(born February 15, 1934 in St. Catharines
) is a politician in Ontario
. She was a Progressive Conservative
member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
from 1985 to 2003, and served as a cabinet minister
in the government of Mike Harris
Marland worked as a bank accountant and dental assistant in private life. She began her political career as a school trustee
, serving on the Peel Board of Education
from 1974 to 1978. From 1978 to 1985, she served a municipal councillor in the Region of Peel
and the city of Mississauga
. She was also a member of the board of governors for the Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital, and served as governor of Sheridan College
Marland was first elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1985 provincial election
, defeating her Liberal
opponent by about 1,500 votes in the traditionally Conservative riding of Mississauga South
. The Tories won a minority government
in this election, but were defeated in the house shortly thereafter; Marland held a number of critic's positions in opposition. Marland supported Larry Grossman
for the party leadership in late 1985 (Toronto Star
, 6 November 1985).
In the provincial election of 1987
, she defeated Liberal candidate Claudette Mackay-Lassonde
by only 599 votes to retain her seat. The Tories were reduced to only 17 seats out of 130 in this election. In early 1990, Marland was named deputy house leader of her party.
Marland was re-elected by a significant majority in the election of......