Jaclynne Hamel, a mental health advocate and champion for Northern development, was nominated on May 9.
She is officially the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in the riding of Sault Ste. Marie.
“I grew up in the Soo, this is my home, so I know what we’re capable of with the right leadership and voice at Queen’s Park,” said Hamel.
“Job creation, affordable housing, mental health supports for children and youth — these are things that government must step up and play an active role in bringing to the North, and we won’t get there by slashing programs and services like Doug Ford suggests. As the MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, I won’t let him and his team drain supports that our community and the people I’ve worked with rely on.”
Hamel has a strong connection to the North, born in Timmins and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. With a passion for local politics since she was young, Hamel became involved with the Ontario Liberal Party while studying political science at Algoma University, and then public relations at Sault College.
After graduation Hamel stayed in the community, working in the non-profit sector to improve access to mental health supports for youth.
Hamel has seen first-hand how the Liberal government’s investments in health care and public infrastructure have helped families in her community.
She believes in the Ontario Liberal Party’s plan for care, not cuts, and is willing to stand up and fight to protect the progressive changes that she knows are setting Sault Ste. Marie on the right path.
Our plan includes building a stronger, healthier Ontario through historic new investments in health care, including publicly funded medications for everyone under 25 and a committed expansion to serve those over 65 through OHIP+; providing access to postsecondary for over 235,000 students and on-the-job learning opportunities to help land a great job; and helping 100,000 kids access quality, licensed child care, including a commitment to publicly funded preschool child care.
Ross Romano and the Doug Ford Conservatives have threatened billions of dollars in cuts to critical public services. While the Ontario Liberal Party is focused on investing in the services and infrastructure people rely on, the Conservatives will gut health care and education, denying working people a decent paycheque, and threatening much-needed public infrastructure projects.