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, it 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 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 Ontario 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.

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.

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.