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Friday, September 23, 2011 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
Hamilton — Julian Leonetti has a habit of acing his civics exams. But you could argue he has an unfair advantage.
Mr. Leonetti, 18, was raised immersed in a political milieu – tagging along to meetings and putting up signs for his mom, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
He remembers going from day care to Ms. Horwath’s office in Hamilton city hall, where she was a councillor.
“I would hang with her secretaries and meet all the politicians. … It was actually a really, really, really good environment to grow up in,” he says.
Mind you, he wasn’t so sure about that at the time.
“When I was there, I was bored as hell. But when I look back on it, every other kid was sitting at home, watching Arthur on TV. Those kids weren’t learning what I was learning.”
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