Belinda Stronach
Canadian politician
Belinda Stronach
Belinda Caroline Stronach, PC is a Canadian businesswoman, philanthropist and former politician. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2008. Originally elected as a Conservative, she later crossed the floor to join the Liberals. From May 17, 2005 to February 6, 2006, she was the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal in the government of Paul Martin.
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Public women, online harassment: Anita Sarkeesian and Megan Leslie speak out
iPolitics - almost 2 years
Anita Sarkeesian has received next-level online hate — including rape, death and bomb threats — and, as she says, been “made into something of a folk demon by some very angry men.” She was also recently named one of TIME’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.  The online hatred part of that equation has happened because Sarkeesian is a woman who expresses critical thoughts about how women are portrayed in video games. “They have figuratively and literally concluded that I’m some kind of Disney villain who is personally responsible for the on-going changes in the gaming industry,” said Sarkeesian. She has been near the centre of the Gamergate controversy for the last two years. The perpetrators attack her online. They’ve vandalized her Wikipedia page with degrading slurs, sent her pictures of herself being sexually assaulted and signed her up for porn sites. They’ve created an online game titled Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian. They’ve reported her repeatedly to the FBI and IRS. ...
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Este Elena Udrea politicianul cu cele mai scumpe haine? Vezi ce spun ... - Romania Libera
Google News - over 5 years
(Foto: AP) Alegerile Iuliei Timoşenko, fostul premier al Ucrainei, în materie de haine au atras atenţia, dar ... Belinda Stronach, a ales să poarte haine făcute la croitor de-a lungul carierei sale. (Foto: AP)
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CONFIRMED: Mrs. Robinson (Kathleen Turner) will be in town during TIFF 2011 - Toronto Life (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
There's no word yet on where else Turner will he heading that week, but if Belinda Stronach can get a man to take his shirt off while she's out and about, our guess is Turner will be surrounded by nearly naked would-be Benjamin Braddocks all night
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Girl power aims to change tune of G20 boys' club - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The summit is the brainchild of Canadian politician Belinda Stronach, whose charitable foundation is the major supporter. The first G(irls) 20 Summit was held in Toronto last year to coincide with the 2010 G20 summit. Ms Poyser said she first heard
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LeDrew OP-ED: No need to fuss over NDP's Turmel - CP24, Canada
Google News - over 5 years
Remember Belinda Stronach? The princess of the Conservatives ditched the party -- and her boyfriend -- to seize an opportunity to become a cabinet minister. And of course, no one will ever forget Bob Rae. The current interim Liberal leader was not only
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A chip off the old Bloc - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
The Conservatives, too, can't forget Paul Martin's Liberal government survived because one-time Conservative leadership hopeful Belinda Stronach switched sides. Or that, having finally gained government, the Conservatives enticed former Liberal cabinet
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Like Winston Churchill, Nycole Turmel is a rat - Globe and Mail (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And there are many recent examples – the more right-wing conservatism of the Harper Tories drove MP Scott Brison and former MPs Belinda Stronach and Keith Martin to the Liberals. Former Liberal cabinet minister David Emerson moved to the Harper Tories
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THE STRONACH GROUP ACQUIRES MI DEVELOPMENTS' RACING AND GAMING ASSETS - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Belinda Stronach, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Stronach Group, said: "The acquisition of MID's racing and gaming assets positions The Stronach Group at the forefront of the Thoroughbred horseracing industry. We are fully committed to
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Stronach sells $850 million worth of stock ahead of takeover of MI ... - Daily Racing Form
Google News - over 5 years
... a former member of the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2008, also will be part of the Stronach Group's management, Avioli said. She is currently the vice chairman of Magna International and the chair of the Belinda Stronach Foundation,
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Santa Anita plans to refurbish main track in July - Thoroughbred Times
Google News - over 5 years
Stronach and his daughter, Belinda Stronach, are the two directors and officers in the group while Avioli will serve as CEO. Avioli said the new group will comply with the agreement in place with the CHRB for MI Developments, which includes presenting
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American Health Care Leads the World - National Right to Life News
Google News - over 5 years
Where did Canadian MP Belinda Stronach go for breast cancer surgery? Tens of thousands of patients from around the world come to America every year. The Mayo Clinic treats 7200 foreign patients per year. Johns Hopkins treats more than 6000 foreigners
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The Scene: Power Ball 13, a party where people drink a lot and eat meat in ... - Toronto Life
Google News - over 5 years
