NDP's Horwath credits lessons learned as cocktail waitress

New Democratic Leader Andrea Horwath sits down for tea with Christina Blizzard at Majisteas tea...

New Democratic Leader Andrea Horwath sits down for tea with Christina Blizzard at Majisteas tea room in Toronto on June 6, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

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Andrea Horwath may have a degree in labour studies from McMaster University.

She may have worked in a community legal clinic helping low income people with their problems.

And she may have a long record as an elected politician municipally and provincially.

But everything she needed to know to be premier of the province she learned as a cocktail waitress.

Horwath, 51, confessed this startling fact as we chatted over iced tea at a Queen St. tea room.

Her waitressing career started at age 16 in a Zellers in the Fiesta mall in Hamilton.

She laughs as she recalls the ugly orange and brown uniform.

As soon as she was old enough to serve booze, she started working as a cocktail waitress. And that’s where she learned her people skills.

Routinely voted the most likable leader, Horwath’s popularity scores higher than her party’s.

Her folksy, down-home Hamilton ways have endeared her to voters.


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