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Belinda Stronach

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Belinda Stronach

Belinda Stronach

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About Belinda Stronach:

CEO and President of Magna International, a major auto parts company started by her father Frank Stronach, Belinda Stronach entered the leadership race for the new Conservative Party of Canada with no political experience and came in second. In the 2004 election Belinda Stronach won the Ontario riding of Newmarket-Aurora and was named trade critic. In May 2005 Belinda Stronach made a surprise move and joined the Liberals as a cabinet minister.

Birth:

May 2, 1966 in Newmarket, Ontario

Education:

Attended York University in Toronto for one year.

Professional Career:

  • elected to Magna Board of Directors 1988

  • named CEO of Magna International 2001

  • President as well as CEO of Magna International Inc. 2002

  • resigned as Magna CEO and President and from Board of Directors to run for Conservative leadership 2004

  • founding member of Canadian Automotive Partnership Council

  • member of Ontario Task Force on Productivity, Competitiveness and Economic Progress

  • director of Yves Landry Technological Endowment Fund

  • member of Board of Directors of U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Political Affiliation:

Riding:

Newmarket-Aurora

Political Career of Belinda Stronach:

  • Belinda Stronach was instrumental in the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties to form the Conservative Party of Canada in 2003.

  • She was involved in the As Prime Minister Awards, a program of the Magna for Canada Scholarships Fund.

  • Belinda Stronach entered the leadership race for the new Conservative Party of Canada in January 2004. She was defeated by Stephen Harper in the Conservative leadership race in March 2004.

  • Belinda Stronach was first elected to the House of Commons in the Ontario riding of Newmarket-Aurora in 2004.

  • She was named Conservative Party trade critic in 2004.

  • In a surprise move in May 2005, Belinda Stronach crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party. She was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Human Resources. Prime Minister Paul Martin also put her in charge of democratic renewal and gave her responsibility for implementing recommendations to come from the Gomery Inquiry.

  • Belinda Stronach was elected as the Liberal member of parliament for Newmarket-Aurora in the 2006 general election.

  • In April 2007 Belinda Stronach annoounced that she was returning to Magna International as Executive Vice-Chair and would not run in the next federal election.

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