by Jeff Morris, Manotick Messenger
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]With the provincial election just two months away, the Carleton Liberal Party has selected its candidate.
Theresa Qadri, a Stittsville businesswoman and Chair of the Stittsville Food Bank, was chosen as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Carleton.
“I’m elated to be nominated as our local provincial Liberal candidate, and I’m ready to ensure that we have fairness for our residents and to ensure we invest in the care that our community needs under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership,” said Qadri, a mother and a grandmother of five.
Qadri, the partner of Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri, has held many volunteer positions. She has served as a volunteer at the Stittsville Food Bank since 2007 and has been the Chair for over five years. She was also the first female president of the Rotary Club of Stittsville, vice-chair of the Stittsville Village Association and treasurer for the Goulbourn Historical Society. Qadri won the Governor-General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, the Communitas Award Beacon of Light for Stittsville Leadership in Community Service Award and the Goulbourn Business of the Year.
“I’m running to ensure we pay a fair minimum wage and that we continue to support nearly a quarter of a million students with free tuition so they can get the education they deserve. The Ontario Liberal Party is making sure all children and youth have free prescription medication. We are showing how we value seniors and we are going to ensure that we invest in the health and care that our riding needs. Our plan is delivering for our community,” she added.
The Ontario Liberal plan has made tuition free for 225,000 students, provided free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, built 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and raised 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,” stated Qadri’s press release.