“I congratulate Paul Calandra on being nominated by the Ontario PC members of Markham—Stouffville as our new candidate for the 2018 General Election, and a member of our modern, inclusive, and pragmatic team.
“Having served seven years as a Member of Parliament, Paul’s experience will allow him to continue to serve the people of Markham—Stouffville well. Paul understands the challenges the people of his community face, and has been an advocate for local initiatives, such as raising money for his local hospitals. I am confident that he will be a strong voice on their behalf.
“After 13 years in power, life is harder under the Liberals. Skyrocketing hydro rates have driven Ontarians into energy poverty and businesses out of the province. We continue to see cut after cut to our frontline health care services, and Wynne Liberal scandals have meant that Ontario lags far behind other provinces.
“Enough is enough. Clearly, it’s time for a change in Ontario. It’s time for a government that puts the people of Ontario first, not their political self interest.
“I would also like to thank Farid Wassef and John Himanen for running strong campaigns and for their contributions to the Ontario PC cause.”
Statement from Paul Calandra on his nomination as the Ontario PC Candidate for Markham—Stouffville:
“I am humbled and honoured to join Patrick Brown’s Ontario PC team as the Markham—Stouffville candidate in the upcoming general election.
“The Kathleen Wynne Liberals have made life harder for the people of Ontario and I could no longer sit idly by. People are tired. They’re tired of paying some of the highest electricity prices in North America. They’re tired of scandal after scandal, and they’re tired of cuts to health care. They’re tired of a government that is only in it for themselves, and is out of touch with the challenges everyday families face. Patrick Brown’s Ontario PC Party is the change Ontario needs.
“That’s why I’m running to be Markham—Stouffville's next MPP. I hope to bring my experience and passion to the table, serving as a strong voice for his city and community at Queen’s Park. I can’t wait to get to work, meeting as many voters as possible, and spreading the Ontario PC Party’s message of positive change for our province.”