On a warm and sunny July 19 afternoon, I registered my nomination forms at the Region of Peel offices for the position of Chair of the Region of Peel. Andrea joined me at the Peel Region offices, as Kathryn Lockyer, Director of Clerks and Regional Clerk and Tim Ivanyshyn, Clerk’s Legislative Services explained the municipal elections procedure, and accepted my nomination papers.
It will be exciting to take the 15 years of broad knowledge I gained at Queen’s Park and ask for a mandate from the 1.4 million people who live in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
The position had, until this election, been an appointed position, with the Chair selected through a decision of Peel Region Council. Beginning this year, Ontario legislation mandates that all regional chair positions must be elected.
The core functions of Peel Region are ones that draw upon the 15 productive years I spent at Queen’s Park. As a Mississauga Member of Provincial Parliament, my landmark achievements were in the areas of health care and transportation. Along the way, I had the opportunity to work with my Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon colleagues on initiatives that benefit the entire region of some 1.4 million people.
In the summer and early autumn, I look forward to re-connecting – on a local level – with residents and community groups to talk about the ways in which an elected Peel Chair can work with our dynamic cities and their representatives to enhance public health; make Peel a safer place to live, work and do business; address affordability of housing, attract high-value careers; and remain effective and efficient in our approaches to roads; policing; recycling and waste removal.