Caro­line Mul­roney seeks to run as On­tario PC

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

For­mer prime min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney’s daugh­ter is seek­ing to run for the On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives in next year’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion, adding some po­ten­tial star power to a party look­ing to un­seat an un­pop­u­lar gov­ern­ment.

Caro­line Mul­roney, the vi­cepres­i­dent of an in­vest­ment firm, an­nounced on so­cial me­dia Wed­nes­day that she will seek the nom­i­na­tion in York-Sim­coe, north of the Toronto area.

The rid­ing has been held since 1995 by Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Ju­lia Munro, who is retiring. Munro tweeted Wed­nes­day that Mul­roney has her full sup­port.

In an an­nounce­ment on Face­book, ac­com­pa­nied by a YouTube video, Mul­roney said that as a work­ing mother of four she knows change is needed in On­tario so peo­ple can thrive.

“To do that we need a gov­ern­ment that fo­cuses on af­ford­abil­ity, man­ages our taxes prop­erly, so we get the ser­vices we ex­pect _ like re­li­able health care and a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that links to jobs,’’ the 43-year-old said in a state­ment.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives at­tracted the star po­ten­tial can­di­date at a time when they are polling con­sis­tently ahead of the gov­ern­ing Lib­er­als.

Mul­roney’s pol­ished nom­i­na­tion cam­paign launch echoed fa­mil­iar Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive mes­sag­ing as she po­si­tioned her­self as a solid Tory choice.

“Af­ter 14 years of Lib­eral gov­ern­ments, life has be­come more dif­fi­cult for hard-work­ing On­tar­i­ans,’’ Mul­roney wrote in her Face­book an­nounce­ment. “With my ex­pe­ri­ence, I will be a strong team mem­ber that will help form an ef­fec­tive PC gov­ern­ment in 2018.’’

Party leader Pa­trick Brown wrote on Twit­ter that he is “thrilled to see such ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als like (Mul­roney) step up to seek a nom­i­na­tion’’ for the party.

The meet­ing where Mul­roney will learn if she has se­cured the nom­i­na­tion to run in York-Sim­coe is set for Sept. 10. The pro­vin­cial elec­tion will be held in June 2018.

Mul­roney is the vi­cepres­i­dent of Toronto-based BloombergSen In­vest­ment Part­ners.

For­merly, she worked at a ven­ture debt fund, as a lawyer in New York City, as the as­so­ci­ate direc­tor of the New York Univer­sity Cen­ter for Law and Business, and an an­a­lyst in in­vest­ment bank­ing at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.

She also co-founded the Shoe­box Project for Shel­ters, which col­lects and dis­trib­utes gifts to women who are home­less or at risk, and is on the board of di­rec­tors of the Hos­pi­tal for Sick­Kids Foun­da­tion and the Fraser In­sti­tute.

Mul­roney also used to be a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of the Wind­sor Detroit Bridge Author­ity.

Her fa­ther, Brian Mul­roney, was the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive prime min­is­ter of Canada from 1984 to 1993.


For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney, left, ap­plauds as his wife Mila, cen­tre, af­fec­tion­ately ac­knowl­edges their daugh­ter Caro­line Mul­roney Lapham dur­ing the an­nounce­ment of the $60 mil­lion Brian Mul­roney In­sti­tute of Gov­ern­ment and Mul­roney Hall at St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity in Antigo­nish, N.S. on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 26, 2016. Caro­line Mul­roney an­nounced on so­cial me­dia to­day that she will run for the nom­i­na­tion in York-Sim­coe.

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