Patty Hajdu

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Patty Hajdu

Patty Hajdu, 2016 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byMaryAnn Mihychuk
Minister of Status of Women
In office
November 4, 2015 – January 10, 2017
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byKellie Leitch
Succeeded byMaryam Monsef
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Thunder Bay—Superior North
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byBruce Hyer
Personal details
Born (1966-11-03) November 3, 1966 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceThunder Bay, Ontario
Alma materLakehead University
University of Victoria

Patricia A. Hajdu PC MP (/ˈhdj/; born November 3, 1966) is a Canadian Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Thunder Bay—Superior North in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1][2] Since January, 2017, she has been the Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour in the federal Cabinet. Previous to this, she was the Minister of Status of Women, sworn in on November 4, 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Montreal, she spent her early years in Chisholm, Minnesota, raised by her aunt and uncle.[3] Her last name comes from her stepfather.

At 12 years old, Hajdu moved to Thunder Bay to live with her mother. Due to a tumultuous relationship, she ended up living on her own at age 16, attempting to finish high school.[3] After graduating high school, she got a job in Thunder Bay through an employment-insurance initiative, at a non-profit adult-literacy group, where she trained in graphic design.[3]

Hajdu then attended Lakehead University as a single mother of two boys, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in anthropology.[3] She later earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.[4]


Hajdu worked mainly in the field of harm prevention, homelessness, and substance misuse prevention, including nine years as the head of the drug awareness committee of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. She also worked as a creative director and graphic designer in marketing. Prior to her election in 2015 she was the executive director at Shelter House, the city's largest homeless shelter.[5]

On November 4, 2015, she was appointed the Minister of Status of Women in the federal Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[6] In this capacity, she convened in July 2016 an advisory council to help develop of Canada's strategy against gender-based violence.[7] She was sworn in as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on January 10, 2017.

On October 29, 2018, Minister Hajdu, alongside Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef and President of the Treasury Board and Minister for Digital Government Scott Brison introduced proactive pay equity legislation for federally regulated workplaces,[8] which ensures that women are fairly compensated for the work that they do. This legislation will ensure that all federally regulated employers examine their compensation practices to reflect equal pay for work of equal value for both men and women.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Thunder Bay-Superior North
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Patty Hajdu 20,069 44.99 +28.51 $90,854.71
New Democratic Andrew Foulds 10,339 23.18 -26.97 $121,837.34
Conservative Richard Harvey 7,775 17.43 -12.22 $59,457.39
Green Bruce Hyer 6,155 13.80 +10.78 $123,098.51
Independent Robert Skaf 270 0.61 $6,944.34
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,608 100.0     $248,538.44
Total rejected ballots 178
Turnout 44,786
Eligible voters 63,995
Source: Elections Canada[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Hajdu is the mother of two adult sons. She has a partner and is the mother of two step children.


  1. ^ "First-time candidate Patty Hajdu wins Superior-North for Liberals". 19 October 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Thunder Bay-Superior North goes Liberal red with Patty Hajdu". CBC News. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Stone, Laura (February 9, 2018). "Employment Minister Patty Hajdu has a mission – protecting the vulnerable". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Three UVic alumnae in new federal cabinet". University of Victoria. January 21, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Meet Patty Hajdu,
  6. ^ "Full list of Justin Trudeau's cabinet". CBC News. 4 November 2015.
  7. ^ Smith, Joanna (27 June 2016). "How to empower women holistically". Toronto Star.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Thunder Bay—Superior North, 30 September 2015
  10. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  11. ^ "Download latest results for all electoral districts (tab-delimited format)"

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
MaryAnn Mihychuk Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour
January 10, 2017 –
Kellie Leitch Minister of Status of Women
November 4, 2015 – January 10, 2017
Maryam Monsef