Laurie’s roots in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock go deep. She was born and raised in Kinmount and attended local schools, building strong ties to the community. Laurie’s father Bill proudly represented local families as their Member of Parliament for 28 years, and Laurie credits her father for instilling within her the ideal of public service and the importance of giving back to your community.
After graduating from Loyalist College, Laurie worked as a Registered Nurse in Toronto and on international contracts before returning to the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. During this time Laurie also became increasingly active in her community through volunteer work and has remained a director on the Kinmount Fair Board.
In 2003 Laurie chose to follow in her father’s footsteps and seek election as her community’s next MPP. Laurie was successful in her election bid, becoming only one of two new Ontario PC MPPs elected in what was an otherwise challenging year. Laurie’s hard work in the community was reflected in her re-election campaign of 2007 which saw her returned with an even larger margin of victory.
Following the October 6, 2011 election, Laurie was appointed the PC Critic for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Women’s Issues. In September of 2013, Laurie was made the PC Critic for Tourism and Culture.
When she is not working, Laurie enjoys outdoor sports. She is also an animal lover and enjoys riding horses and helping her two teenage nieces in their riding competitions.
The highest honour of her career has been to represent her neighbours as their local MPP and she looks forward to continuing in that role.