NIAGARA FALLS— Benoit Mercier, a teacher and the executive director of the French Catholic School Boards Association, was nominated today as Ontario Liberal candidate for Niagara Centre.
“I’m honoured to be nominated as our local provincial Liberal candidate, and I’m ready to fight for fairness for our residents and to ensure we invest in the care that our community needs under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership,” said Mercier. “As a teacher, I am passionate about investing in our schools, ensuring free tuition for nearly a quarter of a million students and supporting our children and youth with free prescriptions.”
Benoit Mercier served as a teacher in Niagara, Welland and St. Catherines with the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de Centre-Sud and currently works as the executive director for the French Catholic School Boards Association. A past president of the Club Richelieu Welland, he also previously served as provincial president for the Franco-Ontarien Teachers’ Association and on the boards of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. An active coach and award-wining umpire in local baseball, he was a board member of Baseball Ontario Umpires’ Committee and past vice-president of the Niagara District Baseball Association. He is a member of the board of directors of his Sacré-Coeur Parish and lives in Welland.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan that is creating opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change and uncertainty. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families are not experiencing the benefits of that growth and feel they can't get ahead. That’s why the Ontario Liberal plan has stepped up to make tuition free for 225,000 students, provide free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, build 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Conservatives have vowed to undo the minimum wage increase because no matter who their leader is, it is the same old Conservative Party. While a Liberal government is focused on investing in care and providing better supports for caregivers, the Conservatives remain focused on cutting health care and education and jeopardizing the services Ontarians rely on by firing 75,000 workers.
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