MARKHAM—Trustee Juanita Nathan, the vice-chair of the York Region District School Board and the first Tamil woman elected to public office in Canada, was nominated this evening as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for the new riding of Markham—Thornhill.
“As a long-time resident of Markham—Thornhill and as someone who works closely with families in my community, I am well aware of the needs of our community. I want to bring my grassroots experience to Queen’s Park to ensure we can continue to make progress that helps our families thrive, our kids succeed, and ensures our seniors are looked after,” said Nathan.
“I am honoured to be joining Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team to advocate so our community continues to have the care we need, whether through investments in our hospitals, in the coming free preschool, through free prescription medication for children and youth and soon for seniors, and through bold, progressive policies like our historic investment in public transit, free tuition and a $15-an-hour minimum wage,” Nathan said.
The Hon. Michael Chan, the current MPP for Markham—Unionville, praised Juanita Nathan, saying, “Juanita brings a record of dedicated, local experience and expertise in public education. She will make a fantastic addition to our Ontario Liberal team at Queen’s Park.”
Juanita Nathan is a long-time resident of Markham, and a trustee and vice-chair of the York Region District School Board. She also works as a parent-student support worker, Triple P parenting group facilitator and a counsellor for abused women.
After graduating from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Nathan went on to complete a special project for the Ministry of the Attorney-General focusing on domestic abuse in the Tamil community. Her strong desire to help young people and women overcome obstacles and challenges inspired her to get involved in the community and to pursue a career in the social-services sector. She has been involved with a number of community organizations such as the York Region Equity Council, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Tamil Congress, the York Region Police 5th District Liaison Committee, the Markham Tamil Organization and with YOUTHLINK, Family Services of York Region. She was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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 child care.
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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