GRAVENHURST—Brenda Rhodes, the executive director of the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce, was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Parry Sound–Muskoka.
“It’s an honour to be nominated as the Ontario Liberal candidate for my home riding on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team,” said Rhodes. “I’m ready to fight for fairness, to ensure we deliver the care our community needs and to defend a progressive agenda to support workers with fair wages, to provide free tuition for nearly a quarter of a million students and to pioneer a free pharmacare program, first for youth and students, and soon for seniors.”
Brenda Rhodes is the executive director of the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce, working with business owners and community organizations throughout Muskoka to promote and advocate for a more prosperous region. She previously worked in a management role with the McGill University Faculty of Dentistry, overseeing an accreditation-review process and the building of a new, state-of-the-art facility. She also previously served as a political advisor to the Hon. Andy Mitchell, the former MP for Parry Sound–Muskoka, both in the constituency and in ministerial roles with the Ministry of Agriculture and the then-Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
Rhodes served as an advisor for the Bridges Out of Poverty committee of the YWCA and sits on the Muskoka Tourism Marketing Agency Board. She is a business mentor with Muskoka Futures and a local Rotarian. She received the local Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award and the Woman of Distinction Award. An athlete, she’s played on the Bracebridge-Gravenhurst Women’s Softball League, was MVP of the OCAA All-Star Game and the Female Athlete of the Year for Fanshawe College, where she earned a diploma in recreation and leadership and in public relations. She is a proud resident of Huntsville where she lives with her partner, Peter.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan that is creating opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change and uncertainty. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families are not experiencing the benefits of that growth and feel they can't get ahead. That’s why the Ontario Liberal plan has stepped up to make tuition free for 225,000 students, provide free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, build 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Conservatives have vowed to undo the minimum wage increase because no matter who their leader is, it is the same old Conservative Party. While a Liberal government is focused on investing in care and providing better supports for caregivers, the Conservatives remain focused on cutting health care and education and jeopardizing the services Ontarians rely on by firing 75,000 workers.
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