Appendix 2

About The Author

Paul Szabo is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga South. He is a Chartered Accountant with an M.B.A. from York University and a B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to his election, he was employed in the corporate sector for twenty years followed by three years in his own chartered accounting practice. Mr. Szabo also has a long record of community service including 9 years as a Director of the Mississauga Hospital, 5 years as a Director of Interim Place (shelter for abused women and children), and 5 years as a Director of the Peel Regional Housing Authority.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and was re-elected for a second term in 1997. During his Parliamentary career, he has introduced 21 Private Member Bills and Motions with specific emphasis on health, finance and family issues. One of his initiatives amended the criminal code to provide stiffer sentences for the abusers of women or children. He also developed a national education and awareness campaign on alcohol misuse called "Drink Smart Canada" and authored two other books, "Divorce - The Bold Facts", addressing the issue of family breakdown and "Strong Families Make a Strong Country", promoting investment in children and families.

Paul and his wife Linda have been married for over 25 years and they have three children, Aaron, Reagan and Whitney.