Paul Calandra is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Stouffville. Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018, Paul was a Federal Member of Parliament, elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. As a member of the Ontario Legislature, Paul served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (Energy). Paul currently serves as Government House Leader. Before entering public service, Paul was a small business owner and insurance broker.
During his tenure as MP, Paul was a member on many committees including Citizenship and Immigration, Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, and Government Operations and Estimates. He served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and later as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Queen's Privy Council.
Paul is a community advocate in Markham-Stouffville. He often highlights the sacrifices others make in building our community, including honouring local veterans and community volunteers. Through Hockey Night in Stouffville, Paul helped raise over $350,000 to support mental health initiatives at the Markham-Stouffville Hospital. One of Paul’s most significant accomplishments in the community was the creation of the Rouge National Urban Park. In securing lands previously expropriated for an airport, Paul helped protect local farmlands that had been farmed for over 200 years, a move which also ended the possibility of a new international airport in York Region.
Paul is honoured to take on this new opportunity to represent the people of Markham-Stouffville.
Paul lives in Stouffville with his wife Melanie and two daughters Natalie and Olivia.