Wilfert Participates in Fourth Debate, Calls for all opponents to attend Chamber of Commerce debate this Thursday
April 25, 2011
RICHMOND HILL – The Honourable Bryon Wilfert was pleased to take part in his fourth debate of the campaign season this weekend, stressing the importance of health care and seniors issues at the event hosted by Civic Engagement Canada and a consortium of other partners.
“To me, the Easter weekend has always been a time to focus on family,” Wilfert noted following the debate on Saturday afternoon. “I was so happy to have the chance to discuss these important issues with my extended family—the people of Richmond Hill.”
Also attending the debate was Thornhill Liberal candidate, Karen Mock, as well Green and New Democrat candidates from the Thornhill and Richmond Hill ridings. Not in attendance were the Conservative candidates from the two ridings.
“Yet again, we see that the Conservative candidates have chosen to ignore their constituents that have real questions about real issues,” Wilfert said. “I hope my Conservative opponent will at least have enough respect for the people of Richmond Hill to show up to the local Chamber of Commerce debate this Thursday.”
Saturday’s event at Time Square in Richmond Hill was hosted by a consortium of community groups, including Civic Engagement Canada, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, MAGIC (the Markham Action Group for Improved Community), the Markham Tamil Organization, Social Services Network of York Region, and the York Region Equity Council. It was also supported by Canada Hong Kong Link and the York Region Parent Association.
During the debate, Wilfert stressed the importance of recommitting to the Liberal-led initiative of escalating health care funding in the upcoming years, and the value of the Liberal Family Care Plan, which will allow Canadians to take time off work to care for sick or elderly relatives.
“These are real issues that affect real families in Richmond Hill and right across the country,” said Wilfert.
The upcoming Chamber of Commerce debate will take place this Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Langstaff Community Centre (155 Red Maple Road). The Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese Business Association, the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, and the York Region Media Group are also co-hosting the debate, which will focus on the local economy.
For more information, please contact:
Nick Kyonka, Campaign to Re-Elect Bryon Wilfert
905-882-0704 (office), 613-899-2226 (cell)