Eve Adams

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Eve Adams
Member of the House of Commons of Canada for Mississauga—Brampton South
In office
2011–2015
Preceded byNavdeep Bains
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Mississauga City Councillor
In office
2003–2011
Preceded byCliff Gyles
Succeeded byBonnie Crombie
ConstituencyWard 5 (Brittania Woods, Malton)
Personal details
BornEve Horvat[1]
(1974-11-07) November 7, 1974 (age 44)
Sudbury, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Other political
affiliations
Conservative (2011-2015)
Children1
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario University of Ottawa
ProfessionAccountant
Websitehttp://www.eveadams.ca

Eve Adams (née Horvat;[1] born November 7, 1974) 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.[2]

On February 9, 2015, she announced she was resigning as a parliamentary secretary and crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party.[3] Adams later lost the Liberal nomination in Eglinton—Lawrence to Marco Mendicino.[4]

Adams unsuccessfully ran as a candidate for Ward 8 on Hamilton City Council in the 2018 municipal election.[5]

Background[edit]

The daughter of Hungarian and Croatian immigrants, Adams was born in Sudbury, raised in Hamilton and lived in Mississauga.[6]

Adams won a scholarship to serve as a parliamentary page as part of a national program to improve Canadians' understanding of parliament.[7] She then worked as an aide to Michael Wilson when he was a minister in Prime Minister Brian Mulroney' 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.[7]

Political career[edit]

Adams won her first election campaign in the 2003 Mississauga City Council municipal election. This victory made her the youngest representative elected to that body.[7] After winning three successful municipal elections and serving seven years as a city and regional councillor in Mississauga, Adams entered federal politics.[6] Adams won the federal riding of Mississauga-Brampton South in the 2011 election, defeating incumbent Liberal Navdeep Bains by over 5,000 votes. The Toronto Star noted that both the Adams and Bain campaigns were particularly respectful and issue-focused, suggested that they were role models for a better kind of politics.[8]

Following the election, in May 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Adams as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.[9] 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,[10] Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children,[11] Queen's University, 3M and Cenovus Energy.[12][13][1] In August 2013, Adams was appointed parliamentary secretary for Health.[14] There was speculation that Adams would seek the mayoralty in Mississauga in November 2014.[15][16] Eve Adams was the first MP to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their first Royal Tour.[17]

On February 9, 2015, as a Parliamentary Secretary, Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party caucus.[18] 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.[4]

Controversies[edit]

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.[19]

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.

She also became the subject of controversy when she blocked the fuel pumps at a gas station over a dispute about the cost of a carwash for which she demanded a refund.[20][21]

Adams became involved in a nomination battle, in 2014, in the new Oakville North—Burlington riding, after her existing riding was split.[22] 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.[23] Both Adams and her rival, withdrew their candidacies.[24][25]

During her 2018 municipal campaign in Hamilton, Adams released pamphlets which some residents claimed were attempting to imply Ontario New Democratic Party leader and Hamilton Centre MPP Andrea Horwath was endorsing her.[26] The pamphlets featured an endorsement from Adams' sister-in-law Andrea Horvath, whose name is phonetically identical to Horwath's, and used orange colour schemes, the NDP's party colour, in contrast to Adams' blue campaign colours.[27] The NDP released a statement confirming that Horwath did not endorse Eve Adams' municipal campaign while Adams herself denied she was attempting to mislead voters.[28]

Adams was not successfully elected to Hamilton City Council, losing to John-Paul Danko.[29]

Boards[edit]

Adams has been appointed to a number of varied Boards: Enersource Corporation (Mississauga's municipal electricity distributor), Living Arts Centre, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation, Peel Living Corporation (regional public housing authority, and she was a founding Director of Partners in Project Green (a corporate, environmental agency).[30]

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.[31][not in citation given]

Adams was named Honorary Chair of the Malton Festival; Mississauga Multiple Sclerosis Walkathon; and the Malton Environmental Stewardship Program.[32] She was also appointed an ex-officio Director of Malton Neighbourhood Services.[33]

Eve Adams received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Eve Adams is divorced and has one son who was born in 2005.[7][35][36] Her ex-husband, Peter Adams, a former assistant to Michael Wilson, ran and lost in the by-election to take her place on the Mississauga City Council after she entered federal politics in 2011.[37][38] Adams was briefly engaged to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former Director of Communications, Dimitri Soudas.[39]

Electoral record[edit]

Federal[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
Source(s)
"Official Voting Results – Forty-First General Election 2011 — Table 12 – List of candidates by electoral district and individual results". Elections Canada. May 2, 2011.
"Financial Reports: Candidate's Electoral Campaign Return". May 2, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2015.

