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Campaign Manager, Kate Graham for Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. Serving a global network at Mozilla. Previously CEO and Co-Founder of Engineers Without Borders Canada (he/him).

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Press Release: As Liberal Leader, Kate Graham would Implement Universal Pharmacare, Expand Access to Abortion

November 12 OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Joined by a crowd of supporters, Ontario Liberal Party leadership candidate Kate Graham held a campaign rally this evening in Ottawa where she announced key parts of her plan to transform health care as Premier. 

At the event, her third rally in the past month, Graham plans to bring universal pharmacare to Ontario, make accessing an abortion easier in rural and urban communities, and work to tackle the opioid crisis head-on. 

“My plan is about helping people, and it takes ideas from the left and the right,” said Graham. “That’s what people need right now: honest decision making and a province where the best ideas win, regardless of where they come from.”

Kate Graham launched her leadership bid in September and spent the first seven weeks of her province-wide tour listening to Ontarians. As a result of what she heard, improving people’s well-being is the primary focus of her campaign. In addressing healthcare, Graham wants to improve the state of women’s health care in Ontario by making contraceptive drugs free, expanding access to reproductive services, and making menstrual products available in provincial government buildings and on campuses. 

“Ensuring women have control over their bodies, not only in principle, but in practice, moves our whole society forward,” said Graham. “Women outside of urban centres shouldn’t be at a fundamental disadvantage when it comes to accessing critically important services.”

Recognizing that mental health is a core pillar of well- being and health, Graham will outline a mental-health specific plan in the coming weeks.

Further Details on Kate’s Cross-Partisan Health Plan:

Bring Universal Pharmacare to Ontario

In addition to providing support through a new Ontario Drug and Dental Program that covers a wide variety of drugs, we will adopt and implement the Ontario NDP’s 2018 'Pharmacare for Everyone' plan. This plan provides "universal coverage for approximately 125 essential medicines". This list will include essential drugs such as insulin, oral contraceptives, and antibiotics, to ensure that they are freely available.

Make Dental Care more Affordable

We would re-institute the cancelled Liberal Ontario Drug and Dental Program from Budget 2018. This program creates universal coverage by filling in the gaps from private insurance, and provides up to 80 per cent of eligible prescription drug and dental expenses, up to an annual maximum of $400 for singles and $600 for couples, plus $50 for each child in the family.

Increase Access to Safe Abortions

The Green Party of Ontario's 'Green Vision' advocated for "expanding the number of abortion clinics in Ontario, including in the north" noting that "all but one of Ontario’s clinics are situated in the GTA or Ottawa”.  

We’re making a commitment to work alongside front-line providers and advocacy organizations to improve access to contraceptives, counselling services and abortion services across Ontario, with a focus on expanding service in Northern and rural Ontario. Ontarians believe in a woman’s right to choose, but for many women, choices are restricted and limited. This needs to change. 

Get Seniors the Devices they need to Live Well

We will increase the funding of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) by $50 million a year, which assists seniors and others with long term disabilities purchase mobility aids and other crucial healthcare devices. Increased ADP funding was a policy plank in the Ontario Progressive Conservative's "People's Guarantee".

Act Decisively on the Opioid Crisis 

We will support the establishment of new overdose prevention sites to municipalities who want them, and we will reverse Ford's cuts to municipal health agencies and provide an additional $100 million per year to help aid their efforts in fighting the opioid crisis and in flu prevention.

Make Menstrual Products More Accessible, Period. 

We will make menstrual products available for free in Ontario government buildings, as well as in Ontario colleges and universities. Many municipal governments have, or are planning on having, menstrual products freely available in municipal buildings such as arenas. We will institute a 50/50 cost sharing program with municipalities to aid in their efforts.

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Quick Facts About the Kate Graham campaign:

• Graham has received donations from nearly 300 people to her campaign, and has the third highest fundraising total of all campaigns. Over 70% of donors have given $100 or less.

• Last week, Graham announced her plan to shape her candidacy around improving Ontarian’s well-being. A policy focus on well-being has been championed by other progressive governments around the world, including New Zealand and Iceland, and Graham wants to bring a made-in-Ontario approach to measuring more than just GDP to Queens Park.

• Graham has outlined four priority areas of well-being her campaign will focus on: empowering Ontarians where they live, making life more affordable, creating better jobs, and making Ontario carbon-neutral.

Affordable Green Transit plan

Kate’s vision: We want to give every Ontarian the option of getting to where they need to be using public transit powered by electric vehicles.

The average Ontario family spends over $13,000 a year on transportation, and still cannot always get where they need to go. Faster, more reliable public transit makes life better for Ontarians, and leaves more money in their wallets by saving on driving, parking, and perhaps even that second car that spends most of the time in the garage. And by using clean, electric vehicles, we can improve our local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fortunately, cities already have plans to make this vision a reality. They recognize that electric vehicles are the right thing to do for the environment and save money through lower operating costs. These savings get returned to riders in the form of services expansions and lower prices for passengers.

