Jesse Helmer

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I'd like to help make Kate Graham the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. To do so, I'm running to be one of the 16 delegates elected in London North Centre.

There are three things you can do right now to help Kate become the next Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

1. Donate to help cover the travel and accommodation costs of delegates participating in the convention (button is below). Funds raised will be pooled and allocated to delegates to help lower the financial barriers to participating in the convention.

2. Let us know you are supporting Kate! If you are a member of the Ontario Liberal Party, let the campaign know you are supporting Kate.

3. RSVP for the Leadership Election Meeting! If you will be voting in the London North Centre leadership election meeting, let the campaign know you will be attending.

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You can choose more of the same and hope it’s actually different.


You can join our growing movement. Do politics differently. Change.

Will you commit to voting for Kate Graham and Team Kate delegates at your local election meeting this weekend, February 8th or 9th?

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@jesse_helmer tweeted link to Zero-Emissions Vehicles. 2019-11-26 10:53:00 -0500
Sign the petition: zero-emission vehicles. Installing 4,000 public charging stations, $5,000 incentives for electric vehicles, safe #cycling infrastructure. Go @katemariegraham! #onpoli #olpldr

Zero-Emissions Vehicles

Vision: Making car ownership cheaper and cleaner for Ontarians and providing safe cycling infrastructure

Passenger vehicles - from compact cars to small vans to pick-up trucks - make up over half of all transportation greenhouse gas emissions emitted every single year in Canada. Heavyweight vehicles like freight and trucks make up another 35 percent. If we are serious about reducing our carbon footprint and meeting our global commitments, we must radically reduce these emissions.

In a province as vast as Ontario, people aren't going to simply stop driving. And so, we need to accelerate the transition toward greening passenger and freight vehicles. It is as important as investing in green public transit.

Thankfully, going green is more affordable: The cheapest litre of gasoline is the one you don’t have to buy. Operating an electric car is 50-70% less expensive than one powered by gasoline.

The technology exists, so it’s about helping people get into these vehicles.

Our 10-point Plan:

  1. Match the federal government’s incentives for zero-emissions vehicles. This provides additional incentives up to $5,000 for battery-electric, hydrogen-fuel-cell, and longer-range plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  2. Enact a version of British Columbia’s Zero-Emissions Vehicle Act (ZEVA), which officially adopts the federal government’s personal vehicle sales targets for zero-emission vehicles of 10% by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040. Enforce those targets through a cap-and-trade mechanism for retailers.
  3. Re-institute the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program, which was cancelled by Doug Ford. The program provides Ontarians with rebates up to $1,000 towards the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in their homes.
  4. Install 2,000 public charging stations across the province, with a focus on currently underserved areas.
  5. Help municipalities install another 2,000 public charging stations through a 50/50 cost sharing program.
  6. Re-institute the requirement, which was cancelled by Doug Ford, that all new homes built in the province have the infrastructure for an electric vehicle charging station.
  7. Develop business support programs for charging infrastructure and skills training to prepare Ontario firms for a mandate that all new vehicle purchases for corporate and municipal fleets be zero emission by 2030
  8. Work with industry stakeholders and representatives to develop a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality in the freight sector in Ontario by 2050.
  9. Re-institute the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, which was cancelled by Doug Ford, and provide municipal governments with $200 million over four years for safe cycling infrastructure.
  10. Implement a program to provide incentive of $850 towards the purchase of a new e-bike to people who scrap their high-polluting vehicles (similar to a program in British Columbia).


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@jesse_helmer tweeted link to Send a Note to Kate before the Candidate Showcase. 2019-11-26 08:25:04 -0500
Hey @KateMarieGraham, I've got your back! Good luck at the @OntLiberal Candidate Showcase on Thursday. #KateForLeader #olpldr #onpoli

Send a note to Kate before the Candidate Showcase

Before the Ontario Liberal Party's Leadership Candidate Showcase on Thursday, we're sending Kate notes of encouragement to read on the campaign trail. Please send your note to Kate as soon as you can!