Municipal[edit]

2011 Mississauga Municipal Election: Ward 5[40]
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[41]
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[42]
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "5 Things You May Not Know About Eve Adams". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  2. ^ "Councillor Eve Adams ousts star Liberal to become an MP". Toronto Star, May 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Conservative MP Eve Adams crosses floor to Liberals". The Globe and Mail, February 9, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Marco Mendicino beats Eve Adams for Liberal nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence". Globe and Mail. July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "Eve Adams resurfaces in Canadian politics with a run at a Hamilton city council seat". CBC News. Aug 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Is new Mississauga Tory MP Eve Adams poised for stardom?". Toronto Star, May 3, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d "All about Eve". Maclean's. August 5, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Canada, Veterans Affairs. "ARCHIVED - Eve Adams Named Veterans Affairs Parliamentary Secretary - Salute! - Veterans Affairs Canada". www.veterans.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  10. ^ "Intuit Hire a Veteran Presser". www.mississauga.com. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Announces Intuit Canada Will Offer Priority Hiring to Canadian Veterans". Veterans Affairs Canada, June 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Eve Adams: No stranger to controversy". 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 For Mayor?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  16. ^ "Mahoney, Crombie in a tight race for Mississauga mayor". Mississauga News. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". CBC News, February 9, 2015
  19. ^ "Expenses claimed by Tory MP include cupcake, steakhouse". Retrieved 2016-09-21.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "Eve Adams: No stranger to controversy". CTV News, February 9, 2015
  22. ^ "A Brewing Controversy in the Conservative Party of Canada". The Agenda, March 25, 2014.
  23. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams accused of misusing taxpayer funds by soliciting voters outside her riding by mail". National Post, March 29, 2014.
  24. ^ Fitz-Morris, James. "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  25. ^ "Tory MP Eve Adams quits Oakville-North Burlington nomination fight". Toronto Star. August 2, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  26. ^ Rosen, Jackie (October 14, 2018). "Horvath with a V: Former MP says her sister-in-law is endorsing her, not Ontario's NDP leader". 99.9 Virgin Radio Toronto. Bell Media. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  27. ^ Wells, Jon (October 14, 2018). "That's Horvath, not Horwath, says Ward 8 candidate Eve Adams over election pamphlet brouhaha". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  28. ^ Carter, Adam (October 14, 2018). "Provincial NDP distances itself from Eve Adams campaign after 'Andrea Horvath' endorsement". CBC News. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  29. ^ "Fred Eisenberger re-elected Hamilton mayor, defeats LRT opponent Vito Sgro". Global News, October 23, 2018.
  30. ^ https://www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/PPG_STEERING_COMMITTEE_APRIL_16_2009.pdf
  31. ^ "TFF Tour of Hope: Malton and Mississauga". tourofhope.typepad.com. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  32. ^ http://www.mississauga.ca/file/COM/Malton_stewardship_directions.pdf
  33. ^ http://www.mnsinfo.org/dowloadable%20files/Spring%20Newsletter%202011.pdf
  34. ^ General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "The Governor General of Canada". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  35. ^ Fitz-Morris, James (1 August 2014). "Tory MP Eve Adams quits bitter nomination race, cites health". CBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  36. ^ Sonja Puzio (March 30, 2014). "Dimitri Soudas Out of Top Conservative Job". CTV News.
  37. ^ "The Gargoyle: Dimitreve, the early days, revisited". Ottawa Citizen. 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  38. ^ "Eve Adams and the real story behind the ouster of Dimitri Soudas". Macleans.ca. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  39. ^ "Back in the fold: Dimitri Soudas joining Patrick Brown's campaign team - iPolitics". iPolitics. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  40. ^ "2010 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  41. ^ "2006 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  42. ^ "2003 Election Results" (PDF). City of Mississauga. Retrieved 19 October 2015.

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