Also spotted: Belinda Stronach, Jeff Stober, Kenneth Montague, Shinan Govani, Loretta Chin and more carnivores (and some herbivores, lest we forget). Check out the fashion, art and meat in a gallery after the jump. In addition to the Greta Constantine
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'Just go for it,' Stronach tells grads - Windsor Star
Google News - over 5 years
Here, Belinda Stronach, centre, is presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree by U of W Chancellor Ed Lumley, left. The University of Windsor's 100000th graduate will cross the stage during this spring's convocation. More than 650 graduates were
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Markham woman helps fight against malaria, religious strife - YorkRegion.com
Google News - over 5 years
The prestigious posting is part of the Faith Acts Fellowship, a program launched by Mr. Blair's foundation alongside the Belinda Stronach Foundation in 2008, to enable young people of varied faiths to act together on a common cause
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UWindsor celebrates 100000th graduate during Spring Convocation ceremonies - Canada NewsWire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The recipients are: Belinda Stronach, Chair of the Belinda Stronach Foundation; Maestro John Morris Russell, Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra; Michael Mueller, alumnus and tireless UWindsor supporter; Cassie Campbell-Pascall,
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Controversial Conservative leadership amendment defeated - Calgary Herald
Google News - over 5 years
He said this is what could have happened in the 2004 leadership race won by Harper, but which his opponent Belinda Stronach could have won through her focus on getting support in regions where the party is weak. During the debate at the convention,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Belinda Stronach
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    In February 2016, together with business partners Holly Fennell, and well known Canadian marketing executive Beverley Hammond, Stronach launched Ace Quencher Solutions, a line of all-natural beauty products.
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  • 2014
    Age 47
    On November 20, 2014, Stronach co-chaired Covenant House Toronto's Executive Sleep Out 2014 Edition with Tim Lieweke (MLSE President& CEO).
    More Details Hide Details Stronach, along with more than 80 other community and business leaders, spent the night sleeping outside (in -18 °C!) to raise awareness and critical funds to support the programs and services that help youth transition from a life on the streets to a life of opportunity. The 2014 Sleep Out was the most successful in the three-year history, raising more than $939,000. Stronach is twice divorced; her first husband is current Magna CEO Donald J. Walker and her second Norwegian speed skating legend Johann Olav Koss. She has two children from her first marriage, Frank and Nicole. Jane Taber, writing in the Globe and Mail, reported that a party Stronach hosted was where the adult Justin Trudeau became re-acquainted with his future wife, Sophie Grégoire. On June 23, 2007, the Toronto Star reported that Stronach had been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a form of breast cancer, in April 2007, and had undergone a mastectomy on June 19 in an undisclosed Toronto hospital.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    In May 2012, Dr. Anthony Melman and Stronach announced a partnership and established Acasta Capital Inc.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    After leaving Magna, together with her father, they created the Stronach Group in mid 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The Stronach Group is the one of the world's largest horse track operators and suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering technology.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    On December 21, 2010, it was reported that Stronach was leaving Magna effective December 31 of that year.
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    In 2010, The Belinda Stronach Foundation brought the internationally successful One Laptop Per Child Program to Canada.
    More Details Hide Details This program uses leading technology combined with culturally relevant programming to deliver a unique platform of learning tools to Aboriginal children across Canada. Now a standalone program, One Laptop Per Child Canada has delivered education technology to 9,000 Aboriginal students in 60+ communities in 9 provinces and 2 territories using innovative delivery models for teachers and community leaders. That same year, The Belinda Stronach Foundation developed and hosted the G(irls)20 Summit. Modelled after the G(20) Summit, The G(irls)20 Summit would solicit grassroots ideas on how to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that most impact girls and women. The G(irls)20 Summit was launched in Toronto in 2010, followed by Paris, France 2011. Each was attended by one girl from each of the G20 countries, as well as a representative from the African Union. Delegates engaged in a conversation about the economic prowess of girls and women, culminating in the development of a communiqué outlining their recommendations on how to empower and engage girls and women globally. In France, the communiqué was received in person by Mme. Consuelo Remmert, Aide to President Nicolas Sarkozy, with a promise to hand deliver to the President's attention. Proof that if provided with the right platform that the voices of girls and women around the world can indeed be heard. After two successful summits, Toronto 2010, and France 2011, the G(irls)20 Summit became its own entity, separate from the foundation and continues to thrive today as an organization known as G(irls)20.
