Jill Promoli

New candidate in Mississauga-Streetsville

A statement from former MPP Bob Delaney (2003 – 2018)

After some time, more time than I expected due to COVID-19, to reflect on my own wishes and aspirations within the Ontario Liberal Party, and for the northwest Mississauga community I served for 15 years in the Ontario Legislature, Andrea and I came to the conclusion that I would not stand again for nomination as the Ontario Liberal Party’s candidate in Mississauga-Streetsville.

This decision was made easier by two events:

  • During the summer, I met with, and was impressed by, Jill Promoli, who was interested in seeking the Liberal nomination in Mississauga-Streetsville;
  • The Ontario Liberal Party was willing to consider Jill’s appointment as our Candidate for the next election, a decision announced on December 17, 2020.

I agree with this Party decision to appoint Jill, who will have my endorsement and assistance in waging her first election. She is a strong, honest, hard-working, articulate Candidate who will earn the loyalty and friendship of our northwest Mississauga Liberal family. Jill is a generational change who will bring some new people and new ideas into our Liberal circle.

Personal reflections

My journey with the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association (then “Mississauga North”) began at the Riding Association’s 1996 Annual General Meeting, when a recommended list for the Riding Association’s Executive was acclaimed. Nearly 25 years later, and through three riding redistributions, six elections, four consecutive victories, and 15 years as the Member of Provincial Parliament, now is the time to pass the baton. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment, and would not have missed a day of my adventure in provincial politics. Simply put, it is enough of a good thing.

Andrea and I have discussed this decision through much of 2020, a process extended by COVID-19’s stay-home regime. The time since the 2018 election for us, like so many other Members who had the privilege of serving in four consecutive Liberal governments, was a time to re-learn the simple pleasures of life, and to look at the other horizons that beckoned beyond provincial politics. I neither submitted nor requested nomination papers from the Party for the next election.

I’d like to acknowledge and thank some exceptional people who were instrumental in my own journey in representing our neighbourhoods of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville, and in my first term Erin Mills.

Remarkable people

Thank you many times over to our Riding Presidents: Joe Pathyil, Krystyna Peever, Guna Deivendran, Brian Ellis, Tom Lewis and my last Riding President, Sabrina Ahmed. Along with a regularly-renewed group of directors, we have enjoyed a well-run Riding Association that was active within the Ontario Liberal Party. Most importantly, we kept our required filings current, and raised the money we needed to contest six elections: 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018. We leave behind no lingering election debt.

A very special mention needs to include our Riding Association Treasurer of many years, Rob Bezaire. Rob is the standard by which superb money management in the Ontario Liberal Party is measured. He was the best there was throughout his long tenure, before passing the books to our current Treasurer, Shiraz Noor.

As well, we should acknowledge our campaign managers, especially Andrzej Hoffmann in 2007, 2011 and 2014; and Tom Lewis in 2018. We had a Constituency Office with remarkably low turnover during the years. In addition to Executive Assistant Andrzej Hoffmann, I want to thank some key staff over the years: Constituency Assistant Monika Duggal, Legislative Assistants Jessica MacInnis and Manraj Furmah, and to remember and commemorate Humaira Hamayun and Magnolia Ma, my Constituency staff for many of my years in government. Both have passed away of cancer.

A legacy to build upon

Politics being often defined as ‘the art of the possible,’ you can never be certain where the process will take you. An election campaign is about learning something new all the time. In realizing how morning traffic jams along our west-to-east roads were caused by commuters flocking to crowded GO trains at Meadowvale and Streetsville, I learned about railroad management and lobbied the daylights out of our government ministers, GO Transit and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. Together with Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito’s efforts in Peel Region, we got the Lisgar GO station build. Indeed, it came in seven weeks ahead of schedule and under budget, partly because Pat and I watched the project so closely, and resolved issues before they could become show-stoppers.

As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville through four terms, between 2003 and 2018, Bob Delaney helped get a mandate and funds for the building of the Lisgar GO station, expansion and modernization of the Meadowvale and Streetsville GO stations, the Phase 2 and Phase 3 expansion of Credit Valley Hospital, the state-of-the-art centre for ErinoakKids, Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, and many more infrastructure and community projects.

Over the years I was elected, five trains of eight cars each morning and evening became ten trains of 12 cars each. Each of our GO stations was upgraded and new parking added over the years the Liberals were in government.

Coming home from Queen’s Park on the train, sometimes Andrea would pick me up at Lisgar. I always got a personal thrill hearing the train staff call out, “Lisgar next stop, Lisgar!” I’d think to myself, “I did that!”

