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Greg Sorbara (born September 4, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, he resigned as Minister of Finance in the Ontario Liberal Party government of Premier Dalton McGuinty on October 11, 2005, following a police investigation involving his family's real estate development firm. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Atlantic hurricane season • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak in Asia • Bali bombings investigation • California wildfires • UK Conservative Party leadership election • DeLay political financing scandal • Dengue outbreak in Singapore • FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 • Fiji Week, 2005 • Fuel prices • Gomery Comm. ... Image File history File links Gregsorbara. ... September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... }|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Official Flag]]|Coat Image=[[Image:{{{Coat Image}}}|135px|City of Toronto, Ontario Coat of Arms]]}} {{Hide = {{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: {{Unhide = {{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Diversity Our Strength {{Canadian City/Location Image is:{{{Location Image Type}}}|[[Image:{{{Location Image}}}|thumbnail|center|250px|City of Toronto, Ontario... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) Land 917,741 km² Water 158,654 km² (14. ... A politician is an individual involved in politics. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) Land 917,741 km² Water 158,654 km² (14. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Dalton McGuinty The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... The Honourable Dalton James Patrick McGuinty Jr. ... October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in Leap years). ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ...

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Early career

Sorbara was involved in philanthropic and environmental causes in his early years. He left the University of Toronto without graduating in the 1960s to work with street youth in Vancouver, and spent a number of years working as an organic farmer in the British Columbia interior. He subsequently returned to Toronto, completed his education at York University, Glendon College and Osgoode Hall Law School, and practised law before running for public office. Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto (U of T), in Toronto, Ontario, is the largest university in Canada. ... The 1960s, or The Sexy Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Organic farming is a way of farming that avoids the use of synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and usually subscribes to the principles of sustainable agriculture. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Splendour without diminishment) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Area 944,735 km² (5th) Land 925,186 km² Water 19,549 km² (2. ... York University (YorkU) is a large comprehensive university, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Glendon College is a federated school of York University in Toronto, Ontario. ... See also Osgoode Hall for the downtown Toronto building that originally housed the law school Osgoode Hall Law School is the third oldest law school in Canada, the oldest being the McGill University Faculty of Law (1848), and the second oldest being Dalhousie University Law school (1883). ...


Sorbara was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1985 provincial election, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative William Hodgson in York North, a suburban riding north of Toronto. The Liberals under David Peterson were able to form a minority government after this election, and Sorbara was appointed Minister of Colleges and Universities and Minister of Skills Development on June 26, 1985. David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... York North was a Canadian electoral district that existed from Confederation in 1867 until being broken up in 2003 into the two new ridings of Newmarket—Aurora and York—Simcoe with another small section going to Oak Ridges—Markham. ... The Honourable David Robert Peterson, PC , LL.B , BA (born December 28, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario) was the twentieth Premier of the Province of Ontario, Canada, from June 26, 1985 to October 1, 1990. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sorbara was re-elected in the redistributed riding of York Centre in the 1987 provincial election. On September 29, 1987, he became Minister of Labour with responsibility for Women's Issues. Following a cabinet shuffle in August 1989, he became Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations. York Centre is a federal riding of Canada, a provincial riding of the province of Ontario and two municipal wards of the city of Toronto. ... David Petersons Liberals were returned to power with a large majority. ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years). ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ministry of Consumer and Business Services in the Canadian province of Ontario is responsible for government relations with citizens and businesses. ...


In 1990, Sorbara was a vocal opponent of Peterson's plans to call a snap election at just over two-and-a-half years into his mandate. He argued that the government should return to the electorate after a standard four-year cycle was completed, and run on the full record of its accomplishment. His objections were dismissed, and the Liberals were upset by the New Democratic Party in the election which followed. Sorbara had little difficulty defeating NDP candidate Laurie Orrett in his riding. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... As a result of serious scandals, David Petersons Liberal government was defeated by a large protest vote. ...


In 1992, Sorbara ran for the leadership of the Liberal Party as an "anti-establishment" candidate, claiming that the party had lost touch with its support base in the Peterson years. Although he is usually regarded as being on the right of the Liberal Party, Sorbara's campaign incorporated both left-wing and right-wing elements, opposing the NDP's labour laws but also promising to target poverty and homelessness in Ontario. He also spoke of in favour of government intervention in economic matters, arguing that growth could be best accomplished in partnership with the private sector. He finished third on the first ballot, and remained in this position until dropping from the race after the fourth ballot. Sorbara refused to support either Murray Elston or Lyn McLeod (the eventual winner) on the fifth and final ballot, and did not seek re-election in 1995. 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Murray John Elston (born October 8, 1949 in Wingham, Ontario) is an executive and former Canadian politician. ... Lyn McLeod (born 1942) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


From 1995 to 2003, Sorbara was a partner in The Sorbara Group, a prominent real estate and land development firm, and served as a director on the corporate board of Royal Group Technologies Inc. He was also director of the York United Way, as well as a Member of the Board of Alumni that governs York University. The United Way of America is a coalition of charitable organizations that has traditionally pooled efforts in fund raising. ... York University (YorkU) is a large comprehensive university, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Political comeback

Sorbara supported Dalton McGuinty's successful bid for the provincial party leadership at the 1996 leadership convention. He did not run in the 1999 provincial election, but was elected Party President in over Alvin Curling in November 1999. He later won a 2001 by-election in the redistributed Greater Toronto Area riding of Vaughan—King—Aurora, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate Joyce Frustaglio by almost 10,000 votes. The Honourable Dalton James Patrick McGuinty Jr. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Ontario general election of 1999 was held in the Canadian province of Ontario in the late spring of 1999. ... Ambassador Alvin Curling (born November 15, 1939 in Kingston, Jamaica) is Canadas envoy to the Dominican Republic. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Vaughan—King—Aurora represents both an Ontario provincial electoral riding, and an abolished Canadian federal electoral riding in Ontario. ...


