Marit Stiles, the current education critic for Ontario’s New Democrats, became the first candidate to launch a bid to lead the party Thursday, saying she’s focused on taking down the Progressive Conservative government.
Stiles, a former school trustee, has represented the Toronto riding of Davenport since 2018 and said she wants to lead the Ontario NDP to advocate for the hardworking people of the province.
“Just as we’re easing back into public life like this, people are being pummelled by the rising cost of groceries and rent _ you name it,” Stiles said at her campaign launch.
“Under Doug Ford’s Conservatives, people are working harder than ever, but falling further and further behind. Spending 60 per cent of your income on rent, that’s not normal. Waiting 12 hours in emergency before you see a doctor, that’s not normal. Seniors being shipped off to private care homes far from their families, that’s not normal.”