Linda Jeffrey

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The Honourable
Linda Jeffery
MPP
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
In office
February 11, 2013 – March 25, 2014
Preceded by Bob Chiarelli
Succeeded by Bill Mauro
Minister of Labour
In office
October 20, 2011 – February 11, 2013
Preceded by Charles Sousa
Succeeded by Yasir Naqvi
Minister Responsible for Seniors
In office
October 20, 2011 – February 11, 2013
Preceded by Sophia Aggelonitis
Succeeded by Mario Sergio
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
January 18, 2010 – October 20, 2011
Preceded by Donna Cansfield
Succeeded by Michael Gravelle
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
for Brampton-Springdale
Brampton Centre (2003–2007)
In office
October 2, 2003 – March 25, 2014
Preceded by Joe Spina
Succeeded by Harinder Malhi
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 55–56)
Cork, Ireland
Political party Ontario Liberal Party
Spouse(s) John Jeffrey
Children 3
Residence Brampton

Linda Jeffrey (born c.1958)[1] is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Brampton—Springdale for the Ontario Liberal Party, and was the province's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne until she resigned, March 25, 2014 to run for Mayor of Brampton, Ontario.

Background[edit]

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

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 1005 votes in Brampton Centre, and now chairs the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.

In October 2004, she announced that construction had been started on the William Osler Health Centre in her riding.

Since her arrival at the Provincial Legislature she has 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 most recently, Transportation.

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

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.

She is scheduled to resign the Municipal Affairs portfolio in March 25, 2014, and is widely rumoured to run for Mayor of Brampton in the 2014 municipal election.[3][4]

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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 

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