I first met John Nunziata when he appeared at a soiree in my home when he still (and if you can picture this) had hair. That was needless to say about 20 years ago just before his career took off.
After he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School he served as a city Alderman on the City of York council, then spent the next 16 years as a federal MP for the riding of York South-Weston fighting for tougher laws to protect communities, worked to strengthen the Young Offenders Act, fought for victim’s rights and spearheaded the closing of the “faint hope” clause.
He believes that politicians should keep their promises, and John remained true to his principals when he stood up to the federal government in 1996 when they failed to keep their pre-election promise to eliminate the GST.
“My economic vision for Toronto is built on thee key pillars: Leadership, Partnership and Economic growth. As the major engine of economic growth in Ontario, it’s critical that Toronto be as competitive and as economically strong as possible.”
“I will make the revitalization and expansion of the TTC a top priority. Extending the Spadina subway line north to York University, and building the Eglington subway line west from Spadina to Pearson International Airport.”
In a recent interview at the University of Toronto, Mr. Nunziata said, “I’ve had the privilege of working very closely with the Ukrainian Community over the years. In fact, I went to Runnymede Collegiate in the west end of Toronto for 5 years where I met some of my closest friends, and continue to be my closest friends from the Ukrainian community. They were very involved in many protests at a time when the Soviet Union was detaining Ukrainian dissidents, as they were then known.
Then a number of years later when I was a Member of Parliament, I was honoured and privileged to be in Ottawa to receive and to greet the first Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada.”
“Throughout my career in politics, I’ve enjoyed working closely on issues effecting the Ukrainian community.”
“I am so proud of the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival that has grown leaps and bounds over the last few years. It’s going to be one of the Signature Festivals not only in Toronto but internationally, where people of Ukrainian origin from all over the world will come to the event to visit families and the extended family of the Ukrainian Community.”
John Nunziata is convinced it’s essential to maintain and improve our roads and public transit, solve issues such as homelessness and the lack of affordable housing, clean up Toronto from the litter and garbage on the streets to the graffiti in the neighbourhoods.
“I look forward to working with the Ukrainian community rich in heritage and save the public interest. I want to do what is right for the people of Toronto, and that will be the guiding principals for City Council.”
For more information on John Nunziata’s campaign, please check his website @ www.johnnunziata.ca
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