Business owner and community leader Ramon Estaris nominated as Ontario Liberal candidate for York Centre

Thursday, April 12, 2018

TORONTO—Ramon Estaris, an entrepreneur, part-owner of NGTV and community leader, was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for York Centre following a competitive nomination with 3000 local party members. 

“It’s a great honour to be nominated as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for York Centre. I am humbled to be running to become the first Filipino MPP in Ontario’s history, and to succeed such a dedicated, beloved local leader in Monte Kwinter. This will be an exciting campaign and I am dedicated to working closely with all the residents of York Centre,” said Estaris. “I’m running on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team to ensure our diverse community has a government that invests in the care we need and ensures our community has the opportunities that come from progressive policies like free tuition, free prescription medication, transit investments and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.”

For his part, Monte Kwinter said, “I am pleased to congratulate Ramon on his successful nomination as the Ontario Liberal candidate in York Centre to succeed me as MPP. It has been a distinct honour to serve my community in the Legislature over the past thirty-two years,” said Kwinter. “I am proud of what we accomplished during my time serving my riding, and it has been a privilege to serve under three Liberal Premiers. I know Ramon will serve our community with dedication and integrity, and I look forward to supporting him in the campaign ahead.”

Ramon Estaris is the part-owner of NGTV, a global online broadcast network and a founder of Pinoy Radio, Toronto’s premiere Filipino station. An immigrant, entrepreneur and business owner, Estaris is a dedicated community volunteer. He is an organizer of the Taste of Manila and the Taste of Asia festivals. He was also a member of the board of directors for Pangasinan Assocation of North America (PANA) and a past president of San Jacinto Association of North America (SJPANA).

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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