Maryam Monsef Is Doing National Tour On Electoral Reform

This Sunday (August 28th) in Iqaluit, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, will kick off a national tour on electoral reform that will take her from coast to coast to coast. During this tour, Monsef will engage Canadians on electoral reform and how we can all work together to make Canadian democracy even stronger.

Monsef will travel to every province and territory across Canada, and is undertaking these gatherings to reach out and hear first-hand from Canadians from across the country about what they expect from the electoral process and the core values it should reflect.

Local Town Hall on Climate Change in June 2015 Minister Monsef hosted

Local Town Hall on Climate Change in June 2015 Minister Monsef hosted

Participants at events across Canada will have the opportunity to openly share the values, needs and aspirations they feel should be reflected in Canada’s electoral system.
“I am truly grateful for the tremendous opportunity to go and meet with Canadians from coast-to-coast and, most importantly, listen to their views on democracy," says Monsef. "I am especially looking forward to hearing from Canadians who have not voted in the past, because our electoral system should work for each and every one of us."  

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Peterborough City Council Selects New Chief Administrative Officer

Peterborough City Council has announced that it has appointed Allan Seabrooke as the new chief administrative officer of the Corporation of the City of Peterborough effective June 8, 2015.

“Mr. Seabrooke has an excellent track record of leadership and innovation, in both the public and private sector,” Mayor Bennett said in a media release. “His existing, positive relationships within the Corporation of the City of Peterborough, with organizations throughout our community and with the County of Peterborough will help ensure a seamless transition.”

Mr. Seabrooke brings more than 25 years of experience in executive positions in municipal and provincial government as well as a private-sector business background. He is joining the city from the City of Waterloo, where he served as the commissioner of community services overseeing services including fire rescue, bylaw enforcement, environment and parks, recreation and facilities, and community programming and outreach.

From 2011-2013, Mr. Seabrooke served as chief administrative officer of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, an organization that delivers programs and ensures compliance with legislation and regulation for a watershed region encompassing 1,951 square kilometres across eight municipalities in the Peterborough region.

“I am excited to return to the City of Peterborough and look forward to working with staff, Council, our residents, community and business organizations as we continue to build a strong community,” Mr. Seabrooke said.

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Maryam Monsef Launches Federal Liberal Nomination Campaign For Peterborough-Kawartha Riding

UPDATE: February 4th. The full press release from today's announcement...

At a gathering of friends and supporters at Sam’s Place in Peterborough, Maryam Monsef announced her candidacy for the Peterborough Kawartha Liberal nomination. "I believe it is time to do politics differently in Peterborough-Kawartha riding and provide a progressive alternative to the politics of division practiced by Steven Harper and the Conservative party. In our community we have clear evidence that the Conservative Party have pursued policies which have hurt, not helped the people of our community.”

Ms. Monsef attended PCVS and is a graduate of Trent University. She is co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, recipient of the YMCA's Peace Medallion in 2013, represented Peterborough at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women in 2013, and is an experienced community organizer. She is a sought after speaker on topics such as leadership, youth, women and inclusion.

Maryam, who recently ran for Mayor in Peterborough and garnered nearly 10,000 votes, pointed to a series of issues which she believes need to be addressed to make our community an even better place to live, work, raise a family and provide every resident an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

“I believe we need a national housing strategy that seeks to provide affordable accommodation, new investments in public transportation to ensure greater access to work and vital services and new investments in infrastructure to help meet the needs of a growing community.” Maryam told her supporters.

She went on to describe the importance of pursuing an economic development strategy which strengthens the small business community, builds a knowledge based economy, promotes the region’s cultural and tourism industries and builds on community strengths to attract investments leading to new jobs.

Ms. Monsef expressed her profound concern with the current government’s approach to environmental issues. “We have an obligation to our children and our children’s children to protect our environment and allow the next generation to enjoy clean water, safe air to breathe, and a natural environment that nurtures the soul and is not polluted by careless use.” She continued, “When it comes to climate change, not only does Steven Harper and his Ministers refuse to act, many of them simply deny it exists.”

Also present at the launch was Cammie Jaquays. Ms. Jaquays recently stepped aside from the nomination race and is now supporting Ms. Monsef. "I congratulate Cammie on her excellent campaign and the large number of new members she has brought into the Liberal party. I am proud to call her friend and am very appreciative of her support,” remarked Maryam.

Over the next few weeks Maryam will be meeting with area residents and asking them to join her in bringing change to Ottawa. Maryam ended her address with a clear commitment to the constituents of Peterborough-Kawartha “I promise to listen carefully, work hard on your behalf and provide a new way of doing politics that responds to the needs of local citizens”. | 705.931.2244 | Twitter @MaryamMonsef |



Breaking news...

Maryam Monsef has announced the launch of her campaign to be the Liberal candidate in the next Federal election and to be Peterborough’s next MP. Her official campaign launch takes place Wednesday, February 4th at 10 a.m at Sam’s Place, 188 Hunter Street West, in Peterborough.

More info to come...

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Peterborough Votes: Election Day & Social Media

UPDATED: Mayor Bennett re-elected for 2nd term, Maryam Monsef finishes second. All the unofficial numbers below via a City of Peterborough release...


