Friday, April 29, 2016

MPP: Michael Chan - Markham-Unionville

We pray for Michael Chan MPP in Markham - Unionville today. Lord we pray that Michael will depend on you, ask you for wisdom in decisions, as he labours to protect the families and people in the province of Ontario in his role as Minister. Help him as he plows through all the challenges in these difficult times, and as he is mindful to invest in the people of Ontario first, and to always do the best thing for the hard working citizens. Lord, we pray for his family, that you comfort his wife Elaine and their two boys, bless them with health, protect them and we pray that they would know and feel your presence and great love for them. In Jesus name we ask and believe for these things. 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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

MPP: Sarah Campbell - Kenora-Rainy River

Dear Lord, we pray for our MPP Sarah Campbell as she serves and works for the people of northwestern Ontario in the district of Kenora - Rainy River.  Father we pray for Sarah bless her make it known to her how loved she is. Give her peace today, fill her with wisdom, guide her as she commits herself to serve her constituents in NWO.  She cares about things that the people of NWO care about, good roads and highways, cost of living. Help her make the right choices to protect families, workers in all fields and occupations, and local businesses. We are so grateful and appreciate people like Sarah that work tirelessly to make life in Northern Ontario more affordable.  Father we pray that you would help her, comfort her and bless her make her family aware of your love and care for them as well. We pray these things in Jesus name 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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MPP: Hon. Patrick Brown - Simcoe North

For such as time as this, we pray and take this opportunity to lift up before Your throne Your servant and our MPP Patrick Brown. We pray for the favour of God upon him. Lord we ask that you would bless him in every way, spirit, mind and body.  Help him serve his party but most importantly the people in his riding and the people of Ontario. Father in heaven we pray that you would lead Patrick and guide him in all his ways, refresh him, give wisdom for his decisions, and the courage to make the right ones in Your sight.  We pray You give him boldness, and the Power of God and favour with man, not the fear of man. Lord, we ask that You would help him care for the family, protect and put a hedge of protection around the family in Ontario. Lord we pray that as Patrick dedicates his time and passion in serving the people of Ontario Lord, you would bless his family, the things he cares about, bless and protect his team and his staff.  We pray that they all feel Your love and presence in their lives, in Jesus precious name we ask and believe for these things. Amen.

Patrick Brown was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario on May 9, 2015.  He ran on a platform of Party renewal, promising to grow the Party to over 100,000 members from every walk of life and every corner of the province.  A bigger Party, firmly rooted in every neighbourhood of every community in Ontario, is key to reconnecting the PC Party with the people of the province before the next provincial election.

Also critical, is reshaping the Party to give members a stronger voice in setting its priorities; and growing, training and nurturing a powerful, province-wide network of candidates, riding associations, volunteers and activists ready to compete and win in 107 ridings whenever the next election is called.

One of three children in a close family, Patrick often credits his parents with teaching him the values and principles – including his work ethic – that have guided his career.  His interest in politics began while growing up in Toronto.  He served as a Vice President on the executive of the PC Party of Ontario and also served two terms as President of the Progressive Conservative Youth Federation (PCYF).

Patrick was first elected to Barrie City Council in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003 with 72% of the vote.  In 2006, he beat an incumbent Liberal cabinet minister in the federal election and became the Member of Parliament for Barrie.  He was re-elected in 2008 and 2011, each time increasing his share of the vote.

In 2011, Patrick was named Chair of the GTA and Central Ontario Caucus. This role allowed him to grow strong relationships with business and community leaders across Ontario.  He was also Chairman of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association and has made 15 trips to India, building relations with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Patrick has worked hard to build partnerships with people, groups, corporations, governments and organizations – both at home and abroad – establishing connections that allow him to better serve his constituents and to rebuild Ontario as Premier.  As a result, Patrick was named an honorary citizen of Gujarat by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat. Patrick is also one of two honorary firefighters in the Province of Ontario, a testament to his commitment to working with the men and women who keep Ontarians safe.

An alumni of St. Michael's College School in Toronto, Patrick studied political science at the University of Toronto before earning his LL.B from the University of Windsor. Prior to his first election, Patrick ran a law practice in downtown Barrie. Functional in French, Patrick also attended l’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières for extensive French studies.

As a marathon runner and an avid hockey and tennis player, Patrick has combined his passion for sports and public service to make Canada and Ontario a better place to live and work.  Patrick’s dedication to enhancing healthcare access has seen him help raise nearly $2 million dollars for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and charities, including JDRFAutism OntarioALS CanadaBusby Street CentreTalk is Free Theatre, and The Bill Wilkins Scholarship.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MPP: Hon. James Bradley - St. Catherines

Father in Heaven, we thank you today for James Bradley our MPP that serves in St Catharines. Father we pray for him today, encourage him, strengthen him, bless him, refresh him, and give him what he needs to serve in his position as House Leader.

James is a seasoned servant for the Ontario Government. Praying today that Lord you would give him fresh vision, that today would be a turning point, a new beginning, stir his heart to acknowledge You oh Lord, in all decisions and to depend upon You.  Praying that he would always look for the truth in every situation.  Lord use him today, as an example with all his experience, help him to teach, encourage and mentor other MPP's to serve by example with  integrity,  honesty and to have the courage to always do the right thing.  Father we pray for our dear member for his team and staff, we pray for health, for strength to serve, bless and protect their families. We pray and ask all these things in Jesus precious name. 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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

MPP: Steve Clark - Leeds-Grenville

55_MPP Steve Clark
Father, we are thankful for MPP Steve Clark. Continue to give him vision, direction and steps necessary to move Ontario forward. We pray that he would be a strength, support and encouragement to our Premier. Keep his family unified and protected. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Steve Clark was first elected MPP for Leeds-Grenville in a March, 4, 2010, byelection. It was a landslide victory by a 66 per cent margin.

He was subsequently re-elected in the October 6, 2011 provincial election and won re-election for a third term in office in the June 12, 2014 provincial election. Steve currently serves as Opposition House Leader.
Steve gained attention across Canada in 1982 when, at the age of 22 and just out of university, he was elected Mayor of the City of Brockville. This gained him the title of Youngest Mayor of Canada and a notation in the Who’s Who of Canada. Steve served three terms as mayor and, during his tenure, was also the President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Steve also worked in the media and Internet development for 14 years with the Brockville Recorder and Times newspaper and RipNet. Following this, Steve served as the executive assistant for the highly respected long-serving Leeds-Grenville MPP Bob Runciman.
Prior to his election as Leeds-Grenville MPP, Steve was the Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

Steve believes in being a strong leader in his community. He was the founding chairman of the 2007 Leeds-Grenville International Plowing Match and Country Festival. A proponent of education and physical fitness, Steve also helped raise $1.3M for the Thousand Islands Secondary School Track Facility, one of the largest fundraising accomplishments for a public educational institution to date in this region. This state-of-the-art facility now attracts thousands of athletes to the community each year and played host to this year’s OFSAA championships.

Steve also boasts over a quarter of a century of community volunteerism. Some of the many groups and committees he has served with are St. Lawrence Lodge, the Brockville Braves hockey club and the Brockville and Area YMCA. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands, a position from which he had to retire when he was elected MPP.

Steve is married to Deanna. Together they are the proud parents of a blended family of five: Mitchell, Caitlin, Jordan, Alex and Meghan