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 Gloria Kovach B.Ed, MScN

Assumed office 

Political party Conservative Party of Canada

Gloria Kovach is a Canadian politician. She has been a city councillor in Guelph, Ontario since 1991, and is a former president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

During her 17 year tenure on council representing Ward 4, Kovach has been a member of the Guelph Police Services Board, the River Run Centre Board, the Fire Allocation Committee, the Social Services Committee, the Finance, Community Services, the Museums Board, the Guelph General Hospital Board and currently chairs the newly formed Governance and Economic Development committee. In addition to her experience on council, Kovach is active in community volunteer work, including with the board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, as a breast awareness trainer for the Canadian Cancer Society, dragon boat racer, volunteer for Communities in Bloom, past vice-president of the Westhills-Parkwood Gardens Neighborhood Association, Speed River cleanups and other community initiatives. She is a member of the Guelph Legion, Branch 234, and a member of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Due to her community involvement, she has been recognized in Guelph as a "Woman of Distinction" Nominee,[1] and received the YM/YWCA 2006 Peace Medal in recognition for her community work, especially her work with the Canadian Federation of Municipalities to improve relationships between Palestinian and Israeli communities. [2]

Kovach has been recognized by the United Nations for her work building sustainable communities in Jinja, Uganda, and in the Czech Republic.[3]

In February 2007, Kovach declared her intention to seek the nomination for the Conservative Party of Canada for the Guelph federal electoral district. The Conservative nomination meeting, held on March 20, 2007, at the River Run Centre in Guelph found Kovach on the losing end of the vote that saw Brent Barr, a local businessman, garner the nomination of the party.

Immediately following her unsuccessful bid for the nomination, she was removed without cause from her position as president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The federation issued a statement indicating that her removal had nothing to do with her performance as president of the federation, reinforcing speculation that she was removed due to her affiliation with the Conservative Party.[4]

In December 2007, Kovach was named the new candidate for the Conservative Party after controversy erupted when former candidate Brent Barr was removed. The Conservative Party subsequently held an open nomination contest, during which Kovach garnered the nomination.[5] In March 2008, incumbent Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlain announced her intention to resign her seat effective April 7, 2008. A by-election was scheduled in the riding for September 8, 2008, but this was subsequently pre-empted by the issuance of writs for the 2008 federal election. On election day, October 14, 2008, Kovach was defeated by Liberal nominee Frank Valeriote, although she did manage to decrease the Conservatives' margin of defeat from nine percent to three, coming in a close second. She was one of only five Conservative nominees in Southwestern Ontario not to be elected.[6]

On December 31, 2007, the Guelph Mercury announced that Kovach was that paper's "Female Newsmaker of the Year" for 2007.[7]

In September 2009 Kovach announced she will not run in the next federal election as the conservative candidate. She has stated she will continue to serve the citizens of Guelph on City Council [8]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Frank Valeriote 18,977 32.22% -6.17
     Conservative Gloria Kovach 17,185 29.18% -0.57
     Green Mike Nagy 12,456 21.15% +12.43
     New Democrat Tom King 9,709 16.49% -5.51
     Marijuana Kornelis Kleverling 172 0.27% N/A
     Libertarian Philip Bender 159 0.27% N/A
     Communist Drew Garvie 77 0.13% -0.05
     Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 73 0.12% N/A
     Independent John C. Turmel 58 0.10% N/A
     Marxist-Leninist Manuel Couto 29 0.05%
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout  %


  1. ^ "Twists and turns for Gloria Kovach", Guelph Mercury, December 31, 2007
  2. ^ Real Estate Division - News Articles
  3. ^ Canadian Water Network
  4. ^ Kirsch, Vik, "Kovach satisfied, says name cleared", Guelph Mercury, November 16, 2007
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Tracey, Scott, "Kovach takes second place", Guelph Mercury, October 15, 2008
  7. ^ Konieczna, Magda, "Kovach looks to future", Guelph Mercury, December 31, 2007
  8. ^

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