OTTAWA, ON— Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu is excited to announce her candidacy in the race for the Conservative leadership. “Conservatives need to win the next election. To do that, we need to expand the base. And to do that, we need a better balance of fiscal responsibility and social compassion. Canadians care about having a good economy with job creation and lower taxes, but they are also looking for a credible plan for climate change and the environment, support for our struggling Health care system and compassion for people like seniors who can’t afford to live, veterans who are homeless, and people who can’t afford their medications”.
MP Gladu has represented the riding of Sarnia-Lambton in Parliament since her election in 2015. She served as the Official Opposition Science Critic, as well as the Chair for the Status of Women, as well as the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Rail Caucus, in addition to the Vice-Chair of the Aerospace Caucus. She is currently the Shadow Minister of Health, and the Vice Chair on the Standing Committee on Health. As one of the most respected leading members of the current Parliament, Marilyn works cooperatively and respectfully with her parliamentary peers, having been named “The Most Collegial Parliamentarian” by all party members of parliament in 2016.
A professional chemical engineer by training and profession, MP Gladu has had a broad range of experience in her 32-year career, including global work in the energy sector, plastics, building & construction, automotive, mining, nuclear, the bio-industry and medical products industry. She worked for Dow Chemical for 21 years both domestically and globally, before becoming the Engineering Manager, and subsequently, the Director of Engineering at Suncor. From there, she became a business director as a consultant at WorleyParsons.
She was recently named as a prestigious “Fellow” by the Canadian Academy of Engineers and Engineers Canada. She is the first female engineer to be elected to the House of Commons.
A special moment in her early political career is her private members bill, C-277 (on palliative care) receiving unanimous consent of the House of Commons and Senate. By achieving Royal Assent. Her palliative care bill will now make a positive difference in the lives of millions of Canadians choosing to live as well as they can, for as long as they can.
MP Marilyn Gladu is a strong leader with experience in both the real world and in parliament who can bring new vision to the Conservative Party.