We needed a hospital expansion at Credit Valley. Then hospital president Wayne Fyffe invested time and effort in teaching me hospital issues, financing and administration. He introduced me to the doctors and nurses who regularly took me on the floor to learn how a hospital worked. When I got to announce the Credit Valley Hospital Phase 2 expansion, on a day that was coincidentally my birthday in August of 2005, I needed to step back as the capacity crowd that was present cheered the announcement because it literally took my own breath away. Together, we got Phase 2 and Phase 3 built, and increased base funding, bought new beds, put in an ambulatory surgery centre and much more.

After my first election in 2003, I had no Constituency Office to inherit. The first people to come and see me in my cold ex-campaign office that we used for the first few weeks were families of autistic children. It was an issue I knew little about, and visited ErinoakKids to know more. In 2007, I promised that “so help me God,” we would get a new ErinoakKids facility built. I didn’t know exactly how we would do that when we set out on this quarter-billion-dollar quest. It took longer than I thought, and again when I got to address the folks present in 2018, when the new ErinoakKids facility opened in Mississauga, I felt the emotion it took in the years-long quest to get the funding and mandate for ErinoakKids to open its state-of-the-art facility.

Looking ahead

We will reflect more on what we have done, and where we ought to go, as we raise money and build the organization to support Jill Promoli in the next election. We won’t be confined to our homes forever. I wanted to pass my candidacy to an outstanding successor with an idea of what you can do with the office once you marry it with the passion of a committed person, the work ethic that Jill shares with me, and the vision of a Party that has delivered a bright future and a compassionate today to so many Ontarians in the past, and will do so in governments of the future.

Thanks for the memories, and for the solid foundation for the next steps in life.

New Party Leader

Steven Del Duca new OLP Leader

More than 3,000 delegates to the 2020 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Convention prepare for the announcement that Steven Del Duca will be their new Party Leader early in the afternoon of Saturday March 7, 2020 at the International Centre in Mississauga. Steven was elected on the first ballot with nearly 59 percent of the vote.

As expected, Steven Del Duca easily won the Leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party on the first ballot at the Party’s Leadership Convention on March 7, 2020 at the International Centre in Mississauga. Steven was backed by a clear majority of both elected delegates, and Party Ex-Officio delegates (Riding Association Presidents, MPPs and past Candidates and others) on the first ballot, winning 58.8 percent of the vote.

Steven does not have a seat in the Legislature, which allows him to focus on the essentials in rebuilding the Party in the months leading up to the next Ontario provincial election:

  • Reconstituting and rebuilding the many Riding Associations that have fallen into neglect after the 2018 Ontario election;
  • Helping Riding Associations get ready for the 2020 election through fund-raising; member engagement; organization; candidate search and work with OLP;
  • Fund-raising and organization at the OLP level; debt reduction from our 2018 campaign (the Liberals are not as deep in debt and disorganization as the Ontario PCs were after their 2014 election loss;
  • Engagement with the Party membership as we formulate policy and organize toward a June 2, 2022 Ontario election.

Leadership Convention Results
First & Final Ballot

Leadership CandidateVotesPercentage
Del Duca, Steven1,25858.8%
Coteau, Michael36317.0%
Graham, Kate29914.0%
Hunter, Mitzie1225.7%
Tedjo, Alvin743.5%
Hollingsworth, Brenda241.1%
Total Votes Cast2,140100.0%

Delegate Election Results

The Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association membership voted for their Ontario Liberal Party Leadership delegates on Saturday February 8, 2020 at the Vic Johnston Community Centre in Streetsville.

  • 194 ballots were cast;
  • 1 ballot was spoiled;
  • 193 ballots were valid.

Leadership candidate Steven Del Duca was, by a wide margin, the winner in this riding, with 86.5 percent of the ballots cast, and will get the large majority of the Riding Association’s delegates. The vote by candidate for Ontario Liberal Party Leader in Mississauga-Streetsville looked like this:

February 8, 2020

Candidate Votes Pct
Coteau, Michael52.6%
Del Duca, Steven16786.5%
Graham, Kate21.0%
Hollingsworth, Brenda21.0%
Hunter, Mitzie31.6%
Tedjo, Alvin63.1%

The Ontario Liberal Party will announce the names of the Mississauga-Streetsville elected delegates, and which leadership candidate the elected delegate supports shortly.

