Whether you are new to the riding or lived here for a while, or even more than that, chances are you have seen our Member of Provincial Parliament in action across the riding.
Laurie Scott, first elected in 2003, has served as MPP for this great riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock with asw muh pride and didication as displayed by her family when the settled and helped establish this area years and years ago.
Laurie first got her love for community and helping others as she grew up in a family of public service, ad her father, Bill Scott, served as the area's federal MP for 28 years.
Following the desire to make a difference, Laurie chose her initial career in nursing, and worked as a nurse for twenty years. Suring that time, she gaianed an acute awareness, sympathy, and understanding of the medical system, working for a time at Ross Memorial Hospital, but more, for the vital need for appropriate patient care.
After decades in the medical field, Laurie decided to turn to her next challenge, in combining her passion for community and for service, care and delivery in helping others, and joining the provincial legislative ranks, winning the 2003 election.
Laurie has never wavered from what drives her most, listening to people and fighting for what needs to be heard and what needs to be done. Her understanding of the vast number of riding issues and her constant commitment to travel the area from corner to corner is unyielding.
Laurie is well known for her strong representation of HKLB at Queen's Park. But it is also her work on important societal issues that has brought forward her biggest challenge.
Laurie has sparked and championed the fight against human sex trafficking in Ontario for many years now. What started as a shocking exchange of stories has become a passion to challenge, fight and educate as many people as possible against and about one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada. Her efforts have been recognized in national awards for her work on child advocacy and combating human trafficking and in 2017 she received the Champion for Children award by the Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Toronto.
After provincial election wins in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2014, the 2018 win led to governance, where Laurie was immediately named the Minister of Labour. As Minister, she swiftly passed legislation to protect rural fire halls and promote rural safety in small communities by ending the unfair mistreatment of double hatters -- firemen who were prevented from volunteering in local fire halls. She has also made key labour reforms that have spurred job creation throughout the province.
On June 20, 2019, Laurie was made Minister of Infrastructure, where she is responsible for the province's infrastructure investments acroess Ontario.
Throughout her work as MPP, Laure is always and advocate for women, encouraging opportunities and success and mentoring and interest in public life.
Serving people. Serving the Community. Serving the Province. Laurie Scott wouldn't have it any other way.