I hope you’re as happy and proud as I am to see the incredible leaders and community activists that have been coming out to support my vision for Parkdale–High Park. Together they join the scores of people in the riding who’ve been telling us they’ve been waiting for a candidate whose life experience is closer to their own, and one who shares their desire to change the face of Parliament.
As a teacher at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, I’ve taught young people who have gone hungry. Politicians acknowledge that Canada’s 17% national average of childhood poverty is unacceptable, but few are actually prepared to do something about it. Fewer still recognize that racism and sexism, as well as other oppressions, ensure that the hungriest kids are from Indigenous, racial minority, immigrant and single-parent families. Paul Taylor knows this and he is the person to take this on. From his personal story to his activist work and his professional life, everything in his experience makes him the ideal champion for Parkdale’s youth in Ottawa!
As a labour and community activist, I trust Paul’s unwavering support for the $15 and Fairness campaign and other such initiatives. Paul realizes that increasing the minimum wage and fair labour standards are part of the rising tide that will lift all boats in Parkdale–High Park.
I am writing from a low-income and often troubled neighbourhood in Vancouver, where Paul has been actively moving amongst us and making us feel good about who we are and where we are.
Paul has the uncanny gift of energizing a mission with dignity and fun and humour, and all accompanied by that irresistible smile. Nothing looks like uphill work, nor does it look undoable. Fundraising, feeding us (and what a cook he is!) going to bat for us when we are tired or out of steam, was all done by Paul in a gracious, welcoming way. He cannot do less than give it his all.
When Paul left for Toronto, we were thrown in to a state of sadness. He is missed in a very profound way, and lives amongst us still. We are richer for Paul having been here, and are using his wisdom to our benefit in all our efforts here. We are following Paul in his exciting journey, and cheering him on to success!