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@jesse_helmer tweeted link to Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. 2019-11-19 16:43:29 -0500
Let's get partisan interests out of how we reform our electoral system. #olpldr candidate @katemariegraham wants to empower a citizens' assembly of Ontarians to deliberate and decide what our electoral system should be. Show your support at

Empowered Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

Part of overall well-being is believing that political participation matters. When I listen to Ontarians about how they would like to make our democracy better, how we elect our Members of Provincial Parliament comes up — a lot.

They feel forced to vote for a party candidate that isn't their favourite, in order to avoid splitting the vote.

Advocates like Dave Meslin and the folks at Fair Vote Canada argue for proportional representation at the provincial level. Others prefer tweaking the current system by switching to ranked ballots. Still others believe there are virtues to our first-past-the-post electoral system.

Electoral reform isn’t a new idea, and it has proven hard to achieve in North America. But it is possible.

My own city of London tried something new in its 2018 election: it became the only municipality to opt for ranked ballots because of the efforts of grassroots campaigns. All 444 municipalities had the choice, thanks to the reform enacted by the Liberal government (thank you to champions Ted McMeekin and Lou Rinaldi!). Now other cities like Kingston and Cambridge are moving forward with ranked ballots for the next election cycle.

Thirteen years ago, an assembly of Ontarians, 52 men and 52 women, came together over an eight-month period to learn and deliberate on electoral reform. The assembly eventually recommended that Ontario change its electoral system to mixed-member proportional, which was put to voters in a referendum in 2007. Although the referendum failed, for a variety of reasons, it received support from more than 1.5 million Ontarians. Today, many people are still asking for change.

To do this right, we need to empower citizens to decide the future of our electoral system.

We have to trust in the decision-making ability of a group of Ontarians to deliberate and decide.

On something so fundamental to our politics as the way that we elect representatives, I believe an empowered citizens’ assembly, with a binding recommendation that would be implemented, is the best path forward.

An empowered citizens’ assembly has been endorsed by the following groups and individuals who advocate for electoral reform:

“That there are serious problems with our first-past-the-post electoral system is widely accepted but questions arise about what citizens would prefer instead. An empowered citizens’ assembly would be the perfect way for citizens to develop an in-depth understanding of the issues and arrive at consensus-based recommendations free of partisan interference and considerations. Empowering citizens through a binding citizens’ assembly is exactly what we need to break the logjam and fix our democracy.”
Fair Vote Canada

“Electoral reform - and proportional representation specifically - continues to be Leadnow's priority issue with respect to evolving our democracy. A fair voting system results in greater democratic representation that is much more reflective of the diversity of voters. No surprise, then, that it also results in governments that deliver more sustainable policies that measurably improve quality of life, where two-party systems under first-past-the-post suffer from the policy lurch of ruling parties undoing the progress of a previous government. Leadnow is happy to see a leadership contender for the Liberal Party of Ontario bring this issue to the fore.”

A citizens assembly on electoral reform is a meaningful and significant way to give Canadians a say in how their democracy works. We support such an assembly not only to improve our electoral system and strengthen our democracy, but to begin returning power to its rightful place: the people.
North 99

"Reforming our voting system is critical to building faith and confidence in our political system.  Kate Graham is on the right track, taking this important task out of the hands of politicians and handing it over to a neutral, randomly-selected, group of ordinary citizens."
Dave Meslin, author of Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up


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If you believe it’s time for an empowered citizens’ assembly on electoral reform in Ontario, one that will be able to make a binding recommendation, please sign this petition and share it widely with your friends.

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@jesse_helmer tweeted link to Green Transit. 2019-11-04 20:30:49 -0500
Sign the petition: zero-emission buses everywhere in Ontario. Tripling the provincial transfer for transit will help municipalities make transit more affordable and reduce emissions at the same time. Go @katemariegraham! #onpoli #olpldr

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.


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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@jesse_helmer tweeted link to Change you want to see. 2019-10-30 16:29:00 -0400

Change you want to see

I'll never stop fighting for an Ontario where you can live your happiest, healthiest life. Where you are able to achieve your big dreams.

But Ontario is a big province and I need to hear directly from you. I hope you'll share ideas with me. Because that's how we make change: together.

- Kate

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