In a minor Cabinet realignment, Ontario Premier McGuinty has appointed a new Minister of the Environment, Laurel Broten to follow Leona Dombrowsky who takes over the Agriculture and Food portfolio.
Ms. Broten is new to Cabinet having served as the Premier’s parliamentary assistant over the past two years and is Toronto-based.
Background for Laurel Broten, MPP (Liberal) Etobicoke-Lakeshore
On October 02, 2003, Laurel Broten was elected to represent the community of Etobicoke – Lakeshore as their member of Provincial Parliament. Laurel is also honoured to serve as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
Prior to her election to the Ontario Provincial Legislature, Laurel maintained a successful practice as a trial lawyer. Furthermore, Laurel has a track record of strong advocacy in the fight for a vibrant and healthy community.
Laurel is past chair of the Board of the Gatehouse, a community-funded centre for survivors of child abuse. Under her leadership as chair, the Gatehouse grew from a local initiative into an internationally recognized voice on child abuse prevention, recovery, and victims’ rights. As former chair of the Gatehouse National Committee, her work with police services and other stakeholders expanded the Gatehouse services across Canada.
In addition to her professional career, and her involvement at the Gatehouse, Laurel was an active member of the Etobicoke Rotary, LAMP Community Health Centre Community Relations Committee, and a spokesperson and member of GASP (Good Air Safe Power). GASP is a grassroots organization working to phase out coal use at the Lakeview Generating Facility, the largest source of air pollution in the GTA.
Laurel took a leadership role in the Lakeshore Community Audit Project, a groundbreaking initiative that evaluated Lakeshore community strengths and needs and produced the Report Card on the Quality of Life in the Lakeshore. In this capacity she served on the Report Card steering committee, facilitated youth focus groups and participated in economic regeneration initiatives.
Upon her appointment as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier, Laurel has been tasked with developing meaningful reforms to address the issues surrounding domestic violence in Ontario for the McGuinty Government. She has been working to draft changes in both attitudes and legislation across the province and has received invaluable contributions from individuals in all professional sectors that are affected by this important social issue.
Laurel has a B.A. and B.Sc. from McMaster University and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to entering private practice for a large national firm, Laurel, who is fluently bilingual, articled at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has advocated on behalf of clients at all levels of court and before numerous tribunals and commissions.
Laurel and her husband, Paul, live in south Etobicoke.
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