ford 260 0.6%
Independent Andrew Skinner 209 0.5%
Republican Trueman Tuck 115 0.3%
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Leona Dombrowsky 20,982 46.4%
Progressive Conservative Eric DenOuden 14,823 32.8%
New Democratic Jodie Jenkins 6,249 13.8%
Green Jim Arkilander 2,660 5.9%
Family Coalition Vito Luceno 384 0.9%
Republican Trueman Tuck 167 0.4%
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Leona Dombrowsky 21,548 51.89 +5.15
Progressive Conservative Barry F. Gordon 13,709 33.01 -9.51
New Democratic Ross Sutherland 4,286 10.32 +3.43
Green Adam Scott 1,311 3.16 +1.84
Family Coalition John-Henry Westen 673 1.62 +0.42
Ontario general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Leona Dombrowsky 20,395 46.74
Progressive Conservative Harry Danford 18,553 42.52
New Democratic Allan Mcphail 3,008 6.89
Green Cathy Vakil 576 1.32
Family Coalition John-henry Westen 524 1.2
Natural Law Peter Leggat 382 0.88
Independent Karl Walker 200 0.46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 3, 1999. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Premier Dalton McGuinty and his 22-member cabinet were sworn in Thursday". Canadian Press NewsWire. October 23, 2003. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Cabinet shuffle focuses on health care, education; McGuinty to head new Research and Innovation ministry". The Record (Kitchener, Ont). June 30, 2005. p. A5. 
  5. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 14. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 

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