Sault Ste. Marie — Ontario Liberal candidate and former mayor Debbie Amaroso today sent the following open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne to outline why she’s running for MPP: to fight to deliver meaningful results for Sault Ste. Marie as part of a majority Liberal government:
“Dear Premier Wynne,
Last weekend, I was nominated as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for the Sault Ste. Marie by-election.
I want to lay out why I’m running very directly so you and I are on the same page, and the voters can be clear, too.
But first, let me just say — I hope you call this by-election sooner rather than later. Sault Ste. Marie needs to be heard and I’m ready to fight for my City at Queen’s Park.
Because that’s exactly why I’m running. Frankly, I don’t really care about the ups and downs of party politics or what the Toronto media obsesses over. That’s just political noise that’s disconnected from the lives of ordinary people and the challenges we face, especially up here in the North.
Here’s what we actually care about:
We need to protect and create jobs–that’s first and foremost.
That means I’m going to be on your case from this moment on to ensure we keep jobs here in the Soo. I’m talking about OLG and Essar. I’m going to get results in the next year. It’s a commitment I’m making to voters now. Voters can hold me accountable on that. So we better get it done.
When I was the Soo’s first female mayor, you were just starting out as Ontario’s first female Premier, and Sault Ste. Marie had a great MPP, David Orazietti.
I’m very proud of the investments we were able to announce together to improve our hospital, schools, college, university, roads, bridges and bus service. I’ve got a list of what projects need to come next. I’ll forward it to you and your cabinet, and we can have a chat about it, too.
That’s the long and short of it. That’s why I’m running: I’ve got a vision to create positive change for my City, and being an MPP in your government is the best way to use the next year before the provincial election to deliver for the Soo.
So, let’s get the campaign going, and then — with the voters’ support — let’s get to work delivering for Sault Ste. Marie.
PS: I simply love the new free pharmacare plan for children and youth under 24. That’s exactly the kind of thing we need more of!”