|Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Francophone Affairs|
|Assumed office |
November 29, 2018
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
|Assumed office |
February 13, 2014
|Preceded by||Peter Shurman|
Gila Deborah Gladstone
June 5, 1961
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Alma mater||University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science|
Gila Deborah Martow (née Gladstone; born June 5, 1961) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She represents the electoral district of Thornhill in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. She held the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour until November 2018, when she was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney following the departure of Amanda Simard from the PC Caucus.
Martow's maternal grandparents lived on a kibbutz organized by the Hashomer Hatzair Marxist-ZionistHashomer Hatzair records, 1938-1942 | The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life</ref> youth movement in the early 1930s in Mandatory Palestine (later to become Israel). Martow attended the socialist movement's summer camp, Camp Shomria, from 1973 to 1977. The camp's Mia Gladstone Art Program is named in memory of Martow's mother.
In 2007, she was a spokesperson for the Multi-Faith Coalition. During the provincial election that year, she supported Progressive Conservative leader John Tory's plan to create funding among Ontario’s private faith-based schools. She said, "By not funding non-Catholic faith-based schools, there is going to be social unrest. This is discrimination against non-Catholics." Martow's first run for elected office was in 2010, when she ran for city council in Vaughan Ward 5, placing second.
In early 2014, she ran in a by-election in the riding of Thornhill to replace the retiring Peter Shurman. She defeated Liberal candidate Sandra Yeung Racco on February 13, 2014. Four months later she ran again in the 2014 provincial election. She faced Racco again in a rematch. Initially Racco was declared the winner but the decision was reversed the next day following the official Elections Ontario tally of the vote. Martow was declared the winner by 85 votes. A recount was done and Martow was declared the winner on June 23, 2014 by a margin of 106 votes.
On December 1, 2016, Martow presented a motion in the legislature rejecting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. It passed by a vote of 49-5 with the governing Liberals and PCs supporting, and NDP opposing.
In the past, Martow has served as the PC Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs (2014) and as the Anti-Racism Secretariat (2016). She then served in the shadow cabinet as the critic for: Children, Youth, and Families; GTA Issues; and Francophone Affairs until 2018.
After the Progressive Conservatives formed government following the 2018 provincial election, Martow was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Labour Minister Laurie Scott by Premier Doug Ford. On November 29, 2018, Premier Ford announced that Martow would become the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Francophone Affairs, Caroline Mulroney and that Jane McKenna would take over her position as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour.
|2018 Ontario general election: Thornhill|
|Progressive Conservative||Gila Martow||28,889||61.13||+17.18|
|New Democratic||Ezra Tanen||9,134||19.33||+11.17|
|None of the Above||Above Znoneofthe||410||0.87|
|Ontario Moderate Party||Aleksei Polyakov||177||0.37|
|Total valid votes||47,261||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+13.24|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|2014 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Gila Martow||21,886||43.95||-3.94|
|Liberal||Sandra Yeung Racco||21,780||43.78||+2.18|
|New Democratic||Cindy Hackelberg||4,052||8.16||+1.37|
|Total valid votes||50,291||100.0|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-3.06|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|Ontario provincial by-election, February 13, 2014|
Resignation of Peter Shurman
|Progressive Conservative||Gila Martow||13,438||47.67||+0.96|
|Liberal||Sandra Yeung Racco||11,677||41.43||+0.51|
|New Democratic||Cindy Hackelberg||1,905||6.75||-2.21|
|People's Political Party||Kevin Clarke||144||0.51|
|Pauper Party of Ontario||John Turmel||47||0.17|
|Total valid votes||28,184|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+0.34%|
|2010 Vaughan election, Ward 5|
|Alan Shefman (x)||5,561|
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