CORNWALL—Heather Megill, a retired Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces, a local teacher and labour leader, was nominated yesterday to run as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry.
“I am honoured to join a team led by Premier Kathleen Wynne that is fighting for fairness and to ensure we continue to invest in care and opportunity for everyone,” said Megill. “As a teacher, I am passionate about raising the minimum wage, investing in free preschool child care, and providing free prescription medication for children and youth and soon for seniors. And, as someone who put myself through teachers’ college as an adult, I know firsthand how life-changing policies like free tuition can be.”
“As a veteran, public service has always been central to who I am, and I ready to serve my community as MPP,” said Megill.
Heather Megill is vice-president of the Upper Canada Local of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, and has taught elementary school and English-as-a-Second-Language students in schools across the riding. She retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves with the rank of Captain in the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in history at Memorial University and has a Master’s of Science in teaching.
A committed environmentalist, she is active in the community as a board member of the Cornwall and District Labour Council, the local United Way, and the Roy McMurty Legal Clinic.
She has lived in Cornwall for twenty-seven years and is the mother of Bruce and Rose Megill.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to create opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families still feel like they can't get ahead. Our plan for care and opportunity includes building a stronger, healthier Ontario through historic new investments in health care, including through free medications for everyone under 25 and a committed expansion to serve those over 65 through OHIP+; providing free tuition for over 225,000 students and on-the-job learning opportunities to help land a great job; and helping 100,000 kids access quality, licensed child care, including a commitment to free preschool child care.
The Conservatives have vowed to halt the $15 minimum wage. They have backed away from the fight against climate change, and have promised billions of dollars in cuts to critical public services. While the Ontario Liberal Party is focused on investing in the services and infrastructure people rely on, the Conservatives remain focused on gutting healthcare and education, denying working people a decent paycheque, and threatening much-needed public infrastructure projects.
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