Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MPP: Michael Chan - Markham-Unionville

Almighty God and Savior, we pray today for Michael Chan and the riding of Markham-Unionville. We thank you for the strength, wisdom and provision you give to your servants. We pray that you would continue to pour out your blessing on Michael and the people of the riding he serves. We thank you for your faithfulness. We commit his service into your hands Father. Amen

Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in a February 2007 by-election and was re-elected in the general elections of 2007, 2011 and 2014.

Since first being elected, Michael has served continuously in the Ontario Cabinet as the Minister of Revenue, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  Michael currently serves as the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

Michael also has also served as a member of the Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet, the Jobs and Economic Policy Committee, the Economic, Environmental and Resources Policy Committee, the Legislation and Regulations Committee and the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction.

Prior to embarking on his political career, Michael owned and operated an insurance brokerage in Markham.  He was a member of the Markham Board of Trade and has sat on the Advisory Council for the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery. Michael is also an honorary president of the Toronto Chinese Senior Health and Recreation Association.

Michael keeps himself very active, working diligently on behalf of his constituents in one the most diverse and fastest-growing communities in Canada.  Each year, he hosts a Community BBQ & Food Drive and a Community Holiday Reception & Food Drive.  Michael also participates throughout the year in many riding events including multicultural and service organization celebrations, school visits, tree plantings, and festivals.

Michael continues to be a strong advocate at Queen’s Park for accessible healthcare and has delivered on the Markham Stouffville Hospital expansion/re-development.  He has been instrumental in delivering on the construction of the VIVA Rapidway, new parking facilities at the Centennial and Unionville GO Stations, and two new Markham Family Health Teams.

Michael originally emigrated from Hong Kong more than forty years ago. He has lived in Markham since 1995 with his wife, Elaine, and their two sons.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MPP: Sarah Campbell - Kenora-Rainy River

Heavenly Father we thank you for the blessing of freedom we enjoy in this nation and province. Forgive us for taking our freedoms for granted. We ask today that your blessing would be upon Sarah Campbell and the riding of Kenora-Rainy River. We pray so that she would know your strength, wisdom and supply today. We thank you for your faithfulness loving God. You will forever be praised. Amen

Sarah Campbell represents the electoral district of Kenora-Rainy River as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party caucus; her critic role is Aboriginal Affairs.

A local leader born in Atikokan to a family of forest industry workers, Sarah Campbell is well known for her advocacy on energy issues, the fight against increased hydro prices, increased access to healthcare, and her recent work to improve winter road maintenance throughout Northwestern Ontario. In 2013, she introduced the Energy Consumer Protection Amendment Act, aiming to ban fixed-rate energy contracts that exploit residential consumers, and protect families from unfair and expensive electricity contracts.  This year, Sarah Campbell introduced a motion to establish a select committee of Ontario Legislature to review winter highway maintenance contracts and improve highway safety in advance of the 2015 winter season.

Educated at Lakehead University, she spent the summers of her youth working at the Thunder Bay Crown Attorney’s Office, the Ear Falls Sawmill, and the Lac Seul Onaway Lodge. Until she was elected in 2011, she represented Oxdrift on the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) and on the District of Kenora Unincorporated Ratepayers Association (DoKURA). She is also the past Chair of Hoshizaki House.

She has a proven track record of fighting to make life more affordable in the north. As Constituency Assistant and Outreach Coordinator for former NDP leader Howard Hampton, Sarah organized local residents against the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and rising hydro prices.

She currently lives in Oxdrift with her family.

Monday, September 28, 2015

MPP: Hon. James J Bradley - St. Catherines

Heavenly Father we praise you today for your providential care and provision for the province of Ontario. As we pray for the leadership you have laced in office, we pray today for the riding of St Catherines and James Bradley who serves as MPP. We ask that you would protect him, provide for him. We pray that you would give him strength and wisdom as he serves the people of his riding and the people of Ontario. Amen   

Jim Bradley was first elected to represent St. Catharines in the Ontario legislature in 1977, and has had the honour of holding several cabinet positions. He is currently the Chair of Cabinet and Deputy Government House Leader.

During his previous stint as Minister of the Environment, he was an innovative leader in cleaning up pollution, and bringing the Blue Box recycling to millions of homes. As Minister of Transportation, Jim brought in legislation to toughen penalties against drunk driving, and he expanded public transit across Ontario.

Before his election to the legislature, Jim was a teacher with the Lincoln County Board of Education and has served as a member of the St. Catharines City Council.

