ROCKWOOD – Local town councillor Jon Hurst was nominated yesterday as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Wellington-Halton Hills.
"I'm honoured and excited to carry the Liberal banner here. As a municipal councillor, hospital board member and community volunteer, I know that people in our riding are better off because of Liberal programs," said Hurst. "I feel, very strongly, that Doug Ford's policies, such as opening up the Greenbelt to development, would destroy some of the best features of Wellington Halton Hills. I am dedicated to making our towns and countryside better, not paving them over."
Jon is a life-long Acton resident, who has represented his community on Halton Hills Council since 2003. In 1966, Jon established his own company, providing commercial and industrial electrical services in Acton for many years. In 1985 he became the maintenance manager for Frank Heller and Company, until retiring in 2000. Jon is Council's Liaison to the Board of Directors of Hillsview Active Living Centre, Acton. In addition he is Council's representative on the Board of Directors of Halton Healthcare, which governs the operations of the hospitals in Georgetown, Milton and Oakville.
Jon is a founding member and chair of the Acton Terry Fox Run Committee, and a founder and member of the Paul Murr Memorial Golf Tournament for Cancer Research.
He is a two-time recipient of the Acton Citizen of the Year award. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Acton Rotary Club, and received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2012.
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 for care and opportunity 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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