Eve Adams

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Eve Adams
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Mississauga—Brampton South
In office
Preceded by Navdeep Bains
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Mississauga City Councillor
In office
Preceded by Cliff Gyles
Succeeded by Bonnie Crombie
Constituency Ward 5
Personal details
Born Eve Horvat
(1974-11-07) November 7, 1974 (age 41)
Sudbury, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Other political
Conservative (2003-2015)
Progressive Conservative (1988-2003)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Website http://eveadams.ca

Eve Adams (née Horvat; born November 7, 1973) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2011 election as a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.[1] On February 9, 2015, she announced she was crossing the floor to sit with the Liberal Party.[2] She represented the electoral district of Mississauga—Brampton South from 2011 until 2015.


The daughter of Hungarian and Croatian immigrants, Adams was born in Sudbury, raised in Hamilton for 14 years, lived in Mississauga for 14 years and now lives in Oakville (2 years).[3]

Adams graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She put her education on hold to work full-time when her father's legs were amputated .

Early career[edit]

Adams served as a parliamentary page in 1992, after finishing high school.[4] She then worked as an aide to Michael Wilson when he was in Brian Mulroney's cabinet.

Before graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in psychology, Adams went to work at Queen's Park for eight years, while Mike Harris was Premier of Ontario, in the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Citizenship, and Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology.[4]

Subsequently, she was executive director of an international accounting association operating in Canada and the United States.

Political career[edit]

She won her first election campaign at the age of 29 in 2003, and was elected as the youngest member of Mississauga City Council.[4] She served in a number of posts on the council, including chair of the management committee (budget oversight), chair of the audit committee, director of the Living Arts Centre and director of the public reporter for Enersource Corporation.

Adams entered politics with three successful elections and seven years as a city and regional councillor in Mississauga.[3] In her first election, Adams was one of 21 candidates. She won that election and went on to increase her plurality in each subsequent re-election.

Adams won the federal riding of Mississauga-Brampton South in the 2011 election, defeating incumbent Liberal Navdeep Bains by over 5,000 votes on 52,000 votes cast.

Adams' 2011 campaign has claimed $920 in indirect expenses (meals, dry-cleaning etc.) These expenses have been accepted by Elections Canada.[5]

In May 2011, Stephen Harper appointed Adams as parliamentary secretary for Veterans Affairs. Adams led the Hire-a-Veteran initiative to encourage employers across Canada to offer priority hiring to veterans. Adams launched the initiative with Intuit Canada, Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, Queen's University, 3M and Cenovus Energy.[6] In August 2013, Adams was appointed parliamentary secretary for Health.

Adams lives in Oakville, a reason cited for her running in the new electoral district of Oakville North—Burlington. She has received strong media attention regarding allegations that the MP blocked the pumps at an Esso gas station in Ottawa's west-end for seventeen minutes in protest of a set of $6 carwashes which she deemed unsatisfactory.[7][8]

Adams became involved in a nomination battle, in 2014, in the new Oakville North—Burlington riding, after her existing riding was split. On March 19 Adams attended a riding association meeting, though her ability to attend the meeting as a member of the EDA was in question. A board member and paid campaign worker for Adams' rival, reportedly asked Adams to leave, and when she declined that board member threatened to contact the police.[9] Adams was also accused of sending mail to voters outside her riding. However, this activity is permitted by House of Commons rules.[10] Facing internal investigations into their campaign activities by the party, both Adams and her rival, Natalia Lishchyna, withdrew their candidacies.[11][12] Adams was formally notified on January 29, 2015 by party president John Walsh that she would not be allowed to run as a Conservative in the upcoming federal election due to "misconduct" during the Oakville North—Burlington nomination campaign.[13]

On February 9, 2015, Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party.[14] Adams sought the Liberal nomination in Eglinton—Lawrence but was defeated at the July 26, 2015 nomination meeting by Marco Mendicino, who reportedly received approximately 1,100 votes to 800 votes for Adams.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Eve Adams was formerly married to Peter Adams, a Conservative organizer and former assistant to Michael Wilson.[4] She is now engaged to Dimitri Soudas, former director of communications and senior adviser to Harper,[16] whom she began dating in 2011.[4] Soudas was accused of favouritism in his support of Adams's nomination campaign in 2014 and was forced to resign from his post as executive director of the federal Conservative Party on March 30, 2014.[17]

Electoral record[edit]


Canadian federal election, 2011: Mississauga—Brampton South
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Eve Adams 23,632 44.72 +11.76 $ 90,006.33
Liberal Navdeep Bains 18,579 35.16 −12.53 75,658.79
New Democratic Jim Glavan 9,465 17.91 +6.07  
Green Benjamin Stone 1,044 1.98 −4.64 16.14
Marxist–Leninist Tim Sullivan 127 0.24 −0.65  
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,847 100.0   +18.77 $ 96,095.05
Total rejected ballots 351 0.66 −0.10
Turnout 53,198 56.28 +6.89
Eligible voters 94,531   +4.14


2011 Mississauga Municipal Election: Ward 5[18]
Candidate Votes %
Eve Adams 9,795 66.75
Simerjit Kaur 2,678 18.25
4 other candidates 2,201 15.00
Total 14,674 100.00
2006 Mississauga Municipal Election: Ward 5[19]
Candidate Votes %
Eve Adams 5,704 45.77
Karman Singh Punian 2,352 18.87
Sydney Weir 1,369 10.99
7 other candidates 3,036 24.37
Total 12,461 100.00
2003 Mississauga Municipal Election: Ward 5[20]
Candidate Votes %
Eve Adams 3,793 30.66
Rick Falco 2,282 18.75
19 other candidates 6,295 50.59
Total 12,370 100.00


  1. ^ "Councillor Eve Adams ousts star Liberal to become an MP". Toronto Star, May 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Conservative MP Eve Adams crosses floor to Liberals". The Globe and Mail, February 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Is new Mississauga Tory MP Eve Adams poised for stardom?". Toronto Star, May 3, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e "All about Eve". Maclean's. August 5, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Payton, Laura (11 June 2013). "Personal expenses claimed by Tory MP include salon visits". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Announces Intuit Canada Will Offer Priority Hiring to Canadian Veterans". Veterans Affairs Canada, June 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "Eve Adam's fight over $6 car washes drew PMO involvement — Adams parked car, blocked traffic to demand $6 refund for car wash last December". CBC News, April 2, 2014.
  8. ^ "Eve Adams: No stranger to controversy". CTV News, February 9, 2015
  9. ^ "A Brewing Controversy in the Conservative Party of Canada". The Agenda, March 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams accused of misusing taxpayer funds by soliciting voters outside her riding by mail". National Post, March 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Fitz-Morris, James. "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams quits Oakville-North Burlington nomination fight". Toronto Star. August 2, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Eve Adams barred by Conservatives before move to Liberals" (Toronto Star). February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". CBC News, February 9, 2015
  15. ^ "Marco Mendicino beats Eve Adams for Liberal nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence". Globe and Mail. July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ Fitz-Morris, James (1 August 2014). "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Sonja Puzio (March 30, 2014). "Dimitri Soudas Out of Top Conservative Job". CTV News. 
  18. ^ "2010 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "2006 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "2003 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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