- Tara Crugnale
Tara Crugnale (b.
February 9, 1976in Hamilton, Ontario) is a small businessowner and politician, and a graduate of McMaster University. She is also a regular guest on "The Opinionators", a political talk show which airs on Cable 14 community television in Hamilton. In the 2007 Ontario provincial election, Crugnale was a Progressive Conservative Party of Ontariocandidate for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, running in the new provincial riding of Hamilton East—Stoney Creek. [http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1179289803194&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1014656511815] She was defeated, finishing third behind the victorious NDP candidate Paul Miller and Liberal runner-up Nerene Virgin. [http://www.thespec.com/article/262703]
At McMaster, Crugnale was a columnist for "The Silhouette", the weekly newspaper published by the
McMaster Students Union. She also oversaw music and talk-radio programs on CFMU, the campus radio station.
Tara Crugnale, together with her mother and sister, were very active in a charity which they established, C.R.I.E.D. (Children Refugees In need of Effective Direct aid). Initially this organization helped refugee children from her mother's native
Croatia. Later, its mandate expanded to include children in need around the world.
Crugnale's father, Bruno Crugnale, is a local businessperson who was named Honorary Counsel of the Republic of Italy to Hamilton-Niagara.
Crugnale first became active in the Progressive Conservative Party during the 1995 Ontario provincial election, when she worked for
Toni Skarica, the Progressive Conservative candidate in Wentworth North. During her time at McMaster, Crugnale was also an active member of the McMaster PC Association.
After the death of Liberal Party
Member of Provincial Parliament(MPP) Dominic Agostino, the provincial Conservatives approached Crugnale to run as their candidate in a 2004 byelection in Hamilton East. The riding had not elected a Conservative in decades. Although there was public anger directed towards Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government, the New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Andrea Horwathended up being the beneficiary, winning a substantial victory over Crugnale and the late Liberal MPP's brother Ralph Agostino.
On May 16, 2007, Crugnale was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek for 2007 Ontario provincial election. On October 1, 2007, she broke with her party's leader,
John Tory, announcing that she would not support the party's proposal to extend public funding to religious-based schools, one of the most controversial issues in the campaign. [http://www.thespec.com/article/257295] Crugnale ultimately finished in third place in her riding in the election.
Election box begin | title=
Ontario general election, 2007
John C. Turmel
* [http://taracrugnale.com/ Candidate website]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Ontario general election, 2003 — 1999 ← members October 2, 2003 → 2007 … Wikipedia
Nerene Virgin — is a Canadian journalist, actress and television host, best known for her role on the children s television series Today s Special. Contents 1 Background … Wikipedia
Andrea Horwath — Infobox Politician name = Andrea Horwath small caption = deletable image caption birth date = birth place = Hamilton, Ontario residence = office1 = MPP for Hamilton East term start1 = May 13, 2004 term end1 = October 29, 2007 predecessor1 =… … Wikipedia
Hamilton East—Stoney Creek — Infobox Canada electoral district province = Ontario caption = Hamilton East Stoney Creek in relation to the other Hamilton area ridings fed status = active fed district number = 35032 fed created = 2003 fed abolished = fed election first = 2004… … Wikipedia
Hamilton East (provincial electoral district) — For information on the Hamilton East federal electoral district, see Hamilton East. Hamilton East is a former provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. It was represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1894 to 2007, when it… … Wikipedia
Paul Miller (Canadian politician) — Infobox Politician imagesize = 150px name = Paul Miller small| caption = birth date = February 7, 1951 birth place = Hamilton, Ontario residence = Stoney Creek, Ontario office = MPP for Hamilton East Stoney Creek term start = October 30, 2007… … Wikipedia
Ontario general election, 2007 (results) — Main article: Ontario general election, 2007 The Ontario general election, 2007 took place on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. The list of candidates was finalized by Elections Ontario on September 19, 2007. Contents 1 Candidates by party 2… … Wikipedia