HEARST—Local business leader Gaëtan Baillargeon was nominated yesterday as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Mushkegowuk—James Bay.
“I‘m honoured and excited to carry the Liberal banner here in our region. I’m especially thrilled to be running for a Party that supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour next year,” said Baillargeon. “We need to continue to have a government that works to ensure people have the health care they need, including through free prescription medication. Our region needs a strong, bilingual representative who will fight for fairness and for opportunity.”
Gaëtan Baillargeon, a fully bilingual member of Constance Lake First Nation, is currently the Business Manager of Amik Nuna Forestry Services JV, overseeing the day-to-day management and direction of the forestry and trucking business unit to the satisfaction of the clients. He has also held positions as the General Manager of the Constance Lake Development LP and aboriginal liaison with different organizations.
Gaëtan grew up in Constance Lake and lives in Hearst. He holds diplomas as an Orthotherapist from l’Académie de massage and d'othothérapie and in Forest Ecosystem Management from Confederation College. He and his wife Vicky live in Hearst with their son Hunter and daughter, Heidi.
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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