About Gila

Background

Gila Martow was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2014 and is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Thornhill. She currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Francophone Affairs, and is a member of the Standing Committee on Estimates.

Community Focused

As a mother of 4, Gila is dedicated to serving her local constituents and improving life for GTA families. In addition to working with many community groups and organisations, in 2014 she introduced Bill 181, the Reducing Gridlock and Improving Traffic Flow Act, to help improve highway congestion for the many commuters in her riding.

In 2016, Gila introduced Bill 187, An Act to Establish a Commission of inquiry Into Accessible Parking in Municipalities, after receiving feedback from residents frustrated with confusing rules for accessible parking permit holders.

A Strong Jewish Voice

Gila is a strong voice for the Jewish community. On December 1, 2016, she presented a motion calling on the Ontario Legislature to reject the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (“BDS”) movement against Israel. The motion passed by a vote of 49-5 with support from Liberal and PC Caucus Members.

Credentials

In the past, Gila has served as PC Caucus Critic for Children, Youth, and families; GTA Issues; Francophone Affairs; Associate Critic of Culture; the Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs; the Critic for the Anti-Racism Secretariat; and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour. Gila was previously a Member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Prior to her time in Office, Gila and her husband Jeff ran an eye clinic affiliated with Markham Stouffville Hospital. Gila is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and holds a degree in Optometry.

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