Bob Chiarelli nominated as Ontario Liberal candidate for Ottawa West–Nepean

Thursday, April 12, 2018

OTTAWA—The Hon. Bob Chiarelli was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in the riding of Ottawa West–Nepean alongside Premier Kathleen Wynne and the experienced, dedicated team of Ontario Liberal Ottawa-area candidates.

“I’m honoured to represent my community and proud to represent Ottawa,” said Chiarelli. “Our community, our society, and our economy are changing. Whether by building the LRT, supporting Ottawa’s technology sector, expanding Ottawa’s hospitals, reducing wait times or expanding pharmacare, we’re making the investments needed to keep up with that change.”

“I’m going to continue doing what I have always done: fight for Ottawa and for the people of this province so that no matter what age you are, you have access to the supports, the care and the opportunities you deserve,” Chiarelli added.

The nomination took place at TailGators Sports Bar in Ottawa West–Nepean. In attendance were the entire Ottawa-area slate of Ontario Liberal candidates: community leader Theresa Qadri (Carleton), businesswomanStephanie Maghnam (Kanata–Carleton), high-tech entrepreneur Lovina Srivastava (Nepean), the Hon. Marie-France Lalonde (Orléans), the Hon. Yasir Naqvi (Ottawa Centre), MPP John Fraser (Ottawa South) and the Hon. Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa–Vanier).

Premier Kathleen Wynne praised Bob Chiarelli and the Ottawa team of candidates, saying, “It’s great to be back in Ottawa today to celebrate Bob Chiarelli’s nomination and to introduce our slate of Ontario Liberal Party candidates for Ottawa. Our Ottawa team brings the perfect blend of new energy and proven experience to represent Canada’s capital. Working together, our candidates will continue to ensure we keep investing in the care and opportunity this city needs.”

Bob Chiarelli currently serves as Minister of Infrastructure, where he successfully introduced Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Program, Building Better Lives; negotiated a $31-billion bilateral agreement with the federal government to support transit, green and community infrastructure projects; launched Ontario’s broadband strategy; and supported community hubs across the province. He previously served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Minister of Transportation.

Chiarelli was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1987 as the MPP for Ottawa West. He also served as Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton and as the first Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa. In those roles, he championed public transit and the expansion of light rail, new recreational and health-care infrastructure, and maintaining Ottawa’s triple-A fiscal rating. Chiarelli returned to the legislature as the MPP for Ottawa West–Nepean in 2010.

Before entering politics, Chiarelli ran a community law practice for 18 years. He served as Vice-Chair of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, member of the board of Peace Camp Ottawa, a fundraising volunteer with Citizen Advocacy and as a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.

Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to create opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families still feel like they can't get ahead. Our plan includes building a stronger, healthier Ontario through historic new investments in health care, including through free medications for everyone under 25 and a committed expansion to serve those over 65 through OHIP+; providing free tuition for over 225,000 students and on-the-job learning opportunities to help land a great job; and helping 100,000 kids access quality, licensed child care, including a commitment to free preschool.

Ontario’s future prosperity is at risk. The Conservatives have vowed to halt the $15 minimum wage. They have backed away from the fight against climate change, and have promised billions of dollars in cuts to critical public services. While the Ontario Liberal Party is focused on investing in the services and infrastructure people rely on, the Conservatives remain focused on gutting healthcare and education, denying working people a decent paycheque, and threatening much-needed public infrastructure projects.

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