    In December 2010, Stronach resigned her position as Executive Vice-Chairman and her position as board member at Magna International Inc. in what the Toronto Star called "a surprise move that reflects a shift in boardroom power" after the Stronach family gave up control earlier in 2010.
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    After leaving politics, she served as the executive vice-chairman of Magna International, Canada's largest automotive parts manufacturer until December 31, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Currently she is the chairman and president of The Stronach Group and chairman of Acasta Capital. She is also the founder and chair of The Belinda Stronach Foundation, a Canadian charitable organization. Stronach was born in Newmarket, Ontario, the daughter of Austrian parents, Elfriede Sallmutter and Magna International founder and chairman Frank Stronach, who was the former president and chief executive officer of the company. She graduated from Newmarket High School and attended York University in 1985, where she studied business and economics, but dropped out after one year to work at Magna. She speaks English and German fluently.
  • 2009
    Age 42
    She championed the one-member, one-vote policy officially adopted by the Liberal Party of Canada in 2009 in an effort to democratize the Party's leadership election process.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    She retained her seat in Parliament until the federal election in the fall of 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    On April 11, 2007, Stronach announced that she would not seek re-election, and would instead return to Magna International as Executive Vice-Chairman.
    More Details Hide Details This decision came at a time when Magna was in the midst of teaming up with Onex Corporation to consider a bid to buy Chrysler. Stronach further cited her wish to spend more time with her growing children, and the creation of a personal foundation to end poverty and disease in Africa.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    However, on April 6, 2006, she announced that she would not seek the leadership, citing her objections to the delegate-based selection process. "I could have raised the money, I was working on my French, but I realized that I was not going to be free to speak my mind on party renewal", said Stronach.
    More Details Hide Details She said that renewal would involve giving all party members a direct vote on its direction and leadership, among other things. "If there was a one-member, one-vote system, I would run." However, a report by CTV reporter Robert Fife suggested that her candidacy was hampered by her weak grasp of French, one of Canada's two official languages, and the fact that she believed the Liberals would be defeated in the next election. Several Liberal Party officials had also warned that they would enforce the new rules, which placed limits on donations and spending by contenders, which would have nullified Stronach's largest advantage over other potential rivals.
    It was widely speculated that Stronach would seek the Liberal leadership at the 2006 leadership convention, having been endorsed by such Liberals as Reg Alcock and Brigitte Legault, who was head of the Quebec party's youth wing.
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    Although the Liberals lost the 2006 federal election, Stronach won re-election as a Liberal candidate by a greater margin than she had in the 2004 election as a Conservative.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Liberal's defeat in the 2006 election, Paul Martin announced that he would be stepping down as party leader.
  • 2005
    Age 38
    In November 2005, she appeared on an episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
    More Details Hide Details At one point in the show, she remarked "You know, I recommended to Stephen Harper once that to rise in his polls he should take a little Viagra but the pill got stuck in his throat and all he got was a stiff neck."
    In 2005, she won the "In Celebration of Women: Achievements and Initiatives" award, and in 2010 she received the EVE award from Equal Voice in recognition of her philanthropic and political contributions to the promotion of women in public life.
