Provincial Transportation Debate


Jessica Bell, New Democratic Party of Ontario

Jessica Bell, New Democratic Party of OntarioJessica Bell is the NDP candidate for University-Rosedale.  A community leader who gets things done, she was executive director and co-founder of TTCriders, a lecturer in government relations at Ryerson, University, a director of the California Food & Justice Coalition, and an advocate for environmental justice. Jessica has been recognized for her amazing contributions to her community, including the Vital People Award from the Toronto Community Foundation for community leadership; a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Award for community leadership; and a Wild Gift Foundation Leadership Award for environmental leadership. More info.

Hon. Steven Del Duca, Liberal Party of Ontario

Steven Del Duca - Ministry of Transportation (MTO)Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca has a proven track record of outstanding community involvement and a clear dedication to public service. He is currently Minister of Economic Development and Growth. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 2012 in a provincial by-election. In less than two years, Del Duca secured approval of the Highway 427 extension and delivered $49.7 million towards the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and $49 million for four new schools in Vaughan. He was re-elected in June 2014 and appointed Ontario’s Minister of Transportation in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet. Prior to his election as MPP, he was the fundraising chair for the 2008 Annual Vaughan Hospital Fundraising Gala, which raised over $1 million for the project. In 2008, he authored an op-ed in the Toronto Star calling for a regional economic summit to help Vaughan and surrounding areas deal with the global economic crisis. He worked with all levels of government, community leaders and organizations to establish the Greater Toronto Region Economic Summit, which took place in May 2009. Del Duca obtained a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Hall law school in 2007 and previously studied political science and Canadian history at the University of Toronto and Carleton University. More info.

Tim Grant, Green Party of Ontario

Tim Grant, Green Party of OntarioTim Grant grew up in Moore Park and has lived in Harbord Village for the past 38 years. For seven years, he was the chair of the Harbord Village Residents’ Association, one of the most active associations in Toronto. He was the co-chair of the Downtown West Solar Energy Project that enabled over 100 households to add solar systems to their rooftops. He also co-chaired Tower Power Toronto, which helped residents of condos and co-ops green their buildings. A former high school teacher, Tim founded and has published Green Teacher magazine for 25 years. Twice a provincial candidate in the old riding of Trinity-Spadina, Tim is excited to be a candidate again in the new riding of University-Rosedale. He is currently the Ontario Green Party’s transportation critic. More info.

Rod Phillips, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Rod Phillips, Progressive Conservative Party of OntarioRod Phillips is a successful business leader, community activist, committed conservative and a life long advocate for government integrity and accountability. He is the candidate for the Ontario PC Party in the new riding of Ajax in the 2018 spring election. Rod most recently was the Chair of both Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company and Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. He is the former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Shepell.fgi, a Canadian based international employee health company. His political experience includes being a senior campaign advisor to the Leader of the PC Party in four campaigns and Chief of Staff to an Ontario cabinet minister and the Mayor of Toronto. He is a former President of the Western University PC Association and led international observer teams monitoring elections in post-war El Salvador and in Romania after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Rod holds a BA with honours from Western University, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management. More info.