Caroline Mulroney seeks York-Simcoe PC nomination

By Bradford Times Staff

Julia Munro, long-time MPP for York-Simcoe, has announced that she will not be running in the 2018 provincial election, leaving a vacancy for a new Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding.

Caroline Mulroney has put her name forward to seek the nomination.

“Julia Munro has been serving this riding with distinction and grace for 22 years. It is an honour for me to try to fill her shoes,” said Mulroney, vice president of the Toronto-based investment firm BloombergSen Investment Partners. 

York-Simcoe has been “a Tory riding for many years,” but Mulroney’s not taking anything for granted. She is meeting with PC supporters, reaching out to expand the membership and hoping for solid support that will help her join the team of PC leader Patrick Brown, currently the MPP for Simcoe-North.

Brown has “a positive vision for Ontario,” despite recent criticism from some quarters. “In terms of policies, we’re working with party members to make sure policy reflects what people want. I have great confidence in Patrick Brown,” she said. “He understands what people here want and care about.”

After speaking with residents in the riding, Mulroney says, “I get the sense that people want change. From all the people I’ve spoken with, the people of York-Simcoe want change. People tell me that what matters to them is the rising cost of living – the cost of housing, hydro rates, taxes... the affordability.”

She wants to bring her skills as a business woman, financial analyst, lawyer and manager to the riding and to the party, and has already found a connection to Bradford West Gwillimbury. An active volunteer –  Mulroney is a member of the board of directors for the SickKids Foundation, a Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada, and co-founder and chair of the Shoebox Project for Shelters charity that invites donors to fill a shoebox with personal hygiene supplies and small gifts for women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness – she is impressed by the local level of volunteerism.

“People are very involved in their community in different ways.”

On a recent visit to the community, she was accompanied by federal MP Peter Van Loan. “Caroline is a great listener, she cares, and she wants to build a better future,” said Van Loan. “I’m impressed with how many York-Simcoe community leaders are backing Caroline Mulroney to stand up for us.”

Munro said she was “delighted” by the news Mulroney would seek the nomination. “I really feel she has the fundamental understanding of people and families... And she’s an accomplished woman.”

The York-Simcoe nomination meeting takes place Sept. 10, at the Georgina Ice Palace. In the days leading up to the vote, Mulroney will be selling party memberships and attending local events, including CarrotFest in Bradford.

A resident of Georgina, Mulroney is married to Andrew Lapham; the couple has four children. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law.

And yes, she is sister of television personality Ben Mulroney and daughter of Brian Mulroney, the 18th Prime Minister of Canada. So why Provincial, and not federal politics? “The issues that Queen’s Park deals with are the things that matter to me - education, roads,” she says. “As a mother, these are the things I care about.”

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