The sun had finally arrived; the temperature was in double digits. It felt like far too long since the last time that happened. But spring weather wasn’t the most exciting thing in our riding last Friday.
On April 20, Elizabeth May arrived in Kingston and The Islands to support our provincial campaign. She toured a local, sustainable small business, opened our new campaign office and spoke at a dinner in front of a full-house of supporters.. We even got to travel around in an emissions-free car. By all accounts the day was a success.
Our first stop was KTECT, a manufacturer of tiny homes. They are affordable and built with environmentally friendly material. The best part is, the company employs former St Lawrence and Queen’s students, they use local employment services and hire people who need a good job. Community, innovation, sustainability and affordability! These are things Greens support!
We also opened our campaign office at: 797 Princess St, suite 100 (hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays). We welcomed residents and visitors to Kingston and had a great discussion about the importance of voting Green: voting for what you want and voting with your head and heart. We also talked about pipeline politics. Elizabeth provided a number of excellent resources (for more information) that are listed at the bottom of this post.
After, we headed to a gala dinner. We had a wonderful time with a full house of 120 people overlooking the waterfront. Elizabeth shared her thoughts on reconciliation between Indigenous communities and settler, climate change and treating all life with dignity and respect. And I talked about bringing justice to provincial politics by establishing a basic income, cutting payroll taxes for small business and finally implementing proportional representation. Many supporters gave of their time and donated to our campaign. My sincere thanks to everyone who attended and who gave so generously. It was a wonderful evening.
What started with the train station ended with the train station. As Elizabeth departed, I felt grateful for the community and momentum that we continue to build as we work to elect Ontario’s first MPPs.
It truly is time for us all to vote for the things we want rather than voting against the things we don’t want. To vote out with hope for the future we believe in.
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