    More Details Hide Details Her decision to quit the Conservative Party came after an uneasy relationship with Stephen Harper. In a press conference after leaving the party, she said that Harper was not sensitive to the needs of all parts of the country, and was jeopardizing national unity by allying himself with the Bloc Québécois to bring down the government. She also stated that the party was too focused on Western Canada and "Western alienation" instead of having a broader and more inclusive focus. Her disdain for Harper was obvious in her press conference with Martin; she never once referred to him by name, only as "the leader of the Conservative Party." Stronach's move shifted the balance of power in Parliament and allowed Martin's Liberal minority government to survive for the time being. On May 19, 2005, two crucial confidence motions were voted on in the House of Commons. The first vote, on Bill C-43, the original budget proposal approved by all parties, was passed as expected, with 250 for and 54 against. The second vote was on a new budget amendment (Bill C-48) that included C$4.6 billion in additional spending the Liberals negotiated with NDP leader Jack Layton, to secure the support of NDP MPs. It was on this amendment that the Conservative/Bloc alliance planned to bring down the government. However, the vote resulted in a 152-152 tie. It then fell to the Speaker, Peter Milliken, to cast the deciding vote, which he cast in favour of continuing debate, resulting in the survival of the government.
    However, on May 17, 2005, two days before the crucial vote, Stronach announced that she was crossing the floor and joining the Liberal Party.
    More Details Hide Details Her decision to join the Liberals was facilitated by former Ontario Liberal Premier David Peterson. Stronach immediately joined the cabinet as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal. In the latter portfolio, she was charged with overseeing the implementation of the Gomery Inquiry recommendations, upon their release.
    In May 2005, Stronach suggested publicly that forcing an early election, especially before passing that year's federal budget, was risky and could backfire on the Tories.
    More Details Hide Details Harper wanted to force an early election in the wake of testimony at the Gomery Commission damaging to the Liberals. The Tories planned to bring down the government by voting against an amendment to the budget that the Liberals had made to gain New Democratic Party (NDP) support. Since this would be a loss of supply, it would have brought down the government.
    She spoke and voted in favour of same-sex marriage when the issue came before the House of Commons in 2005; a position she re-affirmed as a Liberal in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Social conservative elements in Canada were critical of Stronach, calling her a "Red Tory". During Stronach's leadership campaign, REAL Women of Canada said: "If Ms. Stronach is elected as leader of the Conservative Party, social conservatives will no longer have a voice in Canada." Stronach, for her part, promised after the leadership race that she would do her best to keep the party from moving too far to the right. She cited discomfort with Stephen Harper and the Conservatives' policies as one of her reasons for crossing the floor. Stronach supported trade with the United States but said she would like to re-examine and review parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to ensure, in her view, that Canadians can stand on a more equal footing with U.S. competitors. During her leadership campaign she said the country needed to consider changes to the Medicare system that would respect the principles of the Canada Health Act "as our standard, not our straitjacket".
    From May 17, 2005 to February 6, 2006, she was the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal in the government of Paul Martin.
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  • 2004
    Age 37
    In the 2004 federal election, she was narrowly elected as the MP for Newmarket—Aurora by a margin of 689 votes over Liberal Martha Hall Findlay.
    More Details Hide Details She was appointed the International Trade critic in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. Before crossing the floor of the House of Commons, Stronach represented the social democratic face of the Conservative Party. Along with Peter MacKay, she was seen as giving the Conservatives a more progressive image. Stronach was generally to the left of her Conservative caucus colleagues, supporting abortion rights, gun control and same-sex marriage. During her Conservative leadership campaign, she called for a free vote in parliament, with votes cast individually and not along party lines, on same-sex marriage.
    On March 20, 2004, she finished second to Harper with 35% of the vote.
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    In her major speech at the leadership convention on March 19, 2004, she promised to serve only two terms if she became Prime Minister, and to draw no salary.
    More Details Hide Details She made a major gesture of "throwing away the script", but then undercut this when she was seen referring to cue cards.
    On February 11, 2004, she declined to participate in a debate between the Conservative party candidates, leaving Tony Clement and Stephen Harper to debate each other on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details She later also skipped a March 14 debate on the Global Television Network. She argued that she ought only to participate in party-sponsored debates, rather than picking and choosing among those organized by outside sponsors. Critics saw this as her way of avoiding a debate with the other two candidates.
    In 2004, Stronach contested the leadership of the newly formed Conservative Party.
