News from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted February 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword from NAL publisher Doug Draper – Since Cindy Forster, MPP for the Welland (Niagara Centre) Riding, saddened a lot of people in the region late last year with her decision not to run for another term in this June’s provincial election, many have been wondering who in the party would run in her place, and now we know.)
Welland in Niagara, Ontario — This Wednesday, February 21st, Niagara Centre NDP members nominated community advocate and CEO for the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre Jeff Burch to carry the party’s banner going into the June 2018 election.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spoke to the enthusiastic crowd. “Niagara families shouldn’t have to settle with a Liberal premier that cuts, or a Conservative party that’s planning billions more in cuts,” said Horwath.
“We’ve seen the results of that — years of budget freezes at Niagara Public Health, overcrowded hospitals and a long-term care system that is failing families. It simply doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to get good things done for people – and I’m thrilled that Jeff is on board to fight for Niagara families.”
Burch is a lifelong Niagara resident, former two-term Merritton city councillor, and executive director and CEO of the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. He is a dedicated community leader, serving as Director of the Niagara Refugee Assistance Committee and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).
“Niagara is a wonderful place to live and grow a family, but too many in our community are feeling the squeeze when it comes to the basics, like the electricity bills and medicine,” said Burch. “We can do so much better than a Liberal government that cuts the services families depend on — and risking even deeper cuts from the Conservatives is not the answer. Let’s not settle for that.
“Families deserve a government and a premier that is working to give every family an opportunity to build a better life. With Andrea and the NDP, Niagara families will able to get the medicine that they need, regardless of age or income, with the pharmacare prescription drug plan. And we’ll put Hydro One back into public hands, cutting hydro bills and keeping them down. It’s time to end the cycle of switching between Liberals and Conservatives — it’s time for a change for the better.”
Jeff lives in the Niagara region with his wife Linda and son Jackson
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