|Hon. Teresa Piruzza|
October 6, 2011
|Preceded by||Sandra Pupatello|
Teresa Piruzza is a politician in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on October 6, 2011 in the 2011 General Election. She represents the electoral district of Windsor West as a member of the Ontario Liberal Party. On February 11, 2013, Piruzza was appointed Ontario's Minister of Children and Youth Services, under Premier Kathleen Wynne. She also serves as Ontario's Minister Responsible for Women's Issues.
Piruzza grew up in downtown Windsor, Ontario. She attended the University of Windsor where she obtained a BA in International Relations and an MBA. She worked for the city as an executive director. She lives in Windsor with her husband John and two sons.
Piruzza has a long association with the Ontario Liberal Party. She worked on campaigns for the Hon. 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.
In 2011, Piruzza ran for the Liberal's in Windsor West after Pupatello announced her retirement. She won the riding by 3,583 votes over NDP rival Helmi Charif. 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. Following the 2013 Ontario LIberal Party Leadership convention, Piruzza was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Services.
|Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Laurel Broten||Minister of Children and Youth Services
|Ontario general election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Helmi Charif||10,544||30.8||+5.11|
|Progressive Conservative||Todd Branch||8,476||24.8||+7.85|
|Total valid votes||34,198||100.00|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
- "Liberals win two out of three ridings in Windsor-Essex". CBC News. October 6, 2011.
- Schmidt, Doug; Lajoie, Don; Kristy, Dylan (October 7, 2011). "Piruzza takes Windsor West; Liberal holds Pupatello's seat easily". The Windsor Star. p. A3.
- "Teresa Peruzza: Biography".
- Jarvis, Anne (September 23, 2011). "Piruzza the Grits' big hope". The Windsor Star. p. A3.
- "Piruzza named parliamentary aide". The Windsor Star. November 11, 2011. p. A2.
- "Windsor West MPP Piruzza named Minister of Children and Youth Services". The Windsor Star. February 11, 2013.
- "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for Each Candidate 2011" (PDF). p. 20.