Marit Stiles

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Marit Stiles
Marit Stiles (cropped).jpg
Stiles in 2014
Critic, Education
Assumed office
August 23, 2018
LeaderAndrea Horwath and Peter Tabuns (interim)
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Davenport
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byCristina Martins
President of the New Democratic Party
In office
April 9, 2016 – February 18, 2018
Preceded byRebecca Blaikie
Succeeded byMathieu Vick
Toronto District School Board Trustee
for Ward 9 Davenport
In office
December 1, 2014 – June 2018
Personal details
Born (1969-09-20) September 20, 1969 (age 52)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political partyOntario New Democratic
Other political
affiliations
New Democratic (federal)
Spouse(s)Jordan Berger
Children2
Residence(s)Toronto, Ontario
Occupation
  • Politician
  • policy researcher

Marit Stiles MPP is a Canadian politician who has represented the riding of Davenport in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since June 7, 2018. A member of the Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP), Stiles is the Official Opposition critic for education. Prior to her election as a member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), she was a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) trustee from 2014 to 2018, and was president of the federal NDP from 2016 to 2018.

Background[edit]

Stiles was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, growing up in the communities of Long Pond and Logy Bay. She lives in Toronto with her partner and their two daughters.[1]

Before her election as trustee in 2014, Stiles was the national director of research, public policy and communications for ACTRA.[2][1] Previously, she worked as a health and social policy researcher.

Political career[edit]

Stiles served as a trustee for the Toronto District School Board from 2014 until 2018,[3] and as president of the federal New Democratic Party from 2016 to 2018.[4]

Member of Provincial Parliament[edit]

Contesting Davenport for the provincial NDP in the 2018 Ontario election, Stiles ran against Liberal incumbent Cristina Martins, who faced criticism for her government's handling of the handling of the Davenport Diamond rail overpass. Stiles campaigned for the electrification of the nearby GO Transit line and ensuring all “amenities” associated with the Davenport Diamond rail bridge are completed.[5][6] She defeated Martins, becoming the riding's second NDP MPP.[6][7]

Election record[edit]

2022 Ontario general election: Davenport
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Marit Stiles 20,242 57.06 -3.21
Liberal Jerry Levitan 6,815 19.21 +0.53
Progressive Conservative Paul Spence 4,994 14.08 -1.09
Green Karen Stephenson 1,710 4.82 +1.28
Ontario Party Diti Coutinho 400 1.12 N/A
New Blue Mario Bilusic 395 1.11 N/A
Libertarian Nunzio Venuto 375 1.06 +0.6
Communist Jack Copple 326 0.92 +0.59
Independent Nicholas Alexander 139 0.39 N/A
Independent Simon Fogel 77 0.22 N/A
Total valid votes 35,473 99.24
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 272 0.76
Turnout 35,745 42.34 -16.09
Eligible voters 84,418
Source: Elections Ontario[8]
2018 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Marit Stiles 27,613 60.27 +20.12
Liberal Cristina Martins 8,558 18.68 -26.93
Progressive Conservative Federico Sanchez 7,370 16.09 +8.62
Green Kirsten Snider 1,624 3.54 -1.46
Libertarian Nunzino Venuto 210 0.46 -0.24
Communist Dave McKee 152 0.33 -0.15
Freedom Franz Cauchi 127 0.28 -0.03
People's Political Party Troy Young 96 0.21 -0.10
Independent Chai Kalevar 69 0.15 N/A
Turnout 45,819 58.43 +8.83
Eligible voters 78,414
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +23.53
Source: Elections Ontario[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MPP Marit Stiles, Davenport". Leading Influence. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "Ms. Marit Stiles (Director, Public Policy and Communications, ACTRA - National) at the Industry, Science and Technology Committee | openparliament.ca". openparliament.ca. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "TDSB trustees petition ministry over policy change to access existing repair funds". CityNews, November 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "NDP president predicts multiple ballots in leadership showdown". CTV News, September 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "NDP's Marit Stiles takes Davenport from the Liberals". The Toronto Star. June 7, 2018. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Mirror, Rahul Gupta | Scarborough. "NDP retakes Toronto Davenport". Toronto. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  7. ^ "Election Night Results /Résultats du soir de l'élection". Elections Ontario. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Candidates in: Davenport (019)". Elections Ontario. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  9. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. Retrieved January 16, 2019.