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Peggy's Bio


For Parkdale-High Park NDP

Peggy Nash believes that it is time to restore hope and principled leadership to our national agenda. After almost 20 years of cutbacks to social programs, job losses, and environmental degradation, she has a vision of a reinvigorated economy and responsible solutions to environmental and social concerns. She believes that there is real potential to build popular support for the New Democratic Party under the activist leadership of Jack Layton.

Peggy’s roots go generations deep in the Parkdale-High Park community. She and her partner Carl raised their three children here, living for many years at their home on Garden Avenue and later on Parkside Drive. Their youngest son is about to graduate from Western Tech where his grandfather graduated 60 years ago. For almost 20 years, they have been participating fully in the community life of this riding.

Labelled as ‘tough’ and ‘a role model’ by the media, Peggy is a trail-blazer for women. She began work at Air Canada while still a student, and later became active in the union as a workplace leader. She has risen to the top of her union, while fighting for anti-racism programs, human rights, and progressive social issues.

As a lifelong advocate of progressive social change, Peggy prides herself on her years of practical experience and action. She led union collective bargaining with some of the largest corporations in the world and some of the smallest community agencies and businesses. What they all share in common is the requirement to grapple with difficult problems, and to find practical solutions that make a positive difference in the lives of working people, their families and their communities.

Peggy has demonstrated her ability to find practical solutions to tough problems such as:

  • working to create the NDP Green Car Strategy that brings together Greenpeace and the Canadian Auto Workers to promote more responsible, sustainable investment in auto manufacturing;
  • supporting Eva’s Phoenix, a community project to assist homeless youth by offering them a chance to develop practical skills while getting off the street;
  • negotiating employer-paid child development and care programs to provide around-the-clock quality care for the children of shift workers;
  • taking action to end violence against women and children by creating advocates for women in the workplace, worker training programs, and ongoing financial support for women’s shelters and agencies;
  • negotiating with Ford of Canada as the first union woman responsible for major auto negotiations in North America.

Peggy is an internationally-recognized Canadian spokesperson on a range of issues such as labour market policy, trade and the economy, human rights, and social policy. A frequent media commentator in English and French, she has been invited to speak at many national and international conferences such as the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

As a long-time human rights activist, she represented Canada as an Official Observer in the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa 1994. More recently she appeared before the Federal Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on the proposed Safe Third Country Regulations to oppose restrictions on the ability of refugees to gain safe access to Canada.

Peggy is a political activist who knows that politics is about more than just elections. We need progressive movements, arm-in-arm with a progressive party, to work every day to improve the lives of Canadians and their environment.

In addition to her day-to-day work as a union and social justice activist, Peggy has participated in many electoral campaigns. She was an early endorser of the ‘MillerforMayor’ campaign, and an active supporter of Jack Layton’s leadership bid. She is a member of the NDP Federal Council. No stranger to the House of Commons and the parliamentary process, Peggy has made many deputations to parliamentary committees and party caucuses, and has met with MPs and policy officials from all parties.

Peggy is a long-time member of the Executive of the 2.2 million-member Canadian Labour Congress. She is a member of the Canadian Auto Policy Committee on the Kyoto Accord and she sits on the Board of Directors of METRAC, the Metropolitan Toronto Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children. Peggy is also a member of the Steering Committee of Equal Voice, an organization committed to the equal representation of women in politics.

Electing Peggy to the House of Commons would mean electing a national figure with strong local roots who can speak effectively for all communities in the riding.

Committee to nominate Peggy Nash for

Parkdale-High Park NDP

C/o 211 Parkside Drive.,

Toronto, M6R 2Z4

[email protected]

416 531-1768