Gladu named Most Collegial Parliamentarian by peers

Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu speaks during Question Period at the House of Commons. December 11, 2019. (Screenshot from video of Question Period)

Sarnia-Lambton’s Tory MP is being recognized for her contributions to making parliament a more cohesive and productive environment.

Marilyn Gladu was recently named Most Collegial Parliamentarian, as part of the 2020 Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards.

Gladu said it’s extra special to win the award for a second time, having won it in 2016 for in her first year as an MP.

“When I was first elected they said ‘well you’re nice now, but just wait, politics will change you.’ So after five years of working effectively as a parliamentarian, it’s nice that my fellow parliamentarians would recognize me this way and say that they still think that I’m treating them kindly and professionally, and I think that’s the way to get better results.”

Gladu said she’s convinced that when you have a good relationship with others, you are actually going to get better results.

“That was true in industry, and I think it’s even more true [in parliament]. When there are issues that come up in Sarnia-Lambton and I need to call a cabinet minister or another one of the MPs from across the aisle, or a minister, certainly I get prompt response, and I think that’s due to having a great relationship with them.”

Gladu said working with members from every party on various committees and caucuses really helps to bring a spirit of professionalism and cooperation to the table.

She said she’s had the opportunity to work on the Status of Woman a number of times in the Health Committee, adding that these are issues that are not partisan.

“Everyone wants to see violence against women eliminated in Canada, to improve the economic status of women,” said Glaud. “Add the issues we were talking about on the health committee, things like pharma care and making sure people have access to rare disease medication, I think there’s a real chance to put partisanship aside and do the right thing for the country.”

Currently, Gladu serves as the Shadow Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency (FedDev) for Southern Ontario and Privy Council Critic, as well as Electoral Reform Critic. She is also the chair of the Standing Committee for the Status of Women in the 43rd Parliament.