Politicians and Election, Vote in Freedom, Actively Participate in Democracy, Vote for Change, Online referendum
left right

Biography Peggy Nash

> Canada > Politicians > New Democratic Party > Peggy Nash
Peggy Nash Peggy Nash
Peggy Nash
The New Democratic Party (NDP) MP for the Parkdale—High Park electoral district (riding) in Toronto since 2011.


Peggy Nash Biography



Peggy A. Nash (born June 28, 1951) is a Canadian labour official and politician from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Parkdale—High Park electoral district (riding) in Toronto, and was the Official Opposition's Finance Critic, in Canada's 41st parliament. Before becoming a parliamentarian, she worked as a labour official at the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW), where she became the first female to negotiate a major contract with one of the Detroit-based automobile corporations in 2005. She was first elected as the MP for Parkdale—High Park in the 2006 federal election. In the 2008 federal election, she was defeated in her re-election bid by Liberal candidate Gerard Kennedy. After her defeat, Nash returned to her previous job as a labour official with the CAW. She was elected to a two-year term as the federal NDP's President on August 15, 2009, at the party's convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She ran for parliament again in the 2011 federal election, and defeated Kennedy, to regain her former seat in the Canadian House of Commons. She became a candidate to replace the late Jack Layton as leader of the federal NDP in October 2011, but was ultimately unsuccessful in her bid, placing fourth. In April 2012, she was reappointed as the NDP's Finance Critic.


Nash was born in Toronto, and holds an Honours B.A. in French language and literature from the University of Toronto and is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Nash has lived in the Parkdale—High Park electoral district for over twenty years, where she is married with three sons. In the years before she ran for parliament, Nash worked as a ticket agent and union activist with the Canadian Airline Employees Association. When that union merged with the Canadian Auto Workers in 1985, she became an assistant to national president Bob White. When he stepped down, she continued in that same capacity with his successor Basil "Buzz" Hargrove. She worked as a labour negotiator in the transportation, service and manufacturing sectors and was the first labour woman responsible for major auto negotiations in North America, when she negotiated the 2005 Ford Canada contract. Nash also wrote articles published in Our Times, Canadian Dimension, The Canadian Forum, and Our Schools Our Selves, and co-authored an article in the Canadian Labour Law Journal.


Political career

  • 39th Parliament • 2006 to 2008

Nash narrowly won the election with a 4.6% margin, or 2301 votes, on January 23, 2006.Her first term as an MP was during the 39th Canadian Parliament. Nash became the NDP's Industry Critic and Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. She was a parliamentary representative on the 2006 Canadian post-war fact-finding mission to Lebanon that was condemned by the Conservative government for its support for the legalization and decriminalization of Hezbollah in Canada.

  • 40th Canadian general election and its aftermath

In the 40th Canadian general election, held on October 14, 2008, she was defeated by Gerard Kennedy, the Liberal candidate who formerly represented the electoral district at the provincial level. Nash was subsequently mentioned as a potential candidate for the Ontario New Democratic Party 2009 leadership election, although, she did not run. After leaving Parliament, she returned to her position as one of the five assistants to CAW president Ken Lewenza. Her new duties within the CAW shifted from transportation, to dealing with CAW bargaining units in post-secondary education and airlines. Her responsibilities also included representing the union at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). At the federal party's national convention, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was elected party President on August 15, 2009.

  • 41st Parliament • 2011 to present

On January 15, 2010, it was announced, on the Parkdale—High Park NDP website, that Nash would be running for the nomination to be the electoral district association's candidate in the 41st Canadian general election. She was acclaimed as the NDP candidate in Parkdale—High Park on January 28, 2010 and campaigned until the May 2, 2011 election. In a rematch of the 2008 campaign, Nash defeated Kennedy by 7313 votes, or 14 percent, to regain her seat in parliament. Jack Layton, in his role as Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition during the 41st Canadian Parliament, appointed Nash as the Finance Critic, in his Shadow Cabinet on May 26, 2011. When she became an MP again, she did not re-offer to run for president, and Brian Topp was acclaimed as her replacement at the federal NDP's Vancouver bi-annual convention on June 18, 2011.

  • Leadership candidacy

With Jack Layton's death on August 22, 2011, the NDP began seeking a new federal leader. On September 9, the NDP's executive decided the rules for the leadership election, the date and place for the convention, and whether or not MPs could keep their critic portfolios once they publicly declared their intention to run for the position. Nash expressed interest in running, but appeared hesitant at first to run, because she would have to resign as the Finance Critic. By the last week of October, she sent signals that she intended to run, and announced her candidacy on October 28 at a press conference in Toronto. On March 24, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, she placed fourth on the second ballot, and was automatically dropped from contention. She did not back any of the remaining candidates, and freed her delegates — that had not already voted in advance — to vote for whomever they wanted. A few weeks later, new NDP leader Thomas Mulcair reappointed her to the Official Opposition's Shadow Cabinet as the Finance Critic on April 19.







Peggy Nash, née le 28 juin 1951 à Toronto, est une femme politique canadienne. Elle est députée à la Chambre des communes du Canada, représentant la circonscription ontarienne de Parkdale—High Park de l'élection fédérale de 2006 à 2008 et depuis 2011 sous la bannière du Nouveau Parti démocratique.


Avant son élection, Nash a longtemps été l'assistante de Buzz Hargrove, président du syndicat des Travailleurs canadiens de l'automobile. Le 26 mai 2011, elle est nommée porte-parole de l'opposition officielle du Canada pour les finances. Le 28 octobre 2011, elle annonce sa candidature à l'élection à la direction du Nouveau Parti démocratique.



February 25, 2010

updated: 2012-11-18

icon Peggy Nash
icon Peggy Nash

ElectionsMeter is not responsible for the content of the text. Please refer always to the author. Every text published on ElectionsMeter should include original name of the author and reference to the original source. Users are obliged to follow notice of copyright infringement. Please read carefully policy of the site. If the text contains an error, incorrect information, you want to fix it, or even you would like to mange fully the content of the profile, please contact us. contact us..

load menu