I’m asking for your support because Londoners deserve a mayor with a vision that’s about looking forward not looking back, about saying yes instead of always saying no. We can’t go back to an old way of doing things. We don’t have time for dusty ideas that slow us down while the world is speeding by. It’s time for us to be bold, working together for a future where every Londoner is included.
When I was growing up, my parents did a great job of ensuring my siblings and I were happily unaware of the fact that we were living below the poverty line. We lived within our meagre means and relied upon the generosity of friends, family, and co-workers to help get us through our toughest times.
We were a blue-collar family that worked hard and gave back to our community at every opportunity. My family taught me about the power of community and how important it is to support our friends and neighbours who make up our city with the support they need.
I know that many in our community are having a hard time finding meaningful work. The factories today don’t hire the number of people they did in the old days. That’s why we have to find a new way to adapt to a rapidly changing economy. I want to work with the trades to find new ways of creating more apprenticeships. I want to work with our growing tech sector to help them find the talent they need. I want to work with new entrepreneurs trying to start their first business.
I want to work with, and advocate for, our health sector so Londoners get the care they deserve and work with non-profits to help in their work with our most vulnerable citizens. Most of all I want to work for you to build a more prosperous London.
A critical part of that prosperity is BRT. We are at a point where the needs of our population outweigh the capabilities of our system. Public transportation has to expand, and this growth needs to be well thought out. London has been working on improving transportation for the last 15 years. Since 2014, the city has consulted with thousands of Londoners, businesses, and other levels of government. That is why I am proud to stand behind the unanimous decision council made to move forward with the rapid transit plan.
Before being elected to council I created a list of what I wanted to accomplish. I’ve been successful in accomplishing these goals. I worked to change the vacancy rebate for empty buildings downtown, was a part of the team that helped to make the Dundas Flex Street happen, and I worked to change parking lots into new buildings sites. I’m proud of those accomplishments, but there is so much more we need to do.
London is an incredible city made up of some of the best neighbourhoods in the country. The Forest City is full of people who believe in taking care of one another. Londoners believe in taking care of the places they live and work so thy can pass them to the next generation. Every day there are people and families connecting with their neighbours and local business owners, this connection strengthens the social fabric of the places we live while building a sustainable local economy.
My opponents are running on an agenda of undoing the work of the last 15 years, of undoing the work of the last council, on an agenda of turning back the clock. I thought long and hard about running to be London’s next mayor and decided finally I could not stand aside and watch London take a step backward when we’re on the cusp of a brighter future.
You have a choice to make. You can choose to take a step backward or to build a London where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Together we can build a London that attracts the talent and investment it deserves, to shape a London that wipes its hands of the us-versus-them mentality of the past and to build a city where we all can succeed.
Over the course of this campaign you have the opportunity to decide who is going to be the next mayor of London. Your vote for me is the first step in making sure everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to participate in London’s prosperity. Together we can build London’s future together. Why vote for me? Because this is my shared vision for London — a community where everyone matters.