December 2, 2017, London - This morning, more than one hundred Londoners came together
at Goodwill Industries to officially nominate community leader and educator Kate
Graham as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in London North Centre for the upcoming
"I am so pleased to be representing London North Centre as our Ontario Liberal candidate
in the next election," Graham said. "I believe in and love our community and will
be a strong advocate for London at Queen's Park. I want to ensure a fairer, better
future for all the people of Ontario. London needs to continue to have a voice at
the table when decisions are made, and I am ready to be that voice as a member of
Premier Kathleen Wynne's team."
Graham replaces local Liberal stalwart, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, who has held
the London North Centre seat for nearly fifteen years. In endorsing Graham, the
Deputy Premier said, "Kate has all the qualities we need in the next generation
of political leaders. She is hard-working, compassionate, thoughtful, energetic
and smart. She listens, cares and works to bring solutions to problems," Matthews
said, adding, "As a strong, young female leader and a passionate Londoner, Kate
will be a positive and effective representative for London North Centre."
Graham added, "This is not a time to stop investing in the things that are most
important to us. I believe the Ontario Liberal plan will create more opportunity
and fairness for more children, more families and more neighbourhoods. Improving
healthcare, investing in education and giving more people access to fair wages are
just some of the ways we can create meaningful change, together."
"Over the coming months, I will focus on talking to residents of London North Centre
about how we can shape the best future for our city," Graham said. "I am committed
to advocating for fairness for all Londoners, and for London's fair share."
For the past decade, Kate Graham has served her community at London City Hall, most
recently as Director, Community and Economic Innovation. She has worked across multiple
levels of government to invest in London's economy and enhance cultural offerings
in the City, including launching the London Music Office and helping create the
first Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Graham was named one of London's
Top 20 Under 40 in 2015.
Graham teaches at King's University College in London. An active community volunteer,
she has served as chair and as a long-time board member of the Pillar Nonprofit
Network, in addition to being an active part of her community in Old East Village.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a
plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced
budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That's why
we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000
students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable
child-care spaces, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Patrick Brown, Susan Truppe and
the Conservatives would cut over $12 billion from essential services that people
depend on like health care and education, making all of these policies at risk should
they form government.