St. Thomas, Ontario - Two term incumbent Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin
Middlesex London Jeff Yurek opened his 2018 election campaign headquarters on Friday
"Whether its hydro, good paying jobs, your tax bills, or user fees this is the message
we want everyone in Elgin-Middlesex-London and beyond to know: relief is on the
way," Yurek told an upbeat crowd of supporters at 560 Talbot Street in St. Thomas.
The ongoing controversy surrounding rural school closures and respect for rural
communities opened Yurek's speech. He highlighted the need for long-term care investments
to ease the burden on local emergency rooms and to provide dignity to people requiring
"I am a pharmacist by profession. I understand healthcare. Quality healthcare, with
shorter wait times, and available front line care providers." Yurek added that he
and a PC government: "will end hallway health-care actually supporting the construction
and stable funding of long-term care beds across our province."
Also discussed was the reality that more area residents are working multiple jobs
for lower pay making the cost of living unreasonable and unaffordable for too many
seniors and lower-income workers.
To applause, Yurek enthusiastically proclaimed: "With a Progressive Conservative
government led by Doug Ford, yes relief is on the way!
Campaign manager Dan Reith is optimistic about the campaign.
"Jeff has ably represented us in opposition and is positioned to accomplish even
more in government. Our challengers from the other two major parties were only recently
named and cannot equal Jeff's record of service in the riding.
"We're doing very well in fundraising and are excited to get our message out. As
Jeff keeps saying, this election has never been more important," Reith emphasized.
First elected in 2011, Yurek was re-elected in 2014 and has served in several prominent
critic positions at Queen's Park. He has spent the past few years as health critic.
Yurek and his family are well known in Elgin County and in the London areas of the
constituency for their health care and pharmacy businesses.
Polls have consistently shown since May 2015, that the PC Party of Ontario has been
the preferred option among decided voters. Voters head to the polls on Thursday,
June 7th, 2018
REMARKS OF JEFF YUREK
Candidate for the Progressive Conservative Conservative Party of Ontario in the constituency
Good evening and welcome
In 2011 when I took my first run at public office, the notion of being here, in
2018 with family, friends, and supporters, marking the opening of my third campaign
was not something I would have ever imagined. But, here we are, at the start of
what will be a short but critical campaign. Jenn and I are so appreciative of your
support and trust.
To all of you here with us tonight, I say thank you.
While every election is important…, none has mattered more in recent times than
the choice we face on June 7th.
I need not spend a lot of time explaining why. We all have a Kathleen Wynne story
that has negatively affected our family or our business. Whether it's about rural
school closures, the rationing of health care, crumbling infrastructure, the flight
of jobs from southwestern Ontario, crippling hydro bills, simple ethics or sky-rocketing
taxes and user fees, we know what the status quo means.
Let our opponents make their excuses and hollow promises with what precious little
time they have left.
This campaign is about how a Progressive Conservative government will listen, correct,
repair, and deliver a better Ontario for all.
Let me be clear: only a PC government will support rural Ontario.
A PC government will respect our farmers and their communities ensuring they are
open for business with affordable electricity and secure infrastructure. Places
where our children want to live, work, and raise their families knowing their schools
and local institutions are maintained and supported.
I am a pharmacist by profession. I understand healthcare. Quality healthcare, with
shorter wait times, and available front line care providers. It matters to all of
us but, it is a priority for me and it is a priority for the Progressive Conservative
to direct your tax-dollars first and foremost to support front-line care.
A PC government will end hallway health-care actually supporting the construction
and stable funding of long-term care beds across our province so Emergency Rooms
deal with emergencies and long-term facilities give people dignity in care .
For 15 years, infrastructure across Ontario has been ignored. I have joined farmers
in the battle to lobby to protect bridges, and plead for funding for basic road
and highway repair.
A PC government will ensure that infrastructure is accurately costed, responsive
to and most importantly: involves all of Ontario.
And most importantly, whether its hydro, good paying jobs, your tax bills, or user
fees this is the message we want everyone in Elgin-Middlesex-London and beyond to
know: RELIEF is on the way. With a Progressive Conservative government led by Doug
Ford, yes R E L I E F is on the way!
I know many people in this riding who had good paying jobs that allowed them to
support their families and save for their future. The cost of living was reasonable
and people had choice.
Today, many families work multiple jobs, deciding between paying the hydro bill
or putting food on the table. We work harder, we take home less, and when we ask
'why' we're somehow portrayed as the unreasonable folks for asking!
And finally my friends, beyond our riding, and even here in the southwest…, Ontario
needs honest leadership that can balance budgets and still provide relief to our
marginal income earners, ensure our seniors are secure and can stay in their homes,
and that no one is forced to choose between groceries or heat.
A PC government will support our communities, support our institutions and places
we rely upon, lessen our burdens in ways that are reasonable, affordable, and prompt,
and in doing so truly transform Ontario for everyone and for the better.
I look forward to earning the endorsement of the people of Elgin-Middlesex-London
again and thank you for your support on June 7th.