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PTBOCanada Featured Video Post: Maryam Monsef On Why She Should Be Mayor Of Peterborough

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Here Is A List Map Of All The Mayoral and City Council Candidates In Peterborough

The Peterborough Chamber created this map below—and a great Municipal Election hug page on Facebook—so share it around!

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Maryam Monsef Enters Mayoral Race In Peterborough

Maryam Monsef has announced she is entering the race as candidate for the next Mayor of Peterborough.

"I believe Peterborough has what it takes to become a world-class city," says Monsef in a media release. "Despite our many gifts and successes, we are not there yet. To be a world-class city we need a better, more sustainable economy. We need neighbourhoods filled with people who have a great sense of community and belonging. I'm ready to lead."

Monsef grew up in Peterborough. She attended Grove and James Strath Public Schools before attending PCVS. She is a proud graduate of Trent University.

"I was raised by a single mother who left the uncertainty of life in Afghanistan so that her daughters could eventually become full and contributing members of society," says Monsef. "Two decades later, I stand here proud to be a product of everything Peterborough does best. The people of Peterborough saved my life. It's time for me to give back."

"My successes are rooted in my belief that dialogue, collaboration and creativity are cornerstones of effective leadership," says Monsef. "I will do the job in a way that will make this community proud."

The slogan for her campaign—which is being run by Jonathan Bennett—is: LISTEN. LEAD. THRIVE. Of note, Monsef is Co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, recipient of the YMCA's Peace Medallion in 2013, represented Peterborough at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women in 2013, and is an eperienced local board member. She was also on Peterborough This Week's list of Peterborough's 20 most influential people in 2013.

You can learn more on her campaign website she is launching.

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PTBOCanada Featured Post: Your PC Candidate Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart

There is a lot of excitement in and around 356 Charlotte Street, the headquarters for Scott Stewart and his campaign team. Blue signs line the outside of the building while the inside is bustling with volunteers. The campaign buzz may be focused on the June 12th election and the weeks leading up to it, but there is a history behind Scott's choice to get into politics and his aim to represent Peterborough.

Born and raised on a hobby farm in the former Otonabee Township, Scott grew up in a close-knit family with his parents and two sisters. He graduated from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary, followed by Centennial College with a Diploma in Business Administration. Now married and the father of two post-secondary student children, Scott is currently the President of Carlson Wagonlit/G. Stewart Travel Services Ltd, the family business where he has served in various roles since 1986.

After graduating from college, he planned to head to the city and climb the corporate ladder through hard work and perseverance. He was full of ideas and youthful exuberance, and wanted to make a difference. But the big city corporate life proved less appealing and fulfilling than planned, so Scott decided to put that same exuberance and energy to working hard to make a difference in Peterborough.

Scott with his wife, Alyson, and their children, Sam and Alyssa

Scott with his wife, Alyson, and their children, Sam and Alyssa

Growing up in a close family, Scott says he was always surrounded by politics with both his father and grandfather being involved locally before him. Regardless of his views, he says that everyone in the house was entitled to their own opinions and points of view, and could discuss them openly. After running for a political position at school when he was 18, Scott became increasingly interested in politics. Not wanting to be a career politician, however, it has taken Scott just over 30 years to finally put his name back in the ring.

A self-described adventurer, sportsman, and conservationist, Scott has kept himself as involved in the community as humanly possible over the past few decades. He has competed in Tough Mudder competitions, hiked the Grand Canyon, safely completed the running with the bulls in Spain, and even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, as a member of a team which was responsible for raising more than $100,000 for the PRHC Foundation’s Radiation Bunker Campaign.

Scott Stewart with his canvassing team

Scott Stewart with his canvassing team

Watching his children struggle to find good job prospects in Peterborough and even Ontario, Scott says something has to change. That's why he believes in the PC plan to create 1 million jobs over the next 8 years. These jobs will be created by:

·      Balancing the budget within two years

·      Reducing the billions wasted each year on interest by starting to pay down our debt

·      Reducing the government payroll by 10%, returning the focus back to front-line service and away from top-heavy bureaucracy

·      An across-the-board wage freeze for every government employee, including MPPs, and ending gold-plated pensions for new hires

·      Leading by example by shrinking the size of the cabinet from 27 to 16 ministers

·      Opening government contracts to competition to get the best deal for taxpayers

·      Modernizing Ontario's apprenticeship rules to create 200,000 new jobs

·      Reducing taxes on employers by 30%, creating 120,000 jobs

·      Bringing our energy bills under control, helping employers create 40,000 new jobs

·      Implementing a GTA Transportation Plan, creating 96,000 new jobs

·      Reducing personal income tax, creating 47,000 jobs

Dedicated to creating a better Peterborough, Scott would like the support our community in the June 12th election.



For more info on Scott Stewart, contact:
Address: 356 Charlotte St., Peterborough
Phone: 705-743-6772; 705-874-2087
Twitter: @ScottStewartPC
Facebook: ScottStewartPC

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Get To Know Your Wards In Peterborough

With news almost every day of new candidates joining the race to possibly become your next member of City Council, check out this handy map to find out which district you reside in...

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