TORONTO – Arthur Potts, MPP for Beaches—East York, was nominated by a crowd of supporters and community members to run for reelection as the Ontario Liberal candidate for the riding of Beaches-East York.
“It's an honour for me to serve the residents of Beaches—East York, and I want to thank the people, business owners and community groups of this riding for their support, encouragement and friendship. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve that I've had so far, and I'm excited and energized for the campaign ahead. This is my home and I want to continue to be a strong voice for the community,” he said.
“Under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s bold, progressive leadership, we are enacting an agenda to deliver opportunity, fairness and real investments in Toronto and across the province,” Potts added.
Over one hundred members of the local community gathered at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11 to nominate Potts. He was applauded for his work in the riding and his work benefiting the entire province through three Private Member’s Bills. These include his first Private Member’s Bill, which prohibits employers from taking a share of employees' tips while continuing to protect the practice of tip pooling; a second bill banning expiration dates on loyalty reward programs; and a third successful bill that helped create Men's Health Awareness Week in the province. Potts also helped facilitate a $50 million donation to Toronto East General Hospital, now named for the donors' late son Michael Garron, and was instrumental in pushing to end the practice of charging nonrefundable waiting list fees to parents trying to access childcare.
"I'm proud of my record and what we have accomplished together over the last three years, and look forward to continuing to work for my constituents," he said.
Arthur Potts has served the community of Beaches East York since June 2014 as Member of Provincial Parliament and has become a strong voice in the provincial government. From 2014 to 2016 he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, where Arthur works with others to find solutions for the challenges of sustaining Ontario’s environment while creating opportunities for our province’s green technology industry.
"Arthur is a consummate community leader; he truly cares about the people in Beaches—East York. Because he has the confidence of his colleagues in the Legislature, he has been able to successfully sponsor multiple private members' bills into law. These bills directly improve the welfare of his constituents. Arthur's personable approach and his dedication to improving the lives of others show that he is the best person to lead in Beaches—East York,” said Jason Balgopal.
"Arthur has been a true champion of the Bangladeshi community and all the residents of Beaches—East York. He and his staff have provided invaluable guidance and support on matters related to funding, organizational structure and community engagement. He has helped my organization to reach out to the broader community and expand our activities and services. He recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion, and proves his commitment with important gestures like the raising of the Bangladeshi flag at Queen's Park. We are grateful and proud to have him as our MPP,” said Dr Mahbub Reza.
"Arthur has been a very strong advocate for Beaches—East York, especially for healthcare needs and healthcare staff in the riding. He knows and appreciates the work that is being done for our community and takes the time to listen to the concerns of all stakeholders—doctors, administrators, and patients alike. He has pushed for more funding and promoted initiatives that will help modernize and expand local care. We're fortunate to have a very active and engaged MPP on our side, and I wish him all the best in 2018,” said Eric Tripp.
“Arthur has been consistently responsive to community requests and concerns. He is always available to lend an ear or a hand. I especially appreciate his strong support of the arts. He sets a very positive tone for the community and inspires community engagement,” said Patricia Silver.
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