As MPP for St. Catharines, Jim has been instrumental in securing infrastructure projects that are creating thousands of local jobs and transforming our local health, education and transportation systems. Jim has worked to get for St. Catharines the new state-of-the-art hospital and Walker Family Cancer Centre, six-laning the QEW, widening the 406, bringing GO trains and buses to Niagara, the Downtown Performing Arts Centre and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University.

Jim Bradley has a strong record of working on behalf of constituents, whether voicing their concerns at Queens Park, or delivering important infrastructure investments that are creating jobs in our community and helping our local economy turn the corner. Jim has established a reputation of delivering results for St. Catharines.

Friday, September 25, 2015

MPP: Gilles Bisson - Timmins-James Bay

Heavenly Father and God of Glory, we thank you for your blessing and provision on the province of Ontario. Today we pray for the riding of Timmins-James Bay and Gillies Bission. May he be given your wisdom and strength as he serves his riding, and the people of Ontario. We thank you for your continued blessing Father. amen
Gilles Bisson was first elected in 1990, and subsequently re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 & 2011.

Since he was first elected in 1990, Gilles has championed many causes and developed a reputation for being a tireless working MPP. He was instrumental in exposing the water crisis in First Nation communities like Kashechewan, and has fought to save forestry and mining jobs in the north.

 Gilles and his staff are known as tireless advocates for the constituents of Timmins - James Bay. Be it helping constituents with navigating an issue through WSIB or ODSP, or securing a funding application for a community group or a municipality. Gilles and his staff are known as going the extra mile on their behalf.

Gilles happily married to Murielle Bisson, is a proud father of two grown daughters Julie Bisson/Gardner and Natalie Bisson/Wakeford and grandfather to Nathaniel, Victoria and Elissa.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

MPP: Lorenzo Berarddinetti - Scarborough Southwest

Almighty God and our Heavenly Father we thank you for your blessing, protection, and provision for our province and nation. We bring before you our government and most specifically, Lorenzo Berarddinetti. We thank you for his leadership and ask that you give him strength and wisdom as he leads as treasurer for the province.  Bless the riding of Scarborough South-West where he serves. May your hand guide, direct and provide all that is needed. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. Amen.

For over 23 years, Lorenzo Berardinetti has served his community as an elected representative, standing up for the issues that matter most to working  in Scarborough Southwest. Born in Toronto, Lorenzo moved to Scarborough at the age of four. He attended Ionview Public School and Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute.

Lorenzo went on to attend the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor Law School and in 1988 was called to the Ontario Bar. Lorenzo’s call to public service came in his youth, demonstrated through his volunteerism and active participation in various community organizations throughout his student years.

After graduating from Law School, Lorenzo successfully ran for elected office in 1988 as City Councillor for the former Scarborough City Council and was re-elected in 1991 and 1994. In 1997, when the Mike Harris Conservative government forced the City of Scarborough to amalgamate into the City of Toronto, Lorenzo was elected to the new City of Toronto Council and was re-elected in 2000. Lorenzo made his mark at Toronto City Hall as Chair of the Administration Committee. He was responsible for stewarding the amalgamation of all seven municipalities into one. Lorenzo worked with a team of committed Councillors, dedicated to making the megacity work efficiently and effectively.

Having experienced first-hand the cuts and downloading of the Harris government, Lorenzo sought and won the nomination as the Ontario Liberal Candidate for the Riding of Scarborough Southwest. He ran in the 2003 Provincial Election and defeated the incumbent Conservative MPP in October 2003. Lorenzo was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007 and 2011. Lorenzo has held various positions in the Ontario Government, including serving as Deputy Government Whip from 2003 until 2007. He also served as a Member of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies and the Cabinet Committee on Legislation and Regulation. In 2004, he introduced a Private Member’s Bill to outlaw “gender-based pricing,” which prohibited retailers from charging women more for goods and services compared to men. In December 2006, Lorenzo became Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. On January 2010, Lorenzo was appointed as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour. As the Parliamentary Assistant, Lorenzo worked with the Minister of Labour to improve employment workplace standards, facilitate labour relations, and achieve safe, fair and equitable workplaces. On November 2011, Lorenzo was appointed as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General. On February 2013, Lorenzo was appointed Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies and Member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Currently he continues to serve on the Standing Committee on Government Agencies in addition to being a Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. 

On June 2014, Lorenzo was re-appointed as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General and he's currently a member of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy and Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills.

Lorenzo, 52, resides in Scarborough Southwest with his wife Michelle, who serves as Toronto City Councillor for Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest.