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 (2011-2015)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Western Ontario University of Ottawa
Profession Accountant



Eve Adams (née Horvat; born November 7, 1974) is a Canadian executive and former 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 resigning as a parliamentary secretary, took a pay decrease and crossed the floor to become the youngest Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party.[2]


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

Early career[edit]

Adams won a national scholarship to serve as a parliamentary page.[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, Adams went to work at Queen's Park for eight years, in the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Citizenship, and Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology as a senior policy and political advisor.[4]

Political career[edit]

Adams won her first election campaign in 2003, and was elected as the youngest member of Mississauga City Council.[4]

Adams entered federal politics after three successful elections and seven years as a city and regional councillor in Mississauga.[3]

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. Both the Adams and Bain campaigns were noted as being particularly respectful and issue-focused in the largest newspaper in Canada.[5]

Eve Adams was the first MP to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their first Royal Tour.[6]

In the 2011 federal election campaign, Adams claimed $2,777 in personal expenses, including $1750 for childcare for her 5-year-old son. Adams worked full-time while campaigning. Her salon visits and dry-cleaning costs were capped at $200. Adams' official agent at the time stated he would repay $6,003.34 in expenses, he personally withdrew, before completing the Elections Canada filing. Elections Canada eventually accepted and approved the filing.[7]

In May 2011, Stephen Harper appointed Adams as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.[8] 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,[9] Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children,[10] Queen's University, 3M and Cenovus Energy.[11][12][13]

In August 2013, Adams was appointed parliamentary secretary for Health.[14] She also became the subject of controversy when she blocked the pumps, at a gas station over a carwash for which she demanded a refund.[15][16]

Adams became involved in a nomination battle, in 2014, in the new Oakville North—Burlington riding, after her existing riding was split.[17] Adams was accused by rivals of sending mail to voters outside her riding. House of Commons rules prohibit any of their parliamentary resources from being used for electoral campaigning.[18] Both Adams and her rival, withdrew their candidacies.[19][20]

There was speculation that Adams would seek the mayoralty in Mississauga in November 2014.[21][22]

After Adams crossed to the Liberals, the CPC claims they notified Adams that she would not be allowed to run in the upcoming federal election. However, Adams was still answering questions in the House of Commons for the Prime Minister until she crossed the floor.[14] Parliamentary Secretaries are personally appointed by the Prime Minister with a $16,500 pay raise.[14] The PM shuffled Parliamentary Secretaries twice after Adams withdrew and did not demote her.[14] Almost 100 Members of Parliament (MP) were not elevated from the backbench as was Adams.

On February 9, 2015, as a Parliamentary Secetary, Adams crossed the floor to join the 3rd Party, Liberal Party.[23] Adams sought the Liberal nomination in Eglinton—Lawrence but was defeated at the July 26, 2015 nomination meeting by Marco Mendicino, who received approximately 1,100 votes to 800 votes for Adams. Mendicino had been campaigning in the riding for over two years.[24]


Adams has been appointed to a number of varied Boards: Enersource Corporation (an electricity distributor operating in a regulated market), The Living Arts Centre (a performing arts centre), Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation, Peel Living Corporation and she was a founding Director of Partners in Project Green.[25]

Charitable work and honours[edit]

Adams has served on Red Cross Boards in Toronto and Mississauga for over 14 years. She organized or participated in over 17 Terry Fox Runs and was honoured to assist Terry Fox's brother, Darrell Fox with the Tour of Hope.[26][not in citation given]

Adams was named Honorary Chair of the Malton Festival; Mississauga Multiple Sclerosis Walkathon; and the Malton Environmental Stewardship Program.[27] She was also appointed an ex-offcio Director of Malton Neighbourhood Services.[28]

Eve Adams received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Eve Adams is divorced and has one son who was born in 2005.[4][4][30][31]

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[32]
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[33]
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[34]
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. ^ Grewal, San (2011-04-28). "Amid the pressure and mud-slinging in some hard-fought GTA ridings, Mississauga-Brampton South stands out as a model of better politics.". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  6. ^ Canada, Veterans Affairs. "ARCHIVED - Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Joins Royal Couple as They Honour Veterans at Ceremony - Media & News - Veterans Affairs Canada". www.veterans.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Expenses claimed by Tory MP include cupcake, steakhouse". Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  8. ^ Canada, Veterans Affairs. "ARCHIVED - Eve Adams Named Veterans Affairs Parliamentary Secretary - Salute! - Veterans Affairs Canada". www.veterans.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Intuit Hire a Veteran Presser". www.mississauga.com. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  10. ^ Canada, Veterans Affairs. "ARCHIVED - Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Announces Toronto Hospital for Sick Children to Hire Veterans - Media & News - Veterans Affairs Canada". www.veterans.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  11. ^ "Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Announces Intuit Canada Will Offer Priority Hiring to Canadian Veterans". Veterans Affairs Canada, June 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Eve Adams: No stranger to controversy". Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  13. ^ "5 Things You May Not Know About Eve Adams". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  14. ^ a b c d http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/02/10/eve-adams-parliamentary-secretary-conservatives_n_6653868.html
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "Eve Adams: No stranger to controversy". CTV News, February 9, 2015
  17. ^ "A Brewing Controversy in the Conservative Party of Canada". The Agenda, March 25, 2014.
  18. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams accused of misusing taxpayer funds by soliciting voters outside her riding by mail". National Post, March 29, 2014.
  19. ^ Fitz-Morris, James. "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams quits Oakville-North Burlington nomination fight". Toronto Star. August 2, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Eve For Mayor?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  22. ^ "Mahoney, Crombie in a tight race for Mississauga mayor". Mississauga News. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  23. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". CBC News, February 9, 2015
  24. ^ "Marco Mendicino beats Eve Adams for Liberal nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence". Globe and Mail. July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  25. ^ https://www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PPG_STEERING_COMMITTEE_APRIL_16_2009.pdf
  26. ^ "TFF Tour of Hope: Malton and Mississauga". tourofhope.typepad.com. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  27. ^ http://www.mississauga.ca/file/COM/Malton_stewardship_directions.pdf
  28. ^ http://www.mnsinfo.org/dowloadable%20files/Spring%20Newsletter%202011.pdf
  29. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "The Governor General of Canada". Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  30. ^ Fitz-Morris, James (1 August 2014). "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  31. ^ Sonja Puzio (March 30, 2014). "Dimitri Soudas Out of Top Conservative Job". CTV News. 
  32. ^ "2010 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  33. ^ "2006 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  34. ^ "2003 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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