ETOBICOKE–LAKESHORE NDP NOMINATES P.C. CHOO AS PROVINCIAL STANDARD BEARER
“Our task ahead is to win this riding, and send a clear message to the Liberals and Conservatives – the people of Etobicoke-Lakeshore reject the politics of division and austerity“ Choo told a packed room of Ontario NDP supporters.
An Arbor Award recipient, former University of Toronto Governing Council member, and former Etobicoke School Trustee, P.C. Choo aims to represent the rapidly-changing riding of over 90,000 voters which has struggled with recent factory closures as well as tensions arising from fast-paced condominium construction along the shore of Lake Ontario.
Ruth Grier, former Ontario Minister of Health and NDP Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Lakeshore (1985-1995), was on hand to support the newly-selected Choo. Asked for comment, Grier said “P.C. ran a great campaign last time, I know he will again. It’s time we won this riding back!”
Caucus whip and sitting MPP for the neighbouring riding of Parkdale–High Park, Cheri DiNovo also addressed the Etobicoke–Lakeshore New Democrats. “We are in a position – and this is phenomenally good news – where we are being looked at as a government in waiting,“ said DiNovo.
The Ontario NDP currently holds the balance of power in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Leader Andrea Horwath and her growing number of MPPs have delivered results for Ontarians by forcing the governing Liberals to implement a 15% cut in auto insurance rates, a youth jobs strategy, and reduced home care wait times in the 2013 budget.
Etobicoke–Lakeshore covers the old City of Etobicoke to the south of Burnhamthorpe Rd. and Dundas St. West. Presently, Doug Holyday represents the region for Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives at Queen’s Park.