Teresa Piruzza

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Teresa Piruzza
Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Windsor West
In office
October 6, 2011 – June 12, 2014
Preceded by Sandra Pupatello
Succeeded by Lisa Gretzky
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) John
Children 2
Residence Windsor, Ontario
Occupation Manager

Teresa Piruzza (born c. 1968) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2011 to 2014 who represented the southwestern riding of Windsor West. She was a cabinet minister in the government of Kathleen Wynne.


Piruzza grew up in Windsor, Ontario. She attended the University of Windsor where she obtained a BA in international relations and an MBA. She worked for the municipality as an executive director. She lives in Windsor with her husband John and their two sons.[1][2][3]


Piruzza has a long association with the Ontario Liberal Party. She worked on campaigns for Herb Gray, former Windsor-Sandwich MPP Bill Wrye, and was the campaign manager for Sandra Pupatello in both 1995 and 1999. She also worked as Pupatello's constituency assistant before starting a successful career in the public sector.[4]

In the 2011 provincial election, Piruzza ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Windsor West after Pupatello announced her retirement. She won the riding by 3,583 votes over NDP rival Helmi Charif.[1][5] Shortly after being elected she was appointed parliamentary assistant to both the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.[6] Following the 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention, Piruzza was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services by new Premier Kathleen Wynne.[7]

She was defeated in the 2014 election by New Democrat Lisa Gretzky.[8] Following her defeat, there was some speculation that she would announce her candidacy for Mayor of Windsor, Ontario in the city's 2014 municipal election, but she announced on August 8 that she was joining Chrysler Canada in an executive role.[9]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Laurel Broten Minister of Children and Youth Services
Also responsible for women's issues
Tracy MacCharles

Election results[edit]

Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Lisa Gretzky 15,043 41.4 +10.57
Liberal Teresa Piruzza 14,001 38.5 -2.77
Progressive Conservative Henry Lau 5,225 14.4 -10.40
Green Chad Durocher 1,171 3.2 +0.15
Ind Helmi Charif 891 2.5 +2.45
Total valid votes 36,331 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario[8]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Teresa Piruzza 14,127 41.3 -8.88
New Democratic Helmi Charif 10,544 30.8 +5.11
Progressive Conservative Todd Branch 8,476 24.8 +7.85
Green Chad Durocher 1,051 3.1 -2.84
Total valid votes 34,198 100.00
Source: Elections Ontario[5]


  1. ^ a b "Liberals win two out of three ridings in Windsor-Essex". CBC News. October 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Schmidt, Doug; Lajoie, Don; Kristy, Dylan (October 7, 2011). "Piruzza takes Windsor West; Liberal holds Pupatello's seat easily". The Windsor Star. p. A3. 
  3. ^ "Election 2011: Teresa Piruzza". Windsorite.ca News. September 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jarvis, Anne (September 23, 2011). "Piruzza the Grits' big hope". The Windsor Star. p. A3. 
  5. ^ a b "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 20. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Piruzza named parliamentary aide". The Windsor Star. November 11, 2011. p. A2. 
  7. ^ "Windsor West MPP Piruzza named Minister of Children and Youth Services". Windsor Star. February 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. p. 14. 
  9. ^ "Piruzza not entering Windsor mayoral race, joins Chrysler Canada". Windsor Star, August 8, 2014.

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