Why I Am Running

Why I Am Running

August 25, 2021

The past year has really been quite a slog. We have all been through a lot. We have had to watch loved ones leave us, through plexiglass. We have seen seniors suffer in their long term care home. We watched our children’s milestones pass by uncelebrated. We have pushed back our weddings, and then pushed them back again and then just found a Marriage Commissioner to get it done. Some of us are two years older but refuse to add those years. Because what’s a birthday when you can’t be surrounded by your family and friends anyway? 

Yet, we are almost through this dark chapter. Thanks to hard work, to science, and to the exceptional fortitude of frontline workers.

The time has come to rebuild. To regrow. To set our sights on the next phase of Canada’s history. But as we carefully move out of this pandemic, how will we ensure our recovery includes everyone? How will we address the systemic racial and gender inequities that have been exposed and exacerbated by this pandemic? And how will we tackle the climate crisis while ensuring the sustainability of our industries? 

It’s going to be a big challenge. A mountain to climb.

And truthfully, conservative governments have made the task ahead of us even harder. 

Our city and our province have taken a hit.  Not just from oil and gas prices, but from the acts of selfish unregulated few. Superspreader rodeos, churches defying safety orders, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers. Scotches in the Sky Palace. These actions are putting lives at risk, they are dividing our society, and they are hurting those that most need help.

We are so much better than this. Edmonton is so much better than this.

Like most Edmontonians, I believe that we can address the challenges of our time and build a more inclusive future, if we can put our partisanship aside and unite with a sense of urgency. The same urgency that we witnessed over the past year. The urgency that comes with demanding that our bold, progressive agenda cannot and must not wait. If we can harness that urgency, there is no limit to what we can do to support one another and improve this country. Together.

The task ahead is great. But we can achieve it together. We are staring down an opportunity to show the world, with one voice, the very best of our Edmonton. Our progressive, inclusive, compassionate community. Our home.

I am running to be your Liberal candidate and your Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre.

This next federal election may be more consequential than any in our lifetimes. With your support, we can deliver. 

People of compassion, it is time to Unite for Edmonton.