Niagara sending two new MPPs to Queen’s Park

Rob Ford has been elected as the new Premiere of Ontario in the 2018 Provincial Election, the Progressive Conservative Party is forming a majority government after winning 76 seats in the Ontario Legislature. The New Democratic Party under Andrea Horwath has moved into the role of official Opposition, they won for 40 seats. The Liberal Party has lost its official party status, only seven seats were earned. The Green Party earned one seat.

Jeff Burch

In Niagara, two newly elected candidates are going to Queen’s Park. Jennie Stevens of the NDP will be representing the St. Catharines riding, Jeff Burch of the NDP will be representing the Niagara Centre riding.

Though the NDP has represented the Niagara Centre riding (formerly Welland) in Queen’s Park since 1975, Burch replaced Cindy Forster who announced she was retiring this year.

“I promise to be the hardest working MPP in Ontario,” said Burch on his Twitter account. “It’s what I owe to the legacy of Cindy, Peter & Mel!”

Jennie Stevens is a long time Merritton-St. Catharines City Councillor.

Jennie Stevens

“She is determined to bring change for the better to St. Catharines and will fight to lower hydro rates, make sure everyone, regardless of age or income, has access to the dental care and pharma care they need, and to make life more affordable for the residents of St. Catharines,” her NDP candidate web page says.

Stevens won over Liberal Jim Bradley who has represented the riding since 1977.

Sam Oosterhoff

“Jim Bradley has always been a part of the political landscape in St. Catharines for as long as I can remember. He is also a good friend. No one can replace him, but I will do everything I can to continue his excellence in serving the people I now have the honour of representing. I told him last night he is leaving big shoes to fill. Thank you,” Stevens said in an Instagram post.

Sam Oosterhoff of the PC party will be returning to Queen’s Park representing Niagara West along with NDP Niagara Falls representative Wayne Gates.

Wayne Gates

“Thank you Niagara West,” Oosterhoff said on his Twitter feed. “I’m excited to get to work and get Ontario back on track!”

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates said in his Twitter Feed: “Thank you to the people of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Niagara-on-the-Lake for re-electing me to serve as your provincial representative. I will continue to work hard to earn your trust every single day.”



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