Municipalities are moving in this direction, but they're hampered by a lack of funds after Premier Ford broke his promise to honour the previous government’s commitment to double transit funding. They’re hampered by interference from Queen’s Park, from politicians with hastily put together plans trying to claim credit.

What municipalities need is not more bureaucracy, but more funding. Here’s how we’ll make it happen.

5 Point Plan for Affordable Green Transit

  1. Triple the provincial transfer to municipal public transit by increasing the Ontario Gas Tax Fund transfer from 2 cents to 6 cents a litre. When fully phased in, this would provide municipal transit services with an additional $800 million per year for public transit expansion and electrification. Funding will be at the rate of 4 cents a litre in 2022-23, rising to 5 cents in 2023-24 and then 6 cents in 2024.
  2. Develop a set of targets, in collaboration with municipalities, for every municipal transit system to be carbon neutral.
  3. Provide an additional $30 million over 4 years to the Community Transportation Grant Program for zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure in areas that are underserved by public transit.
  4. Work with Metrolinx to significantly expand GO Bus service, using zero-emission vehicles, to more communities in the province, to provide more Ontarians with affordable intercity transit options.
  5. Recognizing that small, rural and northern communities also need funding for critical transportation projects, increase the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund by $100 million annually.

 

Show your support for this plan by signing on to our petition!

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You can click here to download a PDF of this plan that has more background on how it connects to our well-being approach.

 

 

Press Release: As Liberal Leader, Kate Graham would Bring Better and More Green Transit to Ontario

November 04 TORONTO, ONTARIO – Joined by a crowd of supporters, Ontario Liberal Party leadership candidate Kate Graham held a campaign rally this evening in Toronto. The event marked her second of three rallies planned during a three week tour across Ontario.

At the event, she announced her Affordable Green Transit plan, which would bring major investments into expanded, carbon-neutral public transit. Graham’s proposal would triple the current provincial transfer to municipalities for public transit, providing an additional $2.5 billion over four years to municipalities to electrify and expand public transit infrastructure. The plan requires municipalities to have carbon-neutral transit fleets by 2040, and would also invest in expanding public GO-like transit access to underserved communities.

“After housing, transportation is the largest household cost facing Ontarians, “ said Graham. “Transportation also generates more emissions than almost any other sector. I hear it from people all the time- we need more public transit, and we need cleaner public transit.”

Graham’s plan will improve the quality of life for today’s commuters currently spending way too much time and money getting where they need to go, as well as improve the quality of life for future Ontarians through cleaner air, cheaper fares, and increased connectivity.

Kate Graham launched her leadership bid in September and spent the first seven weeks of her province-wide tour listening to Ontarians. As a result of what she heard, she decided to make improving Ontarians’ wellbeing the primary focus of her campaign.

“Improving transit is fundamentally connected to improving Ontarians’ wellbeing and making their day-to-day lives easier,” said Graham. “By making these investments we can make transit more affordable, increase convenience and access to communities that need it, all while reducing our carbon footprint.”

Further Details:

5 Point Plan for Affordable Green Transit:

1. Triple the provincial transfer to municipal public transit by increasing the Ontario Gas Tax Fund transfer from 2 cents to 6 cents a litre. When fully phased in, this would provide municipal transit services with an additional $800 million per year for public transit expansion and electrification. Funding will be at the rate of 4 cents a litre in 2022-23, rising to 5 cents in 2023-24 and then 6 cents in 2024.

2. Develop a set of targets, in collaboration with municipalities, for every municipal transit system to be carbon neutral.

3. Provide an additional $30 million over 4 years to the Community Transportation Grant Program for zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure in areas that are underserved by public transit.

4. Work with Metrolinx to significantly expand GO Bus service, using zero-emission vehicles, to more communities in the province, to provide more Ontarians with affordable intercity transit options.

5. Recognizing that small, rural and northern communities also need funding for critical transportation projects, increase the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund by $100 million annually.

Quick Facts About the Kate Graham campaign:

• Graham has received donations from nearly 300 people to her campaign, and has the third highest fundraising total of all campaigns. Over 70% of donors have given $100 or less.

• Last week, Graham announced her plan to shape her candidacy around improving Ontarian’s well-being. A policy focus on well-being has been championed by other progressive governments around the world, including New Zealand and Iceland, and Graham wants to bring a made-in-Ontario approach to Queens Park.

• Graham has outlined four priority areas of well-being her campaign will focus on: empowering Ontarians where they live, making life more affordable, creating better jobs, and making Ontario carbon-neutral.

