On June 23, you have the opportunity to nominate an NDP candidate who truly reflects the incredible energy of Parkdale–High Park.
This is a diverse riding. It is a dynamic riding. It is a scrappy riding. An innovative riding. And a riding where people look out for each other.
I was taught to be all of these things. But people like me—raised by a single mother struggling to overcome poverty, hunger, racism, homophobia, and a crumbling social safety net—don’t tend to end up in the House of Commons. The fact that you are reading this letter from me right now is a testament to the values of our community that I experienced in the forms of various programs and services.
I am especially thankful to the Parkdale Library, where I met other kids like me and where my mother connected with other parents like her. My life was changed by community investments, particularly those targeted to the most vulnerable among us.
I have been one of the most vulnerable among us. And after a life-changing opportunity in the labour movement meant that I was no longer as vulnerable, I immediately began advocating for those who were. I took an approach to community leadership that was anchored in the belief that you lift people up by changing their perception of what is possible.
That is what my campaign is about. And I’m thrilled to tell you that it is resonating. I’m so proud to have the endorsements of local community leaders like:
As well as city- and country-wide leaders:
I’m also pleased to share that our campaign has excited hundreds of people who tell us they have been waiting for a candidate who shares their lived experience and their desire to change the face of Parliament. These new members want to work with us to build a future in which housing is treated as a right, where workers are protected, education is accessible, and the environment is defended. I know their principles and perspectives will be an asset to the NDP.
As a non-profit leader for well over a decade, I’ve worked with communities across Turtle Island and beyond. I’ve served as Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, chaired BC’s Poverty Reduction Coalition, BC and was the Vice-Chair of Food Secure Canada.
I’m now the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, Canada’s largest food security organization, an organization that among other things, helps to provide breakfast to over 200,000 kids in Toronto in their schools every day. Through my work at FoodShare, I’ve sought to increase access to good, healthy food for all Torontonians, while advancing principles of human rights, equity, and reconciliation.
The NDP stands for these same principles, and it’s a party in which I find a deep sense of community. NDP members like you have stood up for the rights of workers, people of colour, LGBTQ people, Indigenous communities, and people struggling to afford life’s basic necessities as our cities become increasingly unaffordable.
To me, this is true leadership. It’s not about simply bashing the other parties—it’s about engaging meaningfully with our neighbours and as we work together, creating a collaborative vision that includes us all. I am committed to working with each and every one you to keep building this vision for Parkdale–High Park.
If chosen to be the NDP candidate for Parkdale–High Park, I will:
I truly believe that a better future for us all is within our grasp. We just need to reach for it!
I know that when you vote on a nominee, you are not only selecting someone to advocate for the community, but also someone that best reflects your hopes for our country.
I hope that I reflect those hopes.
Paul M. Taylor
P. S. I would love to hear from you, and answer any questions you may have about me or the campaign. Email me at PMTforPHP@gmail.com, and we can arrange a personal phone call.