Sophia Aggelonitis

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Sophia Aggelonitis
Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP.JPG
Member of Provincial Parliament
In office
October 30, 2007 – October 6, 2011
Preceded by Marie Bountrogianni
Succeeded by Monique Taylor
Constituency Hamilton Mountain
Minister of Revenue
In office
August 18, 2010 – October 6, 2011
Preceded by John Wilkinson
Minister Responsible for Seniors
In office
August 18, 2010 – October 6, 2011
Preceded by Gerry Phillips
Succeeded by Linda Jeffrey
Minister of Consumer Services
In office
January 18, 2010 – August 18, 2010
Preceded by Ted McMeekin
Succeeded by John Gerretsen
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Residence Hamilton, Ontario
Occupation entrepreneur

Sophia Aggelonitis (born ca. March 1968)[1] is a Canadian politician. She was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Hamilton Mountain from 2007-2011. She served as the province's Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors in the Liberal government of Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Background[edit]

Agglenotis was born in Toronto and raised in Welland, Ontario. She is the daughter of Greek immigrants who came from Sparta, Greece in the 1960s. She went to school at Eastdale High School and Brock University where she obtained a degree in politics and psychology.[1] She has worked as an entrepreneur starting consulting businesses in special events and environmental auditing. Her most recent venture was one called "Sauces by Sophia" selling a brand of tzatziki to supermarkets and specialty food stores in Southern Ontario.[1] In March 2007 she became president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.[2] However, she resigned three months later to pursue the Liberal nomination after Marie Bountrogianni announced that she would not seek another term in office.[3]

Politics[edit]

Aggelonitis ran as the Liberal candidate in the 2007 provincial election, defeating the NDP candidate by 2,334 votes. Following the election she was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Harinder Takhar, the Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.[4]

She later served as Parliamentary Assistant to Ted McMeekin, Minister of Consumer Services, and Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade. She was also named chair of the Small Business Agency of Ontario to encourage better communication between government and small business.[5]

In 2009, Aggelonitis introduced a private member's bill called An Act to proclaim Mental Health Awareness Day,[6] calling for the last day of Mental Health Week each year to be proclaimed Mental Health Awareness Day.

On January 18, 2010, Aggelonitis was named Minister of Consumer Services.[7] On August 18, 2010, she was named Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors.[8] In those capacities she presided over legislation to combat contraband tobacco and the implementation of stronger protections for retirement home residents.[9][10]

She ran for re-election in the 2011 provincial election, but lost her re-election bid to New Democrat Monique Taylor by 5,798 votes.[11]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Sophia Aggelonitis 17,387 37.2
New Democratic Bryan Adamczyk 15,653 33.5
Progressive Conservative Bob Charters 10,982 23.5
Green Ivan Miletic 2,122 4.6
Freedom Mary Maan 493 1.1
Total valid votes 46,637 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario.[12]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Monique Taylor 20,492 45.2 +11.68
Liberal Sophia Aggelonitis 14,694 32.4 -4.83
Progressive Conservative Geordie Elms 8,641 19.0 -4.54
Green Tony Morris 748 1.6 -3.05
Family Coalition Jim Enos 450 1.0 -0.06
Libertarian Hans Wienhold 222 0.5
Freedom Brian Goodwin 126 0.3
Total valid votes 45,373 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario.[13]

After politics[edit]

In September 2012, Aggelonitis was named as president of the Ontario Liberal Fund, a body that will co-ordinate fundraising activities for the party on the province.[14] She also serves as a judge on a local entrepreneurship contest called the "Lion's Lair" which awards cash and business resources to the winners of the contest.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bourret, Suzanne (6 March 2008). "Our 'Sophia from Hamilton'; MPP, businesswoman and booster faces her 40th (happily) and focuses on future". The Spectator. p. G7. 
  2. ^ "Talking with... Sophia Aggelonitis, newly installed president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce". The Spectator. 9 March 2007. p. A17. 
  3. ^ Dreschel, Andrew (27 June 2007). "Chamber president resigns to seek Liberal nomination". The Spectator. p. A12. 
  4. ^ "McGuinty Government Consults With Business Community In Chatham". Canada NewsWire. 13 December 2007. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Daniel (3 December 2009). "Premier raises profile of MPP Aggelonitis". The Spectator. p. A4. 
  6. ^ "An Act to proclaim Mental Health Awareness Day". Legislative Assembly of Ontario. 
  7. ^ "New Decade, New Challenges, New Cabinet". Government of Ontario. January 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Economy, Health Care And Education The Focus Of New Cabinet". Government of Ontario. August 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "A Stronger Smoke-Free Ontario". Government of Ontario. 1 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Stronger Protections for Ontario's Retirement Home Residents". Government of Ontario. 22 February 2011. 
  11. ^ Jones, Allison (7 Oct 2011). "Prominent candidates elected or defeated in the Ontario election: Prominent candidates elected or defeated". The Canadian Press. 
  12. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for each Candidate (2007)" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  13. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for each Candidate (2011)" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 7. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  14. ^ Dreschel, Andrew (7 September 2012). "Liberals tap Aggelonitis for top job: Former Hamilton MPP named president of Ontario Liberal Fund". The Spectator. p. A17. 
  15. ^ "Facing the Lions: New crop of entrepreneurs ready to enter the 'lair'". The Spectator. 12 September 2012. p. HB19. 

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