City Councillor Rino Bortolin nominated as Ontario Liberal candidate for Windsor West

Thursday, March 29, 2018

WINDSOR—City Councillor Rino Bortolin was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Windsor West.

 “I’m excited to be joining a team that is advancing progressive policies like a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free tuition for nearly a quarter of a million students, and providing strong leadership in the NAFTA renegotiations,” said Councillor Bortolin.

 “Windsorites need a representative who works as hard as they do and I’m ready to fight for their interests at Queen’s Park,” added Councillor Bortolin. “I have tirelessly advocated for my constituents at the municipal level. I believe I can offer them effective representation on the provincial stage.”

 “Premier Kathleen Wynne’s agenda includes progressive policies that will provide lasting dividends,” he continued. “With an ageing population and changing demographics, investments in health care are critical. Targeted investments in children’s mental health and creating more long-term care beds while expanding home care services is what this community needs,” said Councillor Bortolin. “This government has been listening and we need to ensure Windsor gets the proper investments in health care, including through the new free pharmacare for children and youth and the commitment to expand the program to cover seniors.”

Rino Bortolin, a married father of three, was elected as the City Councillor for Ward 3 in the 2014 municipal election. He has consistently championed open and transparent government and the interests of small businesses. Councillor Bortolin has worked relentlessly to address the safety and security concerns of his constituents and believes strongly in the need to create stronger, more liveable neighbourhoods. A former restaurant owner who wrote a cookbook with recipes using only local ingredients, Councillor Bortolin understands the challenges faced by business owners and young workers. He is head of the culinary tourism steering committee for Tourism Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island and serves as treasurer of Queen Victoria Public School Parent Council for the last five years. He has coached for Windsor Soccer Club and was a panellist on CJAM FM’s Rose City Politics (99.1) show. Born and raised in Windsor, he is a graduate of Catholic Central High School and studied philosophy at the University of Windsor.

Rino Bortolin is the tenth municipal elected official nominated to run for the Ontario Liberals in the 2018 election.

Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan that is creating opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change and uncertainty. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families are not experiencing the benefits of that growth and feel they can't get ahead. That’s why the Ontario Liberal plan has stepped up to make tuition free for 225,000 students, provide free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, build 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Conservatives have vowed to undo the minimum wage increase because no matter who their leader is, it is the same old Conservative Party. While a Liberal government is focused on investing in care and providing better supports for caregivers, the Conservatives remain focused on cutting health care and education and jeopardizing the services Ontarians rely on by firing 75,000 workers.

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