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Suze Morrison is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 provincial election.[2] She represents the riding of Toronto Centre as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party, and is the Ontario New Democratic Party's Caucus Critic for both Housing and Women's Issues.[3]

Suze Morrison

Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Toronto Centre
Assumed office
June 7, 2018
Preceded byGlen Murray
Personal details
Born (1988-02-04) February 4, 1988 (age 31)
Parry Sound District, Ontario
Political partyNew Democratic
Spouse(s)Trevor Morey[1]
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Guelph
OccupationCommunications consultant

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BackgroundEdit

Of mixed European and indigenous heritage, Morrison was born in the Parry Sound District before moving to Toronto in childhood. She took her B.A.A degree in media studies from University of Guelph (Guelph-Humber), and has worked in communications and public relations in the non-profit sector.[2] She first became prominent within the riding as an advocate for community safety after witnessing the drive-by shooting of Lemard Champagnie in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood in 2017.[1]

Morrison is a motorsports enthusiast, and competes in autocross events. She is a two-time winner of the Lorna Wilson Ladies Championship, which is awarded by the Western Ontario Sports Car Association.[4]

PoliticsEdit

During the election campaign, she participated alongside Liberal MPP Steven Del Duca and Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson in Election Brew, a non-partisan event sponsored by Equal Voice and Labatt to increase citizen engagement in politics through a friendly competition to create craft beer brews; Morrison's beer, an India pale ale, won the competition.[5]

She was one of three MPPs of Indigenous heritage elected in 2018, alongside caucus colleagues Guy Bourgouin and Sol Mamakwa.[6]

She serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts,[7] and as the official opposition critic for housing and women's issues.

Electoral recordEdit

Ontario general election, 2018: Toronto Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Suze Morrison 23,688 53.66 +37.87
Liberal David Morris 11,986 27.15 -31.07
Progressive Conservative Meredith Cartwright 6,234 14.12 -4.43
Green Adam Sommerfeld 1,377 3.12 -1.30
Libertarian Judi Falardeau 371 0.84 -0.23
Special Needs Dan King 117 0.27 -0.12
New People's Choice Cameron James 110 0.25
Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda Theresa Snell 102 0.23
The People Kevin Clarke 98 0.22 +0.06
Canadian Economic Wanda Marie Fountain 65 0.15
Total valid votes 44,148 100.0  
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +34.47
Source: Elections Ontario[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Man killed in Regent Park drive-by shooting ID'd as Lemard Champagnie". CBC News Toronto, July 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ormsby, Mary (June 7, 2018). "Historic NDP win as Suze Morrison takes Toronto Centre". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "NDP Caucus Critic Portfolios - August 2018" (PDF). www.ontariondp.ca. August 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  4. ^ "WOSCA Results"
  5. ^ "With provincial election brewing, Labatt brings political foes together". Canada NewsWire, May 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sol Mamakwa, seul membre d'une Première Nation à Queen's Park". Ici Radio-Canada Espaces autochtones, June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ontario Legislature". August 24, 2018
  8. ^ "Summary of Valid Votes Cast for each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. p. 11. Retrieved 20 January 2019.