CREEMORE—Humber College history professor Dan Hambly was elected today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate following a competitive nomination race with hundreds of local members in Simcoe—Grey.
“While the economy is doing well, here at home in Simcoe—Grey, the census data shows us that around 35,000 workers are still surviving on less than $15 an hour. That's 35,000 people in Collingwood, New Tecumseth, and Wasaga Beach and surrounding areas, and it’s unacceptable. These are our neighbours, our friends, our family members—and I want them to have a raise,” Hambly said. “I will be a strong, passionate voice for our most vulnerable people, and for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.”
“With a balanced budget, this government has committed significant new investments into seniors’ care and healthcare, along with free prescription medication for children up to the age of 25, an additional 100 new daycare centres throughout the province, a robust, long-term affordable-housing strategy and free tuition for post-secondary students from low- and middle-income homes,” said Hambly. “These are policies I am proud to support, and I am inspired by Premier Kathleen Wynne’s bold leadership.”
Hambly, who was born and raised in Essa Township, graduated from Banting Memorial High School in Alliston. Over the past twelve years, he has taught college and university students in history and politics. Since 2014, he has chaired and organized a conference as part of the International Festival of Authors, engaging academics from across the globe. Hambly is also deeply involved in the arts, both in Canada and internationally, as a professional singer. He was a founding member of the New Tecumseth Singers and the Alliston Community Theatre in his earlier years.
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.