Sorbara's return to the legislature was seen as a significant victory for the Liberals. Previously, the Progressive Conservative Party had dominated the suburban and commuter ridings around Toronto (the so-called "905 belt", referring to the region's telephone code). Sorbara's victory indicated that the Liberals were once again positioned to win seats in the region, and to threaten the Conservative hold on government accordingly. Sorbara himself was given a prominent role in the Liberal Party's 2003 campaign. 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sorbara was initially a supporter of John Manley's bid to lead the federal Liberal Party in early 2003. Manley subsequently dropped from the race. John Manley can refer to several different people: John Manley, British archaeologist John Manley, Canadian politician John Manley, American nuclear physicist This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: Parti libéral du Canada) is Canadas current governing political party. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Minister of Finance

The Liberals won the 2003 election, and Sorbara (who was re-elected without difficulty) was appointed Minister of Finance on October 23, 2003. Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario general election of 2003 was held on October 2, 2003, to elect the 103 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sorbara became involved in a potentially serious conflict-of-interest controversy not long after his appointment. In late 2003, the Ontario Securities Commission informed the Finance Minister's office that Royal Group Technologies would be announcing they were under investigation by the OSC. As a former director of Royal Group, this placed Sorbara in a conflict of interest as he also oversaw the OSC. Sorbara could not consult the Premier concerning the conflict of interest as he was restricted by the province's Securities Act from informing anyone else of the impending announcement by the company. Royal Group did not announce the investigation for almost two months. 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ontario Securities Commission administers and enforces securities legislation in the Canadian province of Ontario. ...


There were calls for the minister to resign after the controversy became public knowledge, but Sorbara was cleared of any wrongdoing by the provincial integrity commissioner in August 2004. 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sorbara is a moderate fiscal conservative, though he supports the general principle of government intervention and is not a social conservative. Social conservatism is a belief in traditional morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society, often through civil law or regulation. ...


On May 18, 2004, Provincial Finance Minister Greg Sorbara released the McGuinty government's first budget. The centrepiece was a controversial new Health Premium of $300 to $900, staggered according to income. This violated a key Liberal campaign pledge not to raise taxes, and gave the government an early reputation for breaking promises. The Liberals defended the premium by pointing to the previous government's hidden deficit, and McGuinty claimed he needed to break his campaign pledge on taxation to fulfill his promises on other fronts. This broken promise has created a lasting public relations difficulty for the Liberal Party.


The Ontario Health Premium also became a major issue in the early days of the 2004 federal election, called a week after the Ontario budget. Most believe that the controversy hampered Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin's bid for re-election.


Also controversial was the elimination of coverage for health services not covered by the Canada Health Act including eye examinations and physical therapy. Other elements of the McGuinty government's first budget were a four-year plan to tackle the deficit left behind by the Conservatives, free immunization for children, investments in education and investments to lower waiting times for cancer care, cardiac care, joint replacement and MRI and CT scans.


On May 11, 2005, Sorbara delivered his second budget. The flagship of the budget was the "Reaching Higher" plan. Investing $6.2 billion over the next four years, the plan increases accessibility for low-income students with loans and grants while funding more enrolements, expands medical school spaces, and invests in new faculty, graduate scholarships and research.


The budget also broke a vow to balance the budget in 2007-08. Sorbara instead aimed at balance in 2008-09.


Sorbara also moved to expand infrastructure spending by encouraging Ontario's large pension plans to invest in the construction of new roads, schools and hospitals. Specific projects in the budget included a 10-year expasion of the TTC and Go Transit, 15,000 new affordable housing units and improved border crossings. NDP leader Howard Hampton described this move as "privatization by stealth."


After a cabinet shuffle on June 29, 2005, Finance Minister Sorbara was also named as the Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet. June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Management Board Secretariat is responsible for advising the Management Board of Cabinet and carrying out its directions with respect to the government’s workforce, money, technology and real estate in the Canadian province of Ontario. ...


He is also the father of noted Canadian singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara. The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Martina Sorbara is a Canadian singer-songwriter. ...


Police probe and controversy

On October 11, 2005, police raided the Sorbara Group offices as part of the ongoing Royal Group Technologies investigation. Although no charges have been laid against Sorbara, he resigned as Minister of Finance the same day. October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in Leap years). ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sorbara has issued a brief statement on this controversy.[1] He denies any knowledge of the specific allegations against him, but notes that it is his responsibility as a minister to step aside "pending a resolution of this issue".


Following Sorbara's announcement, Dwight Duncan was appointed as Minister of Finance and Chair of the Management Board. The Honourable Dwight Duncan, MBA , BA (born January 3, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...

Preceded by:
TBD
TBD

Minister of Finance (Ontario)
2003-2005

Succeeded by:
Dwight Duncan
2005-present
The Ministry of Finance is responsible for managing the fiscal, financial and related regulatory affairs of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Honourable Dwight Duncan, MBA , BA (born January 3, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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martina sorbara : press (1112 words)
Sorbara grew up on a farm with three sisters and two brothers, one of whom is her twin.
Her dad, Greg Sorbara, is a Liberal MPP fir Vaugan-King-Aurora - but she's not much into politics, or even pop-culture in general, and she has no plans to follow in his footsteps.
The Sorbara kids grew up without a TV (hence Martina's talent for making anything, from her own guitars to her own voice); and Sorbara would sing and dance along with her reflection in the window to Cyndi Lauper's True Colors album.
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