By Azim Ahmed
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada this week, giving her thoughts on the importance of the ethnic media, and her plans for improving transit in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Wynne, representing the provincial Liberal party, took office on February 11th of this year, taking over after Dalton McGuinty’s resignation. Immediately, she praised the work of the ethnic media and its important role.
“The stories you put out to your readership is so critical for your communities, and in enriching Ontario in general,” Wynne said. “I am so grateful for the work that you do, and I know you often do it in difficult circumstances.”
Wynne, who is M.P.P for the Don Valley West riding in Toronto, also stated she wants a united Ontario that is not firmly divided along the lines of race or groups. She emphasized the common issues affecting all Ontarians, including education, healthcare, employment and infrastructure.
“I want to maintain a strong relationship with you (ethnic media), so you can understand where I’m coming from, and I can understand where you’re coming from,” the Premier reiterated. “That’s my commitment to you.”
A large portion of Wynne’s talk centred around the issue of transit, which is clearly a priority for this government.
“Transit is extremely important to the economy, and we must build more transit in the GTA,” she said. “And the only way to do this is to find a better revenue stream.”
Wynne, who took provincial office in 2003 and served as MPP for ten years before assuming the Premier position, also provided a big picture glimpse of what she wants to accomplish.
“I want my legacy to be that she took the initiative, found a way to build transit, and we have to continue what we began in 2003, every single year for the next fifty years I want to be building transit.”