Thank You

What an incredible honour and privilege it has been to be your Ontario Liberal candidate for Spadina-Fort York. 

Over these months, we truly reached and connected with thousands of residents to share our hopes and dreams for making our province a better place. I am so incredibly proud of everyone who stepped into this campaign: all the people who are new to politics and all the seasoned pros who taught me so much. The lessons I have learned through this time will change me forever but they were the proof that the best in politics is fun, joyful and all about community. I'm proud of the leadership, the courage and the vision we put forward. 

But, I'm very saddened by the outcome: four years of a Ford majority is disastrous for all of us.

I passed a food bank this morning that serves our community: the lines so early in the morning are the signal that our government is failing us. I'm grieving for us all because we won't have compassionate leadership at a time when we need it most.

These problems will get deeper over the four next years, meaning that community will pick up more of the pieces while more and more people will fall through the cracks. We need to continue to fight so we can maintain dignity for us all.

One of the saddest outcomes for me was the overall turnout. But it's a time of such fatigue and exhaustion - we need to focus on building trust and community in our politics again, especially for those of us who have never felt that trust in the first place. 

I want to thank my family, my husband, my kids, my mom and my mother-in-law for all they did to support this run. I want to thank all the candidates all across the province who showed up for Ontario.

And, most importantly, a huge thank you to all of you for joining me on this journey. 


All my best, 
Chi

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Environmental Policy

The Ontario Liberal Party policies are the ones we need in order to take real action on climate change. 

🌳The best carbon capture tool we have are trees! And we’ll plant 800 million of them. 

🚗We’ll cancel the unnecessary, smog-spewing Highway 413.

🚇$1/ride transit fares will remove 400K car trips from the road each day. 

💨Cut Ontario’s carbon emissions in half  by 2030

🔥Ban new natural gas plants

🟢Create 25K green jobs & train people for them

We’ll take the politics out of climate policy: all parties need to work together on these changes if we’re going to have the effect on the climate crisis that we need to have. And we’ll commit to being a net-zero Ontario Government by 2030. A vital move from our public sector! 

There’s more detail, and the details matter: read the platform with an entire chapter on fighting climate change at ontarioliberal.ca/platform.

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2 days to Election Day

It’s almost here: Election Day is in just TWO DAYS! 

And we still need your help: join us on Election Day to volunteer for my campaign, all the way to the finish line! Sign up to get out the vote and help us get people to the polls on Thursday. I still need you: sign up!

VOLUNTEER

 

If you voted in the advance polls, or by mail-in ballot, thank you. I’m grateful for everyone participating in our democracy. It’s been a tough four years of the Ford government, but we finally have a chance to send change to Queen’s Park. 

Not sure where you’re going to vote on Thursday? Visit Elections Ontario’s search tool to locate your polling location. 

Watch my latest videos

With Election Day around the corner, I want to take a moment to remind you of why I’m running. It’s been a journey for me, to get to this moment, from the time I was a kid and started to understand what politics is, and how it affects my daily life. 

This video is my response to a question at a recent all-candidates debate. It’s me talking about my passion for this riding, for the work I want to do, and why this community is so important to me. 

Maybe you’ve also heard me talk before about how important community supports and public programs have been in my life. I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be where I am without them! 

As this campaign comes to the ultimate moment — you, in a voting booth — I want to say thank you. Thanks for the support of all kinds! If you still have it in you to give, come out and volunteer with us

And most importantly, VOTE. 

 

Best, 

Chi

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Feminist Policy

I’ve been working in the gender equity space for most of my adult life, & even as a teen - the age I noticed that boys around me were able to do things I couldn’t. So, I’m really proud of the policies the Ontario Liberal Party has in our platform to make life better for women. Including:

👶$10/day before & after-school daycare

💰Rebates on childcare costs from federal deal Ford has yet to implement

💵Bring back the Pay Transparency Act

💊Creating a Women’s Health Strategy

And, celebrating #MenstrualHygieneDay, I’m proud to say we’re committed to providing free menstrual products in public spaces.

And other building blocks that help everyone: 10 paid sick days, portable health benefits, bring back rent control, get 1.5 million homes built, pilot a 4-day work week. I’m looking forward to putting these policies in place, and more, at Queen’s Park. 

We need strong feminists to help women & families recover from this #shescession. Covd isn’t done with us yet: let’s come out of it better and stronger. On June 2, you have a choice: vote.

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#BikeToWorkDay

It's Bike To Work Day today, which is like most days for me! Since I don’t drive, you'll usually find me riding around in my Hello Kitty helmet, because honestly, biking in this helmet makes me happy. 

And I'm so glad ActiveTO is coming back to Lakeshore West on Monday - you can bike not-for-work that day, since it's a holiday!

A reminder: the Ontario Liberal Party plan is all-in on active transportation: money for cycling infrastructure, money for ebike rebates, and increased consequences for motorists who cause harm. 

