TORONTO—Following a competitive nomination with nearly 1000 local members, Trustee Jo-Ann Davis—former Toronto Catholic school board Chair, business leader, academic and civic activist—was nominated this yesterday as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for University—Rosedale.
“It is a true honour to run to serve our community on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team,” said Trustee Davis. “The Ontario Liberal government has advanced bold, progressive policies to ensure people across the province have access to the care and opportunity they deserve. Whether free tuition for 225,000 students, a basic income pilot, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free access to 4400 prescription medications for children and youth and soon for seniors, or through historic investments in public transit, this Premier has led the way to build a better, fairer Ontario.”
“Our riding is a vibrant, diverse place to live, and it has been an honour to serve the community on the school board. I’m excited to offer my experience in business, public education and community building in service to my neighbours in University—Rosedale, and I look forward to the campaign ahead,” said Trustee Davis.
Jo-Ann Davis was first elected to the Toronto Catholic District School Board in 2010 for Ward 9, which includes University—Rosedale. As trustee and former Chair of the Board, Davis, whose ten-year-old son attends the TCDSB, has championed the Board's plan to become the province's first net-zero energy school board, worked collaboratively to improve board governance, stood up for gay-straight alliances and expanded neighbourhood green space through a local joint shared-use initiative with the City.
Professionally, Davis is a senior associate at Leman Group, a specialized management consultancy in Toronto’s financial district. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science at St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, a Master’s of Arts in Chinese politics and law at the SOAS, University of London, and carried out further graduate studies at the London School of Economics. She was a visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Davis is past president of the Canadian International Council’s Toronto branch, a leading foreign-policy forum. She is a co-founder of Unlock Democracy Canada and recent board member of HelpAge Canada.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to create opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families still feel like they can't get ahead. Our plan for care and opportunity includes building a stronger, healthier Ontario through historic new investments in health care, including through free medications for everyone under 25 and a committed expansion to serve those over 65 through OHIP+; providing free tuition for over 225,000 students and on-the-job learning opportunities to help land a great job; and helping 100,000 kids access quality, licensed child care, including a commitment to free preschool child care.
The Conservatives have vowed to halt the $15 minimum wage. They have backed away from the fight against climate change, and have promised billions of dollars in cuts to critical public services. While the Ontario Liberal Party is focused on investing in the services and infrastructure people rely on, the Conservatives remain focused on gutting healthcare and education, denying working people a decent paycheque, and threatening much-needed public infrastructure projects.
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