How elected delegates vote

Elected delegates must vote for (or against) their supported leadership candidate (i.e. their ballot contains their candidate’s name with a choice of Yes or No) on the first ballot. On the second and any subsequent ballots, every delegate to the Leadership Convention may support any candidate they wish. It was this flexibility that chose, for example, former Premier Dalton McGuinty on the fifth ballot in the 1996 Leadership Convention.

Mississauga-Streetsville delegates

As a result of the Riding Association’s Delegate Election Meeting in February, the Mississauga-Streetsville Leadership Convention delegate distribution went as follows:

  • Del Duca delegates: 14;
  • Tedjo delegates: 1;
  • Independent delegates: 1;
  • All other Leadership candidates: 0.

Tax Receipts

About your 2019 contribution tax receipt

Since 2016, all Ontario political contribution tax receipts have been issued by the central party rather than the individual Riding Associations. Accordingly, you should have received your receipts for income tax filings from the Ontario Liberal Party. If you made a contribution, either in a lump sum or by the monthly ABC Plan, you should expect to see your 2019 tax receipt sometime after mid-February. It will normally come by e-mail. Watch to be sure your tax receipt isn’t accidentally deposited in your Junk Mail folder by an overzealous spam filter.

As happens every year, some people don’t get a political contribution income tax receipt. The overwhelmingly most common reason is an incorrect or missing e-mail address. Income tax receipts are now normally sent by e-mail. If you don’t have a receipt for a donation made to the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association, here is where to start:

  1. Check your e-mail Inbox, and look for an e-mail from the Ontario Liberal Party dated near the end of February. Your Income Tax Receipt is attached as a PDF document. If you find it, you’re ready to file it with your 2019 income tax return;
  2. Call the Ontario Liberal Party at (416) 961-3800. Listen to the telephone prompts and enter the extension for tax receipts. The OLP staff have been prompt and efficient at finding donations, and forwarding tax receipts. Last year, the principal reason for missing tax receipts has been an out-of-date, incorrect or missing e-mail address;
  3. Contact the Riding Association at (905) 542-3725. Please complete steps 1 and 2 above first. We can ask the OLP staff about your donation, but they cannot send you a copy of your tax receipt on our say-so alone. So far, we have helped to resolve all the missing tax receipt issues brought to our attention.

Thank you all again for your generous donations throughout the 2019 calendar year.

New people

Be part of the Riding Association

Nearly 20 months have elapsed since voters across Ontario put the Conservatives into Queen’s Park. Many of those who cast a Tory ballot to spite the then-Leader of the Ontario Liberals now wish they could have a ‘do-over’ of their vote. Ontario has political ‘buyer’s remorse’ in a big way. However, a vote in politics usually lasts for at least four years, when a majority government is elected.

As Ontario Liberals in Mississauga-Streetsville, our renewal is under way. Our Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association has started to bring in the new faces and new ideas we will need between now and 2022. Yours might be one of those new faces and voices.

  • Click here to see what Riding Associations do from year to year;
  • Check out our contact information. The Riding Association retains a permanent mailing address; permanent phone number; ongoing web site (this one) and Facebook page;
  • Join the Ontario Liberal Party, and our Riding Association online by clicking here. Your membership must be received by the Ontario Liberal Party by December 2, 2019 to be eligible to vote for delegates to the Leadership Convention.

Leadership convention in March 2020

The Ontario Liberal Party will choose a new Leader on the weekend of Friday March 7 and Saturday March 7, 2020 at a convention in Mississauga. Members of record as of December 2, 2019 were eligible to vote to select delegates from the Mississauga-Streetsville riding. Click here for more information. It is an exciting and interesting time to be a Liberal. Each riding association in Ontario will send delegates to the convention to choose the new leader.

Mississauga-Streetsville 2019 Annual Meeting

At the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association 2019 Annual General Meeting, a new Riding Executive was elected. The new Riding Association President is Sabrina Ahmed. Click here for a list of the Riding Association Executive. You should be part of it if you live in the riding, and want to help Bob Delaney and the Mississauga-Streetsville Liberals kick out the Conservatives at the next election. Call Bob Delaney at (905) 542-3725.

