Peggy Nash was first elected to represent Parkdale—High Park in Parliament in 2006. A proud Torontonian, Peggy Nash is fighting for a better Toronto and a better Canada. With Tom Mulcair, she plans to bring a practical plan for the middle class—with quality jobs, affordable childcare and a federal minimum wage.
In the lead up to the New Democratic Party’s historic breakthrough in 2011, Peggy served as president of the party. Following the election she distinguished herself on national economic issues as Finance critic under former leader Jack Layton and now serves as Industry critic in Tom Mulcair’s shadow cabinet.
Prior to her election, Peggy spent years as a top negotiator for Canada’s largest private-sector union and fought for her community, international democracy and human rights. Peggy served as a Canadian election observer in South Africa’s first post-apartheid election in 1994, and in Ukraine in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2014.
Peggy has made the advancement of women a priority throughout her life and is a founding member of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization that advocates for the election of more women in Canada.
She also served on the board of Invest Toronto, promoting investment in Canada’s largest city, and has long championed affordable housing, urban transit and environmental issues alongside economic development.
Peggy has a reputation as an active and hardworking representative with deep roots in her community. She has been recognized for her work with two awards from the Sierra Club of Canada for her leadership on sustainable transportation; the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award; and a certificate of honour from the City of Toronto in recognition of her work to end violence against women.