TORONTO—Following a competitive nomination with nearly 1200 local members Jess Spindler, a lawyer and community volunteer, was nominated last evening as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Toronto—St Paul’s.
“It’s an honour to be chosen to serve our community on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team,” said Spindler. “I’m excited to campaign on a bold, progressive plan to invest in the care and opportunity people in St Paul’s need. Our agenda—whether it’s making childcare a priority, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and historic support for health care, including national leadership on free pharmacare—is setting the standard for progressive governments across North America.”
“The Ontario Liberal government’s commitment to building a better City of Toronto with strategic investments in transit is also unmatched,” Spindler added. “I’m excited for the campaign ahead, as we work to continue to invest in care and opportunity, in stark contrast to the agenda of cuts Doug Ford is proposing.”
Jess Spindler is a lawyer and community advocate. She has experience working as in-house counsel providing strategic advice and working in litigation for both a major international law firm and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General. As a dedicated community volunteer, she has worked pro bono for the Refugee Sponsorship Suppport Program, Advocates Abroad and at Legal Aid. This work has taken Spindler to the frontlines of the refugee crisis in Greece where she provided advice to asylum seekers.
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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