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Affordable Green Transit

Every Ontarian should be able to travel affordably within and between cities and towns in Ontario by taking public transit powered by zero-emission vehicles.

Why? The average Ontario family spends over $13,000 a year on transportation. CAA estimates that the cost of owning and operating a compact car in Ontario is $8,870 per year. Too many Ontarians cannot affordably get to where they need to go.

More frequent and more reliable public transit reduces congestion, makes life better for Ontarians, and leaves more money in their wallets by allowing them to save on driving, parking, and perhaps even that second car that spends most of the time in the garage.

And by using clean, zero-emission vehicles, we can improve our local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fortunately, cities are already working to make this vision a reality.

They recognize that zero-emission buses are the right thing to do for the environment and can save money through lower operating costs. These savings get returned to riders in the form of transit service improvements and/or lower fares.

Municipalities are moving in this direction, but they're hampered by a lack of funding because the Conservative government broke its promise to honour the Liberal government’s commitment to double transit funding. This lack of provincial funding puts pressure on fares and property taxes.

What municipalities need to transform transit is not more bureaucracy, but more funding. Here’s how we’ll make it happen.

  1. Triple the provincial transfer to municipal public transit by increasing the Ontario Gas Tax Fund transfer from 2 cents to 6 cents a litre. When fully phased in, this would provide municipal transit services with an additional $800 million per year for public transit expansion and electrification.

    Funding will be at the rate of 4 cents a litre in 2022-23, rising to 5 cents in 2023-24 and then 6 cents in 2024. This is an increase in the provincial transfer. The fuel tax would not change.

  2. Develop a set of targets, in collaboration with municipalities, for every municipal transit system to be carbon neutral.

  3. Provide an additional $30 million over 4 years to the Community Transportation Grant Program for zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure in areas that are underserved by public transit.

  4. Work with Metrolinx to significantly expand GO Bus service, using zero-emission vehicles, to more communities in the province, to provide more Ontarians with affordable intercity transit options.

  5. Recognizing that small, rural and northern communities also need funding for critical transportation projects, increase the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund by $100 million annually.

If you support these proposals for a greener Ontario where it’s easier and more affordable to travel, please add your name.

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Un transport en commun écologique à prix abordable

Tous les Ontariens et Ontariennes devraient pouvoir se déplacer  de façon abordable entre les villes et villages de l'Ontario par voie de transport en commun alimenté par des véhicules sans émissions.

Pourquoi ? La famille moyenne de l'Ontario dépense plus de 13 000 $ par année pour le transport. La CAA estime que le coût de possession et d'utilisation d'une voiture compacte en Ontario est de 8 870 $ par année. Trop d'Ontariennes et d'Ontariens n'ont pas les moyens de se rendre là où ils doivent aller.

Un transport en commun plus fréquent et plus fiable réduit la congestion, améliore la vie des Ontariens et des Ontariennes et leur laisse plus d'argent dans leur portefeuille en leur permettant ainsi d'économiser sur la conduite, le stationnement et peut-être même cette deuxième voiture qui reste la plupart du temps dans le garage.

Et en utilisant des véhicules propres et sans émissions, nous pouvons améliorer la qualité de l'air local et réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

Heureusement, les villes travaillent déjà à concrétiser cette vision.

Elles reconnaissent que l’usage d’autobus à émissions nulles est la bonne marche à suivre pour l'environnement, ce qui permettrait d’économiser de l'argent grâce aux coûts de fonctionnement plus faible. Ces économies sont retournées aux usagers sous forme d'améliorations du service de transport en commun et/ou de tarifs réduits.

Les municipalités s’engagent dans cette direction, mais elles sont entravées par un manque de financement parce que le gouvernement conservateur a manqué à sa promesse de respecter l'engagement du gouvernement libéral de doubler le financement du transport en commun. Ce manque de financement provincial exerce des pressions sur les tarifs et les impôts fonciers.

Ce dont les municipalités ont besoin pour transformer le transport en commun, ce n'est pas encore de bureaucratie, mais plus de financement. Voici comment nous allons nous y prendre.

  1. Tripler le transfert provincial au transport en commun municipal en augmentant le transfert du Fonds de la taxe sur l'essence de l'Ontario de 2 cents à 6 cents le litre. Une fois entièrement mise en œuvre, cette mesure procurera aux services municipaux de transport en commun 800 millions de dollars de plus par an pour l'expansion et l'électrification du transport en commun.

    Le financement sera de 4 cents le litre en 2022-2023, 5 cents en 2023-2024, puis de 6 cents en 2024. Il s'agit d'une augmentation du transfert provincial. La taxe sur les carburants ne changerait pas.

  2. Élaborer un ensemble d'objectifs, en collaboration avec les municipalités, pour que chaque réseau de transport en commun municipal soit neutre en carbone.

