Canada, Politics

How rich is Andrea Horwath?

Name: Andrea Horwath

Born: October 24, 1962

Occupation: Politician

We estimate that Andrea Horwath’s net worth is $1 million (2018).

So how much is $1 million really?

Andrea Horwath, fair use
Andrea Horwath, fair use

Andrea Horwath was born in Hamilton, Ontario on October 24, 1962. She is the daughter of Diane Horwath and Andrew Horwath, an assembly worker at the Ford Motor Company plant.

She graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in labor studies.

Andrea was in a previous long-term relationship with Ben Leonetti, a successful businessman. The couple met in university when she was a waitress and he was a jazz musician. Andrea and Ben ended their relationship after 25 years in 2010 – they were never married. They had one child, Julian.

Andrea has spent her entire adult life in politics.

She first ran for public office in the 1997 federal election, competing as a New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate against Liberal Member of Parliament Stan Keyes in Hamilton West. She finished second. In the same year, she turned to municipal politics, earning a seat in the Hamilton City Council. She was re-elected two more times after that.

By 2004, Andrea would become entrenched in provincial politics, winning a by-election in Hamilton East. Andrea would be re-elected four more times.

In 2009, Andrea submitted her name to the leadership campaign for the Ontario NDP. She won with two-thirds of the vote, defeating the likes of Gilles Bisson, Michael Prue, and Peter Tabuns. After a handful of disappointing results come Election Day, Andrea and the NDP became the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park in the 2018 election, keeping Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives in check.

Despite being a celebrated political figure in left-leaning circles, Andrea has had her fair share of controversies. It was reported that the NDP paid for Andrea’s lavish expenses on clothing, restaurants, and a diverse array of other goodies. During the 2018 election, a host of NDP candidates had shady pasts, including posting pro-Adolf Hitler memes, delving into conspiracy theories (9/11 was an inside job), and slamming the nation’s veterans.

So how much is $1 million really?

$1 million can cover the cost of running for a party leadership. $1 million can also buy one home in Hamilton.


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