Tory Damage

18 months of destruction

Some eighteen months ago, Ontarians sent the Conservatives to Queen’s Park. Here is a partial list of what they have destroyed in that year-and-a-half:

  • Fired hundreds of teachers;
  • Fired more than 300 staff at Erinoak Kids;
  • Cut more than $100 million in badly-needed school repairs;
  • Scrapped debt-free post-secondary tuition;
  • Cancelled three Ontario post-secondary campuses;
  • Ended the Green Ontario Fund;
  • Eliminated Ontario’s carbon-reducing, revenue-neutral Cap-and-Trade method for reducing greenhouse gases;
  • Cancelled renewable energy projects that replace fossil-fuel electricity or electricity imports;
  • Ended OHIP+ for youth under 25;
  • Cut $1 billion from health care and child care services;
  • Scrapped the Basic Income Pilot Project that was helping lift people out of poverty in important test markets;
  • Cancelled a minimum wage increase that assisted the neediest Ontarians;
  • Squandered $1 billion to put beer into corner stores.

There is more incompetence, waste, and nastiness toward Ontario’s most vulnerable to come. Help Ontario get sanity back into government. Click the link on this page at right to make a donation to the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association.

Magnolia Ma

Constituency Office Manager passes away

Magnolia Ma, who worked in our Mississauga-Streetsville Constituency Office as Office Manager from 2008 to 2017, has passed away from cancer. She died peacefully on Monday December 2, 2019. Magnolia was 68 years old.

Magnolia was fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese, and enabled our outreach into the important Asian communities in Mississauga, working with the various consulates as well. She is survived by her husband Tony, and by her two children.

Magnolia was teamed up with co-worker Humaira Hamayun between 2008 and 2013. Humaira also succumbed to cancer in May of 2014. Our former office staff includes Executive Assistant Andrzej Hoffmann; Legislative Assistant Cassandra George and Manraj Furmah. Magnolia was an active volunteer with the Mississauga Chinese Professional and Business Association as well as her Catholic church. Magnolia retired from our office in 2017.

This was Magnolia’s third bout with cancer. She had previously been treated successfully for cancer twice during the past two decades. Her former colleagues join with all Magnolia’s friends, family and the Chinese community she served so well and faithfully to remember her legacy in Mississauga, and pray that she enjoys everlasting peace.

A visitation and memorial service for Magnolia Ma was held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at St. John Dixie’s Cemetery (Crematorium) in Mississauga.

Federal Liberals win

Congrats to re-elected MP Gagan Sikand

Our federal Liberal counterparts all across Mississauga and Brampton showed that a progressive and responsible policy agenda continues to resonate with voters. All Mississauga and Brampton Liberal federal Liberal incumbents and candidates were re-elected, including Member of Parliament Gagan Sikand in Mississauga-Streetsville, and Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid in Mississauga Erin Mills.

The Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association permanent telephone number of (905) 542-3725, which translates into (905) LIBERAL on a telephone key pad, once again redirects to the provincial Liberals. It continues to be, the permanent telephone number of the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Riding Association, and of the Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal election campaign.

  • Please phone former Mississauga-Streetsville Member of Provincial Parliament Bob Delaney at (905) 542-3725 to get involved with the Ontario Liberal Party in Mississauga-Streetsville.

We thank our volunteers who worked on the successful campaigns to re-elect our federal cousins: Gagan Sikand in Mississauga-Streetsville and Ikra Khalid in Mississauga Erin Mills in this very important federal election.

David Caplan

Late Minister helped get CVH Phase 2 & 3

Former Liberal Minister of Health David Caplan passed away suddenly in Toronto on July 25, 2019. David served in the Ontario Legislature between 1997 and 2011. Along with former Health Minister George Smitherman, David Caplan, in his position as Minister of Health, was key to our getting approval to build Credit Valley Hospital Phase 2 and Phase 3 here in western Mississauga.

At the August 22, 2005 announcement of the Phase 2 CVH expansion, David turned to me and said, “Here, you make this announcement.” It was one of the most memorable and emotional moments of my 15 years in public life. David was an honest and decent gentleman, a credit to the Party, and a hard-working and dedicated MPP for Don Valley East. He was a friend to us all in Mississauga, and we will miss him.

Click here for the Toronto Star article on David Caplan’s passing.

Shahid Rashdi

A loyal and steadfast friend passes away

Our Mississauga-Streetsville Provincial Liberal Association has lost a steadfast and loyal friend. Former Riding Vice President Shahid Rashdi has passed away. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community has lost a leader. The broader Mississauga community has lost a friend, and a wonderful neighbour. Shahid was active in our election campaigns and riding association life from 2003 to 2018. He served well and effectively on our Riding Association Executive during the years our party formed government.