  3. Accorder 30 millions de dollars de plus sur quatre ans au Programme de subventions pour le transport communautaire pour les autobus à émissions nulles et les infrastructures de recharge dans les régions mal desservies par le transport en commun.

  4. Collaborer avec Metrolinx pour étendre considérablement le service d'autobus GO Transit à un plus grand nombre de collectivités de la province, , en utilisant des véhicules à émissions nulles, afin d'offrir à un plus grand nombre d'Ontariens des options de transport interurbain abordable.

  5. Reconnaissant que les petites collectivités rurales et du Nord ont également besoin de financement pour des projets de transport essentiels, le Fonds d'infrastructure communautaire de l'Ontario serait augmenté de 100 millions de dollars par année.

Si vous soutenez ces propositions pour un Ontario plus vert où il est plus facile et plus abordable de voyager, veuillez ajouter votre nom.

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Press Release: Kate Graham Makes First Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Rally stop in Southwestern Ontario, Confirms 20 Local Endorsements

October 29 2019, LONDON, ONTARIO  – On Tuesday, October 29, Ontario Liberal Party (OLP) leadership candidate Kate Graham held a campaign rally at Goodwill Industries in London. The rally is the first of three taking place across the province over the next month to officially kick-off Graham’s OLP leadership campaign. Graham was joined by a crowd of supporters from London and the surrounding areas.

Kate Graham launched her campaign to be the next leader of the OLP in September and has been on a seven-week-long, province-wide listening tour.

“Over these past weeks I’ve had hundreds of people, many who are completely new to politics, ask me, ‘How can I help?’ There is a hunger among people in this province, whether they are Liberals, progressives, conservatives or nonpartisans, for a movement that engages them, and empowers people to shape the decisions that affect their lives,” said Graham. 

At the rally, Graham outlined a future for the province where government focuses on Ontarians’ well-being as its primary metric of success. 

“GDP growth is important and necessary, but it doesn’t tell our story. It doesn’t measure the sense of powerlessness that people are feeling right across this province or their concerns for their future,” Graham told the crowd. “We need to concentrate less on politics as usual, and more on people and their quality of life. We need to guarantee that Ontarians will have the means to not only get by, but to live the lives they aspire to live.” 

Graham outlined four priority areas of well-being her campaign will focus on: empowering local communities, making life more affordable, creating better jobs, and fighting climate change.

She has been endorsed by current and former MPs, MPPs and local community leaders in London and the surrounding area.

The impressive list of local endorsers is:

1) Kate Young, London West Member of Parliament 

2) Deb Matthews, Former Deputy Premier and Former MPP, London North Centre

3) Zach Armstrong, PLA President, London North Centre 

4) Ben Charlebois, PLA President, London West 

5) Walt Rogers, Former PLA President, London North Centre 

6) Carlie Forsythe, 2018 OLP Candidate in Elgin-Middlesex-London

7) James Howard, 2018 OLP Candidate in Oxford 

8) Neil Wereley, 2018 OLP Candidate in Sarnia-Lambton 

9) Leslee White-Eye, Former Chief, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

10) Joni Baechler, Former Mayor, City of London 

11) Matt Brown, Former Mayor, City of London

12) Pam Armstrong, 2019 LPC Candidate in Elgin-Middlesex-London

13) Kelly Elliott, Deputy Mayor, Thames Centre 

14) Todd Case, Former Lambton County Warden & Mayor of Warwick 

15) Arielle Kayabaga, City Councillor, City of London

16) Jesse Helmer, Deputy Mayor, City of London (Kate’s husband)

17) Doug Ferguson, Former President of the Liberal Party of Canada

18) Mike Moffatt, Economist & Ivey Business School Professor 

19) Tiffany Gooch, Long time Liberal activist from Windsor

20) Josh Monk, OYL Southwest Regional Coordinator & Former President, Western Young Liberals

 

Quick Facts About the Kate Graham campaign:

• Kate has received over 250 donations to her campaign, and has the third highest fundraising total of all campaigns. Over 69% of donors have given $100 or less.

• Kate is an active member of the London community, and has served as Chair of the Pillar Nonprofit Network Board and on the Board of ReForest London. Kate was named one of London’s Top 20 Under 40 in 2015

• Kate holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Her dissertation, called Leading Canada’s Cities: A Study of Urban Mayors, became what is known as “The Mayor’s Project”  and can be found at www.mayorsproject.ca

• Kate lives in the Old East Village neighbourhood of London, Ontario with her husband Jesse Helmer

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How to be a #TeamKate Delegate: FAQ

Becoming a delegate to the leadership convention is the best way to help Kate Graham change our party, change politics in Ontario, and make our amazing province even better.

We want you to run as a delegate and join Kate at the convention, and so we've created this page to try to answer your questions about the process.

Please reach out to the team at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.