* Address by Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition of Ontario
Marit was born and raised in Newfoundland, outside St John’s. On her family's small farm she helped tend to goats, chickens, geese and pigs after school and on weekends.
Driven by her passion for progressive activism and her desire to help, Marit’s first-ever canvass was for Ontario NDP candidate Evelyn Gigantes in Ottawa Centre in 1990.
After a time working in provincial politics and Ontario’s first NDP government, Marit fought for Canada’s arts and culture sector as the National Director of Public Policy and Research for ACTRA, the actor’s union.
Marit became a passionate advocate for local public schools as a parent, eventually running and winning a seat as a school trustee. In 2018, she took her advocacy to the next level with her election as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Davenport.
As the NDP’s determined education critic, she partnered with education workers and parents to help students succeed and to defend against Doug Ford’s attacks on public education.
Now, as the Leader of the Official Opposition, Marit Stiles is bringing new energy and fresh solutions to the tough challenges that people are facing. She shows up. She listens. And she puts in the work.