Town Councillor Jackie Agnew nominated as Ontario Liberal candidate for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke

Thursday, April 12, 2018

EGANVILLE—Local town councillor Jackie Agnew was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke.

“I have dedicated my life to social justice and improving mental-health services. I hope to be able to do more for our community at the provincial level as your MPP, working on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team,” said Agnew. "My vision for our riding is a place with fair wages, where affordable housing available for everyone, mental health care is easily accessible, education is a priority, small businesses have a voice and tourism is strong. With free tuition, free prescription medication, a $15 minimum wage and major investments in care, the Ontario Liberal government has the policies in place to deliver on this vision."

Jackie Lee Agnew brings political experience as a Municipal Councillor since 2014 in Bonnechere Valley Township. For the past eight years, Agnew has worked as program coordinator for housing and homelessness with Renfrew County Housing Corporation. She also worked for the Renfrew County District School Board as both a school support councillor and educational assistant. She served on the United Way Board of Directors for four years and recently started a local Mental Health Task Force. Agnew and her husband, Steve, live in the village of Eganville. They are the proud parents to three children between them and one grandchild. Both Steve and Jackie are very active in their community and can be found assisting with many charity events.

Agnew is the eleventh sitting municipal elected official to run for the Ontario Liberal Party in 2018.

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 raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and to invest in care, including by providing free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, and soon for seniors; by making tuition free for 225,000 students; and by building 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and committing to delivering free preschool. 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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