OSHAWA—Makini Smith, an internationally published author and advocate for women, was nominated yesterday as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Oshawa.
"I have always been passionate about changing lives for the better. My mission is to be an agent of transformation for Oshawa families, especially those that have been vastly underserved and need their voice heard. I’m excited to join a team led by a strong, compassionate woman leader, and I strongly share Premier Kathleen Wynne’s vision for this province,” Smith said.
Makini Smith is an author of four books, including the memoir, A Walk in My Stilettos, and a sought-after motivational speaker. An entrepreneur and consultant, Smith works with the Proctor Gallagher Institute to empower women and girls. She also volunteers at the Massey Centre for Women.
Smith was a part of the award-winning campaign HERStory in Black on CBC, whose purpose was to shine the light on 150 Black Women who have made a place in Canadian History. Smith was also named as a National Role Model by the Black Canadian Awards and was a featured author at Indigo Canada’s 2015 International Women’s Day events. She is a graduate of Seneca College and a mother of three.
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. Regardless of who wins the Conservative leadership race, it is clear Conservatives will oppose the minimum wage and cut billions from core services like health care and education.
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