Lisa MacLeod

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Lisa MacLeod
MPP for Nepean--Carleton
Assumed office
Preceded by John Baird
Personal details
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Joseph Varner
Children Victoria
Occupation Activist
Religion Presbyterian

Lisa MacLeod is a Canadian politician, who was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on March 30, 2006 and subsequently re-elected on October 10, 2007, and again on October 6, 2011.

Political career[edit]

MacLeod received the highest vote total of any Progressive Conservative in the 2007 provincial election. In the 2011 election, MacLeod received the most votes of any person, in any party in Ontario.

A member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, MacLeod was elected in the Nepean—Carleton electoral district. When she was elected in 2006, she was the youngest female conservative ever elected in Ontario, either federally or provincially.

MacLeod currently serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Francophone Affairs and is Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, Vice Chair of the Ontario-Quebec Parliamentary Association and the Ontario Representative on the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association-Canadian Women's Steering Committee.

Previously MacLeod Official Opposition Critic for Education, was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies, the Official Opposition Critic for Revenue and Government Accountability, Government and Consumer Affairs and Children and Youth Services, and was a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

MacLeod made headlines in the summer of 2007 when Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella suggested she would rather be at home baking cookies than attending a political event with then PC Leader John Tory. Kinsella later removed the posting and apologized to MacLeod. Following the incident MacLeod wrote the cookbook I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends.

As education critic, MacLeod defended state-funded Catholic education as being "bullied", and called Dalton McGuinty's Bill 13 legislation as "unfair" to have forced local Catholic separate school boards to allow Gay Straight Alliances contrary to Roman Catholic doctrine.[1]

In January 2013, MacLeod voiced her opposition to any talk of defunding the province's separate education system by citing "[there is] stabillity in our catholic system",[2] calling the party's newly released education whitepaper as being "comprehensive".[3]

MacLeod and PC Party Leader Tim Hudak are currently being sued for libel by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for saying she “oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of [gas plant] documents.”[4] Wynne denies she had any knowledge or involvement of the allegations made.

Professional career[edit]

Prior to her election, MacLeod was a federal Conservative aide on Parliament Hill and a political commentator.


MacLeod studied political science at St. Francis Xavier University.

Early years[edit]

Her family ties to politics include Donald MacLeod, a former Cabinet Minister under Robert Stanfield in Nova Scotia, and Donald Cameron, a former Premier of Nova Scotia. Her father, Danny MacLeod, served three decades as a municipal councillor in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia until his death on August 29, 2007.

Ontario provincial by-election, March 30, 2006: Nepean—Carleton
Party Candidate Votes % ±pp
Progressive Conservative Lisa MacLeod 17,311 57.6 +3.5
Liberal Brian Ford 9,457 31.4 -4.2
New Democratic Laurel Gibbons 2,489 8.3 +1.8
Green Peter V. Tretter 634 2.1 -1.7
Independent John Turmel 112 0.4
Freedom Jurgen Vollrath 74 0.2
Total valid votes 30,077 100.0


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