By Domink Kurek
Three-term school board trustee Loralea Carruthers has officially been nominated as the Ontario Liberal candidate for York-Simcoe.
Ms Carruthers was formally nominated at a campaign kick-off event in the Temperance Hall of the Sharon Temple National Historic Site in East Gwillimbury yesterday (Wednesday) in front of more than 100 supporters.
Ms Carruthers is a three-term trustee with the York Region District School Board and a past vice-president of the Ontario Public School Boards Association.
“Our campaign will be about the future of our communities, and the message we will take door to door in the next election is simple: only the Ontario Liberals will make daily life easier,” said Carruthers, in a news release. “We have an economic plan that will invest in people, build important infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate, right here in York—Simcoe and all across Ontario.”
The new Liberal candidate has pledged to help people in their daily lives by focusing on three priorities. They are:
• Providing high-equality education, from full-day kindergarten through to affordable post-secondary education;
• Ensuring reliable pensions, healthcare and long-term care for seniors; and
• Investing in highways, roads and public transit to traffic congestion and make commuting easier in York Region, Simcoe County and the Greater Toronto Area.
Ms Carruthers said the Liberal government inherited an education system that was in disarray and invested in schools by hiring more teachers to keep class sizes small. This has helped Ontario create one of the best school systems, not just in Canada but across the world, she said.
“As a school trustee and as a budget chair for our board, I’ve seen this important work firsthand — and contributed, too. We’ve built two new schools in two years here in East Gwillimbury alone,” Ms Carruthers said.
“In every role Loralea has undertaken, including her time with the Ontario Public School Boards Association, she has consistently demonstrated strong, responsible leadership to education both locally and across the province,” said Guelph MPP and Minister of Education Liz Sandals, who was present at the campaign kick-off. “I am confident that Loralea will be an energetic, strong advocate for this community and will fulfill an important leadership role at Queen’s Park as part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team.”
Ms Carruthers said Premier Wynne brings a positive, collaborative and hands-on leadership to Queen’s Park, something she intends to mirror locally.
“That’s the kind of positive, approachable, energetic leadership I’ll be bringing to York—Simcoe as your next MPP,” she said.
(Originally published in The Bradford Topic, 16 Jan 14: http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4318157-loralea-carruthers-chosen-as-york-simcoe-liberal-candidate/.)