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Encyclopedia > Liz Sandals

Liz Sandals is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a current member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Guelph—Wellington for the Liberal Party.

Sandals was raised in the Guelph area, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph as well as a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She has taught computer science at the University of Guelph, and has also been an educator for the developmentally challenged in Alberta.

Sandals was elected to her local public school board in 1988, and was re-elected four times. From 1998 to 2002, she served as President of the Ontario Public School Board Association. In the latter capacity, she was a frequent opponent of the education policies of provincial Premier Mike Harris on matters such as standardized tests and centrally-administered teacher reviews. During these controversies, she drew attention to the historical importance of local accountability in the provincial education system. Sandals was the recipient of the first Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, granted by the Ontario Principals' Council.

In the Ontario provincial election of 2003, Sandals defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Brenda Elliott by about 3000 votes in the Guelph—Wellington riding. On October 23, 2003, she was appointed parliamentary assistant to Monte Kwinter, the Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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Liz Sandals, M.P.P. - Guelph-Wellington (235 words)
Liz Sandals was elected to represent the Guelph - Wellington riding in October 2003.
Liz leads the government’s Safe Schools Action Team and she also serves on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Management Board of Cabinet and is the Vice-Chair of the Education Policy Committee of Cabinet.
Liz first became involved in politics with education issues as she was elected to the local public school board in 1988 and was re-elected four times.
Guelph-Wellington (4758 words)
Liz won a very hot nomination battle and seemed to be picking up steam but then her campaign faded to almost nothing.
Liz was a Conservative for years and she's brought some of the Tories over to her camp.
Liberal candidate Liz Sandals has not been the type of star candidate the Liberals were hoping for when she won the nomination in a bitter battle.
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