From her early career in community development to today, Andrea has always believed that government should be about giving people the opportunity to build a good life no matter where in Ontario they live, or when this province became home.
She spends time travelling the province she loves, seeing and hearing first-hand the challenges Ontarians are facing – and proposing solutions.
Also a mom, Andrea believes all Ontarians deserve healthcare they can count on, high quality seniors care and public schools that give kids a great start. She’s fighting for good jobs and real opportunities, and a more affordable life for everyone.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Andrea was elected to Hamilton City Council in 1997, then as the MPP for Hamilton-Centre in 2004. She is widely recognized as an effective leader, delivering results for people like forcing HST to be removed from hydro bills, forcing an end to proposed cost increases on seniors prescription drugs, and the creation of a Financial Accountability Office for the province. In 2012, she received the EVE Award in recognition of her public service.
Childhood & Career
Andrea grew up in Hamilton.
Her parents were immigrants. They came to Ontario from Czechoslovakia to build a better life. Their family worked hard. Her dad worked on the factory floor. Her sister, brother, and Andrea all worked through school.
The family had a mortgage, a car, and took family vacations together. They’d pack up the big green cooler and head down to the beach on Lake Erie. Andrea’s mom would stretch every dollar by cutting coupons and counting every penny.
She taught Andrea well, who paid her way through university waiting tables.
Working in Hamilton at the downtown legal aid clinic, she saw firsthand how times had changed. Making ends meet is harder for families today.
Andrea felt the call to public service because she wanted to help people. She was elected to city council in Hamilton in 1997. She did everything she could to fight for the small businesses in the ward. And it paid off. Mom and pop stores reopened and young entrepreneurs created jobs and are flourishing. The “For Rent” signs transformed into “Opening Soon” banners.
Local businesses grew with the support of the Hamilton community. Just think of what we can do across Ontario together. We can help communities thrive and create jobs by cutting small businesses taxes.
We know it will be hard work. If there is anything Andrea’s family taught her, it was that hard work will pay off. She knows people want a government that is there to create opportunity — not make life more expensive.
Andrea will lower your hydro bills by creating efficiencies and passing all of the savings back to consumers. She’ll save taxpayers money by putting an end to these Liberal scandals and waste. It’s about respecting your money and creating jobs.
It just makes sense.