Linda LeBourdais

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Linda LeBourdais
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by New riding
Succeeded by Chris Stockwell
Constituency Etobicoke West
Personal details
Born (1945-03-31) March 31, 1945 (age 72)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Business executive

Linda Lillian LeBourdais (born March 31, 1945) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1987 to 1990.


LeBourdais was educated at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and worked as a public relations and marketing consultant in the fashion and retail sectors. She has served as president of the federal Liberal riding association in Etobicoke Centre, and of the Etobicoke Centre Women's Committee. LeBourdais was also the national director of Stay Alert ... Stay Safe, a national non-profit organization in the field of child safety.[1]


In 1987 provincial election, she ran as the Liberal party candidate in the riding of Etobicoke West. She won the nomination on May 3 at a contentious nomination meeting. Other contenders including former MPP Leonard Braithwaite claimed that LeBourdais signed up a large block of members for which she failed to provide a list to other nominees. There was also an allegation that some of the members lived outside the riding. In addition, the three member arbritation panel appointed to review the decision resigned due to a conflict of interest.[2] In July a newly appointed arbitration panel upheld the decision saying they were "unable to prove sufficient voting irregularities to overturn the meeting".[3]

In the election held in September 1987, she won the election defeating Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday by 6,090 votes.[4] She served as a backbench supporter of David Peterson's government for the next three years, and was a parliamentary assistant in 1988-89. She served as advocate from Ontario's clothing and apparel industry during her time in office.

Prior to the 1990 provincial election, LeBourdais was challenged for the Liberal nomination by a representative of a local Sikh group, which claimed the Peterson government was insufficiently responsive to minority communities.[5] She won the nomination, but was defeated in the general election by Chris Stockwell of the Progressive Conservative Party.[6][7]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 1987: Etobicoke West
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Linda LeBourdais 15,757 46.90
     Progressive Conservative Doug Holyday 9,664 28.76
New Democratic Phil Jones 5,784 17.21
Family Coalition Judy Johnson 1,890 5.62
Libertarian Robert Dunk 498 1.51
Total valid votes 33,593 100.00
Ontario general election, 1990: Etobicoke West
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Chris Stockwell 13,711 40.8
Liberal Linda LeBourdais 10,082 30.0
New Democratic Judy Jones 7,988 23.8
Family Coalition Kevin McGourty 1,045 3.1
Libertarian Janice Hazlett 495 1.5
Independent Martin Fraser 303 0.9
Total 33,624
Source: "How Metro-Area Voted". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. 1990-09-07. p. A10. 

After politics[edit]

She returned to the private sector after her defeat, and became president of Mentor Communications. In 2005, she was appointed as a member of Ontario's Social Benefits Tribunal.


  1. ^ "For your little trick or treaters, Halloween can have its hazards". The Vancouver Sun. October 26, 1992. p. C2. 
  2. ^ Hickl-Szabo, Regina (25 May 1987). "Arbitrators for Etobicoke West resign Liberal nomination is challenged". The Globe and Mail. p. A5. 
  3. ^ "Liberal panel upholds nomination of candidate in Etobicoke West". The Globe and Mail. 18 July 1987. p. A5. 
  4. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  5. ^ Pulung, Nicola (May 28, 1990). "3 Liberal MPPs facing Sikh challenge". The Globe and Mail. p. 13. 
  6. ^ Wong, Victor Chew (June 8, 1990). "Liberals at problem-plagued meeting choose Offer in Mississauga North". Toronto Star. p. A14. 
  7. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 

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