Karen Kejick, a community leader and local advocate for women, children, and families, officially was nominated as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Kenora-Rainy River on Sunday.
“I'm running to be our MPP in Kenora-Rainy River because I want to stand up for the northwest and bring the health-care services, transportation infrastructure, and good jobs our people need,” said Kejick.
“Publicly-funded prescription drugs under OHIP+, publicly-funded tuition for our kids to go to college or university at no cost, investments in northern infrastructure, and real action on reconciliation, including resource revenue-sharing with Treaty #3 First Nations—I'm running as a Liberal because I want to help build on all this progress,” she remarked.
Kejick was born and raised on the shores of Kenora-Rainy River's beautiful lakes. She is an experienced community leader and a fierce advocate for women, children, and families.
As a board member of the Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp., Kejick works to create good jobs and support small businesses.
She also has worked to support the most vulnerable as a board member of the Kenora Sunset Area Victim Crisis Assistance & Referral Service.
Kejick has taken the lead on economic development and education as a band councillor in her community of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake 39) First Nation, where she also served as chair of the Fisheries Advisory Council.
She is a proud member of the Treaty #3 Nation and spearheaded the “Green Light” project, as well as anti-violence programs for the Treaty #3 Police.
She advocated for women, children, and families as a representative to the national roundtables on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Through her advocacy work, Kejick has proven she's not afraid to stand up for what's right for the people of Northwestern Ontario.
Having worked as a health policy advisor for the Government of Manitoba, she has the insight and experience to drive positive change from within government.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to create opportunity and fairness. Ontario's economy is growing but too many families still can't get ahead.
Our plan includes:
- building a stronger, healthier Ontario through historic new investments in health care, including through publicly-funded medications for everyone under 25 and a committed expansion to serve those over 65 through OHIP+;
- public funding that covers the cost of tuition for more than 235,000 college and university students and on-the-job learning opportunities to help land a great job; and
- helping 100,000 kids access quality, licensed child care, including a commitment to publicly-funded pre-school child care that will save families thousands of dollars per child.
The Doug Ford Conservatives will cut the $15 minimum wage. They have given up the fight against climate change and have threatened billions of dollars in cuts to critical public services.
While the Ontario Liberal Party is focused on investing in the services and infrastructure people rely on, the Conservatives will gut health care and education, deny working people a decent paycheque, and threaten much-needed public infrastructure projects.