Monday, November 27, 2017

A note on the 2018 Ontario provincial campaign


Dear Parkdale-High Park Members, Volunteers, Donors & Supporters:

It has been my great pleasure to work with and get to know you over the past few years.

Over the past 4 years, I’ve worked hard to be the provincial Liberal candidate here in our home riding of Parkdale-High Park for the upcoming provincial election. You were very kind to me at your doors, in coming out for fundraising events, and in the community when I asked for your continued support. Thank you sincerely for standing with me.

I got involved in the political process because I sincerely want to make a difference in people’s lives for the better. I am a lawyer and as such ethics and integrity are very important to me. So after coming so close to winning in 2014, I persevered and continued to work in good faith because I knew I could do a good job of representing this riding.

Since the last election I have:

Knocked on well over 20,000 doors in the last two years with a view to building a winning and strategic coalition for the 2018 election;

Listened to thousands of our smart, caring riding residents in those engagements, and used those conversations to build riding specific policy ideas for the coming election;

Worked on housing issues in the riding that I care about and are important to riding residents – including:

·      Advocating for our community on sustainable development issues at city council;

·      Writing multiple housing submissions to the provincial government on landlord and tenant issues;

Volunteered for over two years at a church community meals outreach program in Parkdale and continuing to serve on the Parkdale food bank board;

Helped hundreds of residents with their education, healthcare, housing, immigration and legal needs;

Built riding association resources from $0 to over $50,000, leading with successful, well attended grass root fundraisers with accessible ticket prices;

Raised over $50,000 for the Ontario Liberal Party separate and apart from riding resources.

But I have come to believe that the path for me to continue to make a difference for the people here in Parkdale-High Park is not with the Ontario Liberal Party in 2018. This was a very difficult personal decision to make, especially after all the hard work over the past few years, but it is one that I have firmly made after much consideration around all of the circumstances involved.

I ask for your understanding and hope to see you soon. I am not finished with public service by a long shot and I look forward to ongoing dialogue and engagements with the residents of this community.

Thank you again for your support and friendship. All best wishes to you and family.

Sincerely,

Nancy Leblanc