Cycling is better for people, better for the environment, and better for congestion on our city streets. So let's get people out of cars and onto bikes!

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PSW Day

It's PSW Day here in Ontario, and we have so many things we need to thank PSWs for over the past 2 years. 

Let's honour their work by valuing it: make it fair & decent work with good pay. 

The Ontario Liberal Party will raise PSW's base pay to $25/hr, minimum, and make pay fair and consistent, no matter where a PSW works. 

There are cracks in the foundation of our #CareEconomy here in Ontario, but we can fix them. Click here to read more about the commitments we're making to PSWs and other healthcare workers

And on PSW Day: thank you PSWs!

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VOTE Tomorrow (and then come out and help us knock on more doors!)

It’s almost time to mark your ballot!

You can vote starting tomorrow!

Advance poll locations open tomorrow, Thursday, May 19 at the following locations in Spadina—Fort York: 

  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. West, 10 am - 8 pm, until June 1
  • Canoe Landing Community Centre, 45 Fort York Blvd, 10 am - 8 pm, until May 28
  • Trinity Community Centre, 155 Crawford St., 10 am - 8 pm, until May 28
  • And starting May 24, St. Andrew’s Centre, 75 Simcoe St., 10 am - 8 pm, until May 28

You can also request a ballot to vote by mail on the Elections Ontario website

It’s crunch time…

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Transit Plans

The Ontario Liberal Party plans for transit *and specifically in Spadina—Fort York* are so good! They’re going to help people get around more easily, more cheaply, AND help us fight climate change, all at the same time. Starting with:

💥Buck-a-ride, province-wide: $1 transit fares across the province

💳$40/month transit passes

🚗Take 400K car trips off the road each day, and get people back on transit!

💰Additional $375million in transit operating funding annually 

🚆Invest in & build transit across the province (check out pg64 of the platform for that long list!)

Specifically in Spadina—Fort York: Build the Waterfront LRT to serve the existing & new communities being built on Queens Quay East, St. Lawrence, & the Distillery. Vital for those communities to thrive! We are the only party that committed to the Waterfront LRT in our platform.

And we’ll require better open, transparent community engagement from Metrolinx, especially as they build the Ontario Line through our neighbourhoods. 

And bikes! I bike with my kids, so I love the commitments we’ve made to cycling! 

🚴$500 rebates for e-bikes 

💰$100million annually to build bike lanes, bike trails, improve bike sharing & rentals & bike parking

🚨Improved road safety & design, & increased penalties for motorists who injure or kill pedestrians & cyclists.

There’s just no comparison with the NDP, who don’t even mention cycling in their platform. 

Smart policies for a good future: smart investments to get people out of their cars and keep them moving. Read the details in the platform: ontarioliberal.ca/platform.

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Housing Affordability

Let’s talk about housing affordability. I’m so proud of the many good policies in the Ontario Liberal Party platform to make it more affordable to live in Ontario. We will: 

⭐Get 1.5 million homes built in 10 years

⭐Establish the Ontario Home Building Corporation

⭐Work with municipalities to end exclusionary zoning

⭐Build 138K deeply affordable homes

⭐Encourage more “missing middle” housing, specifically around transit

⭐$100 million for co-op housing sector

⭐Curb sprawl 

⭐Scrapping Ministerial Zoning Orders, frequently abused by the Ford gov’t

⭐Bring back rent control

⭐Make it easier & cheaper to build student housing

⭐Invest in social & supporting housing

⭐$100 million for “housing first” approach to homelessness

⭐Funding for new homeless shelters

⭐Distinct Indigenous-led housing strategy

There’s more - I could go on!!

We want to make it easier to build for a variety of households, in a family-friendly and environmentally-friendly way. To address the housing crisis we need to pull all the levers we can. There’s so much we can & must do!

This election, the choice is yours. Read the Ontario Liberal Party platform: ontarioliberal.ca/platform We have the plans and the team to make it happen.

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Read our Ontario Liberal Platform

Our Ontario Liberal Platform is officially out!

Ours is the only bold platform that is fully costed.

The Ford PCs didn't even bother to release a plan. And the NDP didn't respect Ontarians enough to release a costing.

The NDP says they care about community voices, but their platform is silent on ministerial zoning orders (MZOs), cycling infrastructure, the Waterfront East LRT, and transit operating costs.

We need change in Spadina-Fort York to make sure the needs of downtown residents are represented at Queen's Park.

We will:

  • Build 1.5 million new homes and deliver rent control
  • Repeal Bill 124 so healthcare works are paid fairly
  • Clear the surgical backlog and set maximum wait times
  • Boost pensions by $1,000 for seniors who need it
  • Build and repair schools with $10 billion funded by scrapping Highway 413
  • Cut transit fares to $1 a ride everywhere in Ontario with $40 monthly metropasses
  • Cut Ontario’s carbon pollution in half by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050
  • Achieve a net-zero government by 2030
  • and much much more...

Read more about our plan here: ontarioliberal.ca/platform/

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