[**Please share this message with members and activists in your local and your Region 5 networks.**]
With less than two weeks to the June 2 Ontario election – and the advance polls open now through to May 28 – OPSEU members and our communities have A LOT at stake in this election.
Voting for Real Solutions for Workers and Our Communities
Workers and our communities need real solutions NOW!
- From stopping privatization, re-investing in health care, long-term care, education and public services, and overturning Ford’s Bill 124 and its 1% public sector wage cap…
- To winning a livable minimum wage, paid sick days and enforceable rights for all Ontario workers, raising social assistance rates, restoring real rent control and re-investing in public and affordable housing
- To standing up for indigenous, racialized and working-class communities, protecting the environment and taking urgent action on the climate crisis…
- To ending subsidies for profitable businesses and raising taxes on big corporations and the super-rich…
All these options are on the table… IF the majority of workers choose to vote for the party that best represents our needs and our hopes for the future.
The Party that Stands Up for Working People
That’s why OPSEU/SEFPO and our Greater Toronto Area Council have joined the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and other major public and private-sector unions to urge members to consider voting for the Ontario NDP as the one party that has committed to stand up for working people and our issues.
Wondering Where to Start?
> Check out OPSEU’s election site for members at www.BuildON2022.org to read more about the key issues for OPSEU members, access other election resources, and register for updates.
> Next, click here to learn about the NDP’s platform, and connect with the NDP candidate in your riding, for more information, to take a lawn sign, make a donation or volunteer with the campaign. (To confirm what riding you live in, go to: www.elections.on.ca.)
Engage with Your OPSEU Contacts
> Next, share this message – and what you’ve learned – with members in your local and your fellow OPSEU activists, and encourage them to plug in and help mobilize votes for public services, good jobs, workers rights… and the NDP.
Join an OFL Labour Canvass in Your Area
> Click here for information and to sign up for an OFL labour canvass where you can join other union allies to reach out to voters in key ridings.
Organizing for Change: Key Ridings in (and around) Region 5
For union members, it’s one of our super powers – and one of our most popular chants:
“The bosses have the money (and they have the lies),
but WE have the power when we organize!”
So, GTAC is encouraging members and activists like you to support, volunteer for and/or donate to NDP campaigns in target ridings in and around Region 5. We’ve identified 27 ridings below that are either i) currently held by the NDP or ii) are “swing” ridings where the NDP has a real opportunity to win. We have also highlighed ridings where OPSEU members are running for the NDP.
What all these ridings have in common is that support from OPSEU members’ can help make a real difference in the riding – and in which party forms our next government. That’s where YOU come in!
> PLEASE SEE BELOW for a list of target ridings, the candidates and links to their websites. With almost two weeks until E-Day, we can help make the difference together. So, please check the list, click the link to contact the campaign nearest you, and let them know you are with OPSEU and want to lend a hand!
1) CURRENT NDP RIDINGS (in and around Region 5)
Where the NDP candidate won in the last election.
OPSEU candidates* are highlighted in yellow.
TARGET RIDING / CANDIDATE WEBSITE
Beaches – East York
Kate Dupuis * https://katedupuis.ontariondp.ca/
Marit Stiles https://www.maritfordavenport.ca/
Parkdale – High Park
Bhutila Karpoche https://www.bhutila.ca/
Doly Begum https://ssw.ontariondp.ca/
Spadina – Fort York
Chris Glover https://chrisglover.ontariondp.ca/
Kristyn Wong-Tam https://kristynwongtam.ontariondp.ca/
Toronto – Danforth
Peter Tabuns https://petertabuns.ontariondp.ca/
Toronto – St. Paul’s
Jill Andrew https://jillandrew.ontariondp.ca/
University – Rosedale
Jessica Bell https://jessicabell.ontariondp.ca/
York South – Weston
Faisal Hassan https://faisalhassan.ontariondp.ca/
Sarah Singh https://sarasingh.ontariondp.ca/
Gurratan Singh https://gurratansingh.ontariondp.ca/
Sandeep Singh https://sandeepsingh.ontariondp.ca/
Jennifer French https://jenniferfrench.ontariondp.ca/
2) SWING RIDINGS (in and around Region 5)
Where the NDP has a strong chance of winning and OPSEU members’ support can make the difference. OPSEU candidates* are highlighted in yellow.
TARGET RIDING / CANDIDATE WEBSITE
Aisha Jahangir * https://aishajahangir.ontariondp.ca/
Etobicoke – Lakeshore
Farheen Alim https://farheenalim.ontariondp.ca/
Humber River – Black Creek
Tom Rakocevic https://tomrakocevic.ontariondp.ca/
Neethan Shan https://neethanshan.ontariondp.ca/
Scarborough – Guildwood
Veronica Javier * https://veronicajavier.ontariondp.ca/
Scarborough – Rouge Park
Felicia Samuel https://feliciasamuel.ontariondp.ca/
Christine Santos https://christinesantos.ontariondp.ca/
Andria Barrett https://andriabarrett.ontariondp.ca/
Navjit Kaur https://navjitkaur.ontariondp.ca/
Markham – Stouffville
Kingsley Kwok * https://kingsleykwok.ontariondp.ca/
Mississauga – Erin Mills
Farina Hassan https://farinahassan.ontariondp.ca/
Mississauga – Malton
Waseem Ahmed https://waseemahmed.ontariondp.ca/
Sara Labelle * https://saralabelle.ontariondp.ca/