    More Details Hide Details As a candidate for leadership of the new party, she drew a great deal of publicity to the race. However, many in the media saw her first foray into politics as sophomoric. Some critics accused her of being a "manufactured candidate", dependent on a high-priced network of professional campaign staff and Magna associates. Some of the media reaction to Stronach's candidacy was criticized. Casting Stronach as an "heiress" with a "coddled career" — to the point of joking comparisons to Paris Hilton — and the attention paid to her physical appearance and personal life, was described by a commentator as patronizing and sexist. The Canadian media, though generally considered to exercise much greater reserve and discretion about the private lives of public figures than the media of other countries, paid considerable attention to rumours and innuendo about Stronach's personal life. Supporters touted her youth and style, corporate experience, private life as a "soccer mom", and her potential to win new and swing voters, especially moderate, socially progressive voters in the province of Ontario.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    Stronach is an honorary Patron of the Southlake Regional Health Centre and a former honorary chair of the Magna Hoedown. In 2003, she received one of Canada's oldest and most distinguished awards, the Beth Shalom Humanitarian Award, presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in humanitarian service.
    More Details Hide Details On November 9, 2006, she co-chaired the Millennium Promise Convention in Montreal with Canadian television personality Rick Mercer. This event was a national campaign to enlist Canadians to help protect children in Africa from the ravages of malaria. Together, Stronach and Mercer co-founded Spread the Net, a grassroots organization that raises money to buy insecticide-treated bed nets for families in Africa, reducing the risk of acquiring malaria by mosquito bite. For her efforts, Stronach received an honorary degree from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2009. In addition to Spread the Net, Stronach founded The Belinda Stronach Foundation in 2008. The Foundation works collaboratively to support, develop and incubate socially innovative projects and events confronting challenges related to youth, girls and women, development and health. Since inception, the Foundation has established project based partnerships with The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative, ONE, The Canadian Club of Toronto, The Economic Club of Canada, Malaria No More and several other domestic and international organizations.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    In 2002, she was ranked #2 by Fortune Magazine in its annual list of the world's most powerful women in business, and named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40", an annual award that honours the country's most promising young leaders.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Time Magazine ranked her as one of the world's 100 most influential people and in 2005 the World Economic Forum named her a member of its global network of young leaders. In addition, the Women's Executive acclaimed her as a trailblazer and one of the Canada's 100 most powerful women. In recognition of her contributions to business and public life, Stronach has received an honorary doctorate of laws from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University (2003); an honorary doctorate of laws from Brock University (2009); and an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Windsor (2011). Stronach is also the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow on an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the ideals of the Rotary service club organization.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Long recognized as an emerging leader with vision, the National Post identified Stronach in 2001 as the most powerful businesswoman in Canada.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, the World Economic Forum named her a "Global Leader of Tomorrow".
    In February 2001, she was appointed chief executive officer of Magna, succeeding Donald J. Walker (who became CEO of Magna spinoff Intier Automotive Inc.), and in January 2002, she also became its president.
    More Details Hide Details While CEO, the company added 3,000 jobs in Canada, 1,000 of them being in the Newmarket-Aurora area she would later represent in Parliament. Under her leadership Magna had record sales and profits each year. Though he held no formal operational role during that time, Frank Stronach remained as Chairman of the Board. As a CEO, Stronach was widely viewed as more conciliatory to organized labour than her father, who was noted for his strong opposition to unions at Magna. While head of Magna, she ceased fighting the United Auto Workers in a dispute before the National Labor Relations Board, and the union organized numerous Magna workers in the United States.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 28
    She became a vice-president of the company in 1995 and executive vice-president in 1999, until her appointment as president and chief executive officer.
    More Details Hide Details She has chaired the boards of Decoma International Inc., Tesma International Inc., and Intier Automotive Inc., all in the auto parts sector. She was a founding member of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council and served on the Ontario Task Force on Productivity, Competitiveness and Economic Progress. She is a director of the Yves Landry Foundation, which furthers technological education and skills training in the manufacturing sector.
  • 1988
    Age 21
    Stronach was a member of the board of directors of Magna from 1988 until 2004.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on May 2, 1966.
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