CALEDON — Bob Gordanier, a farmer from Orangeville and former president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario, was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Dufferin—Caledon.
Gordanier, a former police officer and firefighter in Peel Region, accepted the nomination at a meeting in Caledon, surrounded by local community members, the Hon. Steven Del Duca MPP and Ed Crewson, former mayor of Shelburne.
“I am honoured to join the Ontario Liberal team, and I look forward to campaigning on a positive vision to protect our natural environment, particularly by focusing on developing transit and supporting our farmers," said Gordanier. “I believe in a balanced approach to growth and want to use my expertise in agriculture and my record of service to ensure our communities and our families can thrive."
Gordanier was born in Orillia and has farmed in the Orangeville area since 1981.
"It's important we continue to support our seniors, particularly through increased investments in hospitals and home care," said Gordanier. "I also want to ensure we have a vision for our communities. We need to ensure access to GO transit - while also preserving farmland and protecting the environment. We must also continue to work towards improved wireless internet access."
Gordanier is the past president of the Beef Farmers of Ontario, a former executive member of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, and served on the boards of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, the Dufferin Cattleman’s Association, Feeder Financing, the Agricultural Adaptation Council, and the Beef Cattle Research Committee.
"As a long-time resident, and proven leader in our community, Bob understands the needs of families across our riding," said Joe McReynolds, local Ontario Liberal riding president. "Bob is the advocate that Dufferin-Caledon constituents need at Queen's Park."
Gordanier spent three years at Port Credit Police Department and a year with the Peel Regional Police Force before serving the Brampton Fire Department for 32 years.
He and his wife, Elsie, have four adult children and six grandchildren. Gordanier received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 for service to the community.
In the 2014 provincial election and the 2015 federal election, Dufferin—Caledon saw close races between the Liberals and Conservative incumbents.