Shahid always reached out to develop the best in our youth. He will be remembered through the work of those many fine people whom he brought forward to be forces of unity, and to build a proud future in Ontario. Andrea and I offer our heartfelt sympathy to the Rashdi family. Our own circle of friends is absent a dear and treasured member, one whom we will always remember.

Bob Delaney
Member of Provincial Parliament (2003 – 2018)

Now it starts

The Tory gong show has started

Here we go! The type of outright nonsense that has become commonplace in Washington didn’t take long to start at Queen’s Park.

First, Premier-elect Ford called Ontario’s successful and effective carbon-reducing cap-and-trade program a ‘carbon tax,’ which it is not. Carbon auctions reward non-polluting firms, who are then able to be price-makers in their respective markets. Then Ford killed the equally-successful Green ON program that re-invested the proceeds of carbon auctions into energy efficiency programs for consumers and businesses alike. Had a workable idea on how to keep greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere at home or at work? The Green ON program helped you implement it, and polluters paid for the cost. The Ontario taxpayer and the environment got the benefit completely free!

But of course, that’s now gone.

Ford says he will easily find $6 billion of ‘efficiencies,’ which is code language for cuts, within Ontario’s $150 billion budget. Really? Some 85 percent of that budget is transfer payments: to cities; to school boards; to police forces; to needy, disabled and disadvantaged people. That leaves $23 billion within which to find $6 billion in cuts. Are the Tories really saying they will cut more than one dollar in four in government spending? Are they kidding us?

Cutting taxes raises oil consumption

Ford said he is putting global oil companies ‘on notice’ on pump prices for gasoline. Did they lose a lot of sleep in Calgary, Houston and in the Persian Gulf over that empty threat? Everywhere that regions, cities and countries have tried to manipulate or freeze pump prices for gasoline, those prices have moved higher. The oil companies respond to a cut in taxation of their product by filling in the tax void with a price hike, and a fatter profit margin for them.

Why are oil prices higher this year? Because the demand for oil is greater than the supply of crude. The world is burning more oil than ever, at any time before. Want to reduce prices, and keep them going down. Push down on the demand side of the market. That means energy efficiency programs (such as the now-cancelled Green ON), and aggressive measures to curb carbon fuel use (such as cap-and-trade). The lower the demand for the product, the faster its price will fall.

Cutting taxes on petroleum products will have the exact opposite effect. It rewards extravagant consumption, raises demand, and causes oil prices to rise. Is that really what you voted for?

Stiffing the caucus

Former Caucus Members really enjoyed the reports of Ford hosting his caucus and stiffing them on lunch. In fact, he bought pizza from his personal funds. Just what you want after a long election campaign: more pizza. Let’s play this out. Ford is going to make his government caucus go outside to buy lunch on days when the Legislature is always pressed for time. It is already difficult enough to get a meeting started when the Legislature’s caterers bring in their normal fare: soup and/or salad; a main course that is usually healthy; a cheese and crackers tray, and some sweet stuff for dessert plus coffee, tea and/or some soft drinks and milk. Remember, you have between five and six dozen people to feed during about an hour, and then everyone has to get to committees, or back into the Legislature.

If Ford wants his Members to forage for food at the two cafeterias, and the Legislative Dining Room before they discuss business on Monday and Tuesday, reality will strike home quickly enough. It looks like the first people to get stiffed in Ford’s austerity drive are his own caucus. Even Tuesday caucus meetings usually stretch nearly the full time between noon and 3:00 p.m. with all the presentations and discussion that happens.

War against the public service

The incoming Tories have said they will freeze new hires in the Ontario Public Service. In fact, during the past 15 years, the size of the public service has been going down, not up. And Ontarians, on a per-capita basis, have the fewest public servants, and the lowest cost for government, of any province in Canada.

Back in 2012, the Province commissioned a comprehensive review of the delivery of public services and programs by former TD Bank Chief Economist Don Drummond. More than 85 percent of Drummond’s recommendations were implemented during the past six years.

It is true that we need more doctors, nurses and teachers to cope with a growing population. Are the Tories going to cut those positions? Those types of positions are paid through transfers to hospitals, cities, school boards and the justice system.

Ford also says he is is (somehow) going to curb out-of-province travel. Let’s look at an example of how one gets to travel out of Ontario on business. To visit Kenora, Ontario, the most cost-effective, quickest and best way is to fly to Winnipeg, rent a car, and drive east to Kenora. But to do so requires cabinet office approval already. The reality: the measures Ford is carrying on about have existed for years.

Read the news reports in the months to come. There will be lots more of this nonsense to ooze out of Queen’s Park.