Support for Markham-Unionville Nominee Shusmita Sharma

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By A Correspondent

Progressive Conservative Nominee for Markham-Unionville Shusmita Sharma captured hearts while garnering support from the local community for her nomination as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Markham – Unionville riding. At a recently organized Politics and Dholak/Sangeet: An Evening of Cultural Music and Women from the Progressive Conservative Party, Sharma wowed not just members of the party but also members of the community with her ideas and thoughts.

The event, which took place at Sharma’s residence, was attended by a number of politicians and Progressive Conservative dignitaries including Senator Asha Seth, Sandra Larmour, President, Ontario PC Women in Politics and PC candidate Sabrina Zuniga among others. There were also a number of prominent members of the public present.

 “Under the Liberal regime, life has become more difficult for hardworking Ontarians. We need to address deepening concerns around issues such as rapidly increasing hydro rates, health care, and focus on making our communities stronger. I want to ensure these issues are addressed and resolved so that we all thrive in a better Ontario under the leadership of the PC Party caucus,” emphasised Sharma, to the crowd.

A huge admirer of PC leader Patrick Brown, Sharma’s values and approach to life have been influenced by her grandmother, who worked as a Municipal Corporator in Mumbai, India and her mother, a doctor. Sharma has a strong background in volunteering and has worked at grassroots level with seniors and youth within the community to better understand the issues that affect them on a day-to-day basis. Sharma is committed to improving health care, creating jobs and putting money back in the hands of hardworking Ontarians.

Sharma is also the founder of SAYAA (South Asian Young Adult Association), an organization that aims to enrich the youth and provide them with a sense of purpose. Over the years, she has raised more than $200,000 for the Scarborough Hospital Foundation, Hospital for Sick Children, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Heart and Stroke Foundation and other organizations. 

“Amongst the many concerns I share with Patrick Brown, it’s safe to say the top most is hydro rates. Since 2009, under the Liberal regime, the province has given away $6 billion in surplus electricity. I fully support the mandate of our Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown that we have to find solutions to this looming dilemma that the Liberals have put us in. Escalating hydro rates are affecting hard-working Ontarians, impoverishing homeowners and driving businesses out of the province. This is also adversely affecting our provinces debt and job rates,” stated Sharma.

She also addressed issues pertaining to the healthcare system, long wait times, eHealth budgets as well as collective community involvement. She urged the importance of getting the youth involved and inspiring them to become tomorrow’s decision makers. Finally, she addressed the challenges faced by traditional urban planning methods and measures that would be needed to rectify that.

A good place to start, as my mother would say, is to build and sustain trust. I wrap up now by asking you to start by trusting me to be your representative,” she concluded, to an astounding round of applause. 

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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