Patty Hajdu

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 November 2019, she has been the Minister of Health in the federal Cabinet. Previous to this, she was the Minister of Status of Women and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Patty Hajdu

Minister of Health
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byGinette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
In office
January 10, 2017  November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byMaryAnn Mihychuk
Succeeded byCarla Qualtrough (Employment)
Filomena Tassi (Labour)
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
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
ResidenceThunder Bay, Ontario
Alma materLakehead University
University of Victoria

Early life and education

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, 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

2019 Canadian federal election: Thunder Bay—Superior North
** Preliminary results — Not yet official **
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalPatty Hajdu18,50242.9-2.09
ConservativeFrank Pullia11,03625.6+8.17
New DemocraticAnna Betty Achneepineskum9,12621.1-2.08
GreenBruce Hyer3,6398.4-5.40
People'sYoussef Khanjari7341.7
LibertarianAlexander Vodden1400.3
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,177100.0
Total rejected ballots 416
Turnout 43,59366.1
Eligible voters 65,928
Liberal hold Swing -5.13
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]
2015 Canadian federal election: Thunder Bay-Superior North
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalPatty Hajdu20,06944.99+28.51$90,854.71
New DemocraticAndrew Foulds10,33923.18-26.97$121,837.34
ConservativeRichard Harvey7,77517.43-12.22$59,457.39
GreenBruce Hyer6,15513.80+10.78$123,098.51
IndependentRobert Skaf2700.61$6,944.34
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,608100.0   $248,538.44
Total rejected ballots 178
Turnout 44,786
Eligible voters 63,995
Source: Elections Canada[11][12][13]

Personal life

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


29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Ginette Petitpas Taylor Minister of Health
November 20, 2019 –
MaryAnn Mihychuk Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour
January 10, 2017 – November 20, 2019
Carla Qualtrough
Kellie Leitch Minister of Status of Women
November 4, 2015 – January 10, 2017
Maryam Monsef
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