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Valerie Powell GPO Candidate for Simcoe North

Valerie Powell(Orillia, Ontario) - Local resident Valerie Powell will represent the Green Party of Ontario for the September 3 by-election in Simcoe North, announced GPO leader Mike Schreiner today.
 
“I’m happy to be running for the Green Party. We offer a better option for progressives from all parties who are disillusioned with the status quo,” says Powell. “I’m committed to engaging voters on important provincial issues to our communities in Simcoe North, even if the Premier’s timing of the by-election seems more focussed on what’s good for the parties at Queen’s Park.”
 
“This by-election has been called in the middle of summer, falling right before a long weekend, days before the start of the school year and during a heated federal election,” explained Powell. “How is this timing good for having healthy debate and building strong democracy?”
 
Valerie grew up in Simcoe North and has worked in health care for the past 15 years. She is currently coordinator of the Behavioural Support System in North Simcoe Muskoka. She is a dedicated volunteer, community builder and a strong supporter of the arts.
 
“I’m thrilled that Valerie Powell is joining the GPO team,” says Schreiner. “Valerie’s passion and experience in the local community will make her a strong MPP. She will introduce an honest debate about issues that matter: protecting food and water, stopping the fire sale of Hydro One and improving health care, specifically for seniors.” 
 
Powell has run in Simcoe North twice as a federal candidate, gaining 10.69% of the vote in 2008 and 6.02% in 2011. 
 
“Many of my neighbours are concerned that Patrick Brown is bringing Harper-style right wing politics to Ontario,” says Powell. “That’s not my vision for Ontario. The GPO provides voters a fiscally responsible, progressive party to vote for.”
 
The Green Party of Ontario is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and smart public policy to Queen’s Park. You can learn more at www.gpo.ca
 
For more information on Valerie: www.gpo.ca/valeriepowell