Linda Jeffrey

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Linda Jeffery
50th Mayor of Brampton
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Susan Fennell
Ontario MPP
In office
2007–2014
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Harinder Malhi
Constituency Brampton-Springdale
In office
2003–2007
Preceded by Joe Spina
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Brampton Centre
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 55–56)
Cork, Ireland
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) John Jeffrey
Children 3
Residence Brampton, Ontario

Linda Jeffrey (born c. 1958) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. In 2014, she was elected as Mayor of Brampton. From 2003 to 2014 she was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who represented the ridings of Brampton Centre and Brampton—Springdale. She served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. On March 25, 2014, she resigned from the legislature to run for Mayor of Brampton, which she won on October 27, 2014.

Background[edit]

Jeffrey was born in Cork, Ireland, and moved to Brampton in 1983. She and her husband, John, have three sons.[1]

Municipal politics[edit]

She was elected as a city councillor for Brampton's Ward 2 in 1991, and helped to negotiate the sale of Brampton Hydro toward the end of the decade (in addition to representing Brampton on the provincial Hydro One Board of Directors). Jeffrey also chaired the city's Budget Committee, and increased public access to the city's budget review process during her time as a councillor. She served as Acting Mayor of Brampton in May 2001, making at least one official appearance with the title.[2]

Provincial politics[edit]

Although previously associated with the Progressive Conservatives, Jeffrey switched to the Liberals to run in the provincial election of 2003. She defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Joe Spina by 1,005 votes in Brampton Centre.[3] The Liberals won the election and she initially served as a backbench supporter of Premier Dalton McGuinty. She was re-elected in the redistributed riding of Brampton-Springdale in 2007 and 2011.[4][5]

Between 2005 and 2010 she served in a variety of positions including Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Children and Youth Services, Democratic Renewal, Intergovernmental Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration and Transportation.

On January 18, 2010, Premier Dalton McGuinty appointed her to cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources.[6] On October 10, 2011, Premier Dalton McGuinty appointed her to cabinet as Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Seniors.[7]

On February 11, 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed her to cabinet as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. She was also appointed as Chair of Cabinet by Premier Wynne.[8]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Rick Bartolucci Chair of Cabinet
2013-2014
John Gerretsen
Bob Chiarelli Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
2013-2014
Bill Mauro
Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Charles Sousa Minister of Labour
2011-2013
Also Responsible for Seniors
Yasir Naqvi
Donna Cansfield Minister of Natural Resources
2010-2011
Michael Gravelle

Brampton mayoralty race[edit]

On March 25, 2014, she resigned from the legislature in order to run for Mayor of Brampton in the 2014 municipal election.[9][10] As of September 30, 2014 she was polling well ahead of the incumbent Susan Fennell.[11] She won the mayoral election defeating Susan Fennell.

Election results[edit]

Brampton—Springdale[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Linda Jeffrey 15,663 44.4 -6.1
Progressive Conservative Pam Hundal 12,756 36.2 +5.4
New Democratic Mani Singh 5,378 15.2 +4.3
Green James Duncan 900 2.6 -4.0
Family Coalition Bart Wysokinski 204 0.6 -0.1
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 152 0.4
Paramount Canadians Jasbir Singh 136 0.4
Confederation of Regions Fauzia Sadiq 81 0.2
Total valid votes 35,270 100.0 +1.6
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Linda Jeffrey 17,526 50.5
Progressive Conservative Carmen McClelland 10,704 30.8
New Democratic Mani Singh 3,780 10.9
Green Daniel Cullen 2,292 6.6
Family Coalition Sandy Toteda 258 0.7
Communist Elizabeth Rowley 150 0.4
Total valid votes 34,710 100.0

Brampton Centre[edit]

Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Linda Jeffrey 16,661 43.48 +15.48
Progressive Conservative Joe Spina 15,656 40.86 -16.91
New Democratic Kathy Pounder 4,827 12.60 -1.63
Green Sanjeev Goel 820 2.14
Freedom Wally Dove 356 0.93

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calleja, Frank (October 3, 2003). "Jeffrey pulls off surprise victory over Spina". Toronto Star. p. B7. 
  2. ^ "School Children Launch Emergency Preparedness Week – 2001", City of Brampton press release, May 10, 2001.
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 2 (xi). 
  5. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 2. 
  6. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8. 
  7. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Toronto Star. October 21, 2011. p. A18. 
  8. ^ "Ontario's new cabinet". Waterloo Region Record (Kitchener, Ont). February 12, 2013. p. A3. 
  9. ^ Richard J. Brennan; San Grewal (23 March 2014). "Linda Jeffrey quits Ontario cabinet to run for Brampton mayor". Toronto Star (Toronto ON). Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Adrian Morrow; Adam Radwanski (23 March 2014). "Wynne losing Municipal Affairs Minister to Brampton mayoral race". The Globe and Mail (Toronto ON). Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Former MPP Linda Jeffrey polls well ahead of Susan Fennell in Brampton race". Toronto Star. September 30, 2014. 

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