Halfway through the internship, we were beginning to feel at home at the legislature, so it was a perfect time to meet with the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), and their CEO Tim Hudak—former MPP and leader of the Ontario PC Party.
OREA represents the 70,000 real estate brokers and salespeople members of Ontario’s 39 real estate boards who help make home ownership a reality for Ontarians. Housing has been one of the hot issues while we’ve been here at Queen’s Park, so it was great to learn more about it from the perspective of those within the real estate industry.
First elected in 1995, Mr. Hudak served in many roles with the PCs, including Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, and later Leader of the Official Opposition before stepping down last year to work with OREA.
OREA’s Government Relations staff is continuously advocating the Ontario Legislature on numerous issues relating to the real estate industry. They conduct policy analysis, meet regularly with Ontario Ministers and MPPs and work hard to establish a REALTOR® presence at Queen’s Park, making Mr. Hudak an ideal choice for CEO.
While reflecting on his time as a politician, Mr. Hudak shared his many insights about political life, and gave us great advice for a career in politics and life in general: be nice to people, maintain relationships, and leave good impressions.
OREA is a long time sponsor of OLIP, and we would like to thank them for their continued and generous support!