Indira Naidoo-Harris is the Liberal candidate in the Halton riding in the Provincial Election being held on October 6, 2011.
Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?
Indira Naidoo-Harris: The Ontario Liberal platform – Forward. Together. – takes a comprehensive approach to building on the progress of the past 8 years. When Ontario Liberals formed government in 2003 our public services were deteriorating, our electricity system was in disrepair and teachers and nurses were being treated with disrespect.
Since 2003 we have built 18 hospitals and have undertaken over 100 renovation projects. Here in Halton we have exciting expansions approved for Milton District Hospital and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and the ground has been broken on the new Oakville Hospital. Ontario Liberals are committed to seeing these projects through to completion.
Our commitment to health care extends beyond hospitals. We know that our seniors would prefer to spend their later years at home where they are most comfortable. We also know that making it easier for seniors to stay at home reduces significant strain on our health care system. We are proposing to move forward with increased house calls, 3 million more hours of homecare and a Healthy Home Renovation tax credit. These commitments will make our seniors more comfortable and allow for health care dollars to be spent in other important areas.
We will continue to build our economy for the future by investing in education and innovation. Our plan for jobs for tomorrow will position Ontario at the forefront in the shift to clean, green energy technologies and will help continue to clean up environment.
Ontario Liberals understand the importance of balancing growth with protection of our natural spaces. I believe the Niagara Escarpment is a valuable natural wonder and I am proud that Ontario Liberals have cancelled the Mid-Peninsula highway proposal. Our plan to reduce congestion includes expansion of all-day, two-way GO service on all corridors. More frequent trains means more flexibility and more time to spend with our families, it also means a reduction of around 71 million cars from our highways.
Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election for the Halton riding?
Indira Naidoo-Harris: We have a vision for the future of our region and our province that is lacking from the platforms of our opponents.
We are working to position Ontario as the leading jurisdiction in green energy technology. When the worldwide recession hit, and others wanted to allow our manufacturing sector to fail, Ontario Liberals embarked on a bold strategy to rebuild and revitalize Ontario’s economy. Our plan is working and our investments are paying off. Because of our plan companies like Samsung are investing $7B in Ontario, creating 16,000 jobs and further solidifying our position as a world leader.
As our economy continues to rebound, Halton is well positioned to attract the investment that will create high-paying, good jobs. Our commitment to post-secondary education, investing in innovation and improving public transit will ensure we have the well-trained, mobile workforce that will be in high demand for tomorrow’s economy.
Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?
Indira Naidoo-Harris: As a wife, a mother and a long-time resident of Halton, I am very aware of the opportunities and challenges facing our community. Halton is a wonderful place to live and I am excited by the prospect of working hard on behalf of my neighbours to ensure Halton achieves its potential. Our region has grown remarkably in recent years and I think we need a representative at Queen’s Park who speaks for all of Halton, who reflects the diversity of our region and who is willing to go to bat for our communities first and foremost. I am running to be Halton’s next Member of Provincial Parliament because I believe I can be that voice. We need an advocate to ensure our hospital projects are completed, our school system continues improve and our economy is one that looks to the future, not one chained to the past.
I believe this election provides us with the opportunity to make a shift to fresh, strong representation at Queen’s Park. I am asking for your support – please vote Indira Naidoo-Harris to keep Halton moving Forward. Together.
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