As a young woman who came to Ontario from Nova Scotia for a brighter future, Lisa MacLeod knows the full potential of our province.
After graduating with an Honours degree from St. Francis Xavier University and working in the management program for Atlantic Canada’s largest grocer, Sobeys, Lisa arrived in Ontario with $200 in her pocket. Lisa gained experience by working with some of Ottawa’s most recognizable political figures and offered political commentary on TV, radio and newspaper.
With a family history of public service, Lisa has made a career out of standing up for the little guy- whether for the agriculture industry due to government policy hurting its livelihood, raising thousands of pounds of food for Ottawa food banks or speaking out for families with autistic children who needed services in her community.
She has been rewarded for her hard work by the voters of Nepean-Carleton four times (2006, 2007, 2011 and 2014) with some of the highest vote totals in Ontario. As the PC Party’s only MPP in a major Ontario city Lisa was the youngest woman ever to be elected as an Ontario PC Party MPP and only the second woman to be elected as a conservative in Ottawa.
Lisa has an excellent grasp of complex policy files and has been given some of the toughest economic critic portfolios including revenue, education, energy and now treasury board.
Her senior responsibilities are a reflection of her strong, effective, hard working and loyal traits. Under two different leaders, Lisa was given a leadership role to travel across 107 ridings delivering the PC Party message to Ontarians.
She stood up for Ontario students and parents during labour strikes in our schools, fought the single largest tax hike in Ontario’s history- the HST- and defended ratepayers across Ontario who have been hit with massive increases to their hydro bills.
In Nepean-Carleton, Lisa MacLeod brought community leaders together for a suicide prevention plan for Ottawa. When opiate addiction became prevalent in her constituency Lisa worked with the Royal Hospital for regional services. She has been instrumental to saving Ontario’s horse racing industry, building new schools and bridges in her community and pushing for child protection legislation like Rowan’s Law, antibullying and a children’s bill of rights. All of this work helped earn her the distinction in 2014 as one of the “Top 25 People in the Capital” and previously “Top 50 People in the Capital” by Ottawa Life Magazine. She has also been honoured by the Order of St. John and the Royal Canadian Legion for her community leadership.
A politician with a keen sense of humour, Lisa authored a cookbook, “I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends.” Lisa championed a move to make Queen’s Park more family friendly by modifying the sitting hours of the legislature which is now being emulated in the federal House of Commons.
As a mother from Ontario’s second largest City- Ottawa- Lisa knows the value of hospitals, schools and transportation networks and these issues have been key to her success in her urban-rural riding. Lisa MacLeod has been married to Joe Varner for 14 years and they enjoy trying to keep up with their 11 year old hockey player Victoria who in turn enjoys going to school in Nepean, playing every extracurricular sport she can and playing with her two dogs and a cat.