Liz Sandals

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Hon. Liz Sandals
Ontario MPP
Assumed office
October 10, 2007
Preceded by Riding re-established[nb 1]
Constituency Guelph
In office
October 2, 2003 – September 10, 2007
Preceded by Brenda Elliott
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Guelph—Wellington
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) David Sandals
Children 2
Occupation Teacher

Liz Sandals is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Guelph for the Ontario Liberal Party, and is the Minister of Education having been appointed by Kathleen Wynne on February 11, 2013.


Sandals was raised in the Guelph area, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph as well as a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.[1] She taught computer science at the University of Guelph.[1] Sandals lives in Guelph with her husband David where they raised two children.


School board[edit]

Sandals was elected to her local public school board in 1988, and was re-elected four times.[1] From 1998 to 2002, she served as President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association.[1] Sandals was the recipient of the first Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, granted by the Ontario Principals' Council.[2]

Provincial politics[edit]

In 2003, she ran for the Ontario Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Guelph, and defeated two long-time Liberals. While she was a past supporter of the Progressive Conservative Party and worked for the 1995 campaign of rival Tory MPP Brenda Elliott,[3][4] Sandals defeated Elliott in the Ontario provincial election of 2003 by 2,872 votes in the riding of Guelph—Wellington. During the 2003-2007 session she served as parliamentary assistant for several portfolios including Education. After being re-elected in 2007 in the redistributed riding of Guelph, she was again appointed as parliamentary assistant to portfolios including education and transportation. She was re-elected again in the 2011 election. On February 11, 2013, Sandals was appointed as the Minister of Education by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%}
Liberal Liz Sandals 19,734 42.3 +1.5
Progressive Conservative Greg Schirk 11,950 25.6 +0.9
New Democratic James Gordon 11,148 23.9 +10.0
Green Steve Dyck 3,234 6.9 -12.6
Libertarian Philip Bender 305 0.70
Communist Drew Garvie 139 0.30 -0.10
Independent Julian Ichim 100 0.20
Total valid votes 46,610 100.0
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Liz Sandals 20,188 40.8
Progressive Conservative Bob Senechal 12,258 24.7
Green Ben Polley 9,635 19.5
New Democratic Karan Mann-Bowers 6,862 13.9
Family Coalition John Gots 402 0.8
Communist Drew Garvie 196 0.4
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Liz Sandals 23,607 42.3
Progressive Conservative Brenda Elliott 20,735 37.1
New Democratic James Valcke 6,699 12.0
Green Ben Polley 3,917 7.0
Family Coalition Alan McDonald 914 1.6

Table of offices held[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Laurel Broten Minister of Education



  1. ^ Riding existed from 1987-1999 when it was reconfigured as Guelph-Wellington. In 2007 it was renamed as Guelph.


  1. ^ a b c d Sandals, Liz. "Liz Sandals MPP: Biography". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ "Office of the Premiere, Meet the team". Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Stead, Hilary (2002-05-31). "Sandals chosen to lead local Liberals provincially". Daily Mercury. p. A1. 
  4. ^ "Tough choices in local ridings". Daily Mercury. 2003-09-30. p. A10. 

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