Kate Graham nominated as the Ontario Liberal candidate for London North Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LONDON—This morning, more than one hundred Londoners came together at Goodwill Industries to officially nominate community leader and educator Kate Graham as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in London North Centre for the upcoming provincial election.

“I am so pleased to be representing London North Centre as our Ontario Liberal candidate in the next election,” Graham said. “I believe in and love our community and will be a strong advocate for London at Queen’s Park. I want to ensure a fairer, better future for all the people of Ontario. London needs to continue to have a voice at the table when decisions are made, and I am ready to be that voice as a member of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team.”

Graham replaces local Liberal stalwart, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, who has held the London North Centre seat for nearly fifteen years. In endorsing Graham, the Deputy Premier said, “Kate has all the qualities we need in the next generation of political leaders. She is hard-working, compassionate, thoughtful, energetic and smart. She listens, cares and works to bring solutions to problems,” Matthews said, adding, “As a strong, young female leader and a passionate Londoner, Kate will be a positive and effective representative for London North Centre.”

Graham added, “This is not a time to stop investing in the things that are most important to us. I believe the Ontario Liberal plan will create more opportunity and fairness for more children, more families and more neighbourhoods. Improving healthcare, investing in education and giving more people access to fair wages are just some of the ways we can create meaningful change, together.”

“Over the coming months, I will focus on talking to residents of London North Centre about how we can shape the best future for our city,” Graham said. “I am committed to advocating for fairness for all Londoners, and for London’s fair share.”

For the past decade, Kate Graham has served her community at London City Hall, most recently as Director, Community and Economic Innovation. She has worked across multiple levels of government to invest in London’s economy and enhance cultural offerings in the City, including launching the London Music Office and helping create the first Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Graham was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2015.  

Graham teaches at King’s University College in London. An active community volunteer, she has served as chair and as a long-time board member of the Pillar Nonprofit Network, in addition to being an active part of her community in Old East Village. 

Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That’s why we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000 students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Patrick Brown, Susan Truppe and the Conservatives would cut over $12 billion from essential services that people depend on like health care and education, making all of these policies at risk should they form government.


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