Portuguese-Canadian, Charles Sousa, 54, is a Liberal Party leadership candidate for the post of Primier of Ontario, Canada.
Sousa is the former Citizen and Immigration Minister and, since 2007, has been the MPP for Mississauga South. He also served as Minister of Labour from 2010 to 2011, after having been Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
Until recently, before his resignation to run for the post, Sousa was responsible for the 2015 Pan and Para Pan American Games in the Cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The new leader of Ontario’s Liberal party will be decided January 26. Seven candidates are currently vying for the position after former party leader Dalton McGuinty unexpectedly announced his resignation. Sousa joins former cabinet ministers Sandra Pupatello, Glen Murray and Kathleen Wynne in the race to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty. The elections are scheduled for January 25-27.
Sousa believes that that his 25-year career in finance makes him uniquely qualified to lead the province through the current economic crises. If he becomes Primer, Sousa has pledge to create more jobs for the province’s struggling auto and northern mining industries.
Both Charles Sousa and his wife Zenaida are first generation Canadians with roots on São Miguel island, in the Azores. Over 400 thousand people of Portuguese descent live in Canada, about 1.3% of the nation’s total population, the majority from Azorean-Portuguese origin.
Correction: Charles Sousa is the son of Portuguese immigrants from Nazaré, mainland Portugal. His wife Zenaida, born in Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel, Azores, immigrated to Canada age 13.
updated with corrections 02/12/13